Yes! I was pretty agog about the Android Oreo 8.0 roll out as much as you were. But, I will mince no words in saying that my excitement has somewhat subsided upon learning about the various issues that plague this new Android firmware release. I am not – by any means – saying that Oreo 8.0 is a bad operating system. On the contrary, I still stand true to my previous claims that it is the best Android iteration I have ever seen. It’s just that these bugs tend to dampen the excitement a bit.
In this article, I am going to take you through some of the common Oreo issues and their fixes. If you have run into one of these Oreo troubles already, I will be glad to have helped you fixed them. If you are yet to get the Android Oreo update, you can spare yourself the frustration that many have experienced by using these solutions. I am confident that once you have fixed the issues, you will have a much more delightful Oreo experience. Keep reading!
INSTALLATION ISSUES – MANUAL UPDATE
Since the Oreo 8.0 rollout, the installation hasn’t necessarily been an easy sale for all the eligible devices. While many devices could upgrade without any hiccups, several struggled. Not all the devices have received the over-the-air update yet. But, many can still register for the Android beta program and download the latest firmware manually.
Only a handful of devices are eligible for the beta upgrade. So, one reason why you haven’t been able to install Oreo on your device could be you don’t have a supported device.
To view the list of eligible devices, go to https://www.google.com/android/beta. Sign in with your Google account.
If you do see your device, click Enroll Device button. Follow the onscreen instructions to receive the upgrade file. Usually, the download process starts instantly, but in some cases may take up to 24 hrs.
If your device is eligible and yet you are experiencing troubles while downloading the update manually, try rebooting the device first.
If it still does not work, navigate to Settings >> About and tap on “Check for Updates.” This may force download the update on the eligible devices.
If this also does not seem to work, then you will have to wait for the Over-the-Air update notification (unfortunately).
INSTALLATION ISSUES – OVER THE AIR UPDATE
If you have already received the over-the-air update notification for Android Oreo, consider yourself lucky; but not so lucky if you are having trouble installing the firmware.
The most basic troubleshooting method that seems to work pretty well, for the most part, is rebooting the device. So, go ahead and reboot the device. There is a fair chance Oreo will get installed now.
If rebooting doesn’t work, let your battery drain out completely. Now, recharge the battery completely (100%). Once done, try to install Oreo again.
And, if your device continues to trouble you over the installation, I would recommend you to clear the cache partition. The method to clear the cache partition is device specific and thus is beyond the scope of this article to cover it all. But, it should be easy. Just refer to the device manual. You may also look it up on Google (or any other search engine of your choice).
BATTERY LIFE ISSUES
What got me really excited about Android Oreo is the big talks around how it will suppress various background tasks and services and enhance the battery life. I wouldn’t say these claims were bogus. In fact, many users have already vouched for them. But, it is also true that several users have experienced dramatic drain in the battery after installing Oreo.
I will say this is nothing to panic about. Oreo does offer power optimization features. All you have to do is fix the random battery issues.
After installing a new version of the OS, some apps tend to behave erratically. These apps thereby result in quick battery loss. What we need to do is find such apps and get them fixed.
Navigate to the Battery section in the Settings app. When you are there, scroll down a bit where you see the list of the apps with the amount of battery life consumed by them. The apps with the highest consumption could be the problem child. All you need to do is disable the app temporarily.
Android Oreo automatically limits the background use of the apps. This results in considerable amount of power saving. But, some apps need to be dealt with manually.
FIX BLUETOOTH ISSUES
Oreo 8.0 has been reported to have various Bluetooth issues. It is a known thing. Well, I am hopeful Google has heard it and has already started working on the fix. But, in the meantime, those who need to use Bluetooth regularly wouldn’t like to keep waiting. Thankfully, there are some fixes you can try and they seem to work well.
If you are experiencing Bluetooth connectivity issues, it would be a good idea to turn it off and back ON. If this doesn’t work, reboot your device.
The next (or alternative) solution is to unpair (or forget) the already paired devices. You will need to navigate to the Bluetooth section through the Settings app and remove the paired device that is causing the trouble from the list.
Once removed, pair the device again. There is a good chance it will work this time.
And, if it doesn’t, reboot the device in Safe Mode. In order to do so, follow these steps:
- Press and hold the Power button on the device
- Press and hold the Power Off icon on the screen when the Power Menu appears
- Tap OK when the prompt appears saying “Reboot to safe mode.”
Your device will reboot in the safe mode.
BATTERY CHARGING ISSUES
Battery charging isn’t exactly the Oreo-only problem. Charging issues have plagued the new Android firmware installations for quite a while. Usually, such issues fix themselves on their own after a period of usage. But, slow charging or interrupted charging may cause frustration and affect your experience.
While there is no specific troubleshooting that might necessarily work, you may try some common fixes that usually tend to work.
Of course, the first step is to power off your device and reboot it. This could instantly fix the problem.
The other option is to charge the phone to 100% (if the charging is too slow you may leave the device plugged in overnight). Use your phone normally but do not plug it into the charger unless the battery has depleted to just a little over 0% (say 3-5%). Make sure you do not let the battery drain out completely. Now recharge the device to 100% battery one more time. You may need to repeat this process over a few times to fix the issue (and there is a good chance it will).
Besides the above, make sure you are not using a faulty or ripped charging cable. Also, it is highly recommended that you use the original, stock power adapter and cable that comes supplied in the box (or bought separately).