OnePlus pulls Android 12 beta for OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro due to bricking issues

OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro are among the first set of devices to receive the Android 12 beta build. The company announced this soon after the Android 12 reveal during the I/O 2021 keynote. Other brands that are among the first to offer Android 12 beta-supported phones include Realme, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi, among others. Following OnePlus’ announcement, many OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro owners began installing the Android 12 beta builds on their devices. However, a lot of people found that the beta bricked their units. Based on these reports, OnePlus has decided to temporarily remove the Android 12 beta download links.

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OnePlus staff member said that he has, “temporarily removed the download links based on the feedback from users in this thread. I’m sharing the feedback with the software team so they can look into it in the morning at HQ.” While he did not explicitly reveal the feedback, some OnePlus users who tried to download the Android 12 beta update reported bricking issues.

According to a report by Android Police, if you forget to unlock your OnePlus 9 or OnePlus 9 Pro’s bootloader before installing the beta, the device will not get past the setup process. However, there is a fix to this. You can remove this bricking with an EDL restore. This will “restore your phone with a factory image using a Qualcomm chipset-level flash.” You can read about how to restore your phone using EDL through this XDA Developers guide.