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Update OnePlus 5 to Android 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOS Open Beta 6

A new beta update is available for the OnePlus 5 thanks to the OnePlus Open Beta program. So, now you can update your smartphone to the latest Android build: Android 8.1 Oreo. And since we are discussing about the Open Beta program, you can enjoy this update before others and before the actual official / final roll out. Therefore, if that sounds good for you, don’t hesitate and check all the guidelines from below as there we will learn how to successfully install the new OxygenOS Open Beta 6 firmware on your own OnePlus 5.

The OxygenOS Open Beta 6 package is an official Android 8.1 Oreo software, developed and offered by OnePlus especially for the OnePlus 5. The update is a minor one, even though it measures 1.6 GB in size. Anyway, the ROM will add bug fixes, stability improvements, security patches and some new features and capabilities which will improve the overall Android functionality. Bottom line, it is a good update through which you can smooth up the Oreo experience that runs on your OnePlus 5.

But, the OxygenOS Open Beta 6 firmware is still under development stage – this is the beta release and not the final build; the official OTA roll out will be offered once the beta build is tested by regular users and only after the reported bugs are successfully addressed. So, if you resume this flashing process you might experience minor issues such as isolate bugs, hangs or screen freeze.

Anyway, the process explained below is describing an official operation, supported by your OEM. Therefore, for completing those steps you won’t have to use any risky programs or third party apps. Moreover, you won’t lose your phone’s warranty and you have no reasons to worry about anything else – your smartphone will remain safe and secured all the time.

However, for being sure that nothing bad can happen, you should apply a backup before doing anything else. And, if possible, along with a general backup you should also initiate a Nandroid one, just for saving the current Android OS that power your OnePlus 5 – afterwards you can use the Nandroid backup package if you want to go back to stock. Now, you can save your personal data, info, accounts and files easily and quickly by using a dedicated backup and restore method, such as: syncing files with your own Google Account, using built-in cloud storage services or going online and downloading backup and restore apps from Google Play (in that situation make sure you select only already tested tools).

For successfully performing all the steps from below, thus for installing OxygenOS Open Beta 6 Android 8.1 Oreo firmware on your OnePlus 5T, you need to know a few things: root access shouldn’t be performed and the stock recovery image must be running on your phone; shortly, if your device was tweaked, you first have to revoke these tweaks as we are discussing about an official OS and not by a custom ROM software.

Also, a computer will be required, as there you need to download and save the update package first. Furthermore, on your handset the USB Debugging feature must be enabled and that can be done from Developer Options (that field should be located under Menu – > Settings). If you cannot access Developer Options you first have to go to About Phone from where you need to tap repeatedly on Built Number – after 7 or 10 taps you will receive the ‘you are a developer’ message.

Finally, charge your smartphone before doing anything else – it’s recommended to plug in the charger if the power left on your OnePlus 5 is currently lower than 50%, otherwise you can skip this process. The reason why this must be applied is the following one: on low power your phone might get turned off while the update operation is resumed, situation during which different issues might be caused (shortly, you can end up in soft bricking your device).

The same can happen if you apply the OxygenOS Open Beta 6 firmware on a different device than OnePlus 5. So, be careful and try not to mess things up.

How to Update OnePlus 5 to Android 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOS Open Beta 6

  1. Power on your computer and enable an Internet connection.
  2. Then, access this page from your browser and download the Android 8.1 Oreo based OxygenOS Open Beta 6 package for your OnePlus 5.
  3. Save the update file on desktop if that’s possible.
  4. Power on your OnePlus 5 and connect your phone with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
  5. Select the downloaded update file and transfer it on your phone; when done remove the USB cord as the computer is no longer required.
  6. Power off your OnePlus 5 and wait a few moments while the shut down is completed.
  7. Next, reboot recovery mode on your Android device: press and hold Power and Volume Down buttons together for a few moments.
  8. From recovery select ‘Install from internal storage/Install from local’ option.
  9. Load the downloaded update zip file.
  10. When done, select ‘Install’ to confirm your selection.
  11. The flashing process will be now automatically performed, so just sit back and relax.
  12. When done, from main menu of recovery choose ‘reboot system now’.
  13. This reboot will take a while – it will be longer than a regular one.
  14. That’s all.

Good work, the OxygenOS Open Beta 6 firmware is now running on your OnePlus 5. Test this new Android 8.1 Oreo based software and share your observations with us, with other users who are ready to use this step by step guide and with the devs. You can share your opinions with us without hassle by using the comments field from down below. Enjoy.