“OnePlus Zen Mode locks out users from using the handset; they can only receive calls, dial emergency contacts, and click pictures”
OnePlus, at the OnePlus 7 series launch, debuted updated Oxygen OS with features like Zen Mode, in-built screen recorder with internal audio, and more. The brand already confirmed these features would be rolled out to OnePlus 6T and OnePlus 6 in a future update. Now, it looks like they are finally here as the company is rolling out Open Beta 19 and Open Beta 11, respectively. Additionally, the update also fixes a bug where Facebook Messenger bug pops up notifications in the gaming mode, improves scrolling smoothness, brings support for Pin-To-Top for notification category (India only) and optimise the contact dialling when you are using dual SIM.
The OxygenOS Zen Mode locks out users from using the handset, where they can only receive calls, dial emergency contacts and take a few, occasional photos, with no method designed to stop it midway. This will let users spend some time away from the handset and rest their eyes for a bit. As for the ‘Screen Recorder’ functionality, it will allow users to record screen and internal sound. It also added support for Telia Denmark VoLTE/VoWiF and improved the smooth-scrolling experience.
Since these are beta updates, they might not be stable for a daily driver. OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T users currently running on a beta ROM, would receive an OTA update directly. But if you are on a stable build, you will have to download the ROM from OnePlus Forum and flash the build manually, which would erase the internal data. The OxygenOS open beta update 19 for OnePlus 6 comes in at around 308MB in size.