Update [September 07, 2017]: OnePlus has been awesome-quick in preparing the Oreo update for the OnePlus 3, as they have already rolled an early alpha build for the closed-beta users. The Android 8.0 build has been dubbed as OxygenOS 5.0. We expect the company to follow the closed-beta release with a public-beta release, which would be available for download too for installation by anyone with OnePlus 3 so interested, as today’s build is not available for download.
This is really good news for OnePlus 3 users, as well as OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 5 users, because these two devices are next in line. It’s being rumored that a closed-beta build should be soon available for OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3T, while at the end of September, we would expect a public-beta release for the OnePlus 3. If all goes well, the stable release of the OnePlus 3 Oreo update should be available before the end of November 2018, and you shall have it as an OTA on your device, or manually installable via a firmware. BTW, while OnePlus 2 will not receive the Android 8.0 update from the company, it already has the Oreo update thanks to an unofficial build of LineageOS 15 ROM.
Update [May 02, 2017]: OxygenOS Open beta 15 is making its way to the OnePlus 3. The update adds a new action bar to settings, a new dialer, optimizations to Bluetooth, Night mode and the UI in general. In addition to that, there are also a few under-the-hood improvements and bug fixes. The update is pretty large and weighs in at 1.46GB so we advise you to download it over WiFi to save on data charges.
Update [April 20, 2017]: OnePlus is beginning to push out Hydrogen OS Open Beta 11 based on Android 7.1.1 to OnePlus 3. This build brings improvements to GPS and Bluetooth performance and also deals with system stability issues including a fix for night mode. The update weighs at 1.34GB so it is advisable to download over WiFi after ensuring that your device has sufficient charge and that your data is backed up.
Following that, OxygenOS Beta 14 is also rolling out to the OnePlus 3T. This update also delivers better GPS and Bluetooth connectivity and at the same time, deals with issues in the Launcher and Clock Widget app. Improvements to Night mode and Dark Theme are also available with this build.
Update [April 13, 2017]: The OnePlus 3 is receiving its update to Android 7.1.1. Arriving as version 4.1.3, the update brings a load of fixes and improvements. The enhancements to the camera include increased video stability and blur reduction when taking pictures. WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity are also seeing considerable improvements with this update. The update also fixes issues with swiping within Instagram and resolves the malfunctioning hardware buttons issue too.
Update [March 31, 2017]: OnePlus is now rolling out OxygenOS Open Beta 13 which includes a host of feature changes and improvements. The latest Open Beta build now brings in a new launcher along with shortcuts support for Android 7.1.1. The app drawer and launcher settings UI have now been redesigned with this OTA update. A status bar icon option to display real time network speeds has been added.
Further additions include, Notification Denoising, Gaming Do Not Disturb mode, auto Night Mode and Secure Box for file encryption. This build brings improvements to the Camera EIS and touch latency too. In addition to other big fixes, contacts management has also been improved. The OTA update also enables quick pay for Indian users.
Update [March 28, 2017]: OnePlus has issued a small bug fixer update today coming in as OxygenOS 4.1.1, which solves problems with hardware button on the device, and swipe action on Instagram app. The update is available for 4.1.0 users, who were experience these two issues on 4.1.0.
While user who had not received 4.1.0 so far will now directly receive the 4.1.1 update, that will pack in all goodies of the 4.1.0 update, in addition to solution to two above-mentioned bugs. Read the update below for OxygenOS 4.1.0 to know what it comes packed with. As you’d expect, the 4.1.1 update is also based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS.
Update [March 16, 2017]: OnePlus is rolling out Android 7.1.1 update as stable release now via an OTA update for the OnePlus 3, arriving as software version OxygenOS 4.1.0. It was available under beta as Open Beta 12 earlier, but today, it hits stable release.
The updates brings the March security patch, and numerous other features, but more important than that, it shows OnePlus positive approach and attitude towards software updates. If you ever miss Nexus devices, just take a look at what OnePlus is offering. The OxygenOS 4.1.0 OTA update adds ability to take expanded screenshots on the device, while improving on blur reduction on snaps taken of moving objects, video recording’s stability, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and fixing general bugs.
