OnePlus 3T update: August security update released as OxygenOS 9.0.5

OnePlus announced the OnePlus 3T in November 2016 and even though Android Nougat was already available at the time, the phone came preinstalled with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, just like the original OnePlus 3. Since the two are separated by just five months, OnePlus chose to treat them as one device, which, essentially, they are. Usually, updates are rolled out to the pair at the same time and they always bring just about the same features.

The Chinese OEM beat a host of companies to Android Oreo, where OnePlus 3T was among the first non-Google devices to receive the OTA update. Even more interesting is that the phone beat the newer OnePlus 5 and 5T to Oreo.

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OnePlus 3T update table

Date Firmware download Changelog
07 Aug 2019 OxygenOS 9.0.5 | Android 9 July and August 2019 security patch [Download link]
30 Jun 2019 OxygenOS 9.0.4 | Android 9 June 2019 security patch
17 Jun 2019 OxygenOS 9.0.3 | Android 9 Fixes issues with parallel apps in WhatsApp, improves performance and fixes bugs. For units that haven’t received Android 9, this update also installs the stable version of Pie
22 May 2019 OxygenOS 9.0.2 | Android 9 Installs stable Android 9 Pie, April 2019 security patch, and more
06 May 2019 Community beta 2 | Android Pie Fixes issues with microphone (earphones not working), clock timer, stopwatch and messaging app force close error
17 Apr 2019 Community beta | Android Pie Community beta ROM based on Android Pie and OxygenOS 9.0 released
27 Nov 2018 OxygenOS 5.0.7 | Android 8.0 November 2018 security patch, adds support for OnePlus Type-C Bullets Earphones, and general bug fixes and improvements
28 Sep 2018 OxygenOS 5.0.6 | Android 8.0 September 2018 security patch and general bug fixes and improvements
23 Aug 2018 OxygenOS 5.0.5 | Android 8.0 August 2018 security patch, general bug fixes and improvements
19 July 2018 OxygenOS 5.0.4 | Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch, fixes issues with manual ISO setting, parallel WhatsApp crash, selfie camera when using Snapchat, and improves image quality for the selfie camera
10 July 2018 Open Beta 30 | Android 8.0 Optimized switching between front and rear camera, Improved search tags in the app drawer, Added “New installs” category tag in the app drawer, and more
14 Jun 2018 Open Beta 29 | Android 8.0 Installs June 2018 Android security patch and brings General bug fixes and improved data transfer stability to OnePlus Switch
31 May 2018 OxygenOS 5.0.3 | Android 8.0 Face Unlock, May 2018 patches, and more
29 May 2018 Open Beta 28 | Android 8.0 OnePlus Switch (UI improvements, Improved support for application data migration, and General bug fixes and stability improvements), File Manager (Now able to manage Parallel Apps files), and Camera (New Camera UI design)
15 May 2018 Open Beta 27 | Android 8.0 May 2018 security patch, and more
25 Apr 2018 Open Beta 26 | Android 8.0 Supported double-tap to lock screen, Improved searched history for App drawer, Hide lock-box entry in guest mode, Optimized scanning logic for large files
09 Apr 2018 Open Beta 25 | Android 8.0 Updated Android security patch to April 2018, Changes to alarm background color and other UI changes, Stopwatch updated with new UI, OnePlus Switch added support to migrate application data, allowing you to switch between devices seamlessly, and Card Package added new membership card in Shelf
28 Mar 2018 Open Beta 24 | Android 8.0 Added recent search tag in search app section of the app drawer, and General bug fixes and improvements
12 Mar 2018 Open Beta 23 | Android 8.0

New auto pick up gesture; answer an incoming call by raising the phone, Redesigned Gallery app, OnePlus Switch supports data migration for application backup, and Updated Android security patch to 2018-02 and General bug fixes and improvements

31 Jan 2018 Open Beta 22 | Android 8.0

Added pick-up gesture switcher and Added SMS categorized function in India, and General bug fixes and improvements

