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HOW TO: Install OnePlus 3 OxygenOS 4.1.5 Android 7.1.1 Nougat Official Firmware

OnePlus is pushing regular updates for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. Today, OnePlus 3 got the OxygenOS 4.5.0 update based on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Although the Android version is not upgraded as the OxygenOS 4.1.3 was also based on the Android 7.1.1, but the new update brings some noticeable features and optimizations including the better camera low light focus and better Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity. A full changelog is posted below. This guide will teach you how to install the official OxygenOS 4.5.0 Android 7.1.1 Nougat firmware on OnePlus 3.

Your phone does not need to be rooted to install this update. If you are installing an OTA update manually for the first time, you might be a little nervous. But the installation process is very easy and if you follow the steps correctly, the process will go smooth. A stock recovery would work to install the update but this update is also compatible with the TWRP custom recovery. We will be using the TWRP custom recovery in this tutorial. Your data will stay safe after the update, but in case you still want the peace of mind, you can backup your data by following this tutorial.

OxygenOS 4.5.0 - OnePlus 3

Disclaimer: All the custom updates and firmware, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

RELATED: OxygenOS 4.5.0 now available for the OnePlus 3. Tutorial: How-To Install.

Android 7.1.1 OxygenOS 4.5.0 Nougat OTA Details:

OxygenOS 4.5.0 update comes with tons of improved features and is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. A quick list of the main features / changelog of OxygenOS 4.5.0 is given below and we are sure you’d love to use this on your OnePlus 3:

New additions:
• Added system push notifications for important information from OnePlus

Updates:
• Updated network settings for select carriers
• Updated OnePlus Community app to v1.8
• Updated Android Security Patch level to 1st May 2017
• Modified WiFi no internet indication icon

Bug fixes:
• Fixed storage issue present on 3rd party file managers
• Fixed VoLTE issue on certain Jio SIM cards
• Fixed connection issue on Android Auto

Optimizations:
• Battery
• WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS
• Proximity sensor
• Camera low light focus
• Expanded screenshot

Other changes:
• Enhanced system stability

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the OnePlus 3, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Like this OxygenOS 4.5.0 based on the latest Android 7.1.1? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now. Now please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.

OnePlus 3 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for OnePlus 3 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download OnePlus 3 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps.

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model. And also make sure you have an unlocked bootloader (except Samsung).

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and update OnePlus 3 to Android 7.1.1 OxygenOS 4.5.0 Nougat custom firmware.

TUTORIAL: How to Install Android 7.1.1 OxygenOS 4.5.0 Nougat on OnePlus 3

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install Android 7.1.1 OxygenOS 4.5.0 Nougat custom firmware on OnePlus 3. If you are used to installing custom ROM on your OnePlus 3, then this should not be any different for you.

As we mentioned earlier, you need to have a custom recovery installed on your phone. Please do that first and then get back to this tutorial. And before you proceed below, make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.

To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for installing Android 7.1.1 OxygenOS 4.5.0 on OnePlus 3. Please do not try this tutorial on OnePlus 3T or any other variants of the phone.
  • Your phone should have a stock recovery for this tutorial. However, TWRP recovery is also compatible and that’s what we will be using below.
  • This tutorial may wipe out all your data. Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.
  • Perform a Dalvik Cache wipe before proceeding from the Recovery Mode.
  • Good luck!

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android 7.1.1 OxygenOS 4.5.0 for OnePlus 3 to your computer.

Step 2 – Connect and mount your OnePlus 3 USB memory to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded OxygenOS 4.5.0 zip file to your phone memory / SD card. Make sure the file is in the phone memory / SD card root (not in any folder).

Step 4 – Then turn OFF your phone and disconnect from the USB cable.

Step 5 – Now to get in the Recovery Mode. Switch ON the phone while pressing and holding Volume Down + Power buttons together. Alternatively, read this: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Phone.

TWRP-Update-Install-1

NOTE: Screenshots of the Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP Recovery) may change as new versions are released. Stock recovery is highly recommended for this update!

Proceed to next page for the remaining tutorial.

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Uzair Khalid

Uzair has been very tech savy and an enthusiast since childhood. An Android geek, a passionate writer for all things technology and a Computer Science graduate.

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