OnePlus 5T Pie update: Android 9 beta rollout begins in China

OnePlus 5T smartphone

OnePlus announced the OnePlus 5T on November 16, 2017, at an event held in New York City. During the event, the Chinese smartphone giant also spoke about software updates. The company promised that the OnePlus 5T and the OnePlus 5 would receive Android 8.0 Oreo updates in early 2018. And indeed it delivered on this promise.

Many expected OnePlus to launch the 5T with Android Oreo, but it ended up with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on board. Still, as you’d expect from a company with only a handful of devices on the market, OnePlus has done and still continues to do a pretty impressive job with software updates.

Check out: OnePlus Pie update release date

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OnePlus 5T Android Pie update

  • Android 9 Pie beta available in China
  • Stable update expected in Dec 2018-January 2019

Update [Nov 29]: Reports coming from China reveal that OnePlus 5 is now receiving the first beta version of Android 9 Pie with HydrogenOS on top. The global (OxygenOS) ROM should be out sooner than later.

Update [October 15]: OnePlus confirmed that the Android Pie is under development for the OnePlus 5 and 5T, but won’t be out anytime soon. You can still expect the update to release in December 2018 or January 2019, but at least not in November. Although, a beta update should be available by November-end. We previously thought that the stable Android Pie stands a chance to be released in the November itself, but that looks highly unlikely now.


With OnePlus 6 now out of the way, the focus is on OnePlus 5T and as noted, we expect the beta program first before the stable release. We are looking forward to a beta program in October or maybe even November and given that OnePlus only needed less than three weeks to test the open beta version of OxygenOS 9.0 on OnePlus 6 before releasing the stable, it’s likely that it could take a similarly short period to test the beta on OnePlus 5T.

If this materializes, especially thanks to the support for Project Treble, we could see Android 9 Pie update arrive on the OnePlus 5T somewhere in November or December 2018.

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OnePlus 5T update timeline

Find the latest updates released for the OnePlus 5T in the table below, along with the download links of its firmware so that you can download and install them manually in case you weren’t receiving the update as an OTA.

Date Update download & Android OS Changelog
12 Nov 2018 OxygenOS 5.1.7 | Android 8.1 Fixes Bluetooth connectivity issues for cars
30 Oct 2018 OxygenOS Open Beta 19 | Android 8.1 October 2018 security patch, bug fixes and system optimizations
24 Oct 2018 OxygenOS 5.1.6 | Android 8.1 Project treble support (again?), VoLTE support for IDEA India mobile network, fixes Bluetooth issues in phone calls, and October 2018 security fix
14 Oct 2018 OxygenOS Open Beta 18 | Android 8.1 Supported new gesture to close picture by sliding down in Gallery app, Added Community notices a feature, New feed for following community members, More options to share threads, Stickied comments displayed on the app, and bug fixes
25 Sep 2018 OxygenOS Open Beta 17 | Android 8.1 September 2018 security patch, optimized UI for the Weather app and more
10 Sep 2018 OxygenOS Open Beta 16 (Full ROM || OTA update) | Android 8.1 Improved camera performance, improved Weather app, and more
29 Aug 2018 OxygenOS Open Beta 15 | Android 8.1 Adds portrait mode to the front camera, and many other bug fixes to the system, game mode, etc.
21 Aug 2018 OxygenOS 5.1.5 | Android 8.1 August 2018 security patch, Project Treble support, and ability to confirm PIN without checking the box [  ]
15 Aug 2018 Open Beta 14 | Android 8.1 Fixes for the calendar widget compatibility issue in shelf and issue with keyboard not popping up when creating a new schedule, and Optimized application and data classification list in OnePlus Switch
01 Aug 2018 Open Beta 13 | Android 8.1 July 2018 security patch and improvements to pocket mode to reduce accidental touches
27 July 2018 OxygenOS 5.1.4 | Android 8.1 July 2018 security patch, improved camera performance and sleep standby optimization, added group messaging, and bug fixes
16 July 2018 Open Beta 12 | Android 8.1 Google Lens support and camera quality improvements
03 July 2018 Open Beta 11 | Android 8.1 Google Project Treble support, new UI, and more
19 June 2018 OxygenOS 5.1.3 | Android 8.1 Fixes the security bug with the bootloader, issues with car Bluetooth connectivity, and other usual fixes
13 June 2018 Open Beta 10 | Android 8.1 June 2018 security patch, and more
29 May 2018 Open Beta 9 | Android 8.1 Added disable peek notifications option for DND preferences, disable peek notifications option in reading mode, Optimized PIN code confirmation process, and sleep standby power consumption, UI improvements, improved support for application data migration, and general bug fixes and stability improvements, ability to manage Parallel Apps files
27 May 2018 OxygenOS 5.1.2 | Android 8.1 Adds May 2018 patch, support for double-tap to lock screen, and more
15 May 2018 Open Beta 8 | Android 8.1 Installs May 2018 security patches and more
25 Apr 2018 Open Beta 7 | Android 8.1 Supported double-tap to lock screen, Improved searched history for App drawer, Optimized scanning logic for large files
16 Apr 2018 OxygenOS 5.1.1 | Android 8.1 Installs stable Android 8.1 Oreo, April 2018 security patch, adds full-screen gesture support, and more
09 Apr 2018 Open Beta 6 | Android 8.1 Installed April 2018 security patch, Added Autoplay – Autoplay paused music when connected to earphones, Added Notification ringtone options, and Added Broadcast caller information – Announce caller information when using earphones, Changes to alarm background color and other UI changes, Stopwatch updated with new UI, and Added new membership card in Shelf
28 Mar 2018 Open Beta 5 | Android 8.1 Added recent search tag in search app section of the app drawer and General bug fixes and improvements,  Improved accuracy of the current location and Added new icons and updated UI, Network boost in Gaming mode – network priority for gaming App in the foreground
11 March 2018 Open Beta 4 | Android 8.1 Upgraded system to Android 8.1 Oreo, and more
02 March 2018 OxygenOS 5.0.4 | Android 8.0 Fixed sound malfunction for incoming call or notification and Fixed sound instabilities during video playback
06 Feb 2018 OxygenOS 5.0.3 | Android 8.0 Upgraded Android version to Oreo(8.0), new versions for Launcher, Gallery, Weather, and File Manager apps, New design for Quick Settings, General bug fixes and improvements and Applied CPU security patch: CVE-2017-13218
30 Jan 2018 Open Beta 3 | Android 8.0 Added pick-up gesture switcher, and Added SMS categorized function and Removed phone recognized function in India, Supported full-screen gesture, Removed Clipboard function, General bug fixes and improvements and Applied CPU security patch: CVE-2017-13218
16 Jan 2018 Open Beta 2 | Android 8.0

