How to download Android P beta on OnePlus 6

Google launched the first developer preview of Android P back in March and at the I/O 2018, the search giant published the first public beta of the OS alongside the second developer preview.

Unlike before, Android P beta is no longer limited to Google Pixels. Thanks to Project Treble, it’s now possible for other non-Google users to enjoy the beta version of Android P on their devices – and one such group is the one using the new OnePlus 6.

We saw the likes of OnePlus 3/3T and OnePlus 5/5T make it to the outgoing Android Oreo’s beta program. With this in mind, we never doubted that OnePlus will also run a beta testing program for Android P. Well, it’s here and if you own the new OnePlus 6, we have a guide on how to install Android P beta on the device.


Check out: The best Android P features to look forward to


How to install Android P beta on OnePlus 6

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Most OnePlus users aren’t new to manually installing firmware on their devices. However, if you are new to this, there’s little to worry about because we’ve got your back. It’s quite easy to get Android P on OnePlus 6, but it’s not Google-Pixel easy.

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Guide to install Android P

  1. Download the update file from above.
    → If you downloaded it using a PC, transfer the downloaded update file to your OnePlus 6 storage (not inside any folder or subfolder).
  2. On your OnePlus 6, open Settings app.
  3. Now, tap on System updates > top right corner icon > Local upgrade > Installation package -> Immediately upgrade > System upgrade to 100%.
  4. Boot your OnePlus 6 into recovery mode:
    1. Turn off the device.
    2. Press and hold Power + Volume Down buttons together until you see activity on the screen. Your OnePlus 6 will now boot into recovery mode.
      → Use volume buttons to scroll to the Recovery mode option and then select this option by pressing the Power button.
  5. Move the highlight to Wipe data/factory reset option and then click power button to select it.
  6. Select Yes on this screen to confirm the factory reset.
  7. Once done, restart the device by selecting the Reboot system option.

That’s it.

Alternative method to install Android P [Guide]

  1. Download the update file from above.
    → If you downloaded it using a PC, transfer the downloaded update file to your OnePlus 6 storage (not inside any folder or subfolder).
  2. On your OnePlus 6, open Settings app.
  3. Now, tap on System updates > top right corner icon > Local upgrade > Installation package -> Immediately upgrade.
  4. Now wait until the device finds the update file and use it to install the Android P beta update automatically.
  5. Boot your OnePlus 6 into recovery mode:
    1. Turn off the device.
    2. Press and hold Power + Volume Up buttons together until you see activity on the screen.
      → Use volume buttons to scroll to the Recovery mode option and then select this option by pressing the Power button. Your OnePlus 6 will now boot into recovery mode.
  6. To install Android P beta update, use the volume buttons to navigate to ‘Install update…’ option and then press Power button to select it
  7. Now, select the update file that you transferred to OnePlus 6 in step 1 above.
  8. Confirm this and Android P beta update will be installed on your OnePlus 6 handset.
  9. The Android P update will start installing automatically, so wait for a few minutes until the process completes. When it’s done, you will be back in recovery mode homescreen.
  10. Select ‘Reboot system now’ to restart your OnePlus 6 and the phone will boot up Android P beta.

That’s it.


Related: When will OnePlus 5 get Android P Beta


Although we expected an Android P beta program from OnePlus, we didn’t expect to see the new OnePlus 6 leading the charges. Last year, OnePlus 3 and 3T got the nod ahead of the newer OnePlus 5 and while the obvious would have seen the OnePlus 5 and 5T get Android P beta ahead of OnePlus 6, the company says the 2017 duo will join the party later this year, but they wouldn’t give a specific date.

Hopefully, OnePlus 5 and 5T users won’t have to wait long before Android P beta arrives. We’ll let you know when it does. Keep following us!

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