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OnePlus 7, 7T update: Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 goes live in first Open Beta; here's how to install it

OnePlus 7T | Photo credit: OnePlus / YouTube screenshot

The Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 update has now entered the first Open Beta phase for OnePlus 7 and 7T users. Before testing this version, there are some important reminders smartphone users need to keep in mind.

How to get the Open Beta 1 version of OxygenOS 11 on OnePlus 7 and 7T

Getting the OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 1 is fairly simple, but note that the first announcement post for OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro users included download links that “lead to data wipe.”Luckily, OnePlus has already released the fixed versions that can be found through this stickied post.

The issue was not present for OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro users. They can safely use the download links in this post. Regardless of the device model, all users joining the Open Beta are highly advised to perform full data backup before installing the package. Keep in mind this is not yet a stable version of OxygenOS 11.

OnePlus 7 and 7T users will need to copy the ROM upgrade package found on the said links to the phone’s local storage. Then, open Settings > System > System Updates. When the “Checking for updates” screen shows up, tap the settings icon on the top right corner and select “Local upgrade.” Choose the installation package and select “upgrade” or “install now.” Wait until the process is completed and choose the restart option.

OnePlus 7, 7T update: Known issues to expect during Open Beta 1

Only unlocked or non-carrier variants of OnePlus 7 and 7T are compatible with the Open Beta 1 build. To avoid issues during installation, OnePlus advises the smartphone should have more than a 30% battery charge and at least 3GB of free storage space.

It is normal to encounter issues after installing the build since, again, this is not a stable version yet. Some of the known issues that OnePlus 7 and 7T users might encounter include slower load times of the Gallery app and some images might not appear in the Gallery app.

The battery could also drain much faster than usual. Bluetooth-connected devices like speakers and headphones could malfunction from time to time, and the phone may lag when adjusting the screen’s brightness. If these issues prove inconvenient for some beta testers, they can always roll back to the last stable version of OxygenOS.

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