16 Jan 2018 Open Beta 21 | Android 8.0

Added face unlock function, Added OnePlus Switch application for backup & restore, Supported Airtel VoLTE in India and General bug fixes and stability improvements, and Upgraded OnePlus Launcher to V2.3

11 Jan 2018 OxygenOS 5.0.1 | Android 8.0

Supported Airtel VoLTE in India (VoLTE service location depends on Airtel), Added support for aptX HD, Added Wi-Fi hotspot device manager, Added “Soft” screen calibration, Updated Android security patch to December and General bug fixes and stability improvements

29 Dec 2017 Open Beta 20 | Android 8.0

Updated Android security patch to December, and General bug fixes and improvements, and more

30 Nov 2017 Open Beta 19 | Android 8.0

Updated to November Android Security Patch and Other bug fixes and optimizations, and more

24 Nov 2017 OxygenOS 5.0 | Android 8.0

Update to Android O (8.0), Added Parallel Apps, Added Picture in Picture, Added Auto-fill, Added Smart text selection, New Quick Settings design and Updated security patch to September 2017, Added notification dots, New app folder design and Now able to upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus

16 Nov 2017 Open Beta 18 | Android 8.0

New UI for Do Not Disturb, Optimized standby battery usage, Smart Text Selection improvements, General performance improvements, Updated OnePlus and GMS applications, Updated Google security patch (October 2017) and Other bug fixes and optimizations

27 Oct 2017 Open Beta 17 | Android 8.0

Added User Feedback app, Improved Wifi and data connectivity, Improved the performance of NFC, Improved the stability of Picture in Picture, Fixed issue of missing voicemail tab in dialer, Fixed issue of occasional heating and General bug fixes

18 Oct 2017 OxygenOS 4.5.1 | Android 7.1.1

General bug fixes and stability improvements

14 Oct 2017 Open Beta 16 | Android 8.0

Update to Android O (8.0) beta and Updated security patch to September.

28 Sep 2017 OxygenOS 4.5.0 | Android 7.1.1

Added lift up display, Added Gaming Do Not Disturb, Added low priority notification, Added network speed in status bar, Added scheduled night mode, Added OnePlus Slate font, Redesigned Dash Charge animation and System stability and battery improvements, Added Shot on OnePlus wallpaper, Redesigned calling UI, Added Shot on OnePlus watermark and Redesigned photo editor in Gallery, and Added secure box in File Manager

24 Sep 2017 Open Beta 15 | Android 7.1.1

Added “Soft” screen calibration, New boot animation and Optimized the clearing of recent apps, Updated Community app to V1.9.5 and Minor bug fixes.

04 Sep 2017 Open Beta 14 | Android 7.1.1

Added Shot on OnePlus watermark. You can add your name in the watermark, Redesigned lift up display UI. Now supports displaying battery percentage, Supports hiding of notification contents from apps locked by App locker, Improved stability of Parallel apps, Phone dialer and UI improvements, Weather app improvements, Adjusted color display of default screen calibration, Added E-warranty card, Added new feature to clock – alarm calendar – to set irregular alarms, Loading speed of Gallery images improved and Updated Android security patch level to August 2017.

25 Aug 2017 OxygenOS 4.1.7 | Android 7.1.1

Enhanced system fluidity, Battery optimizations and Android security patch updated to August 2017
Bug fixes: Sound channel error while recording videos, Call is routed to speaker accidentally by some 3rd party apps, Rendering issue in Indian Kannada language, App locker issue caused by some 3rd party apps, and as per Google, Hangouts will be removed if you have never updated it on Play Store. To keep Hangouts, please update it prior to the upgrade

16 Aug 2017 Open Beta 13 | Android 7.1.1

Data usage tracking optimizations (The system is now better at tracking data usage), Expanded screenshot optimizations, OnePlus apps updates (App locker, FileManager, Weather, Note (shelf), Launcher, and OnePlus Push have all been updated).
Bug Fixes: Installation issues of some parallel apps, Screenshot issues on some parallel apps (Sometimes the expanded screenshot would fail on parallel apps), Weather widget sometimes won’t update (Weather widget in Shelf will now update properly), and Font issue after changing system language (Sometimes the system font did not display properly after changing system language)

