OnePlus finally released the Oxygen OS for its One devices. So, after several delays the new Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware is available for your OnePlus One. Thus, if you don’t know how to update your phone, or if you need assistance during the flashing process, don’t hesitate and check the guidelines from below – during this tutorial I will show you how to safely download and install Oxygen OS on your own OnePlus One.
Oxygen OS represents the official Lollipop software that is now compatible with the OnePlus One. The ROM comes with the latest features and apps along with a new and redesigned Android 5.0.2 system, which means that your phone will run better and also faster once this step by step guide is completed. Flashing the firmware is not hard, though OnePlus recommended that you should install the Oxygen OS only in given conditions – we will talk about these aspects in a minute, so stay close.
But first of all, it should be clear for you that Oxygen OS is not a custom ROM developed for your OnePlus One. You will be updating your device with the official Android 5.0.2 Lollipop release, so you will keep it all official. So, you will not have to complete a complex or risky operation therefore you have nothing to worry about. However, this is a manual installation guide which means you have to read all the lines from below. In this way you can be sure that nothing bad happens and you can ensure that everything goes as planned.
Now, as mentioned, you can update your OnePlus One with Oxygen OS only if you first take care of some things. So, in that matter you should install TWRP or any other custom recovery image on your device. By using this software you will then complete the flashing process – using TWRP recovery is recommended by those of OnePlus, so the best will be to ensure the same before doing anything else. Don’t worry, installing and using a custom recovery image is easy, so you have nothing to worry about.
Moreover, you should save your data before updating your OnePlus One to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware. During the installation process your data might get corrupted or even wiped out therefore, you should save everything that’s important for you. You might want to save at least your contacts list, call logs, text messages, internet settings, market apps, images, videos, audio files and any other personal data, info and accounts. Moreover, you should also make a Nandroid backup for saving the current ROM that powers your smartphone – you will then be able to easily and safely restore the previous Android OS, if Oxygen OS isn’t running as it should.
On the other hand, since you will manually download and install Oxygen OS on your OnePlus One, first you have to ensure that you can use a computer or a notebook. On the device that you are using you then have to temporarily turn off antivirus (or any other similar programs) protection – in some situations, users declared that the security features interfered with the update operation. Moreover, on your phone you need to enable USB debugging option – in order to do so, first on your smartphone gain developer rights (go to “menu – settings – about phone” and tap several times on built number) and then navigate towards “menu – settings – developer options” and check the USB debugging box.
Remember that this step by step guide is compatible only with the OnePlus One (the Oxygen OS has been released only for the mentioned handset), so don’t use the guidelines from below in any other matter – if you mess things up, you can brick your Android device (if something bad happens, don’t hesitate and learn how to manual troubleshoot your smartphone).
You should start the update procedure from below only after charging your OnePlus One. Plugging in the charger is recommended only if the battery status shows less than 50% power left – if your phone gets turned off during the flashing procedure, your device might get damaged or software bricked.
How to Update OnePlus One with Oxygen Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OS
- First of all, download the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Oxygen OS from here.
- Save the update package on your computer, preferable on desktop – don’t unzip the firmware file.
- Then, connect your OnePlus One with your computer by plugging in the USB cable.
- Transfer the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update file on your phone and when done, unplug the USB cord.
- Turn off your device by pressing and holding power button for a few seconds, or by pressing power key and selecting “power off”.
- Up next, enter recovery mode on your Android device.
- Good; from recovery first select “wipe data factory reset”.
- Also, clear cache by choosing “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
- After doing so, return to main menu of recovery.
- From there load the Lollipop firmware file (select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”) and install the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Oxygen OS on your OnePlus One.
- When done, from main menu of recovery pick “reboot system now”.
There you have it; you can now safely enjoy the new Android 5.0.2 Lollipop experience on your own OnePLus One. Thus, Oxygen OS has been successfully installed on your smartphone; that’s what all for now, but don’t forget to tell us how things worked for you by using the comments field from below – if you were experiencing problems, we will try to assist you as soon as possible.