Make Your New OnePlus 6 Entirely Yours: A Guide to Customization
On the heels of OnePlus 6’s record-high sales, news of your smartphone’s future just got a lot brighter. It wasn’t too long ago when the original OnePlus—a surprisingly capable smartphone for an affordable price—didn’t seem to do much more than impress the people paid to review it. Now, the cultural cachet of the OnePlus has grown, and though it’s a little more expensive than its debut flagship, it still remains one of the cheapest handsets challenging heavyweights like the iPhone X and Pixel.
Now that word got out about just how great the OnePlus 6 is, you won’t be the only one on the block with this phone in your back pocket. If you picked the OnePlus partly because of how exclusive it is, its new standing as a media darling can put a crimp on your style. Luckily, there are a few ways you can customize your smartphone so that your increasingly popular OnePlus 6 still manages to stand out from the crowd.
Customizing Your Shelf
Your shelf is where you keep your widgets. Like the shelf in your living room showing off your collection of Marvel memorabilia for Infinity Wars, only the best widgets should have a space on your handset’s Shelf. Otherwise, it defeats the purpose of this time-saving feature. Customize this part of your phone by swiping your screen to the right. Click the round teal icon found at the bottom of the screen to add your favorite widget to the Shelf.
Any self-respecting collector knows that the display is part of the fun—even if it is just for your widgets. You can move their position by pressing down on the icon and dragging it to where you want it to rest. You can also resize any widget by pressing down on the icon and dragging the handle at the bottom. Tap the screen to lock everything once you have the setup you love.
Removing the Notch
You can blame the iPhone X for this design feature. Thanks to Apple’s latest flagship, the notch has become a design regular in all subsequent smartphones — including your OnePlus. If you’d rather not sport this Apple design flaw, the latest OS lets you remove it. You can hide the notch by going through settings to your display options. Under “Not Display”, there’s an option to hide the notch area by activating the phone’s compatibility mode.
Enabling the Face Unlock
On the other hand, if you bought the OnePlus wishing it was more like the X, then you’re in luck. You can setup the biometric face unlocking feature, similar to Apple’s Face ID. To do so, you’ll need to go through settings to the security & lock screen. When you tap open “Face Unlock”, you’ll see your three security options: pattern, PIN, and fingerprint. The one you choose will be your additional security option when making changes to your security and lock screen. Once you pick one, you’ll be able to enable the Face Unlock feature. Your OnePlus 6 will use your front-facing camera to capture what it needs to perform this security measure. Just be forewarned, the Face Unlock has been fooled by a 2D picture, so it may not be the most secure option.
Fixing Its Grime Problem
Though beautiful nestled insides it box, the glossy mirror black was never meant for real-world handling. It’s a fingerprint magnet that displays every greasy smudge in HD quality. If you’ve surpassed the 14-day refund period to switch out to the midnight matte black or the pearlescent white-and-pink gold models, you can get a new skin for your OnePlus 6.
A skin an accessory that wraps around your smartphone, matching it curve for curve to provide form-fitting camouflage overcosmetic damages. Its texturized surface also solves your fingerprint issues. Skin providers like dbrand have teamed up with 3M vinyl to create scratch-free and grime-resistant OnePlus 6 skins that keep your phone looking clean—and unique. You can customize a OnePlus 6 decal design, choosing from premium textures like black camo, marble, and dragon skin.
A skin only covers the bezels and backing — leaving the haptic touchscreen bare so you can still navigate your display. If you’re sick of seeing your ear and cheek imprint after a long phone call, invest in a screen protector that has an oleophobic coating. This prevents fingerprints and grime from leaving their mark on your display. A microfiber cloth is also another way to keep your screen clean, though you’ll have to buff out smudges on your own.
Now that the OnePlus 6 has proven itself a phone to take seriously, your handset won’t be as unique as it once was without some tweaking. Luckily, you can customize your OnePlus experience easily. All these tips won’t take more than five minutes each, including ordering the accessories you need. Just a few a clicks and taps stand in your way from having an amazing and personalized phone.