Security updates are designed to keep Android devices as secure as possible, but you’re only as safe as your latest update. OnePlus does promise regular updates for its smartphones for at least two years, so let’s see how they’re handling the August 2021 security update.
OnePlus August 2021 security update — What’s new?
The April security patch was released by Google on August 2, but as is often the case nowadays, certain Samsung devices started to see the update just a few days before “officially” arriving on Android with the Pixel rollout. As a part of this month’s patch, Google issued a few key fixes, mostly of moderate severity — as is often the case.
OnePlus started rolling out the August patch some 16 days after Google but a whopping 22 days after Samsung started updating almost all of its main device lines. After a slight improvement to update speed, OnePlus has started letting things slip yet again.
Those devices that have already started to see the latest update have also been on the receiving end of a few new features. As is often the case, there’s no discernable pattern to the company’s additions. We’ve said for some time that the overreliance on the Open Beta path is something that OnePlus has to move away from. It’s worth noting that the OxygenOS Open Beta has ended for a few devices over the past few weeks ahead of Android 12 coming soon.
On OnePlus 8T, the August patch includes a number of common bug fixes including stability and device performance, but it also adds the OnePlus Store app, the Bitmoji Always-on Display feature and preps for the recently released OnePlus Buds Pro. On the OnePlus 8 series, the stable OxygenOS 18.104.22.168 patch adds the same new Always-on Display feature that has been available as part of the Open Beta since May, along with the same tweaks as seen on the OnePlus 8T.
Devices with OnePlus August 2021 update
Between open betas and other rollouts, it can be tough to keep up with updates from OnePlus. Below, we’ve directly marked where the May 2021 update has hit OnePlus devices. This article will be regularly updated as new rollouts begin, and carrier updates marked where possible, too.
OnePlus 9 Series
Being the company’s current and most important flagship in years, it’s really surprising to see that the OnePlus 9 series has yet to be updated with the latest security update. The last stable patch rolled out on July 20 to the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro with OxygenOS 22.214.171.124. Disappointingly, this leaves the OnePlus 9 series running the outdated July 2021 patch.
OnePlus 8 Series
The OnePlus 8 and 8T series has been given a prominent position as the most up-to-date device in the entire lineup. The August 2021 patch is available to OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T, but unlike in previous months it’s part of the stable update rollout. The Oxygen OS 126.96.36.199 update for OnePlus 8T and the OxygenOS 188.8.131.52 updates for OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro deliver the latest security patch and started in earnest from August 18.
OnePlus Nord Series
At this stage, it’s worth noting that the July 2021 security update is still a notable absentee from the OnePlus Nord 2, N10 5G, and Nord N100. That does mean that the August 2021 security update is unlikely to arrive in good time for any of the affordable OnePlus devices.
However, the original OnePlus Nord has been updated with OxygenOS 184.108.40.206 bringing the August security patch plus the Bitmoji Always-on display feature. The changelog is practically identical to that of the OnePlus 8 and 8T series.
OnePlus 7 Series and older
Still impressive devices given their age, the OnePlus 7T and 7 series are awaiting the August 2021 security patch and the Bitmoji AOD feature that appears to be part of the OTA update. With no Open Beta program, expect a stable build to bring the feature in the coming weeks.
The OnePlus 6 and 6T have only just been updated to Android 11 but should be eligible for further security patches. The duo saw the July 2021 patch arrive with OxygenOS 10.3.12 just a few weeks ago, so it may be a while before the latest patch arrives.
How can I get the August 2021 security patch on my OnePlus device?
OnePlus has a habit of rolling out updates for devices in a staged manner. That means that the initial release and subsequent confirmation on the OnePlus Forums doesn’t always indicate when you’ll be able to grab an OTA file and get your device updated/patched.
Our advice is to use a third-party application to get updates in a timely manner. The community-run Oxygen Updater allows you to sideload official update .zip files as soon as they are available publicly. While this will ensure you get updates right away, if you encounter problems, you may need to revert to an older build. This may require a device reset if problems are major.
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