OnePlus 2 was Launched in 2015. It was one of the popular devices from the OnePlus portfolio, even though it didn’t take off well among the customers. Post few months after the launch, OnePlus announced the second-generation device won’t be receiving an update to Android Nougat after all. With this, OnePlus promised its users an update it couldn’t deliver.
After announcing that OnePlus 2 won’t be receiving Android Nougat update, the company gave a reason where it emphasized that the lack of manpower to keep the smartphone updated. OnePlus has, however, been proactive in the past few years and has released the Android Pie update for devices including the OnePlus 6T, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5. OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, on the other hand, are not likely to receive the Pie update. This makes the unofficial Android Pie for OnePlus 2 a prominent release.
Keeping that aside, we are here to assist you on how to install the Android Pie 9.0 Google Experience on your OnePlus 2, which was practically categorised as a “dated” device by the company itself under two years of launch.First things first, you need to make sure that your OnePlus 2 has an unlocked bootloader. Also make sure that you have downloaded TWRP for OnePlus 2 and downloaded Pixel Experience ROM, which will be flashed onto the smartphone. Here is a look at steps to be followed for flashing Pixel ROM on OnePlus 2.
Step 1: Switch off your phone and then boot the device into fastboot mode by holding volume up + power button. The phone will display ‘fastboot’ text confirming that you have successfully entered the fastboot mode.
Step 2: Now, the plug your phone to a compatible PC, and then open command prompt window and type ‘fastboot devices’.
Step 3: If the phone has been recognized by the command above then you can proceed to unlock the bootloader with following command:fastboot oem unlock
Step 4: Wait for your phone to reboot.
Flash Pixel Experience ROM to a OnePlus 2
Step 1: Switch off the phone and boot it into fastboot mode by long pressing the power and volume down button simultaneously.
Step 2: Now, connect your phone to a PC using USB cable, and then open command prompt and navigate to the folder where you have downloaded TWRP recovery image.
Step 3: Type ‘fastboot devices’ in command prompt and check if the device is detected by the system.
Step 4: If the system detects the phone, type ‘fastboot flash recovery twrp_filename.img’ and press enter, the process will be completed in seconds.
Step 5: Type fastboot boot twrp_filename.img and press enter. At this stage, your phone will boot into TWRP recovery mode. After that, it will ask you to allow modifications, slide towards the right to allow modifications.
Step 6: Make a full wipe (system, data, cache, dalvik)
Step 7: Now, click on ‘Install’ and navigate to the location where you have stored the Pixel Experience ROM file. It is recommended that you keep the ROM file on a SD card or USB OTG drive.
Step 8: Click on ‘Install’, navigate to the location where you have stored ROM file, it’s better to keep ROM file on SD Card or USB OTG drives.
Step 9: Select the ROM file and swipe towards the right to flash.
Step 10: Flash ROM(Pixel exp OS).(Gapps are included).
Step 11: Reboot the device and enjoy the Pie!
According to FoneArena, after upgrading to Android Pie, OnePlus 2 users will face occasional camera app crash.