OnePlus has just released the Android 9 Pie-based update for its OnePlus 3 and 3T devices in a beta stage. As part of the testing process, the company has launched the latest builds under a new Android 9 “Community Beta” release branch. We have already covered all the changes that come with the latest Community Beta. To recap, the primary changes include Android 9 Pie, Pie-based new OxygenOS UI, and new OnePlus-centric features. The OnePlus centric features that we are referring to include Gaming mode 3.0, Google Duo integration in the system along with Google Lens integration in the camera.

The company has provided detailed installation instructions for both the users, the ones running the latest stable update with version 181206 and the ones running the latest Open Beta with version number 180712. The steps vary for both sets of users to let’s dive in. First up, let’s focus on users that are running the latest stable update from OnePlus.

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OnePlus 3 and 3T users on stable OxygenOS

OnePlus notes that users with the latest stable update will need to have their BootLoaders locked. This means that everyone that has rooted their OnePlus 3 and 3T devices will have to unroot and relock the bootloader. This also means that all the data saved on their device will be removed so it is better to take a backup of all the important data that you don’t want to lose. After the backup, users need to download the corresponding Android 9 Community Beta build for their OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T and then move it to the root folder on the internal storage of their device. Now that the preparation is done, users need to note that there are two different ways to go about the update. Let’s take a look.

Local Update

The first way is to use the local update option that is present inside the system. As part of this, users need to open the “Settings” app and then head to “System Update” section. Once inside, users need to tap on the setting icon present on the top left corner. After that, they need to tap on the “Local update” option and then select the downloaded file to start the installation until it reboots.

Recovery Update

As part of this method, the user needs to turn off their device and then open it in the Fastboot mode by pressing and holding on the power button and volume up key at the same time. Once here, users need to open the Recovery with the help of the volume rocker. Once you enter the Recovery, select “English”, select “Install from internal storage” and then select the Community Beta build and then tap “Yes”. Users need to wait for the reboot.

OnePlus 3 and 3T users on Open Beta builds

Moving to OnePlus 3 and 3T users running the latest Open Beta build, OnePlus notes that all the data on the device will be removed if they choose to install Android 9 Community Beta build. This means that it is essential for interested users to take a full backup of all the data that they don’t want to lose. Another thing to note here is that the backup should be taken on a storage location that is outside the device for obvious reasons.

According to the instructions, users need to download the corresponding file for the Android 9 Community Beta build for their device and then put it in the root folder on their device. Once that is done, users need to turn off their device and then press the power and volume up keys together to boot in the fastboot mode, Once in the fastboot mode, users need to navigate and open the recovery mode with the help of the volume rocker and the power button.

When in the recovery mode, users need to select “English”, choose “Install from Internal storage” and then select the file that Community Beta build file and then choose “Yes” to being the installation. Once the installation starts, users need to wait for the device to reboot for the installation to complete. After the reboot, the newly baked Android 9 Pie goodness is all ready for consumption.

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