Update [March 01, 2017]: We’ve been waiting for the Android 7.1.1 update from the OnePlus for long for the OnePlus 3, but today our wishes have been granted. The OnePlus team released a new update today dubbed as OxygenOS Open Beta 12, which brings the Android 7.1.1 build to the device. The update also brings various new features to the OnePlus 3, and that includes ability to put a watermark on images, straighten photos, improvements to gallery, hiding folder and individual pics, highlighting news added media in Photos section, and an option in Wallpaper ‘Shot on OnePlus’. The update also adds support for DayDream VR.
Update [February 09, 2017]: The OnePlus 3 is receiving another incremental build release today that is based on Android Nougat, coming in as OxygenOS 4.0.3. The 4.0 update brought us Nougat from the OnePlus team, and since then they have been updating it with quick fixes updates, latest of which is now 4.0.3.
With the OxygenOS 4.0.3 update, the team has added WiFi IPv6 support as a toggle into Settings, and gave the device an ability to switch to mobile data for Internet if the WiFi connection is working poorly. Moreover, under Settings, more APN settings have been added, while there is also addition of Audio parameters with improvement in sound record quality.
Still based on Android 7.0, the OxygenOS 4.0.3 update also fixes bugs for the Line android app that resulted in force close of the app, while your night life photos should be better from the stock camera app — which is more stable with this update — thanks to new optimizations made in that respect. Lastly, India OnePlus 3 users would see Amazon Prime app added by the update, so, there’s some bloatware right here, which may not go down well with some users.
The OxygenOS 4.0.3 update is available as an OTA now, so hit the ‘check for update’ button under Settings now to check for an update. While, we think the full ROM and OTA should be available pretty soon too for download.
Update [January 01, 2017]: OnePlus has finally released the much-awaited, and as promised on time, the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the OnePlus 3. It comes as OxygenOS 4.0, and is based on 7.0 rather than 7.1.1 — but that’s fine, after all, even bigger sets like Galaxy S7 are yet to get a stable Android Nougat release. Download the OnePlus 3 Nougat Full ROM zip here, and install it using the guide provided there to update to Android 7.0 easily, without issues.
Update [December 28, 2016]: A new Nougat build was released moments ago for the OnePlus 3, dubbed as Open Beta 10. This is the 3rd Android 7.0 beta update for the device, and it packs in quite a few changes. The Open Beta 10 adds a data saver feature to OnePlus 3’s Nougat build, while fixes issues in lock screen clock and default theme applied on reboot bug. The update also optimizes fingerprint’s unlock speed, expanded screenshot, WiFi performance, system performance and battery usage.
Download the OTA from here, and install it using the guide given there. While there has been no Nougat test build release by OnePlus for the OnePlus 3T yet, a leaked OxygenOS 4.0 build is available for anyone who wanna give it a try.
Update [December 14, 2016]: OnePlus has released a newer build for the OnePlus 3 Nougat update, an it comes as OxygenOS Open Beta 9. The Open Beta 9 OTA is available for download, and can be installed right away. It introduces the expanded screenshot feature, and optimizes DPI, battery, system performance, etc. stuff.
Update [December 01, 2016]: As promised by their founder, the OnePlus team has delivered the Nougat update for the OnePlus 3 as Open Beta 8 build in November (30th of the month to be exact), which is already available for download. The update is naturally based on Android 7.0, but packs in few other goodies too. If you want 7.0 update now, and haven’t received the OTA yet, then hit the link given before to download and install it now, using the guide thereat.
Update [November 11, 2016]: OnePlus plans to release the OnePlus 3 Nougat community build — their own beta version of the update — this month. Once that is out, and hordes of users including us have it on their OP3, this will get the team required feedback of the update, allowing them to iron out any issues with the update and prepare the final OnePlus 3 Android 7.0 update, which they in turn they plan to release by December ’16.
