Android 12 is back for the OnePlus 9, but you probably shouldn’t install it anyways


For the past few weeks, we’ve had the chance to enjoy some of the spoils offered by the Android 12 beta. But just like with the Android 11 beta, this wasn’t limited to just Pixel owners, as other phone makers have joined the Android 12 beta program. These include the likes of Oppo, ZTE, Vivo, and OnePlus. However, if you tried to install the Android 12 beta on your OnePlus 9 or 9 Pro without unlocking the bootloader, you likely were met with an endless boot loop that forced you to jump through hoops to get things back to normal.

Ever since the first beta dropped OnePlus fans have been wondering when the company’s latest flagship handsets would be able to jump on the Android 12 train. That day seems to be today, as a new OnePlus Forums post has been published, detailing that there is a new “hotfix build” which “fixes the issue that causes the original version to get stuck during Factory Reset Protection (FRP) check.

This means that if you just can’t wait for a more stable version, and own the OnePlus 9 or 9 Pro, you can now attempt to jump on the beta train. However, there are a slew of known issues that you should be aware of before diving in head-first:

  • All data will be cleared while flashing the build
  • Video call function is not available
  • Fingerprint unlock and face unlock are unavailable
  • Certain UI screens look less than desirable
  • Some apps may not function as expected
  • System stability issues
  • Probability of camera crash when HDR mode enabled.

The forum post also states that you’ll need at least 3GB of storage space available along with at least a 30% battery level. Finally, if you own a carrier version of either of these devices (from T-Mobile or Verizon), then you will not be able to install these builds. You can find the download links here if you want to try and install the Android 12 beta on your OnePlus 9 or 9 Pro.


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