So you went out and bought yourself an Oppo Reno – congratulations, now you can go through the how-tos, tips and tricks here so that you can get more out of your new shiny phone.
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1. Lift or double tap to wake
You can set the phone to turn on the screen when you pick it up or double tap anywhere on the screen while the screen is turned off.
To activate lift to wake gesture, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings > Convenience Aid > Gesture & Motion
- Turn on the Raise to Turn On Screen option.
To activate double tap to wake up gesture, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings > Convenience Aid > Gesture & Motion > Screen-off Gestures
- Turn on Screen-off Gestures and followed by Double Tap to Turn Screen On.
2. Turn on the bluelight filter
Looking to get a good night’s sleep? If so, you may want to turn on the Night Shield feature which helps to decrease the blue light coming out of your phone by changing the color temperature of the display.
To turn on Night Shield, tap Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shield. Here, you can turn it on right away, schedule a time to automatically turn it on and off, and adjust the color temperature of the screen.
3. Tap and hold app icons for more shortcuts
You can find some shortcuts by tapping and holding some of the app icons within the app drawer or home screen. For example, tap and hold the Camera icon will offer you direct access to Portrait Shooting, Beauty Selfie and Video Recording.
You can also tap and drag any shortcut from that menu onto your home screen for future use.
4. Take a screenshot
Here are all the possible ways you can use to capture screenshots on your phone.
- Press the Power and Volume down buttons at the same time for about 2 seconds.
- Swipe down the screen with 3 fingers. To use this feature, you’ll need to turn on the 3-Finger Screenshot option in Settings > Convenience Aid > Gesture & Motion.
- Tap the Screenshot shortcut from the Smart Sidebar. Tip: To turn on Smart Sidebar, go to Settings > Convenience Aid > Smart Sidebar.
- There’s also a Screenshot button in Assistive ball.
5. Capture a scrolling screenshot
There’s a way to capture an entire webpage which doesn’t require any third party app installation. Here’s how:
- Use any of the above methods to take a screenshot.
- Then tap the Long screenshot button.
6. Lock your phone without using the power button
If you wish to extend the power button lifetime by simply using it lesser, then use the One-Tap Lockscreen button to lock your screen. It can be found in the Tools folder, and you can also move it to any part of the screen that your finger can reach easily.
7. Use the calculator
Not only the preloaded calculator does basic scientific functions, but it also has unit and currency conversions. It supports memories too.
8. Use two apps concurrently
If you like to multi-task, the Split-screen mode allows you to easily use two apps concurrently side by side.
There are three ways to enable split-screen mode on your Reno. While all methods yield the same results, you may prefer one over the other.
i. Three finger-swipe
To use the Three finger-swipe method, make sure you go to Settings > App Split-screen and turn on the Swipe Up with 3 Fingers for Split-Screen option. You can then swipe up from the bottom of an app screen with three fingers to have this particular app occupies the upper half of the screen. Next, you can tap open the second app.
ii. Long press the Recent app button
If you already in an app, just long tap the Recent (square) button to minimize it to fill the top half of the screen Now, open the second app to fill the bottom half of the screen.
iii. Via the menu button on the (recent apps) thumbnail
The third way to enable the split-screen mode is by tapping the menu button on a thumbnail in the recent apps view, and select the Split-screen option. This particular app will minimize to fill the top half of the screen and you can then open another app.
9. Make all apps to support split-screen
As you may know, split-screen doesn’t work for all the apps on your phone. But, if you still wish to open Instagram in split-screen, try the following steps:
- Go to Settings > About phone, and tap on Version 7 times to enable Developer Options.
- Now, go to Settings > Additional Settings > Developer Options, and turn on Force activities to be resizable.
- Reboot your phone.
- Now, you should be able to open all the apps in split-screen.
10. Draw letters to launch apps while the screen off
Oppo Reno supports screen-off gestures and that means you can draw a gesture/letter to open a specific app or do a specific operation with the screen off. For example, if you draw an O on the screen, it’ll turn on and open the Camera.
You can enable drawing a V to turn on Flashlight and you can customize which operations are performed with the given gestures and letters in Settings > Convenience Aid > Gesture & Motion > Screen-off Gestures > Screen-off Gestures. So for example, I could set drawing the M to open the Music app. The gestures you can set are drawing ^, M, W, and slide Up, Down, Left and Right.
11. Have two instances of the same apps
Oppo Reno has the feature to enable two instances of the same apps. Which is to say, you can have two Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and etc. to run different accounts of each on the same phone. To enable this feature, go to Settings > Clones Apps. Here, you can turn the feature on for the required apps, and set a different name for the secondary apps.
12. Use gestures to navigate your phone
When it comes to using gestures to navigate your Oppo Reno, you would be spoilt for choice! Your phone comes with 2 main kinds of gesture navigations: Swipe gesture from both sides and Swipe-up gesture. If you opt for Swipe-up gesture, something Samsung Galaxy phones are using, the phone offers four kinds of gesture layouts for you to choose.
To use gesture navigation, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings > Convenience Aid > Navigation Keys.