Update [November 01, 2016]: Yesterday, the OnePlus team delivered yet another beta update for the OnePlus 3, coming in as OxygenOS 3.5.5 community build. The 3.5.5 update is already available for download, but it remains to be see when the OnePlus 3 Nougat update comes live.
The OnePlus team hasn’t specified whether the 3.5.5 brings anything that would optimize or prepare the device for the big Android 7.0 update we’re so desperately waiting for, but it’s good to see team actively developer feature-rich updates for the device, which is actually very crucial too. See right below for What’s New in the latest 3.5.5 update, and download section for 3.5.5 download.
OxygenOS 3.5.5 beta changelog:
- Added OnePlus FileDash functionality for convenient file transfers
- Added ability to switch launcher layouts
- Integration of Google Map to share locational information in messages.
- Redesign of the phone calling UI
- Added personalized ringtone information in contact details
- Added ability to view the entire call history of the selected contact
- Introduction of the OnePlus Community App
- Increased system stability
- General bug fixes
Update [October 17, 2016]: OnePlus team just announced a new Community Beta for their OnePlus 3, and it brings some good no. features in its changelog, produced right below. Basically, it’s still Android 6.0.1, but 3.5.4 adds App locking, optimized accent colors and translations, while improving the quality of expanded screenshots. This update contains your usual dose of bug fixes and improves the system stability all the while. Download link and installation guide can be found below in downloads section.
- Added new App Lock feature
- Optimized accent colors in default themes
- Optimized translations for certain languages
- Improved the quality of expanded screenshots
- Increased system stability
- General bug fixes
Update [October 05, 2016]: OnePlus Founder and CEO, Pete Lau, just tweeted a video about the OnePlus 3 showing the Android Nougat Easter egg, with the cat appearing on repeated tapping thereon. So, yes, that’s Android 7.0 running on OnePlus 3, officially. Yes, it really is. Write your excitement in the comments below. Looks like OnePlus will be able to release the Nougat update by this October end, and if not, then November. Watch the video here. Image below comes from the video only.
Update [September 30, 2016]: OnePlus has released a new update in and as OxygenOS 3.2.7, sized just 6.3 MB approx. The update is already rolling out as an OTA while a formal announcement is still due from the team.
As for the changelog, it consists of two items, only. First up, the OxygenOS 3.2.7 updates fixes issues with ringtone alert slider, and secondly, the lags experienced during gaming should be gone now.
3.2.7 update downloads and installation guide are given below.
Update [September 28, 2016]: OnePlus team did a Reddit AMA yesterday, and they revealed quite a few interesting things over there. First up, that is the most important for OnePlus 3 users, is about the device’s Android 7.0 Nougat update. Well, the OnePlus 3 Nougat update is in works, but OnePlus can’t give you a release date just yet.
While it’s nice — even though obvious — to hear it officially that the OP3 Nougat update is in the works, we’d wager it’s surely not within a month’s release. Or two. If it were to be, then someone form OnePlus would have taken some points saying that, no? If you want some consolation, the OP team did say that they are bit quicker now in pushing out updates — look at beta builds coming out these days out of OP forums — and Nougat update will benefit from this too.
OnePlus also shared some views on the working of their software team. They have unified their software teams with the sole aim to bring faster updates, and believe that the latest community builds and beta releases are the proof — which they are. Also touched upon the Android 7.1, whether the OnePlus 3 will get the 7.1 treat directly over 7.0, the question was left unanswered.
So, guys what bets for the November release, if it isn’t to be in October?
OxygenOS 3.5.3 download
Update [September 28, 2016]: OnePlus just released the OxygenOS 3.5.3 build for its OnePlus 3. Here’s a full changelog for you.
- Use AOSP clock as default clock
- Added capability to uninstall some preinstalled apps, like FileManager, Weather, Recorder, MusicPlayer
- Added expanded screenshots, you can now save a long screenshot of a scrollable page to cover more contents.
