How to download and install OxygenOS 2.0.1 on OnePlus 2

Get OxygenOS 2.0.1 on your OnePlus 2 now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Get OxygenOS 2.0.1 on your OnePlus 2 now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

If you don’t want to wait for OnePlus’ latest OxygenOS update for the OnePlus 2 to reach you over-the-air, you’ll be pleased to know it’s easy to download and install the update manually.

Here’s how.

OxygenOS 2.0.1 is a big release for the OnePlus 2, with a patch for the dreaded Stagefright vulnerability and fixes for a number of frustrating teething troubles — including the fingerprint scanner┬ábug that I mentioned in my review.

OnePlus announced on Friday that the update would be rolled out to OnePlus 2 owners in phases, beginning with those in India. But you can download the firmware manually and install it right away no matter where you live.

Before you begin, we recommend backing up your OnePlus 2. You won’t have to perform a data wipe, but it’s always good to have a backup in case anything goes wrong. And of course, do not attempt to install this software on a OnePlus One — it will not work.

Next, you’ll need to obtain either the OTA update (40MB), or the full firmware package (1.1GB). The former is fastest, but it doesn’t work for everyone; I was unable to install it on my device, so I had to go with full ROM. I recommend getting that if you want it to work first time, then.

Once you’ve downloaded one of these packages, follow the steps below:

  • Transfer the ZIP file you just downloaded to the root of your OnePlus 2’s internal storage
  • Turn off your OnePlus 2 and wait until the display has gone black
  • Boot your device into recovery mode by holding the volume down and power buttons
  • Press the power button to select the “Install from SD” option
  • Navigate to your OTA or firmware file using the volume buttons, then select it using the power button
  • Confirm you wish to install the update

Once the install is complete, select the “Reboot” option to boot back into OxygenOS 2.0.1. Your apps will be optimized for the new software before your OnePlus 2 starts, so it will take a little while before it’s ready to use — but this is perfectly normal.

As I mentioned above, all of your data will be intact, so your apps, photos, music, and everything else will be waiting for you when your device boots back up. And again, if you attempted to install the OTA and it failed, use the full ROM instead — that should work just fine.