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[Guide] How to Fully Disable Gaming Mode on OnePlus Phones

OnePlus phones come with a built-in Gaming Mode that helps enhance performance, network, and overall gaming experience. It gets activated automatically whenever you open a game and also offers a dedicated in-game Gaming Toolbox. However, some may find it intrusive and annoying. If you don’t like gaming mode in OxygenOS, do not worry. Here’s a complete guide on how you can fully disable the Gaming Mode on your OnePlus smartphone.

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Disable Gaming Mode on OnePlus Phones

For Gaming Mode, you get a dedicated app called Games on the home screen. Whenever you launch a game added in the Games Space, the Gaming Mode gets activated automatically and blocks notifications to ensure you don’t get bothered unnecessarily. It also incorporates mis-touch prevention, graphics optimization, haptic feedback enhancement, and intelligent network management.

Unfortunately, there’s no dedicated option to turn off or prevent Gaming Mode from getting activated automatically on your OnePlus phone. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t disable it.

Below, we’ve mentioned some handy ways to completely turn off the Gaming Mode on any OnePlus phone running OxygenOS.

1. Stop Gaming Mode from Getting Activated Automatically

The Gaming Mode will never run in the first place if you remove all the games from the Games Space list. To remove games from Game Space:

  1. Open the Games app on your OnePlus phone.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu next to the game.
  3. Click on Remove.
  4. Do this for all games in the OnePlus Games app.

This is a one-stop solution to disable gaming mode on your OnePlus phone fully. Since there are no games added, Gaming Mode will never turn on automatically on your phone. However, if you want to disable its features further, go through the steps below.

2. Disable Gaming Toolbox in Games

You’ll see a Gaming Toolbox for games running in gaming mode when you swipe down from the top-left or top-right corner. It is packed with features like Pro Gaming Mode, notification control, and floating window multitasking.

If it annoys you, you can disable it separately instead of completely turning off the Gaming Mode, as follows:

  1. Open the Games app on your OnePlus phone.
  2. Click the three-dot menu in the right corner.
  3. Click on Settings.
  4. On the next screen, disable the toggle for Gaming Tools.

3. Hide the Games Space App

The Games app can be hidden from your home screen and app drawer. If you don’t find yourself using it, it’ll be better to hide it to save extra space in the drawer.

  1. Open the Games app on your OnePlus phone.
  2. Click the three-dot menu in the right corner.
  3. Then, turn on the toggle for Hide Games.

That’s it. The OnePlus Game Space will no longer appear on your home screen or app drawer. However, you can still access it in Settings > Utilities.

4. Disable OnePlus Gaming Mode Notification

Do you get annoyed by the “Gaming Mode on” notification in your notification panel? If yes, you can turn off the notification from settings using the steps below.

  1. Open Settings on your OnePlus phone.
  2. Go to Apps > See All Apps.
  3. Here, click the three-dot menu at the top and tap Show System.
  4. Look for “Android System” from the list of apps. Tap it.
  5. Click on Notifications.
  6. Scroll down to the bottom and turn off the toggle for Gaming Mode on.


Fully Disable Gaming Mode on OnePlus Phone

  1. Once the notification appears, slide it left and tap the Settings icon.
  2. It’ll directly take you to the notification settings.
  3. Here, disable the toggle for Gaming Mode on.

From now, even when you’re playing a game in Gaming Mode, you won’t see the “Gaming mode on” notification which it shows otherwise.

5. Force Stop Games Space

So, you have removed all the games, turned off Gaming Toolbox, and also hidden the Games app from your home screen. But if you want to be sure that it doesn’t disturb you any further:

  1. Go to Settings > Apps and notification.
  2. Click on See all Apps.
  3. Look for “Games” in the list of apps. Tap it.
  4. Click on Force Stop and confirm when prompted.
  5. You can further click on Storage and cache > Clear Storage.

That’s it; it’ll no longer bug you again unless you manually open the Games Space.

The methods above will help you get rid of the gaming mode on all OnePlus phones, including the OnePlus 9, OnePlus 8T, OnePlus 8, OnePlus Nord, OnePlus 7T, OnePlus 7, OnePlus 6T, and OnePlus 6-series.

By the way, if you want stock OnePlus communication apps on your phone, do follow our detailed article on getting Stock OnePlus Dialer, Messages, Contacts App on OnePlus phones.

Wrapping Up

This was a complete guide on how you can fully disable the built-in Gaming Mode on your OnePlus phone. If you want to disable gaming features but still want the ability to block notifications, consider trying the Do Not Disturb mode. Let me know if it helped you in the comments below. Also, feel free to reach out if you have any other issues or queries.

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