OnePlus 2 tips and tricks: 5 ways to improve your phone

OnePlus 2 tips and tricks: 5 ways to improve your phone

The OnePlus 2 provides excellent hardware for its US$389 price, but what about its software? Thankfully, that’s not too shabby either, as the OnePlus devs have included a handful of neat features in its OxygenOS interface. Here are some of our best tips and tricks for the OnePlus 2.

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These are our best OnePlus 2 tips and tricks. / © ANDROIDPIT

1. Dark mode – for the look

You should start using dark mode just because it looks so darn cool. Dark mode was a feature first seen in the Android M developer previews but it didn’t make the cut for the final Android 6.0 Marshmallow build. However, that hasn't stopped the OnePlus engineers including it on the OnePlus 2.

Dark mode is only an aesthetic change, altering the colors of the interface, but it will certainly make your phone look good. Go to Settings > Customization and tap Dark mode to enable it.

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You can change the dark mode accent color to suit your tastes. / © ANDROIDPIT

2. Gestures – for actions when your screen is off

OnePlus has its own unique set of gestures, which let you do things such as launch the camera even when the display is turned off. Once you've enabled the camera gesture, just draw an 'O' shape on the screen with your finger and the camera will launch momentarily. 

You can also use gestures to turn on the flashlight and control your music (and, of course, every phone should have double tap to wake enabled). Go to Settings > Gestures  and switch on the features you like.

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Double tap to wake is a must for any Android device. / © ANDROIDPIT

3. Buttons – for shortcuts

The buttons options are among the best things about the OnePlus 2 because of how customizable they are. You can assign a long-press or a double-tap of the home, back and recent buttons to a the performance of a number of actions.

You don’t have to use them, but they offer the kinds of shortcuts that many Android fans love (myself included). You can even decide if you want to have the back and recent buttons on-screen or as capacitive keys next to the home button. Go to Settings > Buttons and enable your favorite features.

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With Buttons, you can create some really interesting shortcuts. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. Change the notification LED colors – for funsies 

You can change the color of your LED notification light so that you know when your battery is full, charging, running or when you have a notification message. It won't make a huge difference to functionality, but it will make your OnePlus 2 feel a little more personal. Go to Settings > Customization > LED notifications.

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In the customization settings, you can change the color of the LED light. / © ANDROIDPIT

5. Use Shelf (or disable it) – because you may or may not like it

Shelf is a new OnePlus feature that  occupies the far left side of your home screen (similar to Samsung’s My Magazine). This displays your most-used apps and most frequently contacted, erm, contacts, but OnePlus has admitted that it’s something of a work in progress.

Access it by swiping in from the left side of your first home screen. If you find that you aren’t making use of it, hold down an empty space on a home screen and go to Settings. On the next page, tap Enable shelf so that the slider switches to the off position.

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If you don't use Shelf, disabled it. / © ANDROIDPIT

Do you know any other great OnePlus 2 tips? Share them in the comments. 

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  • Johan Sterk Sep 9, 2016 Link to comment

    I have a OnePlus 2 and am updated to 6.0.1 today.