Dec 29th, 2020

The OnePlus Nord N10 is currently one of the latest new mid-range 5G smartphones on the market. The device is packed with unique features, which perhaps not everyone knows about. If you already own a OnePlus Nord N10 and have checkout out our 10 first things every OnePlus Nord N10 owner should do article, we’ve put together a more comprehensive list of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your new smartphone. 

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Change the shortcuts on the status bar

One of Oxygen OS’s attractions is its fairly clean design. It comes with very little bloatware from the company. This also applies to the status bar. When you slide two fingers down from the notifications bar, it is displayed in a 3×3 arrangement. It is not much space, so configuring the shortcuts can better suit your needs.

  • Swipe down with two fingers from the notification bar to show the shortcuts.
  • Press the settings button. It is not the cogwheel icon, but the pencil icon.
  • You can now get to edit the shortcuts as per your preference.

Resize screen elements

OxygenOS includes an option with which you can increase or decrease the size of screen elements, such as icons and layout. This may cause some icons or apps to change places, but it will help if you have vision difficulties. To customize this function:

  • Enter the mobile settings.
  • Click on the Screen option.
  • Inside, click on Advanced to show more options.
  • Now hit Display size.
  • Choose the icon size you want.

Change the font size

This other possibility goes in the same direction, that of changing the size of fonts. Users can modify the size of texts on the screen of the OnePlus Nord N10 or any application with this option.

  • Enter the mobile settings.
  • Click on the Screen option.
  • Inside, click on the Advanced tab to show more options.
  • Now hit Font size.
  • Choose the layout you want.

Shows the battery percentage

If you want to see the battery percentage remaining on your OnePlus Nord N10 in the notification bar next to the battery icon, go to the device settings and the Battery option. In it, activate the Battery percentage option.

Learn to open the multi-window

The multi-window allows you to have two applications open simultaneously on your OnePlus Nord N10 screen, one in the upper half and one in the lower half. It will require having one of the applications open to performing the task from the multifunction view. Here’s how to do it:

  • Open the application you want to split.
  • Press the square button or make the necessary gesture to view the recent apps panel.
  • In the open applications view, click on the icon of the application you want to split.
  • A menu will open, in which you must press the Split screen option.
  • The chosen application will be in the upper half, and now you just have to select the app you want to have in the lower half.

Choose between light or dark theme

Although OxygenOS does not have themes as comprehensive as the customization layers from manufacturers like Samsung or Xiaomi, you can switch between a light and dark theme. OnePlus Nord N10 users can choose one or the other. These two themes apply to the launcher, interface, and notification bar.

  • Enter the mobile settings.
  • Click on the Screen option.
  • Inside, hit Advanced.
  • Now click on Device theme.
  • Choose between light or dark.

Save battery with smart battery

Android has a function that tries to save battery by analyzing our usage patterns to know when to limit the consumption of the applications we use the least. It is activated by default, but it never hurts to look at it in case you accidentally removed it.

  • Enter the mobile settings.
  • Click on the Battery option.
  • Tap on Smart battery to manage the option.

Learn to use Digital Wellbeing

Digital Wellbeing is one of Google’s proposals to reduce the use of mobile phones. Thanks to it, you can have tighter control over what you do with your mobile, how long you use it and add some restrictions. You will see it within the settings, and its main interface will show us the time of use, the number of unlocks, and the notifications received during the day. In the same way, we can manage the notifications that come to us and activate a rest mode so that nobody bothers us for a certain time.

Make an automatic backup

The OnePlus Nord N10 also allows automatic backups, an option that is usually activated in the phone’s initial configuration. But if you are not sure if you have activated it or not, or want to change some configuration or deactivate it, you can access it easily. These copies depend on your Google account and are stored in Google Drive.

  • Enter the mobile settings.
  • Click on the System option.
  • Inside, click Backup.
  • You can activate it and choose the account.
  • With this option, you can configure active backups, which can be application data, call history, contacts, SMS, or device settings.

