Oppo has been testing the beta version of the new ColorOS 13 internally, with only a few fans being allowed to join in. Now the company – along with OnePlus – are opening up the beta test to a wider audience.
The foldable Oppo Find N, the Oppo Find X5 and Find X5 Pro are invited to join in. Note that this is a limited test with slots for only 1,000 users. There will be several rounds, so if you don’t get in the first time, try again later.
The good news is that this is not restricted to China. Find X5 and X5 Pro owners in Australia, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, UAE and Vietnam can apply. Users in other regions who are interested in joining should keep an eye on the Oppo forums for further announcements.
The update process is pretty simple. First, back up your data. Second, you need to update you phone – to version A.20/A.22 for the Find N, A.20/A.21 for the X5 Pro and A.18 for the X5. Third, go to Settings > About device > Trial versions and fill in your data to apply for a slot in the public beta test. If accepted, ColorOS 13 beta will become available for download and installation.
But now here is why you may not want to install this update. It is a beta, meaning there is the possibility of bugs. In fact, Oppo already lists several known issues waiting to be fixed, e.g. the NFC on the Find N crashes occasionally, requiring a restart, the Find X5 series has issues where icons and some menus go blurry. Also, some apps don’t work with Android 13 yet, especially banking apps.
There is also the possibility that something goes wrong, which is why step 1 is backing up your data. With all of this in mind, you probably don’t want to run this on your daily driver. But if you do decide to go ahead and test drive the beta, this thread in the Oppo forums has detailed instructions.
OnePlus 10 Pro owners in China can also try ColorOS 13. The process is similar – you sign up through the About device screen (noting that there are limited spots available to beta testers). The same warnings about apps and features not working and the possible data loss apply.
Again, this is only for 10 Pro owners in China since the global version of the phone runs OxygenOS instead. OnePlus has already showed off the water-inspired look of OxygenOS 13.