OnePlus has built a reputation for delivering value-for-money, industry-leading smartphones, and the 6-series flagships are no exception. Apart from packing razor-sharp internals, the 2018 flagships are also guaranteed to receive superfast updates, at least for two years.
In this piece, we are more concerned about the incremental software updates than the devices’ internals. From security patches to major Android releases and everything in between — check out this space to learn all about the latest updates for your OnePlus 6/6T.
- OnePlus Android 10 release date
- Common OnePlus 6/6T problems on Android 10
- How to install OnePlus updates without wiping data
December 04, 2019: Weeks after halting the Android 10-based OxygenOS 10 rollout for the OnePlus 6 and 6T, the Chinese OEM finally feels ready to get back on track. Dubbed as OxygenOS 10.0.1, this update fixes all the reported bugs which made its predecessor unusable, including the fingerprint scanner glitches. The OTA also fixes the automatic reboot issue, improves camera performance, sorts out the Wi-Fi 5 GHz bug, and brings the October 2019 security patch.
November 30, 2019: The company today released Open Beta 2 for the OnePlus 6 and 6T handsets. Yes, it’s based on Android 10, and if you are on Open Beta 1, this will arrive to your device s an OTA. Those on the stable update will need to install it manually — we have updated the table below with the download links for both the devices while as for the changelog, here you go:
- Fixed the fingerprint identification issue
- Fixed the animation lag for the fingerprint unlock
- Fixed the automatic Freeze and Reboot issues
- Improved system stability and fixed other known issues
- Improved the performance and General bug fixes
- WiFi & internet
- Fixed the 5Ghz WiFi connection
November 01, 2019: OnePlus has started rolling out the first stable Android 10 build to its 2018 flagship, the OnePlus 6T. The software is identical to the one released for the OnePlus 7 Pro, so, expect a host of subtle UI changes and all of Android 10 key features. Alongside the latest version of Android, the OTA also brings the October 2019 security patch.
November 01, 2019: Following the stable Android 10 rollout to the OnePlus 7 series, the Chinese OEM is finally giving a couple of its older devices a taste of Google’s latest software. Yes, that’s right, the first stable build of Android 10 is now available for the OnePlus 6. Apart from the highly-anticipated bump to Android 10, the security patch has also been upgraded to October 2019.
October 19, 2019: The Android 10 upgrade is finally rolling out for the OnePlus 6T users, coming in as OxygenOS 10.0 update. This is a staged rollout, so it may take some time to reach all the units, but the wait shouldn’t be lasting more than a few weeks. The OTA is sized about 1.8GB. The Android 10 update is available only for the Global model, BTW, hence the wait for T-Mobile users in the US continues.
- Open Beta 2 is now available (Nov 30th)
- Android 10 OTA released on November 1st for OnePlus 6 and 6T (Nov 1st)
- T-Mobile’s 6T could get Android 10 in December 2019
OnePlus released the Android 10 update for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T on November 1st. It came as OxygenOS 10 and weighed around 2GB.
The Chinese smartphone manufacturer ships off Google’s Android in a pretty minimalistic way, only making very subtle changes on top. OnePlus calls resulting product OxygenOS, and, this year, we’re getting Android 10-based OxygenOS 10. As mentioned earlier, the update has already gone live for OnePlus 6 and 6T, rolling out to the devices on November 1st, 2019.
