The Top OnePlus 7 Pro Custom ROMs, Kernels, and Mods
As OnePlus has grown, their love for the development community has been stable. While they restructured their developer seeding program a few months back, it was ultimately for the better as it allowed the company to give out more devices that will result in more development work. Kernel sources for both the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro were released in a timely manner, as they should be under the GPLv2 license. If you’ve found yourself wanting a different experience on the OnePlus 7 or the OnePlus 7 Pro, you can give a number of different custom ROMs, kernels, and mods a try from our forums. You’ll need to unlock your bootloader before you make any changes to the software on your phone, and we have a tutorial for that here. You can also convert a T-Mobile OnePlus 7 Pro to an international variant with ease.
OnePlus 7 Pro AOSP-based Custom ROMs
AOSP-based custom ROMs are a complete departure from OxygenOS. It’s all from stock Android, with some entirely new features created by users on our forums and others modified from existing custom ROMs.
LineageOS seems to be the go-to custom ROM for many. There are so many great features here that users can expect to find on any LineageOS build on any device. Keep in mind that this is an unofficial build, so some features may not be available or may not be fully working yet. You can check out our in-depth hands-on of LineageOS 16 for the OnePlus 6T here, though keep in mind LineageOS 16 has changed a lot since its initial release.
- Custom stock applications like Audio EQ, Calendar, a screen recorder, and the Jelly browser.
- System-wide dark mode
- LiveDisplay for color modification
- LineageOS Privacy Guard for more granular permissions
Keep in mind that this is an unofficial build. It’s maintained by XDA Senior Member PeterCxy, ashwin4rc, and holydragon. At the moment there are a number of issues, though they’re getting fixed quickly.
The Android Open Source illusion Project (AOSiP) is a custom ROM based on AOSP which focuses on useful features, customisability, and stability. It’s maintained by Team Illusion, which is composed of Josh Fox (XDA Recognised Developer xlxfoxxlx), Akhil Narang, Brett Montague, Sri Harsha, and Harsh Shandilya.
This is an official build, and if you want to give it a try, you can check out the forum thread below.
HavocOS is based on Android Pie and it’s inspired by Google Pixel‘s software. It’s maintained by both XDA Senior Member ZeNiXxX and XDA Senior Member SKULSHADY. You can check out the full list of features in the forum thread below.
- Pixel Lockscreen weather
- Wakelock and alarm blocker
- Pie controls
- Always on Display
OmniROM is another famous name in the scene, and there’s an official ROM available for the OnePlus 7 Pro maintained by XDA Senior Member darkobas. OmniGears houses pretty much all of the settings you could ever want including OmniSwitch, Ambient Display, off-screen gestures, more music controls and more. You can give it a try at the link below.
ParanoidAndroid is a name that has been around the Android ROM scene for years. Paranoid Android for the OnePlus 7 Pro is maintained by XDA Recognised Developer herna, and it’s currently in its early phases of development. At the bottom, it’s a stock CAF base with some features and improvements on top, though it’s surely going to grow and improve in the future.
OnePlus 7 Pro OxygenOS-based Custom ROMs
While some custom ROMs are built from the ground up, there are also custom ROMs that modify OxygenOS as a base to work from.
RenovateIce takes an interesting approach to custom ROMs. Rather than installing it over your system partition as you may have come to expect from flashing ROMs, Renovate Ice is instead flashed as a Magisk module. It replaces system applications and frameworks with its own, and you can uninstall it simply by removing the Magisk module. You need to make sure you’re on OxygenOS 9.5.8 before installing, but otherwise, you’re good to go!
- Easy installation and uninstallation
- AUX cameras work in Google Camera
- Screenshots in PNG
- Hardware button remapping
RomAur by XDA Senior Member auras76 is another OxygenOS-based custom ROM, though this one isn’t available as a Magisk module. It’s a full system replacement that needs to be flashed in TWRP. There are a ton of features, though, so it’s certainly worth giving a shot.
- Performance improvements and optimizations
- Call recording
- SystemUI controls (clock options, battery bar, notifications)
- Comes with Magisk and TWRP
NoLimit maintained by XDA Senior Member xXx is another custom ROM for the OnePlus 7 Pro that’s installed via a Magisk module, rather than a full system replacement. Because of that, it can easily be installed and uninstalled. NoLimit focuses primarily on speed, debloating the system and implementing many tweaks as well. You can even update your system via a regular OTA and just reflash this Magisk module afterward.
- Performance improvements and optimizations
- Entirely debloated system
- Lots of customization from audio processing to emoji choices
- Call recording
OnePlus 7 Pro Custom Kernels
XDA Recognised Developer flar2‘s ElementalX is one of the most famous custom kernels on our forums and it’s available for the OnePlus 7 Pro. You can check out its list of features below.
