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How to Unbrick the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T and Return to Stock

If your OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T isn’t booting into Android, or you just want to return to stock, this guide will walk you through the entire process.

Unlike Google’s Nexus and Pixel devices, we aren’t given an easy to execute flash-all.bat file that enables us to unbrick our OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. There just isn’t a straight forward way to return back to complete stock if something messed up the phone, or if you just want to be back on stock OxygenOS again. I’ve been showing off a large number of modifications for these two devices but I get a lot of requests for how to return back to stock OxygenOS.

Sure, OnePlus does make it easy for us to manually flash the firmware files via TWRP, but some don’t want to have TWRP installed either. Doing modifications like disabling forced encryption on the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, as well as installing MultiROM on the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T can make it difficult to revert. In the case of disabling forced encryption, you can’t even restore from a Nandroid backup with the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T because there are issues with the PIN, pattern and password.

So if you have ever gotten to the point where you want to start over, you can follow these steps below.

Unbrick the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

  1. Disable Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows (Method 2)
  2. Download and Extract the Drivers (OnePlus 3OnePlus 3T)
  3. Download and Extract the Recovery Tool (OnePlus 3OnePlus 3T)
  4. Power off the OnePlus 3
  5. Launch Window’s Device Manager
  6. Press and hold the Volume Up button for ~10 seconds
  7. Then connect the OnePlus 3 to the PC with a USB cable
  8. Continue holding the Volume Up button until a new device shows up in Device Manager
  9. Skip to Step 17 if the OnePlus 3 shows up as Qualcomm 9008
  10. This could be Unknown Device, QHUSB_BULK (under Unknown Devices) or Qualcomm HS USB (under COMs and Ports)
  11. Right click the OnePlus 3’s device entry within Device Manager
  12. Click on Update Driver Software
  13. Click the Browse option
  14. Click the Browse option again
  15. Locate and select the .INF file from the extracted x86 or x64 drivers folder
  16. When the OnePlus 3 shows up as a Qualcomm 9008 device, you can proceed to Step 17
  17. Go into the extracted Recovery Tool folder
  18. Right click the MsmDownloadTool file
  19. Click the Run As Administrator option
  20. Grant Administrator access
  21. Then click the Start button in the top left corner of the program
  22. Wait until the process completes (you should see green text)
  23. Unplug the OnePlus 3 from the PC after the phone reboots iteself
  24. Power the OnePlus 3 on and wait for it to boot into Android

Explanation

You’ll likely only need to deal with the driver part of this guide if your OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T is really bricked. If you’re just looking to return to stock (like I was), then you can skip a number of these steps (like I did in the embedded video above). Still, you should go ahead and boot into that special Windows mode just in case. Then download and extract the tools for your device (thanks goes to here and here for the tools) onto the PC.

You’ll want to power down the OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T (which can be done by holding down the Power button if the phone is stuck during the boot cycle), and then open up Window’s Device Manager. From here, press and hold down the Volume Up button for 10 seconds. After the time has passed (it doesn’t have to be exact), go ahead and plug in the USB cable to connect the phone to the PC. You’ll want to continue holding this button down until it appears in Device Manager.

The goal is to get your OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T to look like this while in this special boot mode.

If you don’t see the OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T recognized as a Qualcomm 9008 device, then you’ll need to find where it is in the Device Manager and update its drivers. You do this by right clicking the detected device and then clicking the Update Driver Software Option. From here, you want to manually tell Windows where the driver file is since we have already downloaded it in Step 2 of the guide. There are 2 folders in this download, x64 or 64-bit computers and x86 for 32-bit computers.

So you’ll have to know which type of computer you have so you can tell it which version of the .INF driver file to install for you. You may be able to do this via trial and error though. I didn’t test it this way so I don’t know for sure. Once you get the OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T to show up as a Qualcomm 9008 device, we can proceed to Step 17 of the guide above. You’ll then want to open up the recovery tool folder and locate the .EXE as instructed in the guide.

You’ll know it’s finished, and it went well, by seeing the green text like this.

You’ll want to right click this file and run it as an Administrator since it needs lower level access to the COM ports so it can actually unbrick your device. With the program open, you should see it detected in there and all you have to do is click on the Start button that is sitting in the top left corner. You’ll see the program downloading a number of files and this is where you wait. Once the files have been downloaded, it will start to flash them onto your OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T.

When this is done, you’ll see that text turn green, like it is shown in the image above, and then your device should reboot. When it starts to reboot on its own, go ahead and unplug the USB cable from it and it should then be in an off state. You can then press and hold the Power button until it turns on and then wait again for it to boot back into Android. This first boot will take some time since Android has to set everything up again.


