Android 10 (Q) Open Beta: now available for the 6 and 6T

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Great news today, folks. OnePlus has finally released the Open Beta update to Android Q for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. This is the beta version, so it's meant for those who would like a bit of a risk, as it is a beta and can contain bugs or issues. 

The stable release is expected in November 2019.

Read below to see what's new, and more detailed instructions on how to install it if you are currently using the beta version.

Image credit: OnePlus

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Open Beta Android 10 OnePlus 6

What's new?

The new Android Q update contains many improvements, and comes with the following changelog:

  • System
    • Upgraded to Android 10
    • Brand new UI design
    • Enhanced location permissions for privacy
    • New customization feature in Settings allowing you to choose icon shapes to be displayed in the Quick Settings
  • Full Screen Gestures
    • Added inward swipes from the left or right edge of the screen to go back
    • Added a bottom navigation bar to allow switching left or right for recent apps
  • Game Space
    • New Game Space feature now joins all your favorite games in one place for easier access and better gaming experience
  • Smart display
    • Intelligent info based on specific times, locations and events for Ambient Display (Settings - Display - Ambient Display - Smart Display)
  • Message
    • Now possible to block spam by keywords for Message (Messages - Spam - Settings -Blocking settings)

How do I get it?

The update is available in Oxygen Updater and will soon be rolled-out via the regular system updates app, if you prefer to get it that way. Go ahead and install it right away, and explore the new system update to discover all its features and improvements

For users running the regular / stable version of OxygenOS

You only have to enable advanced mode in app settings and switch to 'Open Beta full update'. Then just download and install the update. This won't wipe your data (going from beta back to stable does). That shouldn't be that hard, right?

Any known issues regarding TWRP and root?

Yes: fastboot boot command is reported to don't work therefore TWRP cannot be booted and you can't sideload Magisk zip.

To gain root access you will need to use at least Magisk v20 (which is fully compatible with Android 10 ). You can download it in TopJohnWu's Github repository. You will need to patch your boot image with Magisk Manager and to flash it using fastboot flash boot magisk_patched.img to gain root access (source) once you've updated to Android 10.

Any recommendations?

As general advice, backup your data before updating as it's good practice.
Rooted users: disable any Magisk modules you might have installed as they might not be compatible with Android Q and therefore lead to a bootloop.

T-Mobile converted units
owners should not try to install this build by local upgrade feature or by TWRP as it will lead to an hardware/software mismatch error at boot of the build. This leads to a softbrick of your device (and your data being lost) if you try to do so. To recover your device in a working state you will need to use MSM tool that you can find on XDA Developers forums.
Note that however someone claims they managed to flash it by extracting payload.bin and flashing it manually (unfortunately as of writing they did not share the exact process being done with steps).

Want to go back to Android Pie OBT? Download the Rollback package from the links below:


 - T-Mobile units will most likely need the Unbrick Tool (MSM tool) if they want to go back as this will probably brick their device with the same hardware/software mismatch error message presented previously.

- Mind that both rollback zips and MSM tool will wipe your data


Happy updating!