Earlier this month during its annual developer’s conference I/O 2018, Google made an unexpected announcement. In addition to releasing the Android P Beta for its own devices, the Menlo Park giant extended the rollout to include support for other OEMs. The list includes one smartphone each from Essential, Nokia, Oppo, Sony, Vivo and Xiaomi which are eligible to get a taste of stock Android.
What’s interesting about this collaboration between Google and smartphone manufacturers was that barring Nokia and Essential, none of the smartphones ran on stock Android before this, let alone a Beta version of the upcoming Android.
Amongst the list of devices eligible to run on Android P Beta was the then-unreleased OnePlus 6. Now that the smartphone is out in the wild, we have the Android P Beta ROM for the OnePlus 6. Here is how you can install the same on your recently purchased OnePlus 6.
Please note that as it is a Beta version of Android P, there may be bugs, errors and system crashes pertinent throughout its usage. OnePlus itself notes a few issues which users may face after upgrading to Android P Beta. Among those is the unavailability of VoLTE, Bluetooth compatibility, unstable slow motion video recording and unavailability of Face Unlock.
Before we start, make sure to backup all your data from the OnePlus 6 as the process will essentially format everything there is on your smartphone.
- Download the Android P Beta ROM from here
- Connect your OnePlus 6 to a desktop/notebook and copy the ZIP file to the phone storage.
- Disconnect your OnePlus 6 from the desktop/notebook.
- On your phone, go to Settings and tap on System Updates.
- Then tap on the top-right corner icon and select Local Upgrade.
- Choose upgrade via Installation package and tap on immediately upgrade.
- After the system has upgraded, press the power button and tap on shut down.
- Now, hold down the power and volume down button which will make the phone enter its Recovery Mode.
- When in Recovery Mode, select Wipe data/factory reset from the menu options and confirm.
- After completion, Reboot your OnePlus 6 and you’re good to go.
Android P Beta brings a simpler yet colorful design with support for the notch and allows you to blackout the status bar entirely if a user needs. Machine learning also finds a deeper integration with Android P along with features like App Timer and Wind Down to improve digital wellbeing. We have listed down all the new features and changes to Android here.
After upgrading to Android P, if for reasons related to bugs or general use, you want to switch back to the OxygenOS, we have got that covered as well.
- Download the latest OxygenOS for OnePlus 6 from here and copy it to your phone storage.
- On your phone, go to Settings and tap on System followed by About Phone and then Advance.
- Tap 5 times on the Build Number which will enable Developer Options.
- Go back to the System menu and tap on Developer options.
- Enable OEM unlocking from the options.
- Now, go back to the Settings menu and choose System Updates. Tap on the top right corner button and select local upgrade.
- Select the installation package and tap on immediately upgrade.
- Reboot the phone and you will be back on OxygenOS.