18 July 2019
OnePlus 7 Pro comes with some of the goodies which aren’t available to every OnePlus phones. These include the Zen Mode, Screen Recorder, and Nightscape 2.0. But the company does have plans to bring at least two of them to older OnePlus phones as well. Having said that, OnePlus 6 and the OnePlus 6T smartphones have already been promised to receive the Zen Mode function alongside the Screen Recorder. Now, the company is promising to make these features available to older OnePlus devices as well. So, that’s a surety, you will receive this update officially but this would take some time. And, if you want to taste the newly-baked features in the OxygenOS right now then there’s indeed a way, courtesy of XDA Developers.
For the uninitiated ones, the Zen Mode takes the devices in a state where almost nothing is operable for 20 minutes. It temporarily mutes the notifications and takes your device into a calm state but still leaving it active to receive phone calls and make emergency calls. All apps get locked except for the camera, of course. And, the Screen recorder as the name implies, simply lets you record what you do on the phone’s screen. This comes as a great use especially if you want to give someone a step-by-step tutorial on enabling some setting in the phone. Google is expected to make this a native feature of Android eventually. For comparison, this feature is notably already available from some other phone makers – Apple and Huawei.
Well, moving on to the main topic, you can enable the Zen Mode and Screen recording function right now on your older OnePlus device, considering it’s running the latest Android 9.0 Pie. The process just involves side-loading the dedicated APKs on your devices. Both of these features can be directly accessed from the quick toggles tray. If you haven't yet installed the Android 9.0 Pie Community Build for OnePlus 3/3T then you can install it officially from OnePlus forums.
OnePlus would make these features available via Open Beta releases over the next few months, but you can install the unofficial versions of the Zen Mode and the Screen recorder right away.