04 Aug 2017 Open Beta 12 | Android 7.1.1

Parallel apps – Introducing the all-new parallel apps feature that lets you run a parallel version of the same app using a separate account, now supports Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram and many other popular apps, and more

18 July 2017 Open Beta 11 | Android 7.1.1

Optimization: Battery saver indication changed from orange status bar to a notification, Optimized calculation method for data usage statistics, more accurate tabulation, Optimized expanded screenshot, now supports capturing for GIFs and videos, and Visual effects improvements for Weather widget.
Bug fixes for: various 3rd party app crashes, Bluetooth device battery status wrongly displayed for non-supported devices and Weather occasionally not able to retrieve forecast data

4 July 2017 Open Beta 10 | Android 7.1.1

All new OnePlus Launcher v2.1, and more

16 June 2017 Open Beta 9 | Android 7.1.1

Updated OnePlus Community to v1.9
Bug fixes for: Occasional duplicate notifications, expanded screenshot duplicate stitches, color issues with app locker, inaccurate battery percentage, certain display issues with OnePlus Font, certain display issues in the weather app, camera occasionally unable to open, sending files with 3rd party apps via hotspot, and inaccurate displayed network speed when activating hotspot

15 June 2017 OxygenOS 4.1.6 | Android 7.1.1

Added system push notifications for important information from OnePlus, Updated network settings for select carriers, OnePlus Community app to v1.8, and Android Security Patch level to 1st May 2017, and Modified WiFi no internet indication icon
Bug fixes for: storage issue present on 3rd party file managers, VoLTE issue on certain Jio SIM cards and connection issue on Android Auto, Optimizations and enhanced system stability

01 June 2017 Open Beta 8 | Android 7.1.1

Ambient display 2.0, Lift up display, Sharing functionality for Shot on OnePlus, All new OnePlus Font (Available in English, Chinese, and Japanese only), Gallery v1.7, Recorder v1.6, Weather v1.7, File Manager v1.7 and Other UI refinements, Enhanced launching speed of 3rd-party apps and Optimized management of foreground and background processes, Setup wizard adjusted to suit the style of Android 7.1, Refined contact import process from SIM card, now supports dual numbers and an email address, Automatically add corresponding country codes when making calls during roaming and Updated Android Security Patch level to 1st May 2017

16 May 2017 Open Beta 7 | Android 7.1.1

Fixed duplicate contacts after upgrade, Fixed Contacts search function bug, Fixed alarm clock occasionally not ringing, Fixed app crashes, Fixed display issue under black and white theme and Optimized power consumption

2 May 2017 Open Beta 6 | Android 7.1.1

New dialer and incoming call interface, UI optimizations for Messages, Settings and Contacts, New action bar for Messages and Settings, Optimized high power usage notifications, Bluetooth optimizations, Night mode optimizations and Bug fixes

20 April 2017 Open Beta 5 | Android 7.1.1

Bluetooth improvements, Clock widget improvements, Dark theme improvements, Translation improvements, GPS optimizations, Launcher optimizations, Night Mode optimizations and Updated community app to 1.8

17 April 2017 OxygenOS 4.1.3 | Android 7.1.1

Upgraded Android 7.1.1, Added expanded screenshots, Improved picture taking of moving objects with blur reduction, Improved video stability when recording, Improved WiFI connectivity, Improved Bluetooth connectivity, Fixed Instagram swiping bug, Fixed hardware buttons malfunction bug, Increased system stability and General bug fixes

31 March 2017 Open Beta 4 | Android 7.1.1

All-new launcher, added support for Shortcuts on 7.1.1, Redesigned app drawer, Redesigned UI for launcher settings, Added quick pay option for India, Added status bar icon option to display real-time network speed, Added Notification Denoising, Added Gaming Do Not Disturb mode, Added automatic Night mode, Added Secure Box for file encryption, Optimized touch latency, Optimized camera EIS for videos and Improved contacts management with linking and merge functions

