While everyone was almost sure that OnePlus missed out on the update timeline again, the Chinese manufacturer OnePlus surprised everyone by suddenly releasing the Nougat based Oxygen OS 4.0 update to OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T users. This being a major update, it is gradually phased out throughout the world, and it is unlikely that Indian users will get the update immediately.

However, there are a few tricks to get the update immediately without hurting the device. Both the methods given below are safe and give you the official update, so you can be sure that the device is safe. Also, no data will be lost in either of the processes. However, it is recommended that you take backup of important data before starting the process.

1) Updating via VPN

This is a fairly simple trick and uses a VPN app to spoof your location so that the servers decide to send you the update on an expedited basis.  This process will work on both OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.

  1. Download the VPN apps from the Google Play Store, and select the location as Canada or Germany. We recommend Opera VPN for its reliability.
  2. Now, open the Settings app and navigate to System Updates to check for new updates.
  3. The Nougat update should now show up here.
  4. Now, disconnect the VPN and start the download of the 980+MB software update.
  5. Once downloaded, you’ll be prompted to reboot and install the update
  6. Follow the steps to update your device to the latest version successfully.
  7. Do note that the first boot after installation of the update can take some time. Be patient and let the device boot without any interruptions.

2) Manually Flashing the update package:

If you were running an Open beta build on your device, then the above method might not work for you. You’ll have to update the device by sideloading the update package manually.

Download the package based on your device.

  1. First, download the update from one of the links below based on the device you own and the build that it runs.
  2. Transfer the file to your device directory and open the settings app.  Navigate to the system updates page and open the updated app. Now, instead of searching for a new update, just tap on the cogs icon which should be on the top right corner and select the local upgrade option.
  3. The updater should now search and find the update package file and prompt you to install it.
  4. This should take a while, and the device will reboot to recovery for the installation process.
  5. The first boot after the update might take longer than usual, be patient and keep the device plugged into a power outlet.

Once done, the device should boot with Android 7.0 Nougat installed.  Do let us know in the comments below if you’ve any problem.


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