It’s the smartphone that’s accomplished to dominate the market in a very little sum of time, and remarkable feat accomplished largely due to a clever marketing plan. OnePlus One has received the title as the new king of mid range smartphones, and the buzz surrounding the product is still mounting at an extraordinary rate. But just how do you take full advantage of the customization options? What handy tweaks lay waiting at your disposal? If you’ve taken a chance on it, we’ve got a steaming hot batch of OnePlus One tips coming your way right now.
Top 10 Tips and Tricks of Oneplus One
1. Using double tap to wake and swipe to sleep
LG presented this idea with Knock-On, but you’ll find it on a lot of smartphones now, as well as the OnePlus One has it. This feature principally permits you to double tap on the screen to wake the phone, instead of having the old fashioned way to push the Power button. To enable this feature,go to Settings > Display & lights and scroll down to tick the box next to Double-tap to wake.
As long as on-screen navigation is enabled, you can also use a swipe up gesture from the Home button to send your OnePlus One to sleep. To enable this feature Settings > Buttons > Quick launch shortcuts. You can choose up to the left or up to the right, depending on which hand you hold your phone with.
2. Capturing your screen
The standard Android technique for taking a screenshot will suffice. Press and hold the Power button and the Volume down button simultaneously and you’ll see a wee flash animation to show that you’ve captured that screen for posterity. If you need to find it later, head for the Screenshots folder in your Gallery app.
If you find that technique a bit complex, then why not add a Screenshot option to your Power menu? Go to Settings > Buttons and you’ll find that you can edit the Power menu, which pops up on screen when you hold down the Power button.
You can also use the preinstalled Screencast app to for recording your screen and microphone as a short video file. If you pull down the notification shade despite the fact that it’s recording, you can stop it or tell it to show finger touches as a small circle on screen.
3. Customizing the notification LED
The LED at the top left on the front of your OnePlus One can be customized via Settings > Display & lights. In the Lights section, you’ll find a Pulse notification light entry and a Battery light entry. You can set precisely why and how the LED flashes and what colors it uses. There’s a full color palette, so you can get the precise shade you desire by either dragging your finger or entering specific color codes.
4. Changing your theme
The OnePlus One runs CyanogenMod 11, so you can speedily and easily change the look of your phone with a new theme. For doing this, head into the app drawer, you’ll find an app called Themes Showcase, which let you to shop for a new theme. You can also search for CM 11 on Google Play to find loads of compatible themes.
5. Editing navigation
You can modify your basic touch sensitive buttons for navigation that sit at the bottom of the screen by going into Settings > Interface > Buttons and layout and tapping the lock icon at the top right. Tap and drag to move icons or add new buttons via the plus icon. You can also turn them off via Settings > Buttons > Enable on-screen nav bar.
6. Using profiles
For using profiles, go to Settings > Profiles and you can set different combinations with preset features and utilities turned on or off. For example, tap the Home option and set it up with your home Wi-Fi network, so it will automatically be activated when you connect to Wi-Fi at home. Now, you can turn the lock screen off, so you can have automatic lock screen security outside the house, but not have to worry with it at home.
There are tons of other possibilities in here to set profiles for various situations, and you can build your own. You can also trigger them with NFC tags as an alternative of Wi-Fi and add an option to switch between them in Settings > Buttons > Power menu.
7. Speedily launching the camera
If you want to snap the best spontaneous shots with that 13 megapixel camera, you must to be able to launch the camera app in a flurry. The OnePlus One doesn’t have a dedicated camera button, but you can set one up, and for this feature go to Settings > Buttons.
You can also draw a circle on the screen when the phone is in standby to go direct to the camera. Go to Settings > Interface > Gesture shortcuts to make sure this option is activated.
You’re able to add a Camera widget to the lock screen via Settings > Lock screen, too. Then, you just drag from right to left to open the camera app directly from the lock screen.
8. Blocking callers
For blocking any unwanted caller, go to Settings > Privacy > Blacklist and you can block particular numbers that you don’t want to receive calls or messages from. You can set rules for private and unknown numbers via the menu at the bottom right.
9. Getting a good night’s sleep
You can dictate quiet hours for your phone and limit notifications during the night when you’re typically sleeping by going to Settings > Sound > Quiet hours. You could also use a special profile, as we debated above.
10. Saving battery life
For saving the battery there are few options that differ on the OnePlus One. For example, you can reduce your screen time out in Settings > Display & lights > Sleep.
You can also make some battery saving tweaks in the developer options. Go to Settings > About phone and tap Build number seven times and you’ll unlock Developer options. In the Developer options menu you can try Select runtime and choose ART which is coming in Android L. Some people claim it improves battery life. You can also go to Settings > Performance > Profile and choose Power save or even slow your CPU in Settings > Performance > Processor > CPU governor.