Improved experience when deleting files, Added large file management function, and more

08 Jan 2018 OxygenOS 4.7.6 | Android 7.1.1 Stability improvements, Clarity improvements for selfie in low light and Performance improvements for 3rd party camera apps, and Added assistive lighting for face unlock, Improvements for expanded screenshots,  improvements for Wi-Fi display and Updated Android security patch to December
03 Jan 2018 Open Beta 1 | Android 8.0

Updated to Android O (8.0) beta, Updated Android security patch to December 2017, and fixed issue where third-party camera applications no longer capture green pictures with the front camera.

11 Dec 2017 OxygenOS 4.7.4 | Android 7.1.1

Added a new wallpaper, Optimized UI of Camera and Improvements for photo quality, Optimizations for audio from speaker and earphones, Optimizations for vibration, Optimizations for Face unlock, WiFi battery usage optimization, Improved stability of fingerprint and GPS and General bug fixes and system stability improvements

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How to install OnePlus 5T update manually

Method 1: Using device storage

Step 1. Download the update file (either OTA or Full) from above.

Step 2. Transfer the downloaded update file to your OnePlus 5T. Remember its location. (You can also download the update directly on phone, in which case, it should be in the download folder.)

Step 3. Boot your OnePlus One into recovery mode:

  • Power off your OnePlus 5T. Wait for 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
  • Press and hold Power + Volume up together until you see anything on the screen.
  • Use volume buttons to bring up Recovery mode option at the top of the screen.
  • And then press the Power button to select recovery mode option. That’s it you’ll boot into recovery mode.

Step 4. Install the update. Use the instruction for your recovery.

  • In 3e recovery, use volume buttons to navigate to ‘install update ..’ option and then press the power button to select it.
  • Now, select the update file that you transferred to OnePlus 5T in step 2 above. Confirm this and Oxygen OS 2.0.1 update will be installed on your device.

→ If OTA update doesn’t install using the above method, just use the full ROM file, it should install without problem.

Step 5. The update will start installing, so just wait until that is finished. When it’s done, you will be back in recovery’s home screen.

Step 6. Select ‘Reboot system now’ to restart your OnePlus 5T.

That’s it.

Method 2: Using ADB Sideload

Note: Again, you’ll need a stock recovery.

Step 1. Setup ADB and Fastboot on your PC.

Step 2.  Download the update .zip file on your PC and rename it to op5t-update.zip.

Step 3. Enable USB debugging:

  • Go to your phone’s settings » About phone » and tap “Build number” Seven times. This will enable Developer options on your phone.
  • Now go to Settings » Developer options » and tick the USB debugging checkbox.

Step 4. Connect your OnePlus 5T to PC.

Step 5. Now open the folder on PC where you downloaded the update’s .zip file and then open a command window inside the folder. To do that, do a “Shift + Right click” on any empty white space inside the folder and select “Open command window here” from the context menu.

Step 6. Now issue the following window to command window to reboot your device into recovery mode:

 adb reboot recovery

└ Check your phone’s screen, if it’s asking for “Allow USB debugging”, accept it by selecting OK/Yes.

Step 7. Once in recovery mode, use Volume buttons to navigate up and down between options and Power button to select an option.

Step 8. Select the “Install from USB” option. on the device,

Step 9. Now issue the following command to finally begin installing the update:

adb sideload op5t-update.zip

└ This will begin the installation of the firmware/update.

Step 10. Once the update is installed, select reboot from the main menu of recovery to restart the device.

That’s it. You successfully installed the update.

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