[Q&A] The Ultimate OnePlus 5T Guide - Solutions e.t.c.

  1. Alvie
    The Lab - OnePlus 5T Reviewer Nov 22, 2017

    Alvie , Nov 22, 2017 :
    Thread owner: @Alvie

    MUCH OF THIS THREAD IS NO LONGER UP TO DATE, PLEASE FIND THE NEW THREAD HERE: https://forums.oneplus.com/threads/ultimate-oneplus-smartphone-guide-q-a-root-solutions-etc.1105977/ where discussions about any questions / issues you may have regarding the OnePlus 5T can take place.

    UPDATED: 04/04/2018

    Please do not advertise / ask for referrals here, if you need one you may find them in signatures of some forum members.

    General questions - click here

    ROM/Software related - click here
    Issues/Problems - click here

    If you have any issues, first make sure you check if there is already a solution. You can do this by checking this thread, searching the forums and other parts of the internet (e.g. YouTube/Google). If even then you still have issue(s), post on this thread (or create a new thread).

    Things to try first:

    • Close apps and reopen
    • Reboot device
    • Clear cache + ART/Dalvik in recovery

    Is there a trade-in program?

    Display: 6.01" 1080p (FHD+ 18:9) Optic AMOLED DCI-P3
    Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 @ 2.45GHz
    CPU: 8x Kyro 280 @ 2.45GHz
    GPU: Adreno 540
    Storage: 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 - 2 Lane
    Rear Camera: Dual Cameras (Horizontal)
    Primary: 16MP f/1.7 Sony IMX 398 - 1.12 µm
    Secondary: 20MP f/1.7 Sony IMX 376K - 1.0 µm
    Portrait Mode - Smart Capture - Fast AF - Clear Zoom
    Front Camera: 16MP f/2.0 Sony IMX 371 - 1.0 µm
    WLAN: 2x2 MIMO 802.11b/g/n/ac
    Bluetooth: 5.0
    Bands: Wordwide Cat12/3CA
    USB: 2.0/Type C
    Battery: 3300mAh
    NFC: Enabled
    Dimensions: 156.1 x 75 x 7.25 mm
    Weight: 162g (5.7 oz)
    Headphone Jack: Yes :)
    Extra features: DASH charging, Improved HDR, Clear Zoom, Face Unlock

    For more information check the official spec page:

    Which bands/frequencies does the OP5T support?
    FDD LTE: Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66
    TDD LTE: Band 38/39/40/41
    TD-SCDMA: Band 34/39
    UMTS(WCDMA): Band 1/2/4/5/8
    GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

    Does rooting / unlocking bootloader void warranty?
    The technical process of rooting or unlocking the bootloader does not void the warranty of the OnePlus 5T. However, we strongly suggest for you to only root or unlock the bootloader of the OnePlus 5T if you are confident that you understand the risks involved.

    By accessing resources regularly unavailable to software, the process may damage your hardware during or after the procedure, which is not covered under warranty. In warranty handling, we will need to verify that any faulty behavior is unrelated to rooting / unlocking first.

    Is there a pre-applied screen protector?
    A standard screen protector is pre-applied (professionally fitted) at the factory as gift and to minimise damage. It is not a premium or tempered glass.

    Is there a case included with the phone?
    A dark translucent TPU case is included in the box :) , in the red pull-out container.

    Will other chargers work with the OnePlus 5T?
    Other 5V chargers (and Quick Chargers) should work with the OnePlus 5T but you may not achieve the maximum charging speeds that you can using the included/official DASH adaptor and cable. Therefore, it is recommended to use the official DASH adaptor and cable.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2019

  2. Alvie
    The Lab - OnePlus 5T Reviewer Nov 22, 2017

    Alvie , Nov 22, 2017 :

    How to install ADB and fastboot:

    Filename: adb-setup_1.4.3.exe

    Download this file: Credit @Snoop05


    Locate the file, right click and run as administrator.

    Press Y at each step:


    How to unlock bootloader:

    Make sure to backup important files as unlocking bootloader will wipe files and data on your device.

    After you have installed the drivers, ADB and fastboot, you can proceed to unlocking your bootloader.

    1) Enable USB debugging and OEM unlock

    Go to Settings>About Phone>Tap Build number 7 times.

    Go to Settings>Developer's Options>Enable USB debugging

    Also in Settings>Developer's Options, Enable OEM unlock, type in your PIN/Pattern/Pass code.
    2) Connect your OnePlus 5T to your computer

    Select Always allow from this computer and click OK (You may not get this prompt)
    3) Boot your OnePlus 5T into Bootloader/Fastboot mode (POWER + VOLUME UP)

    4) Whilst in Bootloader/Fastboot mode, connect your OnePlus 5T to your PC and allow the drivers to install.