- Added celluar data firewall, you can control whether an app is allowd to use cellular network or WiFi
- Added“Favorite contact setting”in Priority mode
- Setting menu adjustment in Messages, added option to vibrate phone when receiving SMS
- Contact UI redesign
- Fixed community build cannot flash back to official build issue
- General bug fixes
Looking at the changelog, it’s amply clear the update brings whole lot of software customization to the device. Which is good. But what we would like to see OnePlus release is Android Nougat, for which the team hasn’t provided a release date yet.
If OnePlus gave you an option to choose between these regular new-features-toting updates and quicker releases of Nougat, what would you choose?
Downloads and installation guide are given below.
Update [August 30, 2016]: OnePlus today announced the availability of yet another community build for the OnePlus 3, this time labeled as OxygenOS 3.5.1 Community Build 2, coming on the basis and feedback of first community build (3.5). Changelog for the build 3.5.1 is given below:
Accent color added
Battery icon customization added
LED customization added (Display)
sRGBmode added (Display > Screen mode)
Night mode added
Dark mode theme optimized
General bug fixes
OnePlus is making available two pages for you to submit the feedback or issues with this build, which can be found here: UI/UX feedback | Bug reporting sheet. If you ask us, we like whole idea of sharing the upcoming builds with users, to get necessary feedback on UI and bugs (if any), and then go ahead with its distribution to mainstream users with a worked-out stable build.
Downloads and installation guide are given below.
Android Nougat is pretty hot topic between Android enthusiasts right now, and you could be forgiven to think too much about it already, wondering when it would come for your device. And if you own OnePlus 3, then the curiosity becomes a concern-like feeling, given the robust spec-sheet the 3 comes with, and the top-tier performance it’s capable of, thus giving us birth-right kind of feeling for quicker Nougat update for the device.
But when it comes to major updates, OnePlus team isn’t that quick as we thought — or hoped — it would be. In recent years, both the OnePlus 2 and original OnePlus One have struggled to receive timely Android OS updates.
Given the fact that OnePlus’s user interface is mostly stock, except for features added here and there, and is thus void of heavy theming like Samsung’s TouchWiz, the slower updates rollouts in OnePlus’s brief history is rather very disappointing.
Given their software type used on OnePlus 3, which lacks custom skin, the stage looks well set for the quicker update — something like Motorola does, which is why we’re hopeful of quicker updates even for a mid-range device like Moto G4 (and G4 Plus) — but what we seen from OnePlus is rather opposite. Though, there are reasons why we’re hopeful of a quicker Nougat update, but let’s save them for below.
OnePlus 3 Nougat update: Expected release date
Expected release date: November 2016.
We’re sure the major OEMs have the Nougat’s code shared to them by Google by now. Because, a limited Nougat update has been already announced for LG G5 users, while an Android 7.0 firmware has leaked out foe Huawei P9.
And OnePlus should be having a Nougat build with them too. All of which means that if OnePlus cares, the development for the Android Nougat update for OnePlus 3 must have already hit the ground running.
And if that’s the case, we think the OnePlus 3 Nougat update could be out by October 2016.
But if OnePlus’s software team is only able to perform at the sluggish rate it has in the past (ugh!), then the update could take up to December 2016. That said, the October 2016 release looks more likely, read more below to know why.
Update [September 28, 2016]: OnePlus confirmed that they are working on the Nougat build for the device, but didn’t offer a release date. Which leads us to believe that it’s surely not happening within a month of the telling. So, we really don’t expect the Nougat update to arrive for OnePlus 3 in October now. But the team did say that unifying their software teams is allowing them to push out updates quicker then before, citing latest beta builds as example, and said that the effect will carryover to Android 7.0 update too. Nice! So, expect the November end or early December release now as regards OP3 Nougat update.
