Update, November 09 (8:00 am ET): OnePlus has halted the latest beta OTA for the OnePlus 8 series after it was found that the OTA was causing data wipes on some devices.
What you need to know
- An update to users on OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 3 has been performing full data wipes on some OnePlus 8/8 Pro devices.
- OnePlus has confirmed that this is because some users are accidentally receiving a 'Stable' update over the Open Beta 3.
- OnePlus is advising users to do a full backup and to check if the OTA is indeed an Open Beta.
However, based on recent community posts (opens in new tab) in the OnePlus forums, an OTA to a stable build of OxygenOS 11 from the OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 3 has been completely wiping away user data on some OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro devices. In a new stickied post, OnePlus has confirmed (opens in new tab) that the issue does exist and has provided an explanation.
OxygenOS is available in three different channels including Closed Beta, Open Beta, and Stable. It seems that some users on the Open Beta channel have been accidentally receiving an update from the Stable channel, which has been erasing user data.
According to the official confirmation, the OnePlus software team is already working on the issue, however, it is a bit puzzling why they're not temporarily pulling the OTA so it doesn't affect any more devices. We have reached out to the OnePlus team for further comment, but they have not responded yet.
Nonetheless, for now, OnePlus is advising users to perform full backups and to double-check the OTA descriptions on their devices to make sure they are receiving an Open Beta update. If not, users should not be installing the update.
Update, November 09 (8:00 am ET) — OnePlus halts beta OTA, apologizes to the community
In a forums post (opens in new tab), OnePlus has confirmed that it halted the rollout of the OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 3 update:
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