The OnePlus 3 has already made headlines with its 6GB of RAM and accompanying Snapdragon 820 processor and we've already covered a few topics on how to get the most out of the 6GB of RAM and how to root the device. to streamline things. Even though rooting is covered under warranty on the OnePlus 3, many people like to keep their device factory locked. But that doesn't mean you won't appreciate the awesomeness of the device.Contents1. Change home screen layout 2. Do more with manual camera mode3. Enable Proximity Wake to preview notifications4. Use Reverse mode to save battery during playback5. Advanced Setup Alert Slider6. Save in RAW format7. Use dark mode8. Configure LED notification for each app9. Configure status bar10. Color balance and night modeConclusion
So today we're going to be looking at the top 10 OnePlus tips, tricks, and features to help you get the most out of your device. As most of these features are related to Oxygen OS, users of other variants of OnePlus devices can also use them. Let's have a look.
OnePlus 3 is powered by the Oxygen OS launcher and when you swipe far left you get the shelf view where you can pin your most used contacts, apps and other widgets. However, the best customization feature opens when you long-press on any open section of the home screen and tap the Customise optional.
First, you can disable the shelf view if you're not actively using it and also choose to have quick search and swipe up or swipe down notification. You can also make the persistent Google search bar transparent, change the icon size to small, large or standard depending on your comfort level. Finally, you can also choose the number of apps lined up in the app drawer.
You will get all of these options when you swipe right in the customize mode. The OnePlus launcher also supports icon packs which you can download and apply.
Manual camera mode of OnePlus 3 is just amazing and you can get the option by swiping from left to right on the camera interface. You can manually change the ISO value, exposure, white balance and even focus using the slider on the respective options.
It's very easy to take all kinds of photos in manual mode and the ability to reset everything to normal with automatic mode is also very easy to adjust, even in manual camera mode. A nice feature of manual mode is that you can set separate focal and exposure points for your photos.
While you won't get the full-fledged Always On display like the Samsung Galaxy S7, you can still enable Proximity Wakeup feature to preview time, date and unattended notifications. This way you can know what is happening with apps even without unlocking the device.
The option to enable settings is under the Display parameter names like Proximity wakeup . You also have the option of Ambient Display which momentarily wakes up the black screen of the device when you receive a new notification. Since the backdrop is all black and the device has an AMOLED screen, the screen will consume little battery, but some battery will be used to keep the proximity sensor on all the time.
If you are used to reading articles online, or articles saved on Pocket, or even any e-book reading application installed on your device, you can save a considerable amount of battery by doing it in the Invert colors fashion. The option can be enabled using the notification control settings and it inverts each color as a negative view.
Therefore, black becomes white and vice versa and you get a black background on an AMOLED screen, which saves battery power compared to a white background. The only thing to note here is to use the Invert Color option when the backdrop is white and not black.
OnePlus 3 has a hardware alert slider using which you can mute all notifications or non-priority notifications on your device. However, you can configure it through settings to make more sense and you will find the option directly under Android Settings named as Alert Cursor .
Here there are two options based on the Priority Settings and Quiet Settings . Tapping it will take you to detailed settings where you can configure which events, reminders or calls you want to ignore in both modes. In silent settings, however, there aren't many options when it comes to calls and reminders and only alarm and media volume can be configured.
If you're a hardcore photographer, in addition to the awesome manual mode, you also have the option to save photos in RAW format. RAW photos, compared to a normal JPEG file, are lossless image files from the camera sensor that contain a lot of detail that is used in post-processing to get amazing photos.
This can be enabled in the camera settings, however, saving in RAW format will only make sense if you plan to process the photo in an image processing tool. Also, photos saved in this format will take up a lot of storage space.Note: IrfanView is one of the best free tools to process these RAW photos.
Again, for the love of AMOLED screens, you have the option to enable system-wide Dark Mode of the Personalization option in Android Settings . Dark mode not only looks cool on the AMOLED screen, but also saves battery.
You can also change the Accent Colors to match your mood. There are 8 different plain colors to choose from.
While we're talking about accent colors and dark mode, you also have the option to configure the color of LED notifications. Different colors like RED, GREEN, PURPLE can be set for events like battery charging, battery full, etc.
You cannot change the notification pulse color for individual apps (there is an app for that), however, from the Notification per app section, you can configure which app can show notification using pulse notification colors. Pair it with the Proximity Wake gesture and you'll never miss a notification and that too in style.
While Android Marshmallow introduced Status Bar cleaning option as a hidden feature in System UI Tuner, in OnePlus 3 you can find it under the Personalization option. Using this option, you can simply decide which icons you want to see on the status bar and which you want to hide.
Simply toggle the switch on or off to include or exclude an icon. So let's say you don't want the alarm icon to show in the status bar, you can turn it off here. Only the alarm icon will be disabled, however, the alarm will operate normally.
Last but not least, heavy readers can adjust the color balance of the screen and even turn on Night Mode to reduce eye strain. The option is in the OnePlus 3 Display settings where you can configure color balance and Night Mode intensity.
You can also quickly activate the reading mode from the notification drawer and help you reduce eye strain and have a good night's sleep.
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So here are the top 10 tips, tricks and features of OnePlus 3. Try them out and let us know your experience of using OnePlus 3 daily. We would love to know your opinion about the device.
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