The OnePlus 7 series hit the market in 2019. The OnePlus 7 and 7T, especially, were well received in terms of price-to-performance. The series spanned seven phones. Early in the year, OnePlus released the 7 and 7 Pro, followed by the 7T and 7T Pro later.
At the time, one of the main selling points of OnePlus phones was OxygenOS software. The OxygenOS experience was clean. It didn’t pack many quirky features, but it was simple and neat, praised for elegance.
The phones had a rocky history with Android updates. Out of the box, the 7 and 7T ran OxygenOS 9, while the 7T and 7T Pro ran Android 10. The OxygenOS 12 update based on Android 12 might be the last update for the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, and the T models might get updates until Android 13. There’s no confirmation yet.
The Android 11 update delivered to the OnePlus seven series phones ruined their reputation for providing good software updates. When the OxygenOS 11 update dropped, people reported a decline in performance, app crashes, UI lags, and several other problems that wouldn’t exist if the update had been adequately tested and optimized.
OnePlus merged the codebases of OxygenOS and ColorOS in 2021 to standardize the software experience and streamline the development process. The goal of the ColorOS merger was stability with regular updates and adding more features.
Unfortunately, history is repeating itself with the OxygenOS 12 update. These problems aren’t new, and issues with the Android 12 update have happened to these phones.
People across Reddit and Twitter have been complaining about the OxygenOS 12 update. People reported that auto brightness was now finicky. There were signal reception problems and network connectivity issues. There are reports of random call disconnection, higher standby drain, and worse battery life.
These aren’t minor visual bugs; they seriously interfere with and hamper the user experience since users can barely consume content or engage in multimedia if they have connectivity problems. People have also complained about the Gallery app crashing and all the phone’s settings being randomly reset to their defaults upon a simple reboot.
Screen refresh rates are also problematic. Phones unnecessarily keep juggling between 60 and 90Hz, making daily use annoying since your cellphone needs to stick to one consistent frame rate. Before updating to Android 12, people using the OnePlus 7 series should exercise caution.
The only workaround at the moment is to revert to OxygenOS 11. You can also reset your phone to factory settings after taking a backup copy of all your essential data. Both of the apparent workarounds are cumbersome and annoying.
To revert to Android 11, download the OTA Package and flash OxygenOS 11. To do this, enable Developer Options in Settings after downloading the ZIP file. Then, go to the About Device page and use the Local Install option. You’ll have to extract the downloaded file, and the rollback should be successful.
We hope OnePlus acknowledges this problem and provides a satisfactory solution to the users of the OnePlus seven series. We will keep you updated on any further news.