    5) Open a command window

    For this you have to open a folder
    Hold shift and right click
    Choose Open a command window / PowerShell window here

    6) Power off your OnePlus 5T then boot into fastboot mode. (POWER + VOLUME UP)

    7) Connect your OnePlus 5T to your PC via USB.

    8) Run this code to ensure fastboot is working.

    fastboot devices
    If it returns with your serial number you can continue with the process, if not you need to ensure your drivers are correctly setup.

    To unlock your OnePlus 5T, run this code:

    fastboot oem unlock
    This will begin the unlock process on your OnePlus 5T and will come up with a new screen on your device. Choose Yes and it will reboot automatically.
    9) To make sure that the bootloader has been unlocked, reboot the phone into fastboot mode. Open a command window and run this code:

    fastboot oem device-info

    It should return with:

    Device tampered: true (for some people this may say false but still work)
    Device unlocked: true

    How to install custom recovery:
    1) Enable USB debugging

    Go to Settings>About Phone>Tap Build number 7 times.

    Go to Settings>Developer's Options>Enable USB debugging & OEM Unlocking.

    2) Download the TWRP recovery file and place it on your computer:


    [If you want to return to STOCK RECOVERY: see below - official not available yet]

    For whatever recovery you are using make sure to rename it recovery.img and not recovery.img.img

    3) Boot your OnePlus 5T into fastboot mode (POWER + VOLUME UP)

    4) Open a command window in the folder where your recovery.img file is.

    For this you have to open a folder
    Hold shift and right click
    Choose Open a command window / PowerShell window here


    5) Run this code to flash recovery:

    fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

    6) Boot into recovery by unplugging your phone from the PC and hold POWER and VOLUME DOWN.

    7) Once in recovery, reboot from there (select system) and swipe to disable stock recovery.

    How to root your OnePlus 5T:
    First of all, you need to make sure you have a custom recovery installed (check the instructions above)

    1) Save this SuperSU zip or Magisk zip to your phone's internal storage:

    SuperSU - Magisk
    (I recommend Magisk over SuperSU)
    2) Boot into recovery mode (POWER + VOLUME DOWN)

    3) Click Install

    4) Select the SuperSU OR Magisk zip and Swipe to confirm flash


    5) Once done, Wipe Dalvik/ART Cache and Cache and reboot

    To verify root, install Root Checker from the Play Store

    How to make a Nandroid Backup with TWRP:
    Nandroid Backups are important as they backup your stock system, so in case you ruin your phone you can roll back to the Nandroid Backup (similar to Windows system image) via TWRP.

    1) To create a Nandroid Backup, enter recovery mode (TWRP)

    2) Select Backup

    3) Select Boot, Recovery, System, Data, Cache and EFS

    4) Swipe to backup (this may take some time)

    5) Once done, reboot to system

    How to backup EFS:
    Credit: @Naman Bhalla
    1) Install Terminal Emulator on your phone and open it up.
    2) Enable root access by entering this code:

    3) Grant SuperSU/Superuser access
    4) Enter these commands:

    dd if=/dev/block/sdf1 of=/sdcard/modemst1.bin bs=512
    dd if=/dev/block/sdf2 of=/sdcard/modemst2.bin bs=512
    5) Go to a file manager and locate the files within your Internal Storage, and back them up to safe places such as your PC, Cloud Storage etc

    Restore EFS Backup:
    Credit: @Funk Wizard @Naman Bhalla
    1) Boot your OnePlus 5T into bootloader/fastboot mode
    2) Connect your OnePlus 5T to your PC using a USB cable
    3) In the folder containing the modemst1.bin and modemst2.bin files, open a command window:

    For this you have to open a folder
    Hold shift and right click
    Choose Open a command window / PowerShell window


    4) Use these commands to restore your EFS:

    fastboot flash modemst1 modemst1.bin
    fastboot flash modemst2 modemst2.bin

    5) Reboot your phone by using this command:
    fastboot reboot

    You can now disconnect your phone from your PC, and your IMEI should be restored.

    Restore Nandroid Backup:
    Credit: @Funk Wizard @Naman Bhalla
    1. Boot into TWRP Recovery (VOLUME DOWN + POWER)
    2. [Only and Only if you want to restore /system and /data too from the Backup] Wipe > Advanced Wipe > Select Dalvik + System + Data + Cache > Swipe to Wipe. Go back to TWRP Home.
    3. Go to Restore Menu and select the backup you want to restore.
    4. Select the partitions you want to restore.
    5. Swipe to Restore. The process will take some time.
    6. Reboot

    Signed flashable zips:
    Credit: @Titokhan

    These are full ROM zips that can be flashed in stock / custom recoveries. If rooted, you must use a custom recovery and reflash SuperSU/Magisk after flashing ROM.

