The first 15 things you should do with your OnePlus 5T

Everything you need to do to get the best out of your shiny new OnePlus 5T

So ya want one of them skinny bezel smartphones that are all the rage right now? It’ll cost you a pretty penny - unless you use your noggin and pick up a OnePlus 5T, that is.

This cut-price hero costs half the price of some top-end flagship phones, but still packs in all the features you’d want, like dual cameras, a super-speedy Snapdragon CPU, and Dash Charging to keep you topped up without having to wait around.

It also has one of the best versions of Android around, with OxygenOS adding great new features without making things so complex you’re scared to swipe beyond the home screen.

A few of ‘em are a bit hidden away behind the scenes - but we’ve been digging, to find them all and let you know which ones are worth using. Here are the top tips every 5T owner should know.

1) Make up for missing buttons

 

The 5T is the first OnePlus phone to ditch hardware buttons altogether - there just wasn’t any room for ‘em on account of the new bezel-busting screen. Instead, you get virtual on-screen keys. They’re just as customisable as the old hardware ones, though.

Start simple by swapping the Back and Recents keys - handy if you're moving across from a Samsung phone, which has always flip-reversed its keys from the Android default. Head to Settings > Buttons and toggle the "Swap Buttons" switch to move Back to the right side of the screen, and Recents to theleft.

2) Set up custom button actions

You don't have to stick to the standard Home, Back and Recents shortcuts. You can force them to pull double or even triple duty, with a second set of actions activated with a long-press, and a third that recognise a double-tap. There are a handful of shortcuts to choose from, including turning off the screen, activating voice search, opening the widgets shelf, waking Google Assistant, and opening/closing split-screen mode.

To make your personalised picks, head to Settings > Buttons and tap on the Long press or Double tap option that matches the button you want to tweak.

3) Hide on-screen buttons completely

On-screen buttons are handy and all, but they can get in the way of your apps - shrinking down the amount of usable screen space and generally being irksome.

So hide them instead: head to Settings > Buttons and tap "Hide the navigation bar". This adds a fourth icon to the navigation bar, which hides the whole thing when you tap it. Want your buttons back? Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and they'll reappear instantly.

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