Your OnePlus smartphone is sent with a shiny version of Android called OxygenOS. OnePlus is quite good at performing updates on time with their smartphones, even older as OnePlus 3. If those updates are not fast enough for you, there is always OxygenOS beta.
If you want to be on the edge of your OnePlus smartphone, you must install OxygenOS beta. Beta builds get new features, new enhancements and even brand new versions of Android before anyone else.
You may think that installing OxygenOS beta will be hard to do, but it's actually quite simple. All you need to get started are:
- OnePlus smartphone (natural)
- Access to a WiFi internet connection
- About 20 minutes of your day
If you're ready to install OxygenOS beta on your OnePlus unit, describe the steps below for you.
Note: Installing OxygenOS beta is likely to go smoothly and your data will be fine. However, it is always best to make a backup before installing beta software. Also, keep in mind that if you decide to return to the stable version of OxygenOS, you must do a new installation that will wipe your data.
Step 1: Download OxygenOS Beta Software
The first thing you need is the correct beta version for your OnePlus smartphone. Fortunately, the software is always easy to find on OnePlus.com. But to make things even easier, you can use your OnePlus smartphone to visit one of the links below to go straight to the right page:
If you're wondering where the links are for OnePlus X, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus One, unfortunately there's There are no OxygenOS beta buildings for these devices anymore because they are too old. There is also no beta building for OnePlus 6T, as the device is still new.
When you're on the appropriate software download page (remember you should see the page on the OnePlus device where you want to install beta ), click the tab link at the top of the page to go to the Beta Build section. Once there you will see a big red button that says "download". Click it and wait for the download to complete.
Step two: Move software to the parent directory
 Now that you have downloaded the OxygenOS beta software, you must move it to the right place on your phone. Assuming you downloaded the .ZIP file to the default location (the phone's download folder), it's just about entering and moving the file somewhere else.
You can check the screenshots below for help, but here are steps:
- Open your app box and find the file manager (if you use another file explorer app, use it).
- Click the box titled Downloads.
- Find the file labeled similar to "OnePlus5Oxygen_23 …". The file name may be a little different for you, but it is the general format.
- Press and hold the appropriate file. A check box should appear next to the file name.
- Touch the three-point icon in the upper right corner. Select "Cut."
- You will automatically get to the parent directory on your phone. It's exactly where you want to be, then hit "Paste" in the upper right corner.
- You should see the file at the bottom of the list.
After you complete these steps, you are ready to install OxygenOS beta!
Step Three: Install OxygenOS Beta
You're almost done! You have downloaded OxygenOS beta and moved it to the appropriate directory. Now you only need to install the software.
Enter your Android settings by either touching the Settings app in your app box or touch the settings icon from the drop-down menu. Once in Android settings, the following steps are slightly different depending on what version of Android you are currently using:
For Android 9 Pie and above: Scroll down, press System, and then tap System Updates .
For Android 8.1 Oreo and below: Scroll down and tap System Updates.
But you get there, the system update page should look like this:
Touch the gear icon in the upper right corner. Then select the option that says "Local Upgrade."
If you assume you have not downloaded a lot of other OxygenOS beta buildings before, there should only be one file specified. Tap that file!
Your phone will prompt you to confirm that you want to install the file, which of course you do. Click to confirm and the OxygenOS beta building will start installing. When done, the phone will automatically reboot and review a few more installers. Just let it do its stuff (I suggest you get a cup of tea, it can take up to ten minutes or so).
When the phone restarts, Congratulations: You are running OxygenOS beta! To check safely, just go to Settings> About Phone and find the section "OxygenOS Version." There you should see something with the word "Beta" in it.
Now you're at the beta building, you'll get notifications of new beta updates when they're available, just as you would on the stable version. However, updates should be faster than before and may contain new features (and possibly new bugs).
Hopefully, you found this guide helpful. Let us know in the comments if you encounter any problems!
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