How to update OnePlus X to Oxygen OS


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If, like me, you ordered your OnePlus X from China then it will come with Hydrogen OS, but with a few minutes work you too can have the international Oxygen OS on your OnePlus X.

Hardware and design is the same between the Chinese and International versions of the OnePlus X, the only difference being that the Chinese version of the phone ships with Hydrogen OS rather than Oxygen OS.

Hydrogen OS does have the option to run in English, but out of the box it does not have support for Google services, and for an international user this is a must. Hydrogen OS is also a little basic too, and installing Oxygen OS on your OnePlus X will really bring the phone to life.

Chinese reseller SPEmall sent me my OnePlus X, a white and gold version, which arrived today so they hadn’t had a chance to update the system to Oxygen OS for me. Thankfully the ROM was released on the Chinese OnePlus forums today and the switch is super easy.

How to update your OnePlus X to Oxygen OS

Before you begin please remember that you are performing this update at your own risk. If you do manage to brick your phone then it’s entirely on you.

Also before you start make sure you have at least 30% of power in your phone and also 2GB of available memory. You might want to install Oxygen OS as soon as you get your phone so you don’t have to back up photos, apps etc.

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Instructions to install Oxygen OS on your OnePlus X

  1. Download the OnePlusOxygen_14 update from the Baidu link here.
  2. Connect your OnePlus X to your PC.
  3. Do not unzip the ROM, and move it over to the OnePlus X’s internal storage.
  4. Turn off the OnePlus X
  5. Press Volume Down and the Power button together to get the OnePlus X in to recovery mode.
  6. Choose “English” > “Wipe data and cache” > “Install from local” > navigate to the Oxygen OS ROM.
  7. Choose “OK” and wait for the update process to end.
  8. Once installed your OnePlus X should reboot and now be running a fresh installation of Oxygen OS.
  9. Enjoy!

I am not going to go and play with the OnePlus X to get to grips with this latest phone from OnePlus. Stay tuned tomorrow for our hands on, review next week. Those of you who want to order the OnePlus X from SPEmall can do so on this link and save $8 with the following code: SPEXX.

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30 Comments

  1. Tajwar
    November 5, 2015

    Miui forever

    • balcobomber25
      November 6, 2015

      I love MiUI but Flyme is starting to win me over…

      • Vlada
        November 6, 2015

        I prefer AOSP or CyanogenMod. It is nice that we can choose the one that we like. Unfortunately not on all phones because of not obeying Android’s GPL license by most Chinese companies.

        • balcobomber25
          November 6, 2015

          As a Linux user I do love having a choice but as a Xiaomi (and others) user I can also appreciate what they do and why they used a close system. The beauty of Android is there will always be a choice for you.

  2. Tajwar
    November 5, 2015

    Miui forever

    • balcobomber25
      November 6, 2015

      I love MiUI but Flyme is starting to win me over…

    • Vlada
      November 6, 2015

      I prefer AOSP or CyanogenMod. It is nice that we can choose the one that we like. Unfortunately not on all phones because of not obeying Android’s GPL license by most Chinese companies.

    • balcobomber25
      November 6, 2015

      As a Linux user I do love having a choice but as a Xiaomi (and others) user I can also appreciate what they do and why they used a close system. The beauty of Android is there will always be a choice for you.

  3. Lars
    November 6, 2015

    Looking forward to your review Andi. The OPX or Honor 7 will be my next device. Currently leaning more towards the Honor 7 but depending on the reviews of the OPX this might change. Don’t take too long :).

    • Vlada
      November 6, 2015

      I was terified how expensive the OPX really is. I would pay 300€ for it (including shipping). If I wouldn’t mind the size, I could get the great LG G3 for the same money.

      I’m looking forward to the Kingzone K2 which should be 5″, will have 2xSIM+SD (like Bluboo Xtouch), metal frame and NFC. It looks quite promising.

  4. Lars
    November 6, 2015

    Looking forward to your review Andi. The OPX or Honor 7 will be my next device. Currently leaning more towards the Honor 7 but depending on the reviews of the OPX this might change. Don’t take too long :).

    • Vlada
      November 6, 2015

      I was terified how expensive the OPX really is. I would pay 300€ for it (including shipping). If I wouldn’t mind the size, I could get the great LG G3 for the same money.

      I’m looking forward to the Kingzone K2 which should be 5″, will have 2xSIM+SD (like Bluboo Xtouch), metal frame and NFC. It looks quite promising.

  5. monkeytree
    November 6, 2015

    Is the hardware really the same in the Chinese and international versions? I believe the Chinese version is different in respect to LTE bands, specifically it doesn’t have band 20.

  6. monkeytree
    November 6, 2015

    Is the hardware really the same in the Chinese and international versions? I believe the Chinese version is different in respect to LTE bands, specifically it doesn’t have band 20.

  7. Alex
    November 7, 2015

    Will it be possible for u to upload the file in other file sharing website? It takes a long time to download from Baidu, and it automatically stops before reaching 70%… I’ve tried 3 times

  8. Sherwin
    November 7, 2015

    fk baidu man seriously… any chances for you to upload the oxygenos through mediafire or google drive?

  9. Guest
    November 7, 2015

    Will it be possible for u to upload the file in other file sharing website? It takes a long time to download from Baidu, and it automatically stops before reaching 70%… I’ve tried 3 times

  10. Guest
    November 7, 2015

    fk baidu man seriously… any chances for you to upload the oxygenos through mediafire or google drive?

  11. Fredo Ho
    November 9, 2015

    Please upload the file to another media sharing website like google drive pls

  12. Guest
    November 10, 2015

    Please upload the file to another media sharing website like google drive pls

    • Alex
      November 14, 2015

      Has this rom gotten oxygen 2.1.2 OTA update?

    • Alex
      November 14, 2015

      Has this rom gotten oxygen 2.1.2 OTA update?

  13. Alex
    November 14, 2015

    Is this rom getting 2.1.2 OTA Update? Please someone tell me. I am considering buying one but I am only getting Chinese version. So it I can flash and get the OTA update, I will buy one. Thank you…

  14. Alex
    November 14, 2015

    Is this rom getting 2.1.2 OTA Update? Please someone tell me. I am considering buying one but I am only getting Chinese version. So it I can flash and get the OTA update, I will buy one. Thank you…

  15. luka3rd
    November 18, 2015

    So, what’s the Android version after that flash?
    Is it going to get OTA updates like a genuine (out of the box) Oxygen version?

  16. luka3rd
    November 18, 2015

    So, what’s the Android version after that flash?
    Is it going to get OTA updates like a genuine (out of the box) Oxygen version?

  17. Laur
    November 24, 2015

    Hy, can somebody help me with the download? The link from Baidu wants me to iintal its app and i don’t understand anything because it is in chinesse! I am from Romania. Thanks

  18. Guest
    November 24, 2015

    Hy, can somebody help me with the download? The link from Baidu wants me to iintal its app and i don’t understand anything because it is in chinesse! I am from Romania. Thanks