So, you have recently received the Nothing (1) phone and you are done admiring the brilliant design of the phone. You are ready to get the most out of the smartphone and activate all of its best features. However, if you’re coming from an older iOS device or a heavy skin like Xiaomi’s MIUI, you may find NothingOS’ stock-like interface a bit confusing to get around.
Don’t worry, here are the top 15 Nothing(1) phone settings and features you should check before you start using it.
Expand folders on home screen
Nothing Phone (1) has a unique implementation for organizing folders on your home screen. When you group multiple apps into a folder, you can long press the folder to expand it. The folder will not only appear larger, but will also give you direct access to the first three apps in the folder, while the rest of the folder can be accessed by tapping on the group of icons at the bottom right of the folder.
Activate Press to wake, Lift to wake
If you like to skip the process of hitting the power button to turn on your screen or take a quick glance at it to check your notifications, one setting you need to enable is “Raise to wake”. You can find it in Settings/Display/Lock screen and scroll down the page. Alternatively, you can also use “Press to wake” or leave both toggles on to use both simultaneously.
Enable battery percentage
You can enable a numeric battery percentage in the top right corner of your screen if you find the simple battery icon a little hard to read, or if you just need a more accurate estimate of how much battery is left. To do this, navigate to Settings/Battery/Battery percentage and enable the toggle next to the setting. You should see a battery percentage sign appear immediately next to the battery icon on your status bar.
Use screen attention
Screen Attention is one of Android’s most underrated features, and while you don’t get the option on a lot of devices, the Nothing(1) phone is one of the phones to use this trick. . When Screen Attention is enabled, the phone will not lock the screen when it is pointed directly at your face.
This overrides the default setting of automatically locking your display after a fixed time (10 seconds, 30 seconds, etc.) and is useful for keeping the screen on when reading something on a browser or performing other tasks that do not involve constantly interacting with the phone.
Change what the power button does
A long press on the Nothing (1) phone’s power button doesn’t take you to the usual power off and restart options like most other Android phones do. Instead, you are redirected to the Google Assistant. To change this feature, go to settings and go to Apps/Assistant/Power maintenance for your assistant. Turn off the toggle and your power button shouldn’t work as expected.
Disable 5G settings
If you currently reside in India like me, chances are you don’t have 5G coverage in your area yet. However, the Nothing(1) phone is set to use 5G by default and therefore constantly scans for 5G networks, which can drain your battery faster. Fortunately, you can disable this option until you can actually use 5G in your city. To do this, go to Settings/Network & Internet/SIMs/ and find the “preferred network type” option and set it to 4G.
Find the Always-On display setting
You probably know what the Always-On Display feature does on phones by now. However, finding the parameter on the Nothing(1) phone is a bit tricky because it’s present under a different name. You can find the toggle by navigating to Settings/Display/Lock screen/ and looking for the option named “Always show basic lock screen info”. Enable or disable this option to enable or disable AoD on your device.
Change your icon pack
The Nothing Launcher you see on the phone (1) by default isn’t the most feature-rich, but it does come with some popular features like changing your icon pack. Once you’ve downloaded and installed a third-party icon pack from the Play Store, you can simply long press on an empty area of the home screen and choose “Personalization”. On the Personalization page, choose Icon pack and select the icon pack you want to apply.
Use “Developer options” settings
The Developer Options page is one of the first things I enable on every Android phone I use, and for good reason. The page lets you access many other hidden settings that can be very useful if you know what you’re doing (don’t mess with the stuff on this page, though).
On the Nothing (1) phone, you can enable developer options by going to Settings/About phone and clicking on the “Software Info” tab next to the phone image. Inside tap the build number seven times to enable developer options. Once you are notified that these settings have been enabled, you can enter them by navigating to Settings/System/Developer Options. Some of the settings that I personally find useful here include the “default USB configuration”, animation scale settings, and selecting a dummy location app.
Enable Glyph Charge Meter
The Glyph LEDs on the back of the Nothing phone (1) do more than glow during calls and take photos. One of the most useful aspects of the lights is the Glyph charge meter feature that allows you to peek at your battery charge by simply shaking the phone when it’s upside down. The setting is found in Settings/Glyph Interface/Charge Meter.
Always show keyboard in app drawer
You can configure the Nothing Launcher app drawer to automatically show you the keyboard to search for apps when you open the drawer. This can be done by opening the app drawer, tapping on the three-dot menu at the top right, and enabling “Always show keyboard.”
Use game mode when playing games
A simple game mode section lets you use a few features to make sure you’re not bothered in the middle of competitive titles. These can be found under Settings/System/Game Mode. You can block calls, minimize notifications, and avoid accidental touches with the options here.
Double-press your power button to open the camera
There are no lock screen shortcuts on the Nothing (1) phone yet, but you can set a shortcut to the camera app that triggers just by double-pressing the power button. This toggle is in Settings/System/Gestures/Open Camera Quickly. If you have multiple camera apps, you can set a default app to open with the shortcut when you first trigger it.
Configure face unlock
While the fingerprint sensor on the Nothing(1) phone is pretty neat, you can also enable Face Unlock on the device, just like you would on any supported Android phone. You can head to Settings/Screen Lock and Security/Face Unlock and configure the feature from here. Note that your facial data remains on your device.
Use lock mode
Lockdown mode is a great feature you can use when you find yourself in a place where you think your security features can be easily bypassed. This can be done by methods such as using your photo to trick Face Unlock or using a tuned Bluetooth device to unlock the phone near the device. With Lock mode, you will only be able to unlock your phone with your PIN, pattern, or password for as long as the feature is active. You can activate the lock mode by long pressing the power button to enter the power menu and pressing “Lockdown”. Repeat this operation to deactivate the function.