1 March 2017 Open Beta 3 | Android 7.1.1

Upgraded to Android 7.1.1, New Shot on OnePlus wallpaper option, Gallery Improvements, New photo editor with watermark and photo straightening options, Newly added media will be highlighted in Photos section, Image location will be displayed in grid view, Media can be grouped by month and year, Folders and individual media can be hidden and General bug fixes

13 Feb 2017 OxygenOS 4.0.3 | Android 7.0

Added Wi-Fi IPv6 Support toggle, Optimized Smart Wi-Fi Switcher, if turned on, the device will switch to data connection if Wi-Fi signal is consistently poor, Fixed crashes for Line, Increased stability of the Camera app, Optimized exposure when taking night time photos, Updated Audio specs and improved the quality of audio recordings, Updated APN settings for select carriers and Amazon Prime App will be pre-installed for India Users

20 Jan 2017 OxygenOS 4.0.2 | Android 7.0

Upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat, New Notifications Design, New Settings Menu Design, Multi-Window View, Notification Direct Reply, Custom DPI Support, Added Status Bar Icon options, Improved Shelf Customization, Updated APN Settings for select Carriers, Fixed Proximity Sensor bug during calls, Fixed Google Play Store download bug and Increased System Stability

18 Jan 2017 Open Beta 2 | Android 7.0

UI optimizations, Improved Shelf Customization, Updated APN Settings for select Carriers, Fixed Proximity Sensor bug during calls, Fixed Google Play Store download bug and Increased System Stability

30 Dec 2016 Open Beta 1 | Android 7.0

Upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat (beta), New Notifications Design, New Settings Menu Design, Multi-Window View, Notification Direct Reply, Custom DPI Support, Added Status Bar Icon Options, Added Quick Launch for 3rd Party Applications and Improved Shelf Customization

19 Dec 2016 OxygenOS 3.5.4 | Android 6.0

Optimizations for US-TMO Network, Optimizations to Reduce Lag when Battery is below 5%, Optimized Bluetooth Connectivity, Optimized Battery Saving Mode (GPS and Orientation Preferences will be restored when Battery Saving Mode is closed), Fixed Flashlight Usability Issue in WhatsApp, Increased System Stability and Implemented Various Bug Fixes

28 Nov 2016 OxygenOS 3.5.3 | Android 6.0

Added emergency calling for India (triple press the power button to trigger), Added motion detection in camera and enhanced image capturing quality, Added OnePlus community app, Updated touch panel firmware and optimized touch precision, Updated GPS library and optimized location accuracy, Redesigned clock UI, Redesigned calling UI and Increased stability and implemented various bug fixes

OnePlus 3T Android 9 Pie update

Expected release date: Q1 2019

Android OS Release date
Android 6.0 Marshmallow Pre-installed
Android 7.0 Nougat Released on 20 Jan 2017
Android 7.1 Nougat Released on 17 Apr 2017
Android 8.0 Oreo Released on 24 Nov 2017
Android 8.1 Oreo Skipped in favor of Android 9 update
Android 9 Pie Released on May 22, 2019

With Oreo, this was the second major OS OnePlus 3T was receiving, which means that it doesn’t stand a chance for another major OS upgrade. WRONG!

Against all odds, OnePlus has announced that the two-year-old OnePlus 3T will receive the update to Android 9 Pie.

When exactly this will be happening remains unknown, but since we expect the company to prioritize Android 9 Pie updates for OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5 and 5T ahead of OnePlus 3T, we can only think of a Q1 2019 release date. Of course, we’ll update this post just in case anything concrete comes up.

Android 9 Pie will be the third major OS upgrade for the device, which could mean future OnePlus devices will receive at least three major OS upgrades.

How to install OnePlus 3T updates 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 3T. 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 3T into recovery mode:

  • Power off your OnePlus 3T. 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 the recovery mode, 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 3T in step 2 above. Confirm this and the Oxygen OS 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 a 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 3T.

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 op3t-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 3T 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 op3t-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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