Prevent new applications from adding an icon to the desktop

If you are a person who likes to maintain order and control of your Android. In that case, it may bother you when you install a new application, and a shortcut is created on the homescreen. This is especially annoying when you install multiple applications at the same time. However, there is an option with which you can disable it.

  • Press and hold down on an empty area of ​​your OnePlus Nord N10 homescreen.
  • Some options will be displayed, where you have to click on the home screen settings.
  • In the menu where you go, deactivate the option to add an icon to the home screen.

Decide which notifications each app shows

In OxygenOS, all notifications are enabled by default, so you will see icons in the status bar, banners on the lock screen, and pop-up banners on the system when messages arrive. However, you can configure all this to your liking to put notifications under control.

  • Enter the mobile settings.
  • Click on the Applications and notifications option.
  • If you click on Notifications, you can decide if they should be shown in a bubble or on the lock screen and customize the sounds.

Configure the default applications

Android allows you to decide which applications open by default when performing certain functions or opening specific files. Usually, it will ask you every time you install an app that may affect your current settings, and what you choose will be saved indefinitely. If you change your mind, you can also edit this manually later.

  • Enter the OnePlus Nord N10 settings.
  • Click on the Applications and notifications option.
  • Now, hit the Default Applications option.
  • Now, click on the browser, launcher, phone applications, and all the sections you want to change their default app.

Enable screen rotation

Do you want your screen to rotate to a horizontal interface when you hold the mobile horizontally, or is this something that bothers you? Regardless of whether you have this pre-activated or not, it is something that you can change with ease.

  • Enter the mobile settings.
  • Click on the Screen option
  • Inside, click on Advanced to show more options.
  • Now, enable or disable the Auto-rotate screen option.

Unlock with trusted devices

The Smart Lock function can allow OnePlus Nord N10 to be unlocked in certain circumstances, such as when you are in a specific location, when you have a trusted device such as a watch nearby, or simply remaining unlocked while you have it on the move. Here’s how to enable it:

  • Enter your mobile settings.
  • Tap on Security and location.
  • Click on the Smart Lock option.
  • Now you can configure where and how to do the smart unlocks.

Protect your passwords

By default, when you are typing a password on any website with your browser, in the field where you enter it, the last character you typed can be seen for a few thousandths of a second, before it hides. This helps you know that you are typing a password correctly, but it can cause the people next to you to memorize that password. Fortunately, this is something you can change.

  • Enter your mobile settings.
  • Tap on Security and location.
  • Turn off the Show passwords option.

Free up space the easy way

If your OnePlus Nord N10 is running out of space, and you don’t want to start exploring your internal files one by one to know what to delete. Do not worry, because there are some options with which you can free up space very quickly and obtain all the information.

  • Enter the mobile settings.
  • Click on the Storage option.
  • Once inside, click on Shared internal storage.
  • It will break down what your internal memory is being spent on.
  • On this screen, press the Free-space button.
  • Choose which elements to delete and click done.

Create shortcuts for a specific action in an app

OxygenOS gives you the ability to create homescreen shortcuts to an application and specific actions of certain applications. Not all apps are supported, but things like having the shortcut to directly write a new email instead of just Gmail can help you save a lot of time.

  • Go to the app drawer.
  • Hold down your finger on an app.
  • If it is compatible, you will see that a menu opens with options.
  • You just have to drag one of those options and take it anywhere in the homescreen.

Direct access to vibration only mode

If you are in a meeting and start receiving calls on your OnePlus Nord N10, you know that it is possible that if you don’t pick up, they will call you again. If you have a certain setting activated, there is a combination of keys to activate the vibrate only mode easily and without having to navigate through different menus. You just have to press the power off and volume up buttons at the same time to put it into vibrate mode.

Try DC Dimming

DC Dimming is one of OnePlus Laboratory’s newest features. It adjusts screen brightness based on the light sensor’s environment and reduces screen flicker in a low brightness setting. However, it is worth noting that since it is a lab feature, it can sometimes prove to be buggy.