OnePlus 6/6T Update Timeline
|Release date||Device — Software version — Changelog|
|04 Dec 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — OxygenOS 10.0.1 — Android 10, Bug fixes, Camera improvements, October 2019 security patch|
[Downlod Link: OnePlus 6T | OnePlus 6]
|30 Nov 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 2 — Second Android 10-based Open Beta update; Fixes issues fingerprint identification and animation lag, auto reboot and freeze, 5GHz Wi-Fi connection, and improves system stability, and camera performance [Downlod Link: OnePlus 6T | OnePlus 6]|
|01 Nov 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — OxygenOS 10.0 — Android 10 update, October 2019 security patch [Download Link: OnePlus 6T | OnePlus 6]|
|19 Oct 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 1 — First Open Beta update based on Android 10; brings Android 10 features and, Game Space, Smart Display, customized new Full Screen Gesture, and more [Downlod Link: OnePlus 6T | OnePlus 6]|
|24 Sep 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — OxygenOS 9.0.9/OxygenOS 9.0.17 — Fixes the call recorder crashing issue, reactivates the calling function after network reset, and prepares the device for Android 10 [Download Link: OnePlus 6 | OnePlus 6T]|
|03 Sep 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 25/Open Beta 17 — Prepares the device for Android 10 update (could arrive as Open Beta 26 update soon) [Download Firmware: OnePlus 6 | OnePlus 6T]|
|09 Aug 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — OxygenOS 9.0.8/OxygenOS 9.0.16 — Installs August 2019 security patch, optimizes pocket mode, fixes a screen recorder bug (with fingerprint unlock), adds Quick reply in landscape mode, brings password settings for Hidden Space, introduces a new Fnatic (gaming) mode, adds features to Zen mode, adds DC Dimming feature, and more [Download Link: OnePlus 6 | OnePlus 6T]|
|08 Aug 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 24/Open Beta 16 — Installs August 2019 security patch, optimizes screenshot feature, and improves Zen mode by optimizing visual effects and adding Duration feature [Download Link: OnePlus 6 | OnePlus 6T]|
|23 Jul 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 23/Open Beta 15 — Improvements to OnePlus Laboratory app (new UI, and a new feature called DC Dimming) Screen Recorder feature (new options for FPS, bitrate, and resolution, and ability to hide the floating widget), Weather app, and general bug fixes. [Download Link: OnePlus 6 | OnePlus 6T]|
|13 Jul 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Android 10 DP3 — This is the third developer preview of Android 10|
|09 Jul 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 22/Open Beta 14 — Adds OnePlus clock widget, improvements to System, File Manager, OnePlus Switch and installs July security patch [Download Firmware: OnePlus 6T]|
|03 Jul 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — OxygenOS 9.0.7/OxygenOS 9.0.15 — Adds screen recorder feature, improves screen rotation, and installs June 2019 security patch [Download Link: OnePlus 6 | OnePlus 6T]|
|25 Jun 2019||OnePlus 6 — Open Beta 21 — Improvements to the Phone app, Weather app, Screen recorder (FPS options), and System|
|13 Jun 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Android 10 DP2 — This is the second Android 10 developer preview. It brings bug fixes and improvements, but also several bugs. More details here|
|13 Jun 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 20/Open Beta 12 — Digital Wellbeing, Fnatic mode, and June 2019 security patches|
|03 Jun 2019||OnePlus 6 — OxygenOS 9.0.6 — Updated Android Security Patch to May 2019, Added Support for Quick Pairing of Bullets Wireless 2, Improved stability and compatibility of Bluetooth, Improved confirm password UI for hidden space, Fixed issue with ringtone for SMS, Fixed issue with speed dial getting cleared, Fixed issue loading credentials required WiFi requiring Login, and General bug fixes and improvements|
|03 Jun 2019||OnePlus 6T — OxygenOS 9.0.14 — Updated Android Security Patch to May 2019, Added Support for Quick Pairing of Bullets Wireless 2, Improved stability and compatibility of Bluetooth, Improved confirm password UI for hidden space, Optimized photo quality from the front camera, Fixed issue with ringtone for SMS, Fixed issue with speed dial getting cleared, Fixed issue loading credentials required WiFi requiring Login, and General bug fixes and improvements|
|28 May 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 19/Open Beta 11 — Brings OnePlus 7 Pro features called Zen Mode and Screen Recorder|
|15 May 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 18/Open Beta 10 — May 2019 security patch, more accurate remaining time for completion (OnePlus Switch), bug fixes and improvements|
