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 May 2021 security update.
OnePlus May 2021 security update — What’s new?
The April security patch was released by Google on May 3, but as is often the case, it arrived slightly earlier on selected Samsung devices just a few days before “officially” arriving on Android. As a part of this month’s patch, Google issued a few key fixes, mostly of moderate severity — as is often the case.
Occasionally, these monthly patches also come with new features from OnePlus and other various fixes, but this month there’s no pattern to the company’s additions. The overreliance on the Open Beta path is a frustrating one for OnePlus owners, especially as security patches and regular updates are used heavily in marketing spiel by the Chinese OEM.
On OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, the May patch includes a number of common bug fixes including charging performance and keyboard lag boosts. On the OnePlus 8 series, the patch adds new Always-on Display features including the ability to add a Bitmoji to your AMOLED display when idle. There are tons of other fixes here, too, including audio connectivity and quality improvements for your OnePlus Buds.
Devices with OnePlus May 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, the OnePlus 9 series was already set to be first in line for the May 2021 security update. The latest patch rolled out on May 10 to the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro with OxygenOS 126.96.36.199. The rollout includes North America, Europe, and India. Since this is a stable patch, it’s available to all users.
OnePlus 8 Series
The OnePlus 8 series hasn’t been left out of the update schedule but still manages to fall a tiny bit behind the curve compared to 2021’s flagship. The May 2021 patch is available to OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T, but frustratingly only in Open Beta builds. The Oxygen OS Open Beta 5 for OnePlus 8T and the Open Beta 10 for OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro delivers the latest security patch and rolled out in beta on May 20. If all goes well, the patch should make its way to the stable update track by the end of the month or early May.
[Update 05/26]: The May 2021 security update arrived for the OnePlus 8 and 8T series in a stable format in a series of OxygenOS updates. If you have the OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro, then OxygenOS 188.8.131.52 for those in India and Europe should get your device updated. If you are in North America, then the update will arrive as OxygenOS 184.108.40.206. OxygenOS 220.127.116.11 for the OnePlus 8T brings the May 2021 patch to the stable update channel.
OnePlus Nord Series
At this stage it’s worth noting that the April 2021 security update is still a notable absentee from the OnePlus Nord, Nord N10 5G, and Nord N100. That does mean that the May 2021 security update is unlikely to arrive in good time for any of the affordable OnePlus devices.
[Update 05/28]: The May security patch began rolling out for the OnePlus Nord on May 27 with the stable OxygenOS 18.104.22.168 update. This OTA update included a number of other software tweaks and fixes including important camera enhancements that resolve problems encountered by users.
OnePlus 7 Series and older
Still impressive devices given their age, the OnePlus 7T and 7 series all received the May 2021 security patch in a batch of updates on May 22nd. Unlike the updates for the OnePlus 8 series, stable patches have rolled out in the form of OxygenOS 22.214.171.124 for all four handsets.
How can I get the May 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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