7 best OnePlus Nord tips and tricks you should know

After the hype and fuss, the OnePlus North is finally here. And this time it brought back the long-dead slogan of “Flagship Killer,” all thanks to its use of quality midrange processors and a smooth experience. However, a phone is more than the use of a processor and camera sensors. Software also plays a vital role and more importantly it depends on how you modify the interior of your phone.


7 best OnePlus Nord tips and tricks you should know

Since its official launch, we’ve had a great time with OnePlus North and collected a bunch of essential tips and tricks based on our experiences and findings.

If you want to get the most out of OnePlus Nord, here are the top tips and tricks you need to know.

1. Quick launch shortcuts for fingerprint

Who doesn’t like shortcuts? Well, if you do, you’re up for something cool with the OnePlus North. With your new phone, you can have app shortcuts right from the fingerprint reader. Yes, you read that right.

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7 best OnePlus Nord tips and tricks you should know

All you have to do is press and hold the fingerprint reader a little longer than usual. Once the phone is unlocked, the shortcut menu is displayed immediately.

To enable this feature, go to Settings> Utilities> Quick Launch and toggle the switch.

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7 best OnePlus Nord tips and tricks you should know
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7 best OnePlus Nord tips and tricks you should know

After that, tap on the Shortcut Settings option to add all the apps you want in the Quick Launch menu. So if you use Google Maps a lot, this is one of the fastest ways to get to it. The best? You can also add a Settings shortcut to it.

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7 best OnePlus Nord tips and tricks you should know

The only downside to this feature is that you will have to keep Face Unlock disabled. But if you ask me, fingerprint unlocking is pretty quick.

2. Face Unlock

If you can’t part with the Face Unlock feature of your OnePlus phone, why not make it a little smart? You may have noticed that the phone immediately opens to the Home screen when it is unlocked.

Sometimes this can be a bit of a problem. Imagine a scenario where you just want to check the notifications, but the screen unlocks halfway and then you have to take more action.

Fortunately, there is a way to change this. To do this, go to Security & lock screen> Face Unlock, and turn off “Auto unlock once …”.

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7 best OnePlus Nord tips and tricks you should know

Now your phone will unlock the moment it sets its eyes on you. But unlike before, it won’t rush you to the home screen.

3. Ambient clock style

With the OnePlus North, OnePlus has added a host of sleek clock styles to the ambient display. Now you can have a mix of analog and digital clock on your lock screen. And truth be told, the combination of white and red is really chic.

To activate a particular clock face, go to Personalization> Clock style and select a style.

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7 best OnePlus Nord tips and tricks you should know
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7 best OnePlus Nord tips and tricks you should know

At the same time, you want to select all the information you want to show on the lock screen. To make the selections, go to Display> Ambient Display and activate the options you want to display.

4. Return to the power menu

Do you find it annoying when Google Assistant pops up when you long press the power button? Because you can call up the Google Assistant by swiping the home screen diagonally. So if you want to get the traditional food menu back, don’t worry, there is an easy way.

Head over to Settings> Buttons & Gestures and select the ‘Press and hold the power button’ option. Select Power Menu from the options and that’s about it.

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7 best OnePlus Nord tips and tricks you should know
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7 best OnePlus Nord tips and tricks you should know

So what benefits does it bring? For starters, if you are using the phone with one hand, you can take a quick screenshot using the screenshot option.

Cool tip: Did you know you can trigger Amazon Alexa using the power button? To do this, install the Alexa app on your phone and use the same settings as above to select Alexa from the Assistant menu.

5. Enable dark mode in more apps

Dark mode is a blessing in disguise for phones like the OnePlus North with AMOLED display. Not only does it allow you to squeeze more juice, but also gives a cool look. All you have to do is activate the mode from the Quick settings menu and said mode will be activated on some apps.

This is all cool. But did you know that you can force this mode on certain applications? Yes, you read that right! There’s a cool experimental feature that lets you get the most out of the AMOLED display.

Go to Settings> Utilities> OnePlus Laboratory and select the option “ Enable dark tones in more apps ”.

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7 best OnePlus Nord tips and tricks you should know
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7 best OnePlus Nord tips and tricks you should know

Next, toggle the switch next to the app you want to turn on dark mode for. Once done, relaunch this app, and that’s about it. Hello, dark side.

Meanwhile, Star Wars fans can take a look at some cool wallpapers here.

6. Hello Shooter 48 megapixels

The OnePlus Nord allows you to take pictures using both the 12 megapixel lens and the 48 megapixel or 12 megapixel. However, the camera only selects 12 megapixel mode by default.

To switch to 48 megapixel mode, enter Photo mode on camera mode and tap the icon named 12 MP. Select 48-MP, and that’s about it. Cool, right?

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7 best OnePlus Nord tips and tricks you should know

Did you know: You can enable filters when 48 MP mode is enabled. To activate, tap the small filter icon on the far right of the screen and select one from the list.

7. Rearrange camera modes

Are you using all camera modes? If not, you can just remove some of the less used modes from the camera interface. This simple act allows you to reach your favorite modes faster, but it also helps make the camera interface look crisp.

To do this, open the camera settings by pressing the button in the upper right corner and scroll down until you see the option for custom modes. Tap on it to select it.

Now tap on the minus sign against the modes you want to remove. Moreover, you can also rearrange some of the modes by dragging them up / down.

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7 best OnePlus Nord tips and tricks you should know

With the exception of the wide-angle selfie mode setting, the OnePlus Nord’s camera settings share many similarities with the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Click here to find the best camera settings for your OnePlus phone.

Get the most out of your OnePlus Nord

So these are some of the settings that you can change on your OnePlus Nord. Of course, these are not the only ones. If you want, you can head over to utilities and play around with Parallel Apps and App Locker options. Or, you can change the display type to Vibrant (View> Vivid Color Effect). In short, there is a lot to explore on your new phone.

And have you tried the Dirac Audio Tuner in Sounds & Vibrations? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below.

Then:

How does OxygenOS compare to Samsung’s One UI? Check out the comparison below to see what you’re missing.

Last updated on August 3, 2020

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