10 essential tips and tricks to make your OnePlus 3T even more awesome

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When you start up your flashy OnePlus 3T, you’ll be surprised by the Nexus-like, almost standard Android experience that greets you. This is thanks to OnePlus’ bloat-free OxygenOS interface, one that’s installed over Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, the mobile operating system has some idiosyncrasies of its own, and it’s by learning those that you’ll get the most from this excellent value phone.

We’ve gathered some of the best OnePlus 3T tips, tricks, and hints for getting to grips with the OnePlus software, along with some helpful advice about the hardware and its accompanying features. Don’t forget, the original OnePlus 3 is very similar, so many of these tips apply to that phone as well.

Pick up your OnePlus 3T, and get ready to master it.

Change the battery indicator

We love this cute little effect for the OnePlus 3T. No, it doesn’t do anything outside of look cool, but that’s OK! Instead of a boring battery-shaped icon to accompany the percentage figure for remaining battery life, how about a circle? It’s easy to change:

Step 1: Go into Settings

Step 2: Select Battery

Step 3: Tap the battery-shaped icon in the top right, and select Battery Circle. You can also choose to hide the icon completely or revert back to the battery bar.

Step 4: Make sure the switch to show battery percentage, located at the top of the Battery menu screen, is switched on.

Find Night Mode

Smartphone screens are notorious for giving out blue light, which studies have shown can stop us having a restful night’s sleep, or falling asleep at all. That’s a problem if you use your phone in bed, so make sure Night Mode is active, which minimizes the blue light emitted from the display.

Step 1: Go to Settings

Step 2: Tap Display

Step 3: Tap the switch for Night Mode, and use the slider to adjust the level of intensity. The screen will appear very yellow, but don’t worry, this is normal.

Sadly, the OnePlus 3T doesn’t have a timer for Night Mode, so it needs to be manually turned on and off, but that’s a small price to pay for better sleep. However, there’s a faster way to turn it on and off, once you’ve set the intensity to your liking.

Step 1: Pull down the notification shade, then swipe down again to display the complete list of quick settings.

Step 2: Night Mode is symbolized by a three-quarter moon icon. Tap this to toggle the feature on and off.

Use Beauty Mode and Smile Shutter for selfies

OnePlus 3T
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Don’t lie, when you take selfies, you want them to look their best, right? Of course, so why not give nature a helping hand with the OnePlus 3T’s beauty mode. After all, that 16-megapixel front camera is really going to pick up every aspect of your face.

Step 1: Open the Camera app, and tap on the reverse camera icon to the right of the shutter button.

Step 2: Tap the Settings icon to the left of the shutter button.

Step 3: A menu pops up, and tap the icon on the left, which activates beauty mode. A slider appears, letting you adjust the effect. Too much, and you’ll look a bit weird, so go easy.

When you’re happy with how you look, OnePlus has added a smile shutter to make taking selfies easier. Activate it using the icon in the top right of the front camera viewfinder.

Calibrate the screen

The OnePlus 3 was lacking in this area, but the chance to tailor the display to your liking has been increased on the OnePlus 3T.

Step 1: Go to Settings

Step 2: Find the Display option and tap it

Step 3: There are two ways to alter the way the screen looks and operates. Adaptive brightness is likely turned off as standard, and it can be toggled here.

Step 4: Look for the Screen Calibration option, tap it, and select either Default, sRGB, or Customize to manually alter the color and contrast of the display. Exit out to save your choice.

Use the supplied charger and USB cable

OnePlus 3 Dash
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The OnePlus 3T charges quickly. Really quickly. It’s a proprietary system, which OnePlus calls Dash Charge, and can take the battery from almost empty to completely full in around 75 minutes, or to about 60 percent in roughly 30 minutes. That’s something you don’t want to miss out on, but to get it, you must use the Dash charger and the USB Type-C cable that comes with your phone. It’s tempting to use the other chargers you have laying around, but even when combined with the right USB cable, it won’t provide the full Dash effect. Remember that when you’re in a hurry after forgetting to charge the phone.

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