- Optimized for performance and battery life
- Advanced color control (RGB, hue, saturation, contrast, value, K-Lapse)
- Adjust vibration
- Wake gestures (S2W & DT2W)
- Block wakelocks
- GPU 675MHz
- Backlight dimmer option
- CFQ, noop, deadline, FIOPS, SIO, maple and zen i/o schedulers
- Adrenoboost option
- Option to disable fsync
- Option to disable touchboost
- WireGuard support
He also maintains an app on Google Play to help you tune the kernel.
SmurfKernel by XDA Senior Member pappschlumpf is all about giving users control over their device’s clock speeds, with many different power profiles to choose from. The kernel is unified too, so it will work on both OxygenOS and AOSP-based ROMs. You can check out the full features below!
- OP7 Pro 5G support
- OOS and CUSTOM ROM support
- GPU OC up to 850 MHz
- CPU minimum 300-576 MHz
- GPU Input boost (off / 345 / 427 MHz)
- Klapse Livedisplay 5.0 by @tanish2k09
- Dynamic stune boost
- Devfreq boost
- Input stune boost extender
- High / Medium / Low boost presets
- Multiqueue io-scheduler: mq-deadline, bfq-mq, kyber
- Singlequeue io-scheduler [Anxiety], bfq-sq, cfq, noop, fiops, sio, etc.
- Dynamic fsync
- Advanced color control (RGB, hue, saturation, contrast)
- Backlight dimmer
- Adjust vibration
- Wake gestures
- Wakelock blocker
- Linux 4.14.132
- CAF upstreamed LA.UM.7.1.r1-15000-sm8150.0
- Spectrum and FK profiles support
SkyDragon by XDA Recognised Developer/Recognised Contributor HolyAngel is a kernel which aims to get the best performance and the best battery life out of your device, nothing else. For now, there are just some latency improvements and a few additional features, but as time goes on more and more will be added.
- No user clock-speed modifications
- Sociopath TCP Congestion Profile (set as default
- CRC Check Toggle-able (disabled by default)
- Power Efficient Workqueue’s Toggle (enabled)
- Maple IO Scheduler (set as default)
- Flar2’s Wake Gesture support
- KLapse Support
- Boeffla Wakelock Blocker
blu_spark by XDA Senior Member eng.stk is certainly a kernel that has been around the block. You can find it on pretty much any popular device, and it’s filled to the brim with features and improvements.
- Build with custom toolchain blu_gcc-9.1.0 (cortex-a76 targeted, build with latest Crosstool-NG from GCC-9.1.0 snapshot)
- Full -O2 build with device and target flags enhanced, linaro build improvements, etc
- Less is more: stockish OP7 builds based on OnePlusOSS/android_kernel_oneplus_sm8150 for max stability
- Systemless installer (doesn’t touch system partition, OTA friendly), AnyKernel3 backend (compatible with autoflash apps)
- Removed some debug and logging options
- ARM enhanced performance and battery patches
- CVE security patches, general upstream and CAF fixes
- Several CPU Governors (blu_schedutil modded governor merged from latest Pixel 3 patchset)
- No OC, use 300HZ base timer frequency
- msm_performance touchboost toggle on/off (enabled by default), tweaked cpu_boost driver
- Enhanced TCP methods (westwood is default), Network tweaks and updated drivers
- Several I/O control tweaks, added schedulers ZEN v2 is default, advanced filesystems enabled (F2FS, ExFAT, NTFS, CIFS & NFS)
- Patched SafetyNet flags to pass CTS
- Stock thermal driver by default
- ZRAM Swap (LZ4) and with file disabled
- Vibrator Strength tunable and Gesture Haptic Feedback control (touchpanel and FPR)
- KGSL fixes and reworked GPU driver
- adrenoboost enabled by default at low level
- KCAL – Advanced color control for Qualcomm MDSS v2 (RGB calibration and post-processing features)
- KLAPSE support (v5.0)
- USB Fast Charge (USB mode up to 900mA with MTP on)
- FS fsync toggle on/off
- Wakelock blockers available
- wireguard support
- CDROM emulation on mass_storage (compatible with DriveDroid 0.10.36+)
- Compatible with Kernel Adiutor, EXKM, FKM and others
XDA Recognised Developer arter97 has brought his work to the OnePlus 7 Pro, and it has a lot of features and changes.
- Fully rebased kernel without unnecessary OnePlus’ code
- Latest CAF msm-4.14 kernel fully merged
- Use CONFIG_HZ = 300
- Optimized power configuration
- BBR as the default TCP network congestion control
- Swap(zram) disabled
- vDSO 32 patches to improve 32-bit performance
- vmalloc backported from mainline to improve memory allocation performance
- Latest Linux 4.14 subversion merged
- DM-verity fully disabled (you can remount /vendor to R/W properly)
- Timer optimizations
- Additional power savings applied to the display panel
- RTL8152/8153 USB LAN adapter support
- Permissive SELinux
- Passes SafetyNet
- Built with -O3 speed optimizations
- Built with latest GCC
- UFS optimizations
- Entropy hook on storage removed
- Latest mainline f2fs support with GC fixes
- CFQ I/O scheduler backported from mainline
- Systemless installation (the kernel doesn’t touch /system or /vendor)
- Modules support disabled for lighter kernel
- WireGuard support
- Removed RTB(interrupt) logging entirely
- No VLAs(info)
FrankenKernel by XDA Recognised Developer dabug123, as the name suggests, is an amalgamation of features from different development projects on the OnePlus 7 Pro. It uses SkyDragon as a base kernel and builds on top of it. Some of the features included are below.
