I Write Stuff That Sells Stuff

How to Update Your Blackview BV8000 Pro to Android 8 (Oreo) from Android 7 (Nougat)

A non-geek English guide on how to upgrade your Blackview BV8000 Pro from Android 7 (Nougat) to Android 8 (Oreo).
How to Update Blackview BV8000 Pro to Android 8 (Oreo)

I bought the Blackview BV8000 Pro a while ago, since my Huawei P8 Lite‘s become sluggish.

It came loaded with their hideous version of Android 7 Nougat.

Once the phone was up and running, I thought I’d upgrade the software to Android 8, in the hopes that their latest edition is less Blackview and more Android. (Like Huawei, the folks at Blackview seem to think they can improve on near perfection.)

I tried installing an update OTA but it failed, due, says one interneter, to my SD card. Since removing the SD card involves unscrewing a panel on the back of the phone, I thought I’d try a different way, called the Local Update method.

Tools needed

In the words of Brad Roberts: “Let’s begin.”

(Needless to say, you do this at your own risk.)

Get a MEGA account

Create an account with mega.nz.

You don’t have to create a MEGA account, but MEGA hosts the upgrade file.

I tried to download sans account and it got stuck at 95 percent, so I decided to download with an account. MEGA’s free account gives you 50GB of storage, so that’s a great reason to join.

Get the MEGA app

Install the MEGA app on your Blackview BV8000 Pro.

Get the File Commander app

Download the File Commander app.

There are alternatives, but this is the app I use on my Blackview.

Sign into the MEGA app

Open the MEGA app on your phone and sign in.

Close the MEGA app.

Click this link from within your Blackview: https://mega.nz/#!JQBRRKpR!0F0jL-2Sp60nvENmiVoLXJFegbvTOe4ka7z8OyEHkh4.

It should ask how you’d like to open the file, with an option to open it in the MEGA app. Open it in the MEGA app.

Tap on DOWNLOAD to download the file
Tap on DOWNLOAD to download the file.

Your phone’s notification area should show the download’s progress, along with a message: “View Transfers”.

Tap on “View Transfers” and you’ll see a page inside the MEGA app that looks like this…

The transfer Progress page in the MEGA android app
The transfer Progress page in the MEGA android app.

The MEGA app’s default download location is “/storage/emulated/0/MEGA/MEGA Downloads”.

The file’s name is “black view-bv8000 pro_2018062921_s21v57c2k_jk_tee-ota.zip”.

You can close the MEGA app and wait for the download to finish.

Move the downloaded file

Once the BV8000 update file is downloaded onto your BV8000 Pro, follow these steps to move the file to the root folder of your phone:

  1. Open File Commander.
  2. Tap on the Internal storage section.
  3. Scroll down until you see the “MEGA” folder.
  4. Tap on the “MEGA” folder.
  5. Tap on the “MEGA Downloads” folder.
  6. Tap on the 3-dot menu to the right of the file name.
  7. Tap on “Move”.
  8. Tap on the back arrow in the top left-hand corner until you reach the root folder.
  9. Tap on OK in the bottom right-hand corner.
Tap on the Internal storage section
Tap on the Internal storage section.
Scroll down until you see the MEGA folder and tap it
Scroll down until you see the MEGA folder and tap it.
Tap on the MEGA Downloads folder
Tap on the MEGA Downloads folder.
Tap on the 3-dot menu to the right of the file name
Tap on the 3-dot menu to the right of the file name.
Tap on Move
Tap on Move.
Tap on the back arrow in the top left-hand corner of the screen
Tap on the back arrow in the top left-hand corner until you reach root.
Tap on OK in the bottom right-hand corner
Tap on OK in the bottom right-hand corner.

Your Oreo upgrade file is now moved to root. You may exit File Commander.

Run the upgrade

Now you need to navigate to the Blackview Android upgrade screen:

  1. Open your settings. This is usually done by tapping on the “Settings” button.
  2. Scroll down to “System”.
  3. Tap on “System”.
  4. Tap on “About phone”.
  5. Tap on “Wireless Update”.
    1. This opens a new window.
    2. If it starts checking for an update, wait for it to finish.
      1. If you receive a prompt to upgrade, deny or ignore it.
  6. Tap on the 3-dot menu in the top right-hand corner.
  7. Tap on Local updates.
    1. Your phone might ask if it’s OK to access your files and folders. You must agree.
  8. Tap on “Internal storage”.
  9. Scroll down to find the update file and tap on it.
  10. Tap the “INSTALL NOW” button.
  11. Tap the OK button.
Inside your settings, tap on About phone
Inside your settings, tap on About phone.
Tap on Wireless Update
Tap on Wireless Update.
Tap on the 3-dot menu in the top right-hand corner
Tap on the 3-dot menu in the top right-hand corner.
Tap on Local updates
Tap on Local updates.
Scroll down to find the update file and tap on it
Scroll down to find the update file and tap on it.
Tap the INSTALL NOW button
Tap the INSTALL NOW button.
Tap the OK button
Tap the OK button.

Now hurry up and wait

Now sit back and wait for the update to run its course.

It’s worth mentioning that my phone crashed after the update.

It had a black screen displaying some vague error message about files being corrupt or something and allowed me two options: retry or revert back to Android 7.

I retried the upgrade once and it failed. Then, with a heavy heart, I reverted back to Android 7.

Or so I thought…

But the system didn’t regress.

Once I went through the setup (which I thought was reverting to Android 7), the system was sporting a brand new install of Android Oreo.

Conclusion

Blackview’s version of Oreo looks better than their version of Nougat, but it’s still not vanilla Android.

I ended up installing Nova Launcher to get the look I wanted.

The reason I bought the Blackview was for the 6GB of RAM and 64GB ROM. I wanted a phone with sufficient speed for years to come.

I chose the BV8000 over the BV9000 Pro because it’s smaller. I prefer smaller phones to phablets.

Am I impressed with the Blackview BV8000 Pro? After initially hating it I’ve grown to appreciate the speed. I’m happy with it.

Share this post

WhatsApp
Email
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter
Google+

4 thoughts on “How to Update Your Blackview BV8000 Pro to Android 8 (Oreo) from Android 7 (Nougat)

  1. I got to the point of running the update only to be presented with a progress bar to about 10%. Then it disappears and just shows the “Updating” animation forever. Am I supposed to wait more than an hour for this to finish? I finally gave up, reset the phone, removed the SD card and tried again. Still no success…

    • Hi Anthony. Thanks for your comment. The sad reality is that I can’t give you advice, since my update worked, DESPITE me getting the error message. I have NO idea why it worked. I was ready to call it quits and revert to the original install.

      Sorry for being no use in this regard.

  2. Thank you Jansie! As it turned out, I had to downgrade to the 20171219 version. Then the update to 8.0 worked fine. Weird!

Comment

%d bloggers like this: