OnePlus 10T starts getting Android 13 upgrade with new UI, better efficiency, more

The first devices getting the update will be those that were involved with OnePlus' open beta program.

OnePlus 10T Home Screen sitting on top of TIME magazines

The OnePlus 10T launched back in September to mixed reviews. I was one of the few to give it a good one because of just how fast it is, especially when it comes to charging. If you’re someone who managed to pick it up, I’ve got some good news: Android 13 is on its way.

OnePlus 10T owners who participated in OnePlus’ open beta program for the update have started receiving the stable version of the software on their devices. OnePlus confirmed in a forum post that everyone else will soon begin receiving Android 13, although it’s unclear exactly when that’ll happen. I checked on my 10T review unit and I haven’t gotten it yet. Luckily, it seems that it’s an international rollout which includes North America.

The biggest change to OxygenOS as a part of Android 13 is the new UI. OnePlus is implementing its new “Aquamorphic Design” theme which completely redesigns the interface on the 10T. I’ve toyed around with it on my OnePlus 10 Pro, and I must admit, none of my early thoughts in an August edition of Legendary Scoop were changed or shifted. It’s a very drastic change of pace from a company who famously got its start by including clean, minimalistic Android experiences on their devices.

The rest of the system is as you’d expect. Android 13 brings improved efficiency and security, upgrades to notifications, better control over app permissions, and more. I’ve included the full release notes for the update below.

To check and see if you’ve gotten the update, head to Settings > About device and tap the “Up to date” banner at the top. That’ll trigger your 10T to scan for a new update. If you see one, hit “Download and install” and you’ll start the process of running Android 13.

OnePlus 10T Android 13 update changelog

Aquamorphic Design

• Adds Aquamorphic Design theme colors for enhanced visual comfort.

• Applies the Aquamorphic Design philosophy to animations to make them natural and vivid.

• Adds Shadow-Reflective Clock, with shadow simulating the orientation of the sun and moon.

• Adds a Home screen world clock widget to show the time in different time zones.

• Upgrades to Quantum Animation Engine 4.0, with a new behavior recognition feature, which recognizes complex gestures and provides optimized interactions.

• Optimizes UI layers for a clearer and neater visual experience.

• Applies real-world physical motions to animations to make them look more natural and intuitive.

• Adapts responsive layouts to accommodate different screen sizes to improve readability.

• Optimizes the widget design to make information easier and quicker to find.

• Optimizes fonts for better readability.

• Optimizes system icons by using the latest color scheme to make the icons easier to recognize.

• Enriches and optimizes illustrations for features by incorporating multicultural and inclusive elements.


• Adds Meeting Assistant to enhance the meeting connecting and note-taking experience and introduces an option to make notifications more subtle and less distracting.

• Adds large folders to the Home screen. You can now open an app in an enlarged folder with just one tap and turn pages in the folder with a swipe.

• Adds a new type of Always-On Display that shows live information about music, ride-hailing, and food delivery. (Supports only some apps)

• Adds media playback control, and optimizes the Quick Settings experience.

• Adds more markup tools for screenshot editing.

• Adds support for adding widgets to the Home screen, making information display more personalized.

• Adds Sidebar Toolbox. You can open a floating window inside apps for smooth operation.

• Optimizes Shelf. Swiping down on the Home screen will bring up Shelf by default. You can search content online and on your device.

Seamless interconnection

• Optimizes Screencast, with cast content automatically adapting to the target screen.

• Optimizes earphone connectivity to deliver a more seamless experience.


• Optimizes Bitmoji to offer more Always-On Display animations.

• Optimizes Insight Always-On Display, with more personalized Always-On Display settings available.

• Optimizes Portrait Silhouette Always-On Display, with more drawing tools and line colors available.

Security & privacy

• Adds an automatic pixelation feature for chat screenshots. The system can identify and automatically pixelate profile pictures and display names in a chat screenshot to protect your privacy.

• Optimizes Private Safe. The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is used to encrypt all files for enhanced security of private files.

Health & Digital wellbeing

• Adds Eye comfort in Kid Space to protect children’s vision.

Gaming experience

• Upgrades to HyperBoost GPA 4.0 to stabilize the frame rate and balance the performance and power consumption in key scenarios.