|07 May 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Android 10 Developer Preview 1 — Installs the first Android 10 developer preview. This is unstable software, so don’t install it on your daily driver|
|01 May 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 17/Open Beta 9 — More instant messaging apps now support quick replies in landscape mode, the update fixes the issue where apps get paused when using quick reply in landscape mode, a warning for when the display is overheating, and more|
|20 Apr 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — OxygenOS 9.0.5/OxygenOS 9.0.13 — March 2019 security patch, new feedback tool for reporting bugs and requesting new features, bug fixes, and system improvements|
|16 Apr 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 16/Open Beta 8 — April 2019 security patch, added support for the quick reply in landscape mode, and more|
|26 Mar 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 15/Open Beta 7 — The update brings an improved photo editor, UI optimizations to the Phone app and Screenshot, and so on. You can check out the full changelog here.|
|12 Mar 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 14/Open Beta 6 — March 2019 security update, improvements to the lock screen interface and sensitivity for screen rotation, ability to select contact groups for sending SMS, and more|
|27 Feb 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 13/Open Beta 5 — Improved stability for video calls, fix lag when setting alarm, and general bug fixes and improvements|
|11 Feb 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — OxygenOS 9.0.4/OxygenOS 9.0.12 — Deeper integration to Google Duo, improvements to the system, and January 2019 security patch|
|29 Jan 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 12/Open Beta 4 — Adds support for Quick Reply in landscape mode, OnePlus Laboratory, and more|
|14 Jan 2019||OnePlus 6/6T — Open Beta 11/Open Beta 3 — Adds Google duo integration to the Phone app, landscape support for Messaging app, Weather app gets new search options, improved weather descriptions, more unit options for weather data, and better description for the icons used in the app; also installs the January security patch|
|08 Jan 2019||OnePlus 6T — OxygenOS 9.0.11 — Hotfix update, fixes a critical bug in the 9.0.10 update, changelog remains same as that of 9.0.10|
|29 Dec 2018||OnePlus 6 — OxygenOS 9.0.3 — Fixes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity problems, better Nightscape photo capture and slow-motion video recording, better image processor for the camera, Audio tuner for Bluetooth earphones, VoLTE support for Bouygues FR mobile network, December 2018 security patch, and general bug fixes and improvements|
|28 Dec 2018||OnePlus 6 — Open Beta 10 — Quicker unlock via PIN, UI fix for better navigation bar visibility, new features in Gallery and Launcher apps, Caller ID (India only), screen brightness fix, etc.|
|28 Dec 2018||OnePlus 6T — Open Beta 2 — Caller ID for India, low brightness fix, quicker unlock via PIN without tapping OK, better navigation bar visibility, improved UI for Call History, Create a collection, copy and move photos features in gallery, New illustrations and design on blank pages in gallery, Added recommended tools in Toolbox in Launcher, Improved UI for category tags in app drawer in Launcher|
|20 Dec 2018||OnePlus 6T — OxygenOS 9.0.10 — December Android security patch, Improved Wi-Fi stability for better connectivity, Face Unlock improvements, and Improved Nightscape performance|
|19 Dec 2018||OnePlus 6T — Open Beta 1 — December 2018 security patch, Added toast message when parallel apps are unavailable due to data corruption, Added call history for incoming calls from unknown numbers, Optimized UI for Spam messages and calls, and OnePlus Switch now supports migrating data from iPhone|
|17 Dec 2018||OnePlus 6 — Open Beta 8 — December 2018 security fix, data migration support for iPhone via OnePlus Switch, call history for unknown numbers, better UI for spam calls and messages, toast message for parallel apps unavailability because of data corruption|
|09 Dec 2018||OnePlus 6T — OxygenOS 9.0.7 — Improved Bluetooth stability for better connectivity, Optimized stability for Wi-Fi connection, Optimized standby power consumption, Fixed display issues for lock screen wallpaper, General bug fixes, and improvements, and improved slow-motion performance|
|19 Nov 2018||OnePlus 6 — Open Beta 7 — Adds Video Enhancer, OnePlus Roaming, and more|
|06 Nov 2018||OnePlus 6T — OxygenOS 9.0.5 — Improves screen unlock performance (fixes issues with the in-display fingerprint sensor), general bug fixes and more|
|01 Nov 2018||OnePlus 6 — OxygenOS 9.0.2 — Installs November 2018 security patch, Nightscape, Studio Lighting, and more|