OnePlus 3 Android Nougat: Reasons for quicker update release
Google is making all efforts it could with Nougat update to make sure OEMs are able to deliver lightening quick update this time around, and forever. And we’re seeing the results too — the LG V20 is set to become first phone to launch with Android 7.0 pre-installed, an honor usually reserved for new Nexus devices of the year.
While, Huawei P9 7.0 firmware leak also points to the advanced stage of Nougat development currently various OEMs are at, Huawei being one example among them whose firmware has come out of barriers.
So, if you ask us one release point, we’d say it has to be October 2016.
Last but not the least, OnePlus is looking like a lot more matured company this year: it has done away with invite system for OnePlus 3 (relief in tons!), made a solid smartphone in OnePlus 3 (the world is happy!), and hasn’t claimed OnePlus 3 as 2017 flagship killer (no typo there!).
So, given the above, is hoping for a quicker update from this matured OnePlus team asking a lot?
No, not really. The OnePlus team seems capable of rolling out the Nougat update quite early this time around. So, yeah, we’ll see how it goes. Actually, if there is one OEM about whose Nougat release timeline we’re not so sure right now, it has to be OnePlus — rest all are pretty much guess-able.
Android Nougat Release Date
The Android 7.0 update is said to be coming out on August 22 — yeah, finally a date to hand on to, after Google never announced it and we had to make-do with Twitter and carrier’s update page. The first devices to teem up with Android 7.0 would be Huawei Nexus 6P, LG Nexus 5X, Motorola Nexus 6 and the HTC Nexus 9 tablet.
We’re expecting the Nougat update to come out for lot of other devices, the non-Nexus devices you know, in September 2016. That list includes the Moto Z and Z Force, LG G5, Galaxy S7 (doubtful, truth be told), Huawei P9, Xperia Z3, Xperia X Performance, HTC 10, and of courses OnePlus 3 (slim chances!).
What to expect in Android Nougat?
Well, lots of cool stuff: revamped Settings, all-new notification system, and more-energized Doze mode, to name a few. The Settings are more telling now, you’d know on each screen what the screen’s settings are about, and how changing them would impact your device.
The notifications are up for a big refresh — they’r kinda going all modish! There are many features being added to notifications shade too, with the ability to directly reply from the shade itself. Moreover, the famous Doze mode from the Marshmallow is getting matured too. It will be way more efficient on Nougat, Google claims.
Watch out the video below from YouTuber Tim Schofield (Qbking77) to get the feel of Android Nougat update.
Let’s hope the Android Nougat update for the OnePlus 3 comes by November 2016, as we’re guessing for. When there is an official confirmation or release, we’d be sure to update this article with the relevant info. Sure keep an eye on this page.
In the meantime, do let us know what do you think when OnePlus 3 Nougat update would release? And how do you rate OnePlus for Android OS updates? Would love to hear your thoughts.
How to Download and Install OnePlus 3 update
Let’s first check the downloads, and then how to install the downloaded ROM.
Download OnePlus 3 update [Stable]
OxygenOS 3.2.7 Download
- OTA – Link not available
- Full ROM ZIP → Download Link
OxygenOS 3.2.6 Download
- OTA → OnePlus3Oxygen_16_OTA_013-015_patch_1609141252_c38077177cfc4e74.zip
- Full ROM ZIP → OnePlus3Oxygen_16_OTA_015_all_1609141252_c38077177cfc4e74.zip
Download OnePlus 3 Update [Beta]
Here are the latest community build (beta) update available for the OnePlus 3.
OxygenOS 3.5.4 Download
Full ROM — Link | Released: October 31, 2016
OxygenOS 3.5.4 Download
Full Rom — Link | Released: October 17, 2016
OxygenOS 3.5.3 Download
Full ROM — Link
OxygenOS 3.5.1 Download
- Full ROM — Link
How to install OnePlus 3 OTA and Full ROM ZIP
To install, copy the update to your OnePlus 3, and then reboot into recovery mode and use the stock recovery of your device — TWRP is not preferred — to install the update, using install option there.
You can also use ADB sideload to install this. See the guide here for help, as the method is exactly same.