The OnePlus 7 Pro is probably the company’s most ambitious handset to date. Not only does it pack some pretty impressive hardware, but OnePlus has introduced some software features to it that seems to be exclusive to the phone. This includes Screen Recorder and Zen Mode.
Those features were popular enough that owners of older OnePlus handsets were taking it upon themselves to side-load them onto their phones, but upon installation, those features did not work quite as intended. OnePlus has since acknowledged the popularity of those features and has confirmed that they will be bringing them to handsets like the OnePlus 5, 5T, 6, and 6T in a future update.
According to the post on the forum by staff member Crystal Z.:
“After checking with the team, the reasons are that current Screen Recorder and Zen Mode are only compatible with the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro and are not fully integrated with previous models. If you install these apps on other phone models, you may face some issues while using it.”
“We plan to release Screen Recorder and Zen Mode in next week’s open beta build for OnePlus 6/6T. And the software team is also working on the adaptation of these two applications on the OnePlus 5/5T and the stable build.”
For those who aren’t familiar with either feature, Screen Recorder is as its name suggests, a tool to record what’s going on on your screen. This makes it a useful tool if you want to record videos of your gaming sessions, or if you want to make some kind of tutorial. Zen Mode, on the other hand, is where it will block smartphone usage and notifications for the next 20 minutes, giving yourself a much-needed break from your phone.