One of my favorite features of OxygenOS 11 is Zen Mode 2.0 – an update to OnePlus’ Zen Mode that helps users take a break from their smartphones. Although OnePlus is still rolling out OxygenOS 11 to its older phones, you can get your hands on Zen Mode 2.0 by updating the app from Play Store.
Use Zen Mode 2.0 on OnePlus phones
In this article, we’ll discuss the new features introduced with Zen Mode 2.0 and how you can use the app to disconnect and focus on your work, without letting your phone distract you from important real-world situations. . That said, let’s get started.
What is Zen Mode 2.0 and how do I access it?
Zen Mode is OnePlus’ take on digital wellbeing. The company has updated Zen Mode with new features alongside OxygenOS 11. You can get Zen Mode 2.0 for OnePlus 8 series, OnePlus 7 and 7T, OnePlus 6 and 6T, OnePlus 5 and 5T, and OnePlus Nord from Play Store. Once you have installed it, pull down the notification shade and tap the Zen mode tile. If you don’t see it, tap the pencil icon and drag it to the accessible area. I would recommend keeping it on the front page for quick access.
New Features in Zen Mode 2.0
- Updated user interface
- Increased Duration Settings
- White noise tones
- Group Zen Mode
Updated user interface
With version 2.0, OnePlus has redesigned the Zen Mode. The feature now offers a total of five themes namely ocean, space, grasslands, sunrise and meditation. As the name suggests, Themes are based on these concepts and you will see them in the background during your Zen Mode session. Take a look at the themes in the image gallery below:
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Ocean and Space Themes
Prairie and sunrise themes
Increased Duration Settings
OnePlus previously offered 20 minutes as the default duration for Zen Mode, then brought the ability to set the duration to 30, 40, or 60 minutes. Zen Mode 2.0 allows you to further customize the duration with new options of 1 minute, 90 minutes and 120 minutes. In total, you can set the duration to 1 minute, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 40 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes or 120 minutes in Zen Mode 2.0. Do this, tap the timer on the Zen mode home page and choose the duration which works best for you.
White noise tones
OnePlus worked with the developers of sleep sounds and meditation app Tide to add white noise tones to Zen Mode 2.0. Thanks to this collaboration, Zen Mode 184.108.40.206 obtained five sound themes: jellyfish, light years, rural mornings, meditation and sunrise. These sounds are related to the five themes available in the application. You can activate the sound by pressing the music symbol present in the top right corner of the application.
If you don’t fancy having music playing in the background, you can turn it off, even if you’re in the middle of a Zen Mode session. To deactivate the ambient sound, you just have to press the musical symbol present on the screen. You can press it again in case you want to unmute it later.
Group Zen Mode
Finally, we have Group Zen mode – a feature to help you put your phone down with friends and family. You can tap the multi-user icon on the homepage to enter group Zen mode. Here you have the option to create a room or join a room that others have created.
You can then configure the session duration and invite friends by sharing your room code. Although OnePlus makes bold claims that any smartphone user can join the group session, this is currently not the case. It may be in the works and OnePlus may add it in the future. For now, you are limited to other OnePlus phones.
Use Zen Mode 2.0 to log out of your OnePlus phone
So these are all the new features that OnePlus added with Zen Mode 2.0. Two older features worth mentioning are daily reminders to remember to turn on Zen mode at a certain time and reminders to use the smartphone after continuous use for 2, 3, 4 or 5 hours. You can access both of these features from the Zen Mode settings in the app. We hope this feature overview has helped you better understand Zen Mode. Before you go try it out, let us know your favorite Zen Mode 2.0 feature in the comments.