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OnePlus pulls Android 12 beta for OnePlus 9 series due to bricked phones
- OnePlus has pulled the Android 12 beta for its phones.
- Numerous OnePlus 9 series owners complained of bricked devices.
- The issue might be due to people forgetting to unlock their phone bootloader.
OnePlus is one of roughly a dozen manufacturers taking part in the Android 12 beta program, giving enthusiasts an early taste of the new Android version ahead of the stable release. Unfortunately, it turns out that OnePlus has pulled the beta for its phones due to serious issues.
Users in the thread had noted that their phones wouldn’t move past the “copy data” page, even if they opted not to copy data. Others noted the same issue and that rebooting the phone resulted in a bootloop. Some people also resorted to rebooting via power+volume down, but the phones still wouldn’t move past the “copy data” screen.
Android Police claims that the issue occurs if a user forgets to unlock their bootloader, and suggests that affected users try a specific unbrick tool. XDA-Developers has a guide on how to use the tool, which uses the Qualcomm chipset’s Emergency Download Mode to unbrick a device.
It’s worth stressing that you probably shouldn’t be installing a beta update on your primary phone if you aren’t prepared for issues like this. So you might want to sit tight if your daily driver is included in the beta program.