    Please check this thread HERE

    OTA incremental zips
    Credit: @Titokhan

    These are partial ROM zips that can be flashed in STOCK recovery providing there are no changes to the system.

    Please check this thread HERE

    Stock Recovery:
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2018

  3. Alvie
    The Lab - OnePlus 5T Reviewer Nov 22, 2017

    Alvie , Nov 22, 2017 :
    Netflix (and other video apps) aren't HD:
    This is due to a software DRM limitation. The OnePlus 5T currently supports Google's Widevine DRM at a Level 3. However, a Level 1 is needed for HD playback.
    EDIT: This cannot be done through a firmware update, if you'd like to have the ability to watch Netflix etc in HD you will have to send your device to OnePlus so they can apply the DRM fix.

    It can only be done this way as the device encryption keys are only allowed to be stored on OnePlus' computers.

    To arrange this please contact OnePlus support
    The whole process should not take longer than 5 days, and is available for free (Inc courier costs) in North America, Europe, India, and China.

    Be aware that you will probably lose all of your data so back up anything important before sending in. Also, consider factory resetting before sending in to protect sensitive information.

    More info, read here:
    It can be expected in a future update, source:
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2018

  4. Alvie
    The Lab - OnePlus 5T Reviewer Nov 22, 2017

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  5. Alvie
    The Lab - OnePlus 5T Reviewer Dec 8, 2017

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    Nougat Dec 8, 2017

  7. firstov.serg
    Cupcake Dec 13, 2017

    firstov.serg , Dec 13, 2017 :
    Good day.
    I have one question about OnePLus 5T
    is there any difference between the American and European version?

  8. ViW1p
    Ice Cream Sandwich Dec 13, 2017

    ViW1p , Dec 13, 2017 :
    I am not an expert by any mean so perhaps wait for some other feedback along the way... however I read that OnePlus devices are sold in two variants: Chinese and Global version. Chinese version works only in China, whereas the Global version works in all the countries. However, 4G compatibility varies - on the Oneplus Site during the purchase process you have the possibility to check the compatibility of the region you are buying from. You can check here: https://willmyphonework.net/ - for seeing other countries.

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  9. Alvie
    The Lab - OnePlus 5T Reviewer Dec 13, 2017

    Alvie , Dec 13, 2017 :
    They are the same :)

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  10. dego007
    Gingerbread Dec 14, 2017

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  11. Alvie
    The Lab - OnePlus 5T Reviewer Dec 15, 2017

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  12. Gwnelviin
    Froyo Dec 16, 2017

    Gwnelviin , Dec 16, 2017 :
    what do you mean with it works only in China. do you mean the bands or os?

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  13. Star Lord
    Honeycomb Dec 16, 2017

    Star Lord , Dec 16, 2017 :
    I wish the on screen back and previous app buttons should be more to respective corners of the screen as 5T screen is a bit wide. I am finding it a bit hard to locate them, blame it on OP3 which I was using earlier.
    What say?

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  14. mofoinc
    Cupcake Dec 17, 2017

    mofoinc , Dec 17, 2017 :
    Is there a way to activate screen brightness slider over the status bar? (As OnePlus one model had). Loved this feature and miss it greatly.

  15. Tcat007
    Honeycomb Dec 17, 2017

    Tcat007 , Dec 17, 2017 :
    In this "Unlock Bootloader" tutorial, it mentions "connect to PC" in section 2, 4, and 7, but never says to disconnect. Can I assume once connected (#2), that there's no need to disconnect after that? 5T arriving Tuesday, just getting my day organized.

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  16. Gwnelviin
    Froyo Dec 18, 2017

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  17. dego007
    Gingerbread Dec 18, 2017

    dego007 , Dec 18, 2017 :
    Exactly .. couldn't agree more

  18. Alvie
    The Lab - OnePlus 5T Reviewer Dec 18, 2017

    Alvie , Dec 18, 2017 :
    I think they've made it closer to the centre to make it that you don't have to move you fingers too much. I don't think there's a way to change it unfortunately

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  19. Alvie
    The Lab - OnePlus 5T Reviewer Dec 18, 2017

    Alvie , Dec 18, 2017 :
    I think that was a Cyanogen feature which I believe isn't available in Oxygen OS.

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  20. Alvie
    The Lab - OnePlus 5T Reviewer Dec 18, 2017

    Alvie , Dec 18, 2017 :
    You probably can, if it doesn't work then disconnect then reconnect at those points.

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