OnePlus has finally extended the ability for users to authenticate its OnePlus 5 smartphones by using facial recognition. The company started officially rolling out its Android-based OxygenOS 5.0.5 which adds Face Unlock feature to the older OnePlus 5 smartphone. Also Read - Poco F3 GT 5G vs OnePlus Nord 5G: Which one should you buy?Also Read - Why OnePlus chose MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI for the Nord 2 5G, company explains
The incremental rollout was announced through the official OnePlus forum. As part of the update, the new Face Unlock feature has been added and a few bugs have also been fixed. Some apps including the Launcher, Gallery, Weather, and File Manager have been updated. The camera software also gets enhanced electronic image stabilization (EIS) for video recording. Also Read - OnePlus plans adding optimised mode toggle following OnePlus 9 performance controversy
Biometric authentication today has moved from just fingerprint-based mechanism to one that combines facial mapping with iris scanning and what not. If you are a OnePlus 5 user, adding your facial details for authentication is pretty simple. Once you update the software, go to the Settings menu > Security & lock screen option > Select Face unlock. Enter your password or PIN or pattern (as this works as a backup for authentication if the facial unlocking fails).
Now, you need to get your phone recognize your face by aligning and moving it according to the on-screen instructions. Once your face has been mapped from all angles, you will be able to set Face Unlock as the choice of authentication every time you have to unlock the device. You can choose to disable the feature following the same path to Settings.
It is to be noted that OxygenOS 5.0.5 is an OTA update and will reach all OnePlus 5 users gradually. You can always go to your device’s settings/software menu and check manually for an update. While official updates rarely damage your device data, it is always a good practice to back it up before running any software update.
Meanwhile, OnePlus has also rolled out the stable Android Oreo-based OxygenOS 5.0.2 for the OnePlus 5T. With the new update, issues with internet connectivity have been fixed. There is now a new design for Quick Settings while general bugs have also been quashed. Launcher, Gallery, Weather, and File Manager apps have been updated as well.