When you consider that the OnePlus One costs just $300, even though it matched last year’s top Android flagships on specs, it’s little wonder that it has raised a few eyebrows. Throw some limited availability and dodgy marketing into the mix, and the OnePlus One has barely been out of the tech news.
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.
After a dispute with Cyanogen, OnePlus developed Oxygen OS, which gives OnePlus One owners a choice of Android-based operating systems. We’re going to offer up tips for Oxygen OS on this page, and push the original tips for CyanogenMod onto page two. There may be some that will work on both. Bear in mind that this is only the first Oxygen OS release, so it’s very close to stock Android right now.
Updated on 4-22-2015 by Simon Hill: Added seven tips for new Oxygen OS and pushed Cyanogen tips to second page.
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How to get Oxygen OS
If you’ve heard the news about Oxygen OS, and you’re excited to try it, then you’re going to have to download and install it for yourself. It’s not being pushed out OTA (over-the-air). Make sure that you’ve backed up all of your files, because your phone will be wiped during the installation. You’ll need to manually flash the new ROM, but it’s not as daunting as it sounds. Proceed through the official installation guide carefully and you’ll have Oxygen OS on your OnePlus One in no time. Once you have it installed, future updates to Oxygen OS will come OTA.
How to use gestures
If you want to use gestures such as Double tap to wake, or you want to be able to launch the camera by drawing a circle on the touchscreen, then you need to head into Settings > Gestures. You can also launch the flashlight by drawing a V, and there are controls for playing music and skipping tracks forward and back.
How to customize
There are lots of customization options with Oxygen and it works much the same way as stock Android. When you drag the notification shade down to get quick settings, you can tap the wee grid icon at the top right to drag settings around, and hide things you don’t want to appear. Tap on any space on the home screen and you’ve got access to widgets, wallpapers, and app shortcuts. If you pick wallpapers and scroll all the way to the right you’ll get an additional group of OnePlus wallpapers.
How to change your buttons
You could do this before Oxygen, but you’ll now find the option to change your touch-sensitive hardware buttons in Settings > Buttons. You can turn them off, or tweak what they do. You get the option to set what a short press does, and what a double tap or long press does, so there’s room to get the navigation setup you want.
How to view and move files
There’s a built-in file manager app on Oxygen OS called Files. You’ll find it in the app drawer. It shows you how much storage space you have at the bottom left. You can long press on a file to copy, cut, share, delete, or edit it. If you’re moving or copying a file you just navigate to wherever you want it and tap the wee clipboard icon at the top.
How to change the battery icon
You can choose a bar, a circle, or a percentage as your battery icon in Oxygen. Go to Settings > Battery, and tap on the battery icon next to the menu (three dots) to choose.
How to improve Oxygen
It’s early days for Oxygen OS and the team behind it plans to develop it further. You can get in on that, and make suggestions, by downloading and using the official Oxygen OS Feedback app. You will need to enable installations from unknown sources in Settings > Security to install (just remember to disable it again once you have the app installed).
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