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25 thoughts on “How to Unbrick the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T and Return to Stock”

  1. Soft bricked my brand-new 3T when an OTA update failed, and I came upon this piece when trying to fix it. It was easy to follow and worked perfectly. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I soft bricked my OP3T I managed to use this but my phone has still red led and can’t boot into anything other than the qualcomm mode

      1. Funny enough,I found some thread basically same tutorial as here but I kept holding power button and it started somehow,Now I need to hope that it will boot again if I restart it :D

  3. every time i try to install the drivers it shows me the device neme 900E and so i cant find it in the recovering tool. i tried it probably a thousend tims and im getting more and more despairing
    with the time. can anyone please help me :/

  4. Hi, I can’t turn off my op3. It’s in a continous boot. when I press the key 15 seconds it reboot and I cant turn off
    I just can enter in the fast boot and when connect it to pc it appear like “android bootloader interface” in my device manager. could I follow the guide anyway? thanks

  5. Hi
    I own a 3t
    I recently wiped all of the partitions from recovery (including internal storage) so I guess now I’m soft bricked… I tried following this guide but I can’t install the driver: I got into test mode but still when I connect the phone and try to update the driver it will tell me something like “the folder doesn’t contain a driver or it isn’t for 64bit”
    Help please!!!!

  6. Hi, I try to following the instruction until step 21, click the Start button in the top left corner of the program. During download process, suddenly the USB device not recognized, then download process is failed. After that, my OP3 can’t boot into anything. Could you help me please, Thanks.

  7. Mate, I want to say I appreciate your step-by-step instructions on unbricking Oneplus, but I have to say I am not most delighted when I find out that all my data got wiped out at the end of this unbrick. You should have said that the process will wipe out entirely all your data and don’t recover them.
    -Phil

    1. I saw your comment on YouTube. Again, I apologize but if you had a soft-bricked phone then your data was lost without this tutorial.

      If it was truly bricked, there wouldn’t have been any way to recover the data without taking the phone to a professional data recovery company

  8. my oneplus 3t is showing under cdrom instead of com + the system doesnt detect the drivers (there also arent any maps for x64 or x86 like in the video so i dont know if im doing it right theres just a readme pdb. file and three other files with gears on them)

    1. also, the display doesnt work for me at all (so i cant factory reboot or anything), the only thing working is the charge light and the dots on the buttons by the fingerprint sensor. also there are vibrations when i “type” on the dark screen

    2. Are you following step 1 properly and disabling the driver signature enforcement? That should get the phone to show up under com instead of cdrom.

      What are these four files you’re talking about? Where are they coming from?

  9. My oneplus 3 running perfectly till a couple months ago and then issues started…I have been able to get over the issues by using the wipe cache and starting over- then I completely wiped everything about a month ago and everything was fine untill 3 days ago- since then the phone would barely start and would shut off after 3 or 4 hours then require a few hours till it started again. Untill last night where it wouldnt start at all.

    This morning I decided to follow your steps and managed to get to the green text at the end (thank you)even having the Sahara message (for anyone reading- just keep trying till it works, try changing port and pressing volume up on the 1+)

    My issue is that after it finished- nothing happened on the phone, and after 30 seconds the process started again and kind of went into a loop of saying “download complete”

    After holding the power button for 20-30 seconds the 1+ logo has popped up , but it stays on that.

    any advice (my data is all backed up so willing to try anything to be able to use the phone again)

    1. “After holding the power button for 20-30 seconds the 1+ logo has popped up”

      That sounds like a bootloop issue.

      “my data is all backed up so willing to try anything to be able to use the phone again”

      Assuming you mean a TWRP backup, restoring from it could introduce whatever caused the issue all over again (just a guess).

      Since I don’t know what type of backup you have. I have to ask if your bootloader is unlocked?

      ________________

      I actually tried to boot up my OnePlus 3 this week to check the battery level and noticed that it just bootlooped. So, if your bootloader is unlocked then I will experiment with my device to try and get it back to stock properly (I did this manually for my OnePlus 6 and am curious if I can do it for the OnePlus 3 as well). So let me know and if your bootloader is unlocked then I’ll try my unbrick method and see if it works on my device. If it doesn’t then I’ll let you download it and try it out.

  10. Good day. I used your tool and successfully flashed my Oneplus 3t. But unfortunately the download did not happen. Reaches the logo and freezes. You can tell what can be done in this case.
    Thank.

  11. After PIE update my phone worked for a day and then not starting and no led whole charging
    Tried your methods however always end up donwloading cache.img failed
    Any help would be savoir

  12. Hi,

    First of all thank you very much. This guide helped me return my OP3T (A3010) to stock after a soft brick.

    I do have an issue issue with discovering Wi-Fi networks though, nothing shows up in either the setup or after setup in the Wi-Fi settings.

    I tested my Wi-Fi network and that is not the issue. All other devices pick it up, connect and can use the internet without issue. I live in a high dense area so under normal circumstances pick up 20+ Wi-Fi networks, but nothing shows up on my OP3T.

    I have also done a factory reset to see if that would help, but unfortunately it made no difference.

    I’ve scoured the internet for forums on the issue, but nothing to help. Any advice or things to try will me much appreciated.

    Thank you again,
    John

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