Oneplus 6T tips: The 10 fea­tures to check out first

Oneplus may not be a ‘main­stream’ phone man­u­fac­turer like Ap­ple, Sam­sung, or Google, but its 6T is filled with in­no­va­tion. Here are the fea­tures to check out first.

PCWorld (USA) - - Here’s How - BY RYAN WHITWAM

Oneplus doesn’t sub­scribe to the once-yearly up­date cy­cle we see from most smart­phone mak­ers. In­stead, it up­dates its hard­ware quickly, and adds new fea­tures with each it­er­a­tion. The Oneplus 6T just launched around the world with one of the first in-dis­play fin­ger­print sen­sors, and it’s now be­ing sold in the U.S. via T-mo­bile—a first for Oneplus, which pre­vi­ously sold phones un­locked, di­rect-to-con­sumer.

So, you’ve got a shiny new Oneplus 6T, but how can you make the most of it? By tak­ing ad­van­tage of the 10 fea­tures we de­scribe here. And if you don’t yet have a 6T, make sure to read Michael Si­mon’s Oneplus 6T re­view (see page 83).

1. ONEPLUS SWITCH

The Oneplus 6T has a stan­dard An­droid de­vice re­store fea­ture as part of its setup process, but you might want to skip that and use the Oneplus Switch app ( go.pcworld.com/ opsw) in­stead. You can fire this up at any time from your app drawer, too. In­stall the app on your old phone if it’s not al­ready there, and then go through the pair­ing process.

The Oneplus Switch app can trans­fer images, SMS, call his­tory, and apps. It works over Wi-fi

Di­rect, so the process is in­cred­i­bly fast. If you’re trans­fer­ring from an older Oneplus phone, it can even bring over the app data so your apps will al­ready be con­fig­ured and work­ing on the new phone.

2. ONEPLUS GES­TURE NAV­I­GA­TION

By de­fault, your Oneplus 6T has nav­i­ga­tion but­tons. But if you want to fill the screen with as much con­tent as pos­si­ble, there’s a fully ges­ture-based nav­i­ga­tion op­tion at your dis­posal. Go to Set­tings > But­tons & Ges­tures > Nav­i­ga­tion Bar & Ges­tures. Change to the Nav­i­ga­tion

Ges­tures op­tion, which com­pletely re­moves the nav­i­ga­tion bar. Home is a swipe up from the bot­tom of the dis­play; mul­ti­task­ing is swipe up and hold; and back is a swipe up on the bot­tom left or right.

3. FIN­GER­PRINT UN­LOCK AN­I­MA­TION

One of the 6T’s new tricks is the in-dis­play fin­ger­print sen­sor. Oneplus has a flashy an­i­ma­tion when you press the sen­sor that looks like a lit­tle ball of light­ning. If you want some­thing a bit more un­der­stated, there are some al­ter­na­tives in the set­tings. Go to Set­tings > Se­cu­rity & Lock Screen > Fin­ger­prints > Fin­ger­print An­i­ma­tion Ef­fect. From there, you can change to Wave or Stripe.

4. CHANGE THE THEME

Oneplus sticks close to stock An­droid, but its theme op­tions are much more ex­ten­sive. It de­faults to an all-white UI, which uses more power than a dark UI, and it’ll blind you at night. You can, how­ever, make some tweaks in Set­tings > Dis­play > Theme. From there, you can stick with a light theme, or change to a dark one. In ad­di­tion, there’s a cus­tom­iz­a­ble ac­cent

color. You have a few de­fault choices, but there’s also a color picker to set any other color in the rain­bow.

5. CUS­TOM­IZE ALERT SLIDER

Oneplus is the only An­droid de­vice maker with a three­p­o­si­tion alert slider on the side. It tog­gles be­tween ring, vi­brate, and si­lent, and there are a few use­ful tweaks avail­able un­der Set­tings > But­tons & Ges­tures > Alert Slider. In si­lent mode, you can also have the phone mute all me­dia, which is handy when us­ing your phone at night. In ring mode, you can also con­fig­ure the 6T to vi­brate for calls.

6. SAVE TIME WITH QUICK GES­TURES

The Oneplus 6T, like other smart­phones, is a wellspring of fea­tures and in­for­ma­tion when you turn it on. How­ever, you don’t even need to wake the phone to get things done. The 6T has sev­eral Quick Ges­tures, but not all of them are on by de­fault. Head to Set­tings > But­tons & Ges­tures > Quick Ges­tures to get started.