|01 Nov 2018||OnePlus 6T — OxygenOS 9.0.4 — Installs November 2018 security patch, improves Nightscape, Adds Studio Lighting, and more|
|30 Oct 2018||OnePlus 6 — Open Beta 6 — Nightscape and Studio lighting features in the camera app, November security fix, new navigation gestures, improved UI of About Phone screen, a new design of Google quick search box, improvements to Gallery app and screenshot taking experience|
|19 Oct 2018||OnePlus 6 — Open Beta 5 — October 2018 security update, improved screenshot UI, and more|
|16 Oct 2018||OnePlus 6 — OxygenOS 9.0.1 — September 2018 security patch, a new UI, new adaptive battery support, and more|
|29 Sep 2018||OnePlus 6 — Open Beta 4 — Fixes issues with touch, speed dial, call answering, and more|
|21 Sep 2018||OnePlus 6 — OxygenOS 9.0 — Installs stable Android 9 Pie update, also includes features like Game Mode 3.0, accent color optimization, etc.|
|15 Sep 2018||OnePlus 6 — Open Beta 3 — Installs Open Beta 3, the third update under Android Pie beta program that brings bug fixes and performance improvements|
|09 Sep 2018||OnePlus 6 — Open Beta 2 — Second Pie update under the beta program from OnePlus that fixes issues from the previous update|
|03 Sep 2018||OnePlus 6 — Open Beta 1 — Installs Android 9 Pie update from the OnePlus under the beta testing program dubbed Open Beta. Here’s how to install it. Brings Android Pie features as well as a few other features such as: support for accent color customization, new gaming mode (version 3.0), new DND mode with adjustable settings, the addition of text notification mode and, the addition of notification for 3rd party calls|
|21 Aug 2018||OnePlus 6 — OxygenOS 5.1.11 — Fix for screen flickering issue, improved HDR camera mode, and more|
|28 Jul 2018||OnePlus 6 — Developer Preview 3 | Android P — Installs Android P DP3, July 2018 security patch, and more|
|17 Jul 2018||OnePlus 6 — OxygenOS 5.1.9 — Adds Google Lens supports and improves dynamic range, clarity, edge detection in portrait mode, focusing speed and accuracy of the camera, and more|
|17 Jun 2018||OnePlus 6 — OxygenOS 5.1.8 — This is India specific build. Improves call quality, improves network and system stability, and other issues. Also includes OxygenOS 5.1.7 improvements|
|16 Jun 2018||OnePlus 6 — Developer Preview 2 | Android P — Installs Android P developer preview 2 (Installation guide here)|
|15 Jun 2018||OnePlus 6 — OxygenOS 5.1.7 — Fixes bootloader security bug, and more|
|09 Jun 2018||OnePlus 6 — OxygenOS 5.1.6 — Added Portrait Mode for the front camera and preview for Light Bokeh effect in Portrait Mode of the rear cam, Enable Idea VoLTE services in India, Fixed stability issues for Dual Sim Cards, and more|
|22 May 2018||OnePlus 6 — OxygenOS 5.1.5 — May 2018 security patch, preloaded OnePlus Switch app, Added configuration to show/hide the notch, Camera now supports super slow-mo (720p@480fps and 1080p@240fps), quick capture in portrait mode, and Gallery now supports more actions for recently deleted files.|
T-Mobile OnePlus 6T Update Timeline
- Android 10 expected to arrive in January-February 2020
- Should be released a month or two after it hits the global variant
|Release date||Software version — Changelog|
|29 Oct 2019||A6013_34_191016 — October 2019 security patch, screen recorder|
|08 Oct 2019||A6013_34_190814 — August security patch; updates the Google Maps app, and brings improvements to device’s performance|
|04 Aug 2019||A6013_34_190725 — July security patch, probable battery life improvement|
|02 Jul 2019||A6013_34_190612 — June security patch, RCS bug fixes|
|16 May 2019||A6013_34_190510 — April 2019 security patch and enhanced messaging experience|
|09 Mar 2019||A6013_34_190217 — March 2019 security patch and support for IR94 Video Calling and RCS Messaging|
|20 Jan 2019||A6013_34_190116 — Fixes dialer crash issue and performs various bug fixes and system improvements|
|03 Jan 2019||A6013_34_181228 — Enables support for additional domestic roaming partners|
|11 Dec 2018||A6013_34_181121 — Improves speed of the unlock process by optimizing the working of the in-display fingerprint sensor and audio quality, updates the camera app, fixes Play Store download notification problem, and optimizes Face unlock feature, WiFi AP login UI, and unlock speed of live wallpapers; still on November 2018 patch|
|20 Nov 2018||A6013_34_181029 — Installs November 2018 security patch, improves screen unlock performance, Nightscape mode, general bug fixes and more|
- How to hide the notch on Android 10 on OnePlus 6/6T
- How to remove empty space below the keyboard on Android 10
How to install an update on OnePlus 6/6T
Method 1 – Install automatically
Step 1: Download the update file from above from the software version column above.
