Tips and Tricks for your new OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro

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OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro tips and tricks

Now that you have purchased the latest flagship smartphone from OnePlus and you are happy about it, it is time to learn what more you can do with your OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Remember, these two are the first smartphones from OnePlus that support 120Hz refresh rate for display so you can use it to view 4K movies or play games that require more FPS without a glitch.

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus Pro have couple of tricks in their bag that most buyers of this magnificent smartphone don’t know about. We’ve dug up some of the favorite tips and tricks for you to try on your new OnePlus smartphone. The only condition is that it should have been updated to the latest OnePlus skin for Android 10, Oxygen 10.5.

Top tips and tricks for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro:

Enable 120Hz refresh rate: 

OnePlus has put a 120Hz screen on the OnePlus 8 Pro, but it’s not active by default. You can enable the 120Hz refresh rate on your OnePlus 8 Pro by heading over to:

Settings > Display > Advanced, and now choose ‘Refresh rate’.

Select ‘120Hz’ and now your screen will be capable of delivering up to 120 frames per second. You can use this refresh rate to watch movies or play games with high FPS without any effort.

Maximum QHD+ resolution:

You can also enable maximum QHD+ resolution in the settings. In the same ‘Advanced’ settings menu, you’ll find ‘Resolution’. Select that, and now choose ‘QHD+’.

When you select a 120 Hz refresh rate and QHD+, you will be running your OnePlus 8 Pro at its top display ratings.

Screen calibration:

You can calibrate your screen without typing in fancy Android secret codes. Go to ‘Advanced’ menu again, select ‘Screen calibration’. On the screen that follows, you can choose how the OnePlus 8 screen appears. You can choose to have it vivid and colorful or go more subdued and natural. In the same setting, you can choose from ‘sRGB’, ‘Display P3’ or ‘AMOLED Wide Gamut’, and even adjust the color temperature slider to make it warmer or cooler.

Just remember, the more vivid and colorful the screen, the faster the battery will drain. You have to find a balance between having vivid colors on your screen and saving battery for a day’s use.

Display scaling:

You can also scale your display in the Settings menu by choosing ‘Display’ and finding ‘Display Scaling’. Use this slider the way you want your Apps to appear on the screen.

Change the font size:

OnePlus now allows you to select the font size. In the same settings, you’ll find ‘Font size’. Tap on it and now adjust the text to suit you.

Pick up the phone to show Ambient display:

OnePlus has this Samsung S10 like feature to show a low energy consumption lock screen with just a clock and notification icons. To enable it when you pick up the phone, go to Settings > Display > Ambient display and toggle ‘Pick up your phone to show’.  You can also use ‘Tap the screen to show’ option, and now when you tap your phone screen when it’s in standby, you’ll see the ambient display.

Screen recording:

Your OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro has a built-in screen recorder that can record everything on your screen. You just have to enable it by sliding down the quick settings and looking for the ‘screen recorder’ tile. Enable that and you will a little popup control on the screen. Press the red button to record, or press the settings cog to access recording settings.

Hide the front camera:

If you want your OnePlus 8 Pro screen to be without the Punch Hole camera in the front you can do it easily. To hid your punch hole camera go to

Settings > Display > Advanced > Front camera display area.

Now choose ‘Hide the front camera’ to enable the black bar across the top of the screen which masks the appearance of that selfie cam.

Comfort zone:

This setting automatically sets the ambient light sensors to adjust the color temperature of the display to more closely match the light temperature wherever you are.

Go to Settings > Display and toggle ‘Comfort Zone’ on.

MEMC/Motion graphics smoothing:

Use this setting only if you know about MEMC. Head to Settings > Display and now choose ‘Motion graphics smoothing’ and toggle it on.

Enable Night mode automatically:

This is a feature you should enable. The Night mode cuts out the blue light from the screen to help relax your eyes in the evening. Go to Settings > Display > Night mode and either turn it on manually with the toggle or tap ‘Turn on automatically’ to schedule a preset time for it to come on every day.

Enable Reading Mode:

Similar to Night Mode, Reading Mode makes your screen a little more readable and desaturated. Head to Settings > Display > Reading Mode and enable it. You can also enable Reading mode by sliding down the quick settings and enabling it from there.

Double-tap to lock the phone:

You can lock your OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro just by double-tapping on the screen. Long press on the wallpaper and tap ‘Home screen settings’ and now toggle on the ‘Double-tap to lock’ switch on.

Hidden Space:

If you put a thumb and finger on your home screen simultaneously, and now spread them apart vertically you’ll launch into a hidden space where you can store apps. You can also get to it by opening the app drawer and swiping right.

Password protect hidden space:

To put this space behind a password/fingerprint scan open your hidden space and tap the three dots in the corner. Now tap ‘enable password’ and either enter your phone’s lock screen password or scan your finger/thumb.

Lock any app behind fingerprint/password:

Go to Settings > Utilities > App locker, and now you can add apps that you want to lock behind a password/fingerprint scan, and even choose to hide notifications from those apps to keep them private.

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