The screen-off ges­tures can tog­gle fea­tures or open apps while the phone is

asleep. For ex­am­ple, draw­ing a “V” will turn the flash­light on and off. There are some other shapes and let­ters avail­able to con­fig­ure as well. You can as­sign pre­set func­tions like the flash­light, open­ing the cam­era, or record­ing a video.

7. READ­ING MODE

Read­ing on a smart­phone screen can be un­com­fort­able, but many of us do it any­way. The Oneplus 6T, how­ever, can make it a bit eas­ier on your eyes with its cus­tom read­ing mode. You’ll find this fea­ture un­der Set­tings > Dis­play > Read­ing Mode. This fea­ture ap­plies a fil­ter that makes your vi­brant OLED screen look more like the mono­chrome dis­play on an ereader by sam­pling the am­bi­ent light. You can turn this fea­ture on man­u­ally, or add apps to a watch list that au­to­mat­i­cally en­ables read­ing mode.

8. PRO­TECT YOUR APPS

If you’ve got apps you don’t want read­ily vis­i­ble in your app list, you can keep them out of the way in the Hid­den Space. This is a sep­a­rate app drawer ac­ces­si­ble by swip­ing to the left from your reg­u­lar app drawer. Tap the plus icon at the top to choose apps to add to the hid­den

space. Once they’re added, they no longer ap­pear in the main list. To re­move an app, long-press and tap Un­hide.

Hid­ing an app is fine, but you can take it a step fur­ther for max­i­mum pro­tec­tion. The Oneplus 6T also has app en­cryp­tion un­der Set­tings> Util­i­ties > App Locker. Apps you’ve added to the list will open only af­ter you ver­ify your iden­tity with your fin­ger­print or se­cure un­lock code.

9. PAR­AL­LEL APPS

Some­times you end up with dif­fer­ent ac­counts for some ser­vices, but drat, the app only sup­ports a single ac­count. Luck­ily, the Oneplus 6T has Par­al­lel Apps. You’ll find the set­tings for this fea­ture un­der Set­tings > Util­i­ties > Par­al­lel Apps. It only works with se­lect apps, but that in­cludes most of the pop­u­lar mes­sag­ing clients like Telegram, What­sapp, and Dis­cord. En­abling a Par­al­lel App cre­ates a copy of it, avail­able in your app drawer with a sep­a­rate icon.

Then, you can log in to the copy with your sec­ond ac­count.

10. GAM­ING MODE

The Oneplus 6T has the hard­ware chops to tear through any mo­bile game in the world, and there’s a cus­tom Gam­ing Mode to make your ex­pe­ri­ence just a bit bet­ter. Gam­ing Mode is ac­ces­si­ble via Set­tings > Util­i­ties > Gam­ing Mode. While in Gam­ing Mode, the phone won’t show reg­u­lar no­ti­fi­ca­tions on top of what you’re do­ing. You can also set the phone to an­swer calls via speaker mode, dis­able au­to­matic bright­ness, and limit other apps’ use of the net­work in­ter­face. That last fea­ture is handy if you’re play­ing an on­line game on a weak con­nec­tion. Gam­ing Mode ac­ti­vates au­to­mat­i­cally when it rec­og­nizes a game, but you can also add ad­di­tional games to the list man­u­ally.

2. Be sure to cus­tom­ize ges­ture nav­i­ga­tion to your per­sonal pref­er­ences.

1. The Oneplus Switch app makes it su­per easy to set up your new 6T.

4. You don’t have to live with a bright, white theme.

3. You can ad­just the an­i­ma­tion of the in-dis­play fin­ger­print sen­sor.

6.Quick Ges­tures let you per­form ac­tions while the phone is asleep, and you can cus­tom­ize them to your lik­ing.

5. You can cus­tom­ize the alert slider to fine-tune no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

7. Read­ing Mode takes the sting out of read­ing long-form text on a phone.

8. Hid­ing apps in Hid­den Space will keep them out of your main list.

10.Gam­ing Mode sup­presses no­ti­fi­ca­tions and pro­vides other gamer-friendly fea­tures.

9.With Par­al­lel apps, you can log in to mul­ti­ple ac­counts via a single app.

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