Step 2: Transfer the update file to your OnePlus 6/6T.
Step 3: Open the Settings app on your phone.
Step 4: Go to System updates.
Step 5: The system will check for the update and let you if it’s available. Tap Download and Install if an update is available.
Method 2 — Install manually
You could also download a file, transfer it over to your OnePlus 6/6T, and get the latest software.
Step 1: Download the update file from above from the software version column above.
Step 2: Transfer the update file to your OnePlus 6/6T.
Step 3: Open the Settings app on your phone.
Step 4: Go to System updates, and then tap the icon in the top right, then select local upgrade.
Step 5: Tap on the update file you transferred above.
Step 6: Tap on Immediately upgrade > System upgrade to 100%.
Step 7: Tap on the Reboot system now.
How to install Android 10 on T-Mobile OnePlus 6T
As confirmed by the table above, T-Mobile is yet to roll out the highly-anticipated Android 10 to the OnePlus 6T. It’s been only a week since the global Android 10 hit the shelves, so, you could wait a couple more weeks to see if T-Mobile pops up with the update. But if you’re looking to have a taste of Android 10 right away, there’s a reasonably straightforward workaround that would get the job done.
The method eliminates T-Mobile’s interference and converts it into a regular unlocked OnePlus 6T. To convert your T-Mobile device to unlocked, follow our guide.
Installing Open Beta update over stable OxygenOS update? Know this!
- You can use the ‘How To’ guide given above to install an Open Beta ROM over the stable OxygenOS ROM you currently have installed on your OnePlus 6/6T.
- This won’t wipe your data (No factory reset).
- You will receive further Open Beta updates as OTA.
- You won’t receive stable updates now until you manually install a stable update yourself (see below for more).
Installing stable OxygenOS update over Open Beta update? Know this!
- You can use the ‘How To’ guide given above to install a stable ROM over the Open Beta ROM you currently have installed on your OnePlus 6/6T.
- THIS WILL WIPE YOUR PHONE’S DATA (Yes, factory reset will happen once you install it.)
- You will receive further stable updates as OTA.
- You won’t receive Open Beta update unless you manually install an Open Beta ROM yourself (won’t wipe your device, though, when you do that).
Does installing update wipe data automatically or require a factory reset?
It depends on the version of OS you’re jumping to. If you’re installing Open Beta over stable ROM, you are going to a newer version of the OS, which won’t force you to delete all your data. However, if you’re going from Open Beta to stable, you’re basically downgrading to an older version. And that, we’re afraid, would require a complete cleanup.
Why am I not getting OTA updates on my OnePlus 6/6T?
OnePlus is usually very reliable when it comes to pushing out software updates, but some users have had a hard time getting their OTA updates on time. If you, too, are one of the sufferers, we’d suggest you change your location using VPN services. Maybe connect to a server in the US or Germany and try checking for an update. If it doesn’t do the trick, contact customer care for support.