- Here, you can select either Swipe gesture from both sides or Swipe -up Gestures.
- If you pick Swipe gesture from both sides, you can go through a brief tutorial below the option to learn how it works.
- If you pick Swipe-up gesture, then you’ll need to choose a layout next from the following choices: Back at Both Sides, Simple Gestures, Back on the Right and Back on the Left. All the layouts come with pictures to explain the gestures.
13. Navigate your phone with one hand with the Assistive ball
You can configure to display the Assistive ball, in the form of a round button that floats at the edge (either left or right) of every screen. The Assistive ball enables you to operate your phone with one hand. Here’s how to enable it.
- Go to Settings > Convenience Aid > Assistive Ball, and turn on the Assistive Ball option.
- Next, you can pick an operation mode: Gesture Operations or Tap Menu.
- You can further customize the operations and menu buttons depending on the option you choose.
14. Consider this alternate way to access your favorite apps quickly
You can quickly access your favorite apps and tools from Smart Sidebar.
To enable Smart Sidebar, go to Settings > Convenience Aid > Smart Sidebar and turn on Smart Sidebar.
Once enabled, you’ll be able to see a white vertical line on the right side of the screen. You can then swipe it to the left to expand the Smart Sidebar and tap + Add to add and remove quick apps and tools.
15. Make your phone last longer
If you need your phone to last longer than usual, turn on the Super High Power Efficiency mode in Settings > Battery.
16 Manage your calls and messages while driving or riding
Whether you’re driving or riding a vehicle to work, Oppo Reno has a way to manage your calls and messages while you’re on your wheels. The phone comes with the Driving and Riding modes which you can turn on in the Settings > Smart Services > Smart Driving, and do further customizations on how you want your calls and messages to be handled for each mode. For example, you can set to reject certain contacts and send them a message automatically.
17. Share your phone’s Wi-Fi connection
Wi-Fi tethering is one of the best features that’s available on Oppo Reno. It allows you to share Wi-Fi connection to other people. To setup Wi-Fi tethering, go to Settings > Other Wireless Connections > Wi-Fi Tethering, and tap Wi-Fi Tethering Settings to personalize the WI-Fi name and password, then go ahead to turn on the Wi-Fi Tethering option.
Other devices can now use your phone’s Wi-Fi connection by connecting to your phone using the set Wi-Fi name and password.
18. Unzip and zip files using File Manager
The pre-loaded File Manager has built-in archive features, which means it can extract compressed files in zip and rar formats, and compress multiple files into one before transferring to your friend without the help of a third party app.
19. Record your face in screen recording
Recording your face and screen simultaneously is an interesting feature available to Oppo Reno users. To do that, you will need to go to Settings > System Apps > Screen Recording, and turn on the Allow Sound Recording and Front Camera options. Then, start recording your gameplay, your voice and reaction as you play.
20. Transfer files to SD card
Only Oppo Reno 10x Zoom supports expandable memory. And if you’re using a MicroSD, you can follow the steps below to quickly and easily transfer files from your phone storage to it.
- Go to Settings > Additional Settings > Storage.
- Tap the Information button > Transfer to SD card
- Tap Start transferring.
- Select the files you want to and then tap Start transferring.
21. Display clock and date when the screen is off
The Off-screen Clock function provides information about time and date without having to wake your phone. Just by glancing at your phone. To turn on this feature, go to Settings > Display > Off-Screen Clock, turn on the Off Screen Clock option and specify the start and end times.
1.Enable app drawer
ColorOS 6 brings the app drawer to Oppo Reno but it isn’t enabled by default so you will have to enable it if you want to use it. To enable the new app drawer mode, just pinch a Home screen with two fingers, tap Settings > Home Screen Mode and select Drawer mode.
2. Customize the navigation button order
If you’re using the age-old Android virtual navigation buttons, they will appear at the bottom of every screen. You can customize the button layout or order, or even make them disappear entirely and use gestures (see No. 12 in Basic) to navigate your phone instead.
To change the navigation button layout, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings > Convenience Aid > Navigation Keys.
- Here, make sure the Virtual Keys option is selected.
- You can then move on to the ‘Select your preferred key layout’ section to pick a layout depending on your preference.
3. Customize the Smart Assistant Page
With the new ColorOS 6, Oppo is giving you more control over the information that is shown on the Smart Assistant page (the leftmost home screen). Simply tap the + button in the upper right of the Smart Assistant page, to get to the edit mode. Here, you can pick and choose the type of information that you want to show and rearrange them according to your preference.
4. Display RAM information on recent apps
Displaying RAM/Memory information on the recent apps screen is disabled by default. To enable it, go to Settings > Additional Settings and turn on Display RAM/Memory Information for Recent Tasks.
5. Disable app suggestion
If you’re using the app Drawer mode, you’ll see app suggestions in the top row which the phone thinks they’re useful to you. If you don’t like this default setting, you can turn the Show Apps Prediction option off in Settings > Home Screen & Lock Screen Magazine.