Edit your screenshots instantly

When you take a screenshot with your OnePlus Nord N10, at the bottom of the screen where you can view the capture, you will see some options to edit these captures at the moment. You have a button to crop the capture, another to write on it, and even one with which you can share them directly through the application you want.

Pin an app on the screen

Android allows you to fix an app on your OnePlus Nord N10, a method with which you will make an application stay in the foreground, and it cannot be closed to use another. This can be useful in cases such as when lending the device to someone for a moment, and you want to rest assured that they cannot leave an application. Here’s how to enable it:

  • Enter the mobile settings.
  • Click on the Security and location option.
  • Hit Advanced to show more options.
  • At the bottom, turn on Screen pinning.
  • Now, press the square button or make the necessary gesture to enter the view of all open apps.
  • In the applications view, click on the icon of the application you want to pin.
  • In the menu that opens, press the Pin this app option.

Remove notifications from the lock screen

You may not want your OnePlus Nord N10 notifications to show up on the lock screen even without privacy concerns. This will ensure that prying eyes will not see more than necessary. To change this, in the settings, click on Applications and notifications, and once inside, click on Notifications. In the menu, you enter, click On the lock screen and disable notifications on it.

Take better night photos on a tripod

The OnePlus Nord N10’s camera has a night mode that produces beautiful images. However, there is a way to take better night photos. By placing your phone on a tripod or stable surface, OnePlus Nord N10 can use slower shutter speeds. You must first enable this feature. 

  • Open the Camera app;
  • Select ‘Settings’;
  • Under the Night scene, select Long exposure time with the tripod feature.
  • If the OnePlus Nord N10 does not detect any vibration while taking a night photo. The smartphone will choose a shutter speed between 8 and 30 seconds.

Enable grid lines

As you may already know, the classic “rule of thirds” in photography helps to frame your shots better. This perfection in photography can be achieved thanks to the use of grid lines. To enable it on your OnePlus Nord N10, all you need to do is go to the camera settings, tap on the Grid option, and choose your preferred layout for it. The 3 × 3 grid is a great place to start.

Use Face Unlock

The OnePlus Nord N10 features a face unlock system that is quite fast and reliable. However, it’s not as secure as other protected methods, so it is advisable not to use it for sensitive protocols. To set it up, go to Settings > Security & lockscreen> Face unlock > Add face.

Activate Fnatic mode

OnePlus Nord N10 comes with a rather special game mode. Named after Fnatic, the popular game esports organization, this mode allows mobile players to have an immersive gaming experience. In addition to aggressive CPU usage, it also includes an advanced DND mode that stops all calls, messages, and notifications. To enable Fnatic mode, go to the smartphone’s gaming section.

Speed up animations

Oxygen OS is one of the fastest customization UI on Android. But there are still a few more tweaks we can resort to for the advancement of the OnePlus Nord N10, specifically with the system development settings. Here’s how to do it

  • Open Developer options (make sure you have it enabled first) 
  • Select Window animation, and choose .5x
  • Select Transition animation and choose .5x
  • Select the Animator duration scale and choose .5x
  • Restart your OnePlus Nord N10 to notice the change.

Screen Recorder

Another cool feature is the Screen Recorder. It offers users to record the smartphone screen seamlessly and includes several great functions. Users can select the screen resolution, bit rate, and audio source for their videos. It also has a touch-marker to highlight touches on the recording.

Get the traditional Home button

The OnePlus Nord N10 includes Android Pie-style navigation gestures. But, you can also have the elegant pill-shaped home button on your phone. Here, the back button is on the left side. Thankfully, the Oxygen OS allows you to swap the back button order pretty easily. To do this, go to Button & Gestures> Navigation Bar & Gestures> Navigation Bar Customization and turn on the switch for Swap buttons.

Ram Boost

Another new feature is the RAM Boost. The OnePlus Nord N10 can learn from your usage habits and, in the process, can predict which app you want to load or which dataset to load. Simply put, it can intelligently allocate available RAM for your apps, thereby increasing loading speed. To enable it, go to the system and scroll down until you see RAM Boost. Tap it and turn on the switch.

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