OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro come with many new features, ranging from higher refresh rates to new fancy photochromatic cameras – here’s how to use them all
OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are here, along with OxygenOS 10.5, the latest version of the custom version of OnePlus for Android 10.
Between the tweaking software on Oxygen OS, the new hardware features on OnePlus 8 phones, and some classic special OnePlus features, there are actually many features on Pro 8 and 8 that many users might miss if they don’t know where to look.
With that in mind, here are our top tips and tricks for new OnePlus 8 owners. And if you don’t have a cellphone and are on the fence, be sure to read our reviews about OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro to find out what we think of them, or our best OnePlus 8 case collection to help keep your new cellphone in style.
Change refresh speed & resolution
The refresh rate of 120Hz is one of the most interesting features on the Pro 8, and while the regular 8 doesn’t have it, it still has a 90Hz screen that you definitely want to take advantage of.
Both phones are set to a higher refresh speed by default, but if you want to decrease the refresh rate to save battery you can. Just open Settings, then Show, then to Advanced. There you will find the ‘Refresh rate’ section with the option to drop down to 60Hz battery saving.
If you have 8 Pro then you also have the option to change the resolution. This is set to FHD + (2376×1080) by default, but if you return to the Advanced menu and select Resolution you can go up to QHD + (3168×1440), even with a charge for battery life. Check ‘Automatic power saving’ to drop the resolution at the right time and keep the battery running a little longer, and note that you are lucky to be able to run on QHD + and 120Hz simultaneously for the best viewing experience.
Enable smoothing of motion graphics
This one is only for 8 Pro users. You will find a moving graphic alignment in the Display settings and there is a simple button to turn it on.
Basically it is a mode that increases the frame rate of videos on YouTube, Netflix, and other compatible applications, so that it matches the refresh rate of the screen, reducing motion blur.
This will make the video look smoother, but with a little loss of accuracy and loyalty, so try to turn it off and decide.
Live Motion Wallpaper
Live Motion Wallpaper is one of several new software additions in OxygenOS 10.5, which is a fairly simple update. You might already be familiar with them from other phones – they only move wallpapers with simple animations.
There will be one that is activated by default when you turn on your phone, but if you long press on an empty area on your home screen you will all get the option to change your wallpaper. There should be five Direct Motion options available by default, identified by the small icon at the top right, so just select it and press the check mark at the top right to activate it – or take the opportunity to set a static image instead if you prefer that.
Activate and upgrade Dark Mode
Dark Mode is not new to OnePlus 8, but has been slightly upgraded – even though it’s not easy to find.
Unlike on most phones, you will not find Dark Mode under the display settings, or on cell phone shortcuts. Instead, you must open Settings and then head to Customization. Halfway you will see ‘Tone’ – press this and you will get several choices, including ‘Dark’ – this is Dark Mode.
What’s annoying is there is no way to schedule Dark Mode, or turn it on or off without browsing through the menus, so it’s really designed to be always on, rather than switching back and forth.
OxygenOS 10.5 improves compatibility with third-party applications, so more of them will become dark when you turn it on, but you can increase this further. Return to Settings, then select Utilities.
Here I will see OnePlus Laboratory, and in it there is an option to ‘Enable dark tones in more applications’. This is an experimental feature which at the time of writing added dark mode to Hangouts, Messages, Google Translate, and WhatsApp. There may be some bugs, but we have found that it works well so far, and hopefully OnePlus will work to add more major applications to the mix soon.
Reverse wireless charging
This is a Pro-only feature. 8 Pro introduces 30W wireless charging, and at the same time 3W wireless charging is reversed slower – so you can use your phone to charge other Qi compatible devices such as actual wireless headphones.
There are two ways to get settings for this. You can go to Settings, then Batteries, then you will find a section to Reverse Charge where you can turn it on. Or, swipe down from the top of the screen to go to your settings shortcut, then press the pencil icon – this will show you extra shortcuts that you can drag to the tray, including one for reverse charging.
After turning it on, just place your other charging device on the back of the phone, but make sure to hit the right place, which is right under the camera module. It will turn off if you leave for a while without a charging device, or if the cell phone drops below 15 percent of the battery.
User interface customization
Customization is one of the best aspects of OxygenOS, and you can change many elements of the mobile design.
Open Settings and you will see a menu called Customization. From here you can change the wallpaper and style of your clock, the animation for the fingerprint sensor, and the color of your “horizon light” notification.
Further down is the option to change the font, icon style, tone, and color of buttons and accents in the interface – so feel free to go wild and make your phone truly yours.
Change the power button
By default, holding the power button brings up Google Assistant – useful for those who want to use it, but annoying for those who are accustomed to using that button to turn off their phone.
To change this, open Settings then Button & gestures. The bottom option is to hold the power button, and tap there to change it to activate the power menu.
As a side note, if you are an Amazon Alexa user, you can also change the button to activate Alexa instead of Google Assistant. To do this, first make sure you download the Alexa application from the Play Store, then tap the Voice assistant option here, which will allow you to change your default assistant to Amazon.
Enable optimized charging
One great feature that is turned off by default is optimized charging. You will find it in the Battery settings, where there is a simple switch to turn it on.
This basically means that when you charge the phone overnight or for other long periods of time, it won’t charge up to 100 percent right away, and will instead learn from your use and only charge the battery shortly before you are likely to disconnect the cord from the wall outlet. the telephone.
That might sound annoying, but actually this is a great feature for battery life: keeping your cell phone full is a bad way to damage long-term battery health, so turning on this will make OnePlus 8 run longer.
Hide application in the Hidden Room
Hidden Space is a useful old OnePlus feature that allows you to hide some apps from view – we won’t judge you for who you are, or why you want to hide them.
You can do this by swiping directly from the application drawer, or pinching to the homescreen. Tap the plus symbol to select which applications to hide, and go to the settings on the top right to add fingerprints or pin codes as access requirements, to prevent others from accidentally finding your hidden application.
Use a photochromatic camera
This last tip is the only Pro. 8 Pro has a fourth camera lens, a 5MP photochromatic shooter, but it’s hard to find in camera applications.
To get there, open the camera and tap the filter option on the top right – it will look like several circles with lines running through them. This will bring up several filters, so swipe right to find Photochrom mode.
This will clean the colors of your image, while reversing the green tones, for a very unsettling look. We don’t understand, but maybe you will become a fan?