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New Oxygen OS – What’s Changed, Top 10 Useful OnePlus Tips & Tricks



OnePlus devices are so popular since their motto is to cater industry’s top-of-the-line specs and bring them into a sleek device altogether and offer it to the audience at or almost half the price of flagship from the contraries. The price isn’t the only factor that makes OnePlus devices popular; it’s the Oxygen OS that plays a significant role as well.

Here we’re addressing about the latest Oxygen OS 9.0.5 that runs on top Android 9.0 Pie. We all know how good the stock like Android the OnePlus’ Oxygen OS looks. It’s light and slightly tweaked with some changes, which the users are accustomed to already. Particularly with the newly released OnePlus 6T, there are a bunch of tweaks here and there since it comes with a new in-screen fingerprint sensor.

Here are some of the few favorite features of the Oxygen OS, which we think users need to be aware of –

Gaming Mode & OnePlus SmartBoost

Let’s get into the performance feature right away as the OnePlus 6T is considered to be the industry latest high-end performance oriented device. OnePlus has introduced Gaming Mode – a feature that can be utilized in blocking incoming notifications, locking the screen brightness at the desired level and also limiting other applications from using a network to boost up your gaming performance.

The Gaming Mode can be enabled through the ‘Utilities’ section in your device’s settings. It is undoubtedly a useful feature while playing resource-intensive games such as PUBG or Fortnite (these games automatically are enabled with Gaming mode) where it tends to eradicate distractions and give you more immersive gaming experience.

The additional new features include – answering calls via the speaker or receive a notification while receiving WhatsApp or Messenger calls.

Another performance based feature is the newly introduced Smart Boost mode on the latest OnePlus 6T, which the company claims is designed explicitly for large RAM variant devices. The Smart Boost mode, when enabled does a daily analysis of your day-to-day usage and improves performance while loading games and apps by utilizing the larger RAM available.

Fingerprint Animations

We all know OnePlus has brought a new on-screen display fingerprint sensor with the new OnePlus 6T. The fingerprint sensor is fast enough and conveniently placed and cuts the need of searching the sensor on the rear. Since the light is illuminated to scan your fingerprint on display, OnePlus has added some new animation effects that can be further converted as per your taste.

However, the options are limited; you only have three-animation effect options to select – namely Cosmos, Wave, and Stripe, which can be found in the fingerprint settings on your OnePlus 6T device.

Tweaking Colour Accents

OnePlus is known for its Oxygen OS, which literally can be customized as per your flavor and how you want to flaunt your device amongst your friends. With the Oxygen OS, you can alter the color accents of the UI on your OnePlus device. The phone already has three theme effects (Colourful, Light and Dark) to adjust that are usually paired with a limited number of color accents. However, with the new Oxygen OS, now a user can tweak his color accents more by included HEX code color options, which certainly opens up a vast number of color options and can make your device as you like with required color accents more precisely.

The new color options are available in the display settings on your OnePlus device where you can head into customizations and select the desired color modification, and it can also be previewed before applying as well.

New Navigation Gestures

Ever since the launch of first generation OnePlus device, the company had allowed its users to adjust their navigation icons – where it allowed its users to either use the onscreen navigation buttons or the capacitive touch buttons below the display. However, the company has come a long way since then, and it recently introduced a few more Navigation Gestures – thanks to Android Pie.

With OnePlus 6, the company had brought new navigation gestures on the device along with the stock navigation bar buttons. The gestures, when enabled, users can swipe up from the center to get to the home screen, no matter which app you are in, swiping other sides other than the center would act as a back button and swiping up and holding up for a bit, would showcase the usual multitasking menu, where all apps can close instantly. Similar gestures are initially introduced by Apple, with its iPhone X.

That said, Android Pie has brought a complete design overhaul to its navigation icons by eliminating the recents button and staying with a new home button and the usual back button, while multitasking is identical to the earlier gesture mentioned above. These gestures are highly interactive and are available in the OnePlus 6T that runs on Android Pie. These can be found in the Navigation & Gestures section of your OnePlus device. While these gestures aren’t that new and can be seen on the OnePlus 6 as well, there’s new gesture available, where a user can easily switch between current and previous app back and forth quickly. A user has to swipe up and right instantly to switch through the previous and existing apps, which allows handling multi tasks more quickly.

Quick Launch Apps

Since we are into gestures already, the new OnePlus 6T has a new feature, gesture – a kind of, where you set a few apps as per your requirement to launch them instantly. What this means is when you unlock the phone with the on-screen fingerprint sensor and further long press it for a second, you get a bunch of apps, where they can be customized to access them quickly instead of searching in the pile of apps – hence the name Quick Launch.

