How To Install Android Q on OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro

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A couple of weeks ago, Android Q Developer Preview 4 for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro was officially announced on the OnePlus forums. In collaboration with Google, OnePlus is offering users an early glimpse at the future of Android.

The OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro currently runs OxygenOS on top of Android 9.0 Pie. OxygenOS is critically acclaimed for its bloatware and lag-free user interface. Paired with the beefy specs of these devices, not only it performs well in day-to-day tasks but also during heavy usage.

What is Android Q Developer Preview?

Android Q is the latest iteration of the Android OS. An Android Developer Preview build offers developers and early adopters access to an early build of Android, in this case, it’s Android Q. Developers can start creating and optimizing their apps for the platform, whereas the early adopters can share their feedback on the latest Android OS.

What’s new in Android Q?

Google is working hard to bring a lot of exciting features and major UI changes to Android Q. Here are just a few of the features:

  • Enhanced Privacy

Android users are finally getting the option to limit background data usage for individual apps with Android Q. Also, if an app is accessing the camera or microphone, it will be shown on the notification shade.

  • Smarter Settings

Android Q will detect which settings you need and when you need them. If your device is in Airplane Mode and you open your dialer or internet browser, Android Q will show a quick menu with the Mobile data or Wi-Fi toggles.

  • Simple Wi-Fi sharing

With Android Q, you can easily share your Wi-Fi password to your guests with a QR code. Your guests can scan the QR code to quickly get online. This feature is previously seen in custom ROMs such as MIUI, now finally making its way to Stock Android.

How To Install Android Q on OnePlus 7/7 Pro

If you are eager to try out the latest version of Android on your OnePlus 7 or 7 Pro, we have compiled a step-by-step guide for you.

  • Caution
  • Requirements
  • Android Q Developer Preview 4 changelog and bugs
  • Installing the Android Q build

 Caution

As the name suggests, this developer build of Android Q is targeted towards developers and early adopters. So keep in mind that you are likely to encounter a lot of bugs and other issues.

If you have no experience in software development or flashing custom ROMs, you should understand the risk of bricking your phone. We are not responsible for any of your mishaps, so make sure to read the instructions carefully. Also, backup your data (including photos, videos, and contact) before installing the Developer Preview on your device as it will be factory reset.

Requirements

  1. Android Q Developer Preview 4 ROM

         Download link for OnePlus 7

         Download link for OnePlus 7 Pro

     2. 70%-100% battery level on your device

     3. Minimum 3GB of available storage space

Android Q Developer Preview 4 Changelog & Bugs

Changelog:

  • Improved system functions
  • Improved stability functions
  • For Developer Preview 4, a system upgrade to Open Beta via OTA is now available.

Bugs:

  • Application compatibility problems
  • Low probability of system lag and stability issues
  • Google Pay not working
  • The stored fingerprint will be reset, need to set it up again
  • DP1/DP2 (Developer Preview 1 & 2) users must wipe data before upgrade
  • Random artifacts on corners of the display at times
  • Crackling of audio at maximum volume on OnePlus 7
  • Two different shades of grey (Reboot to resolve)
  • Games crash while using Game Space
  • ‘A bug report has stopped’ notification (Clear app data to resolve)
  • Wi-Fi screencast doesn’t work

Installing the Android Q build

  1. First, download the latest ROM of Android Q Developer Preview. Check the Requirements section above for the download links. Make sure you download the correct one for your device.
  2. Copy or move the ROM zip package to the root folder of the phone storage.
  3. Now go to device Settings > System > System Updates > Tap on top-right icon > Local upgrade
  4. Select the downloaded zip file from your phone storage and tap on Upgrade.
  5. After the upgrade is complete, tap Restart.
  6. Your phone will automatically boot into recovery mode to format user data.
  7. Finally, it will auto-reboot into the system and your device will be successfully upgraded to Android Q Developer Preview 4.

Rolling back to Android Pie

As previously mentioned, Developer Preview 4 has a lot of bugs and not ready for daily usage. If you want to opt-out and rollback to stable Android Pie build of OxygenOS, follow these steps:

  1. Download the latest OxygenOS ROM zip package for your device.

          Download link for OnePlus 7

          Download link for OnePlus 7 Pro 

      2. Copy the Rollback package to the root folder of your phone storage.

      3. Go to Settings > System > System Upgrade > Tap on top-right icon > Local Upgrade.

      4. Select the rollback zip file from your phone storage and tap on Upgrade.

      5. After the upgrade is complete, tap Restart.

      6. Your device will automatically boot into recovery mode to format user data.

      7. Your device will successfully revert back to Android 9.0 Pie-based OxygenOS after reboot.

Note: Downgrading from Android Q Developer build to stable Android Pie based OxygenOS will erase all the user data, so back up your data before doing it.

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