- Adreno boost
- Stune boost
- Anykernel 3
- Advanced TCP
Kirisakura by XDA Senior Member Freak07 is said to be the first to bring a kernel with the latest CAF sources to the OnePlus 7 Pro. The kernel is also upstreamed to the latest Linux stable branch for enhanced security and stability. There are lots of improvements taken straight from CAF, including a new camera driver which has hundreds of changes that aim to improve performance and memory leaks, among other things.
- Based on latest kernel sources from One Plus for Android Pie
- Fully rebased on CAF sources for 4.14 msm-kernel
- Linux-Stable-Upstream included to latest 4.14.132
- Compiled with Clang 9.0.5 and built with -O3 speed optimizations
- ZRAM patched up to latest kernel/common state and use LZ4 as default compression algorithm to improve memory managment
- Safety Net patches are included -> Kernel passes Safety Net
- Wake Gestures from @flar2 included
- Flashing the kernel will keep root!
- Kernel zip is flashable via EXKM app
- Anykernel zip is based on the all new Anykernel3 release from @osm0sis
- F2FS updated to latest F2FS stable
OnePlus 7 Pro Mods
Sometimes, you just want to make some smaller changes to your device without having the risk of messing anything up majorly. For most mods, you can simply remove them if you don’t like them – without any of the hassles of setting everything back up again.
TWRP by XDA Senior Member mauronofrio is a must for anybody wanting to modify their phone in any way, shape, or form. This is where you’ll install everything, from custom kernels to smaller modifications, so make sure you have it set up.
Want the power of the Google Pixel’s software processing on your phone? Get the latest Google Camera port on your OnePlus 7 Pro and avail of enhanced HDR+, Night Sight, and more.
Does exactly what it says on the tin, Tomatot Debloater by XDA Senior Member Tomatot- removes any sense of bloatware from your phone. Say goodbye to telemetry from Qualcomm, OnePlus, and some Google telemetry, along with potentially improved performance and battery life. It also scales up in extremity, so you can have an idea of what you’re removing.
Ever heard of the Xposed Framework? It’s a popular framework that hooks into the Android Runtime (ART) so modules can modify how other apps behave. GravityBox is the king of all Xposed Framework modules because it offers a ton of customization options; it basically adds the customizability of a custom ROM to your stock, rooted software. Version 9.1 and above supports OxygenOS on the OnePlus 7/7 Pro.
Unlock 90Hz in all apps
The OnePlus 7 Pro drops the refresh rate from 90Hz to 60Hz whenever it meets certain conditions, which includes using certain browsers. You can disable that limitation though root, enabling 90Hz mode at all times simply by the way of an ADB command. You can check out the article below for more information.
OnePlus Launcher with Google Feed
If you bought your OnePlus 7 Pro through T-Mobile, you’ll have one feature that international devices don’t have. That feature is Google Now feed integration with the OnePlus launcher, which for some reason isn’t available on all devices. XDA Senior Member stian230 has created a Magisk module which you can install to replace your launcher with the one on T-Mobile OnePlus smartphones, which you can check out below.
Fingerprint scanner animation changer
XDA Senior Member mingo_mgx‘s fingerprint scanner animation changer might be something worth looking at if you find the default ones boring. You do need both root and Substratum for it, though it’s nice for personalizing your device even more.
Aether: Substratum mods for OxygenOS
Want to make some small changes to OxygenOS by using Substratum? Aether has you covered, with the ability to center your status bar clock, toggle LTE/4G in the status bar, and some quick settings tools as well.
Custom boot animations
Want to personalize the boot-up sequence of your OnePlus 7 Pro? You can install one of 29 different boot animations XDA Senior Member trapcoder666 in the form of a Magisk module. From custom ROM boot animations to the likes of Marvel and the Matrix, there’s something for everyone. There’s also an additional 5 by XDA Senior Member themustached as well.
Custom edge lighting effects
When I first saw the edge lighting feature on the OnePlus 7 Pro, I thought it was incredibly cool. Sadly, much like everyone else, I was disappointed at the lack of customisability. Thanks to XDA Senior Member alienator88, you can customize it a bit more to your liking via a Substratum theme. You still can’t set different colors per application, though.
Headphone volume boost
Want to increase the output volume to your headphones, earphones, or speakers? There’s a simple Magisk module for that. Just be careful here — you can risk damaging your speakers this way!
We’ll be on the lookout for more custom development on our OnePlus 7 Pro forums. Think we missed a custom ROM, custom kernel, or mod? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it to this list!
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