Setting up your OnePlus 5

This is TechMaster404’s guide to setup your One Plus 5.

Hey there, I’ve just received my to-be daily driver, the One Plus 5. I’d like to share how I had setup my Android phone to suit my likes.

I firstly unboxed the device itself, went through the initial first setup process. Connected to WiFi, enabled Google services, set the time zone, securing using the fingerprint scanner, got connected to my Google account. And setup my device as a new device. Note, that the device comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

That’s it now I’m on the home screen. Very few apps, no bloatware at all. Near stock experience, and pretty launcher. Firstly, I don’t see the clock on the home page. I open the widgets settings drag the digital clock widget onto the screen, try resizing the clock but the maximum size of the one plus original clock widget is very small for its screen. So, I pop up the Play Store and install the Google Clock App and use its widget, now it’s size is larger and suits my need. Then, I install this app, called Super Backup from which I imported my previous phone’s contacts, call logs, messages. Then I pop in my sim card. Now, for the other apps as the basics are done.

The phone I have is the Midnight Black OnePlus 5 with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.

I open Play Store to install my apps. I mostly use the Google suite which is synced across Drive. Most of them come preinstalled, but I had to install Google Keep, a note-taking app , Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. Then, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Quora, Instagram, Linkedin, Messenger followed. (I don’t use SnapChat, for that matter XP) . Next, I installed TrueCaller which is a great app to know who’s calling you if you don’t have their number and also protects you from spam. Then, I have set TrueCaller’s inbuilt messenger as the default messaging app, which has an excellent spam protection.

This is how the home screen looks.

Next, I installed shopping apps Amazon, Ebay, Flipkart and Myntra. Then, I have installed news apps namely Inshorts, Medium, Flipboard, and Google News. Next, up I have installed Coursera and EdX which I use to keep track of the courses I take online.

For media consumption, for videos VLC is more than enough. CamScanner for grabbing notes and documents. Uber and OlaCabs for transit and cabs. CPU-Z to have handy information of my phone. Wynk Music and Spotify for music. Solid Explorer , the best file manager which I’ve ever used. MyStudyLife to keep track of my timetable and classes. Cricbuzz to keep track of my favorite game, Cricket. Wikipedia for articles. Then, Mega App for keeping track of my mega storage account. BookMyShow to book movie and event tickets online. PayTM as a mobile wallet. OpenVPN Connect to get connected to VPN. Backdrops, Backgrounds HD and Google Wallpapers for wallpapers. Zedge for ringtones, wallpapers, and other cool stuff. FoodPanda and Swiggy for food delivery. Xender and Shareit for transfers between devices. Google Translate as I travel a lot, and need help in local translations. Google Snapseed for photo editing. Splitwise for managing money. Shazam for identifying music playing around me. OperaVPN, who doesn’t like free VPN? Alto’s Adventures, 2048 and Flappy Bird the only games which I play on mobile devices. HP ePrint and HP Printer Plugin to connect wirelessly and manage the printer at home. Fing Network Tools to know who’s on my WiFi Network.

After installing all the apps, I had to open them once, set them up for the first time and log in to the respective accounts.

I then, enabled show battery percentage in the status bar which is very much handy. From, Settings -> Status Bar -> Show Battery Percentage, turned it on.

I then had to disable all the vibration from the phone. I hate them. You can find them in Settings -> Sound & Vibration. Also, the vibration while typing stuff, at Settings -> Languages & Input -> Virtual Keyboard -> Google Keyboard -> Preferences -> Vibrate on Keypress, turned off. Then, I disliked the lights on the capacitive buttons, and I disabled at Settings -> Buttons -> Backlight, and I prefer the capacitative buttons over the on-screen navigation bar, also with the options swapped. Recents for left and back for right.

Also, I like double tap to wake up the device, and enabled it in Settings -> Gestures. Then I, dragged most used apps onto the home screen, made a folder Social for all the social networking apps.

Finally, to finish everything off, I changed the wallpaper to a cool photo to suit my needs.


P.S: The wallpaper is the automatically stylized photo from Google Photos Apps, which automatically gave me an edited version of a previously backed up photo. Do check it out this feature along with the new cool faces detection feature in the latest Google Photos app. There can be a separate article on Google Photos itself, and all its new features. XD.