These new quick apps come in handy while using digital payment services like PayTm, where you can set the quick launch settings to quick pay mode ( through Paytm and can scan code instantly) or else to make a quick note or marking a calendar date instantly. As stated earlier, the quick launch apps are easy to use and can be set to any app as per your desire and further can be selected by swiping after long pressing the fingerprint sensor. This feature can also be found in the ‘utilities’ section in your device settings. Since these are shortcuts, you can adjust the apps in the shortcut settings as required.

Volume Rockers’ Controls

If you are an Android user, you would already know when a volume button is pressed – the volume level status can be seen on the top of the device as a notification pop-up. For the past several years, this has been the norm for most Android users. However, it has been changed with Android Pie update, and Oxygen OS update also gets the new volume control bar feature.

Now, if a user tries to adjust the volume settings using the volume rockers, a new interface pops out right next to the volume rockers, which is quite convenient. However, there’s a catch here with this new update, you lose out the quick settings of alarm, calls and ringtone volume, which were available in old volume control bar settings. To get those settings in the new volume control bar users needs to head into settings, which pops out along with the volume new control bar when the respective buttons’ pressed.

The new volume control bar also features a new media output selection, while you adjust the volume with the rockers you can also interchange the media output devices that are connected to your device. This looks pretty much alike to what we have seen in other contemporaries like Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy devices.

Long Press for Google Assistant

Oxygen OS 9.0.5 also brings in a new feature with the OnePlus 6T, while the Google Assistant can previously be activated with long pressing the Home button, now you can activate by long pressing the power button as well. What this suggests is that since everything is gesture based now, (one of the above mentioned gesture certainly hides all the navigation buttons including the home button) activating the Google Assistant using power button seems reasonable for now.

Enabling the Assistant is also quick, the user needs to long press the power button for a minimum of 0.5 seconds to activate the assistant and should press for at least three seconds for boot options, accordingly. The Long Press power button feature can also be found in ‘utilities’ settings of your OnePlus device.

OnePlus Switch now supports iPhone

OnePlus switch is the most prominent feature introduced last year, primarily for the OnePlus/ Android fans. As the name suggests, this feature, which comes as an app allows users to transfer all the data from your older OnePlus/Android phone quite quickly to the new OnePlus device.

While Google already has a backup feature on all the Android phones, the OnePlus Switch is slightly faster and more accurate and can make a replica of your older Android/OnePlus device’s data on the new OnePlus device.

While this was only available for Android/ OnePlus devices till now, OnePlus Switch now supports iPhone as well. However, it isn’t as good as it sounds. Unlike Android, there isn’t an official app on the Apple’s App Store yet but OnePlus allows iPhone users to install the app via a third-party link, which is available on the OnePlus’s forum.

As per our testing, the OnePlus Switch allowed to transfer data from iPhone 8 to OnePlus 6T which included – Contacts, Photo, and Video only and no apps. Since iOS has its limitations and restrictions, this is all we could transfer right now. If you are an iPhone user and want to shift to the OnePlus device using the proprietary switch, the options are pretty minimal.

Tweaked UI Animations

OnePlus devices with their Oxygen OS are widely known for faster animations in the UI, which certainly makes the device stand ahead within the competition. While the animations do make you feel the phone as a performer, some minute UI animation changes does make you like your OnePlus device more.

With the OnePlus 6T, users can notice few changes in the UI animations. At the launch, OnePlus has showcased the new ‘Airplane mode’ switch toggle animation, where the animation feels more natural like an Airplane taking off or land while the icon is toggled on/off.

The UI of the call screen also gets a new animation effect, where the older OnePlus devices UI had a pretty basic and straightforward interface.

And lastly, there’s a noticeable UI change in the messages app where you are greeted with a new colorful ‘No messages’ image instead of a boring No Message text, like in the earlier OnePlus devices.

Parallel Apps & App Lock

OnePlus’ these two Oxygen OS features are not that new but are still considered to be actually useful for the OnePlus users. Since it’s a dual SIM enabled phone pretty much every popular app can have a secondary app with the built-in ‘Parallel Apps’ feature in the software. For instance, apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger and social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can utilize these Parallel Apps feature if you are into multiple apps thing.

Multiple apps can be used for various purposes like differentiating personal and professional space’ apps accordingly; you can protect them with the App Lock feature as well.

This allows users to lock their apps and can be unlocked smoothly using the fingerprint scanner or with the typical passcode. The App Lock certainly helps in keeping your privacy and adds an extra layer of security.

These are considered to be few of the top features and changes in the latest Oxygen OS that is running on Android 9.0 Pie. There are few other notable features such as Face Unlock and Night Mode and the noteworthy Reading mode as well.


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