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OnePlus 5 Hands-on: Top Tips and Tricks for the OnePlus 5

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Published on Jun 27, 2017

OnePlus 5 is the OnePlus' latest smartphone and is packed with great customization options. In the video below, I walk you through some of the top tips and tricks for the OnePlus 5:

Quickly launch your camera:
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Double press the power key to quickly launch the camera app. This works with the display on or off.

Configure the capacitive and on-screen navigation buttons:
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With the OnePlus 5, you can either use the capacitive buttons or enable the on-screen navigation buttons for the home, back, and recents keys. You can also set long press and double tap actions shortcut for the capacitive buttons to launch certain shortcuts.

Alert slider:
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With a simple slide, you can quickly switch to different sound profile. The alert button allows you to quickly switch between - Ring, Do Not Disturb (DN) and Silent - sound profiles. You can also configure the specific settings available for these sound profiles.

Apply custom icon packs:
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Android has many customization options and one of them is applying custom icon packs. OnePlus 5 launcher supports selecting a different icon pack for the system. Once you have custom icon packs installed from the Google Play Store, go to home screen, long press, and tap on the Settings option. Then tap on the Icon pack and select your custom icon pack to apply.

Enable Shelf:
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The Shelf in your home screen provides quick access to your favorite widgets with a swipe on your home screen. It is similar to iPhone's widget screen where you can add some handy widgets like recent apps, contacts etc.,

To enable this Shelf, navigate to your home screen, long press and then tap on Settings. Here you can enable/disable the Shelf option.

App Shortcuts:
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OnePlus 5 supports app shortcuts where you can long press an app icon on the home screen to reveal the shortcuts available for that app. You can enable or disable the app shortcuts by navigating to your home screen, long press and then tap on Settings where you can turn on/off the app shortcuts.

Customize Status Bar icons:
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You can customize the OnePlus 5's status bar icons from choosing a different battery indicator or showing/hiding the clock and other icons.

Dual SIM configuration:
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OnePlus 5 supports dual sim (even the ones sold in the USA) and allows you to configure default SIM to use for voice, data and text. If you are in one of the supported networks, like T-Mobile here in the USA, you can also enable Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and WiFi-calling options in your OnePlus 5.

Reading mode:
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The reading mode in OnePlus 5 optimizes the display for reading. You can either turn on this reading mode manually or set it to turn on for certain apps like the Amazon Kindle or Chrome browser app.

Ambient display:
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OnePlus 5 supports the ambient display. With this setting, you can just lift your OnePlus 5 device or configure to wake up the device when you receive notifications.

Configure Gestures:
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You can configure specific gestures that you can use in the OnePlus 5 when the display is off to launch an app or a shortcut.

App locker:
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You can lock one or more apps that require either a PIN or your fingerprint to unlock. This is very handy if you want to protect certain apps from other users.

Night mode:
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You can select to turn on automatically from sunset to sunrise and also control the warmth of the color temperature.

Change to Dark Theme:
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OnePlus 5 supports light and dark system themes along with your choice of the accent color. Note that this only changes the system theme and does not alter the apps' themes.

Choose LED notification color:
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You can choose your color for the LED notification pulse light.

Gaming Do Not Disturb mode:
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You can now configure a Do Not Disturb mode for your games such that you can lock buttons and block notifications while playing.

Enable pocket mode:
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To prevent your OnePlus 5 from accidental wake ups or fingerprint touches, enable the pocket mode.

What's your favorite OnePlus 5 tip? Share them below!

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