You can now install the OnePlus Messages and Contacts apps on the OnePlus Nord
Earlier this year in July, OnePlus lifted the covers off the OnePlus Nord (review), the company’s first mid-range device in five years. Despite its affordable price tag, the OnePlus Nord packed in some impressive hardware, including Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G chip, a 90Hz high refresh rate display, and a quad-camera setup. As with all OnePlus devices, the Nord shipped with the company’s highly-regarded OxygenOS custom Android skin. However, unlike other devices from the company, it included Google apps instead of OnePlus’ own suite of stock apps.
A glance through OnePlus’ community forums reveals that many Nord users didn’t appreciate this change. And since its launch, users have been unsuccessfully trying to sideload OnePlus’ stock apps on the device. It seems like OnePlus has finally listened to user feedback, as the latest version of OnePlus Messages and Contacts can be sideloaded on the OnePlus Nord.
As per a recent report from PiunikaWeb, OnePlus Nord users can now install the latest OnePlus Messages (v220.127.116.11) and OnePlus Contacts (v18.104.22.168) APKs on their devices. If you one of the many users who wish to use OnePlus’ stock apps on your OnePlus Nord, you can now download the APKs from the APKMirror links below. The latest OnePlus Messages release works as intended on both the OnePlus Nord and non-OnePlus devices, but the OnePlus Contacts APK is still buggy.
While you can successfully install OnePlus Contacts on your device, the app currently crashes upon selecting a contact. This is likely due to the fact that the app is incapable of functioning without the OnePlus Phone app. OnePlus may address this issue by releasing a similar update for the OnePlus Phone app soon.
It’s also worth noting that in order to use the OnePlus Messages app on your OnePlus Nord, you’ll have to set it as the default messaging app. You can do this by heading over to the Default apps section within the device settings, tapping on SMS app, and then selecting OnePlus Messages.