1. Get closer to the subjects with 10x hybrid zoom
The big feature of the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom edition is the 10x hybrid zoom which makes use of both optical and digital zooming technologies to get you closer to the subject from quite a distance. It works very well and it can come in handy when you can’t physically move near to your subject. To zoom, you can tap or swap left/right on the 1X label on the viewfinder screen.
2. Zoom with the volume buttons
For added convenience, you can use the volume buttons to zoom. To do that, you can go to the camera settings, tap Volume Button and select Zoom.
3. Take amazing night shots
It’s a perfect time to take photos—but bad lighting? The Oppo Reno’s Ultra Night Mode 2.0 is the perfect tool for capturing amazing dark night scenes of the city, sunsets, parties and dinners without compromising on the quality of your photos. To use the Ultra Night Mode 2.0, open the Camera app, tap the Menu button and choose Night. You can now start capturing the perfect night scene.
4. Capture expansive scenes with the wide angle mode
You don’t have to hop around a scene to get more in the frame. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom comes with a wide angle lens, which allows you to capture expansive scenes like landscapes quick and easy. To take a photo with the Ultra Wide Camera, simply open the Camera app and select the wide angle icon.
5. Shoot bright selfies even during the night
Oppo Reno and Oppo Reno 10x Zoom have got a built-in LED flash for the front camera to help you better illuminate your crazy bar selfies. To use the front-facing LED flash, simply tap the Flash Light button and followed by On.
6. Take vivid photos of a subject at close range
We all take pictures of flowers and plants. For those situations, the Macro mode should come in handy which gets enabled automatically the camera gets closer to your object.
7. Shoot at 48MP
If you want to capture more detail in your photos, shoot at the full 48-megapixels. Go to Photo Ratio in the camera setting and choose 4:3 (48MP)
8. Switch off AI scene recognition
Oppo Reno uses AI scene recognition to determine different scenes and objects such as Animals, Foods, Blue Sky and automatically adjusts the photographic settings accordingly. If for some reason you prefer not to bother with this feature, you can turn off the AI Scene Recognition option in the camera settings.
9. Add a watermark
If you want to stamp your photographs with your name, you can add a watermark to the images. To do so, go to the camera settings, and turn on the Watermark option. You can then tap the Photographer option to enter your name. After that, your phone model and name will appear in the lower left corner of the photos.
1. Pinch to resize the thumbnails
Want to show more pictures per row in the Photos tab? Simply pinch the screen to shrink the thumbnails.
2. Search faster with smart sorting
Searching for a particular photo on your phone can be a cumbersome task. Thankfully, the built-in Gallery app makes it a bit easier by sorting the photos based on Time, Place, People and Things/Scene automatically. Simply tap the search box to see the smart sorting in action.
3. Search by media types
The Photos app also helps to organize the media files automatically for easy searching. To see that, open the Photos app, go to the Albums tab and scroll to the bottom.
1. Hide private photos and files
When some photos or files are just too sensitive to leave laying around on the Photos app and File Manager, you want to hide them away in safe. Oppo Reno actually comes with a function that can make photos, audio files and documents hidden.
To lock down your secret media, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings > Security > Private Safe. (If you haven’t done so, you’ll be prompted to create a Privacy passcode)
- Select a media type (Photos, Audio, or Documents), and than start adding the photos and files that you want to hide.
- Repeat Step 2 for other media type.
2. Make your phone safer for kids
Turn your phone into the safe space for your kids to play and learn by using the Kid Space feature. With Kid Space, you can limit the play time and control your kids to only use certain apps. To turn on Kid Space, go to Settings > Security > Kid Space to set the allowed time and apps, then tap Enter Kid Space. Now, you can safely pass your phone to your kids. To exit this restricted space, they’ll need to know your privacy passcode.
3. Send SOS Messages
Oppo Reno could save you life in an emergency situation, With the Emergenvcy SOS feature enabled, your Oppo Reno will send your location, a 5-second audio recording and pictures of surroundings to your set emergency contact.
Here’s how to setup the Emergency SOS feature on your Oppo Reno.
- Go to Settings > Security > Emergency SOS.
- Tap Emergency Numbers and select one (or more) recipients from your contacts as your emergency contacts.
- Then, turn on the Press the Power Button Repeatedly for Emergency Call, Send SOS Message, Send Pictures of Surroundings, and Send a 5s Audio Recording of the Surroundings options.
- If an emergency occurs, you can press the Power button five times and select an emergency contact to call. Your information (location. Info, pictures and audio recording) will be automatically sent to your emergency contact after the call.
4. Lock apps with fingerprint and face recognitions
Lock the apps that host your most sensitive information to prevents them from being exposed to snoopers. Thankfully, you can now do so with your fingerprint or face for much convenience.
- Assuming you’ve enrolled you fingerprint and face data on your phone.
- Go to Settings > Security > App Encryption.
- Here, you can select the apps that you want to lock.
- Tap the Nut button, and turn on Use fingerprint for App Lock and Use face for app lock.
Note: More how-tos, tips and tricks will be added in the coming days.