OnePlus Alert Slider Customization now possible with an Xposed Module
It’s a common complaint of OnePlus phones that the alert slider, while a major time saver, is configured in a way that isn’t terribly useful for most users. It wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the fact that there isn’t an easy way to customize it in Oxygen OS — putting the phones in silent mode (with vibration disabled) can be an annoying undertaking. The built-in options are fairly lackluster and don’t leave much room for tinkering, and while third-party developers came up with ways to modify the alert slider’s behavior in older versions of Oxygen OS with root access, those methods no longer work as a result of the changes OnePlus made when it merged Oxygen OS with the China-only Hydrogen OS. But thanks to the Xposed framework and a new module from XDA Member Seveilith, it’s possible to customize OnePlus devices’ alert sliders once again.
Enter Seveilith’s Oxygen Slider for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T running OxygenOS 4.7.6 Nougat stable, which also works on the latest OxygenOS Open Beta for the OnePlus 5 with the newly released Xposed for Android Oreo. It has a huge list of options to choose from — you can program the alert slider to launch an application or switch toggle Wi-Fi, or even take a screenshot.
Here’s a sampling of what you can do:
- Total Silence (AOSP)
- Do Not Disturb
- Gaming Do Not Disturb
- Silent (Vibrate)
- Reading mode [on/off]
- Night mode [auto/custom/on/off]
- Caffeine [from LOS/CM]
- Launch application
- Take screenshot
- Wi-Fi [on/off]
- Hotspot [on/off]
- Wi-Fi [on/off]
- Bluetooth [on/off]
- Power saver [on/off]
- Do nothing
And if that weren’t enough, it’s also packed with a few extra features that modify some of OxygenOS’s other default behaviors:
- Show a Zen Toast (from Marshmallow) on slider changes.
- Disable volume dialogue peeking on slider changes.
- Hide the zen footer in the volume dialogue.
- Override the zen footer’s settings shortcut with Oxygen Slider.
Customizing the OnePlus alert slider using Oxygen Slider
This Xposed module only works on OxygenOS. It isn’t compatible with any custom ROM for the OnePlus 5 and 5T.
It might also work on the OnePlus 3 and 3T, but hasn’t been tested. Several readers are confirming that it also works on the OnePlus 3 and 3T!
Part 1 – Installing Xposed
This part is pretty simple, and we suggest referring back to the Xposed for Android Oreo announcement post for details. You’ll need to unlock your bootloader (which will wipe your device), then flash the Xposed for Android Oreo ZIP file.
Part 2 – Installing, enabling, and configuring the Xposed module
This is the easy part. First, follow the link below to visit the Google Play Store page for the Xposed module.
Once you’ve installed it, navigate to the Xposed app, enable the newly added Oxygen Slider module and reboot your device. When it starts up again, the module will be enabled and you can start configuring it!
Part 3 – Customizing the OnePlus alert slider with Oxygen Slider
The app adds a lot of customization options for the OnePlus alert slider. If the module is loaded correctly, you should see what’s in the screenshot below.
Take a look at all of the options in the screenshots below. As you can see, there’s a lot you can do. (Note that you’ll have to reboot your phone in order for any changes you make to the alert slider to take effect.)
Why do I need an Xposed module to customize the OnePlus alert slider?
Previously, root access was used to intercept input from the alert slider, but due to Oxygen OS framework changes, root access alone isn’t enough anymore. Xposed changes how apps and software interface with the device’s hardware on a lower level than root, modifying how applications and other software compile and run. The Oxygen Slider module makes use of those capabilities to intercept alert slider changes in the system framework.