Reading Mode is one of my favorite features in OxygenOS. The feature makes it easy to read long-form content or books on your OnePlus phone, and it does so by turning the display monochrome — just like an e-reader. Here's what you need to know about the feature, and how you can start with Reading Mode.
How to enable Reading Mode on your OnePlus phone
You can enable Reading Mode by going into your phone's settings, but an easier way is via the notification shade. Here's how to enable the feature:
- Pull down the notification shade.
- Pull down once again to reveal all the tiles.
- Select the Edit icon.
- Swipe left to go to the next page.
- Press and hold on the Reading Mode tile and drag it to the quick settings menu.
- Hit the Back button on the top left corner to save the changes.
Now that you have Reading Mode easily accessible, let's take a look at all the options available and how you can make the most of the feature.
How to use Reading Mode on your OnePlus phone
Reading Mode has two effects: Chromatic and Mono. Chromatic tones down the colors and makes it more conducive to using your phone at night, whereas the Mono mode turns the screen grayscale — ideal for reading. I prefer using the Mono mode as it basically turns the screen of your OnePlus phone into an e-reader, but the Chromatic mode also has its uses.
Regardless of whatever mode you choose, Reading Mode makes a huge difference if you're reading a lot of text on your phone. If you use an e-book client like Kindle or Moon Reader, you can set things up so that the Reading Mode automatically kicks in whenever you launch the app. You'll also be able to mute incoming notifications when the feature is enabled, allowing you to read without any distractions.
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Great hardware, excellent software
The OnePlus 8 has a lot going for it on the hardware front — including a Snapdragon 865 chipset and 90Hz display — but it is the software where it wins out. OxygenOS comes with a host of useful features like Reading Mode that make a lot of difference in day-to-day use.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.