How to Get the Latest Oreo Beta Builds on Your OnePlus 5

Namrata Gogoi

The OnePlus 5 is one of the most sought-after Android phones owing to its great specs-to-price ratio. With the Oreo build slated to release in early 2018, yet another feather will be added to the OnePlus 5 cap.

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While many fans are eagerly waiting for the Oreo update for the OnePlus 5, a few among us would rather be on the bleeding edge. Today, we'll explore two different processes to get this beta build on your OnePlus 5 before the official release.

The methods described below involve getting enrolled in the OnePlus OxygenOS Open Beta program and, hence, is the fastest way to get these updates. While both the methods include downloading the file on your phone, the steps are different.

You can choose the method that's feasible for you and continue to get the Oreo update for your OnePlus 5.

Note: Please keep a backup of your important data. Though these methods do not wipe out data, you should do this as a precautionary measure.

1. Using ADB Commands on a Computer

Step 1: Install ADB

First things first, you'll need Android Debug Bridge or ADB to be installed on your computer. As you may already know, you can control your Android over USB from a computer with the ADB.

Meanwhile, download the beta ROM for your device.

Step 2: Reboot in Recovery Mode

To boot a device in the recovery mode, switch it off and turn it on by pressing the power button and the volume down button at the same time.

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Step 3: Sideload Mode

Once done, select the Install from ADB option when prompted. Upon confirmation, you'll see a screen with You are in sideload mode.

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Now, connect your OnePlus 5 to your PC and run the below commands in Command Prompt (Windows) or Terminal (Mac), depending on your system.

For Windows: /adb sideload <filename>
For Mac and Linux: /adb sideload <filename>

Here, <filename> is the name of the file, which you previously downloaded. Once done, wait for your phone to reboot in the new beta mode, ready to receive updates before the official OTAs are rolled out.

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The best thing about this method is that it doesn’t void the warranty nor does it unlock the bootloader.

2. Using OnePlus Recovery

The second method involves using the OnePlus recovery.

Step 1: Download the Zip File

The zipped file for the Open Beta 1 can be downloaded from the official OnePlus 5 home page. Once done, transfer the zipped file to the internal storage of your Android phone.

Step 2: Reboot into Recovery Mode

Having copied the file, reboot your OnePlus 5 into the recovery mode. 

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Similar to the second step of the above method, you'd need to turn your device off first and then switch it back on by pressing the power button and the volume down key at the same time.

Step 3: Install to Confirm

Once your phone has been booted into the recovery mode, you'll be shown five options. Choose the Install from Internal Storage option from the list and choose the location where the zipped file was stored.

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Now, all you need to do is tap on Confirm and wait for your phone to update.

All Updated?

These were the methods to update your OnePlus 5 to the latest build of Android Oreo. However, do keep in mind that the beta program comes with its own share of bugs and some features may not work as expected. For instance, the copy selection mode in the OnePlus 3 update didn't initially work as expected.

If you've been wondering what the current OnePlus 5 beta update packs, let's just start by saying that it has most of the standard Oreo features such as Parallel Apps, Picture in Picture, Auto-fill, and Smart Text Selection. Also, the new design of the Quick Settings menu is remarkable. 

So, have you updated your OnePlus 5 yet? Let us know in comments if you have questions. We'd love to help you!

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Namrata Gogoi

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Namrata Gogoi

An engineer turned tech writer, Namrata used to write software codes before turning to a career in tech- writing. She is passionate about travelling, food and reading about cool new stuff. Apart from that, she holds a bachelors degree in I.T and hails from Guwahati.