Fairphone 3(+) OS manual installation

To update your Fairphone 3(+), always use the regular procedure.
If you encounter an issue, you can follow this article to perform a manual update installation of Fairphone OS on Fairphone 3(+) using a computer.
This article will also help you to revert to Fairphone OS if you installed a different Operative System (OS).


Preliminary steps

  1. Before you start with any procedure, make a backup of your data. If you do not, you might lose your files like photos, music, contacts, etc.
  2. Unlock the bootloader of your Fairphone 3(+). Those instructions cover Fairphone OS. If you have installed a different OS on your Fairphone, the instructions might be slightly different. In this case, you will have to look for the instructions yourself.
  3. Download onto your computer (pay attention to Android version):

    - Fairphone OS (Android 11) - 

    File name: FP3_FP3-8901.4.A.0021.0-gms-0b368514-user-fastbootimage.zip
    md5sum: f39def87b04ae442471ffb1ca9677815
    : 226b15505a48b68e6914222238930b8d865d3e75b15445a769858fe1384d2b67

    Not sure what these are for? Click here to learn more.

    [Previous] Fairphone OS (Android 11)

    File name: FP3-8901.4.A.0019.2-gms-53c17a08-user-fastbootimage.zip
    md5sum: 41ac266b9cd36634e8ba8231f5e9a283
    sha256sum: 7f93feb72d71f7db2f3544180e6f8d903252db3bed8c5303a45a8a04727b7bd9
    Not sure what these are for? Click here to learn more.

  4. If possible, check your current build number to ensure equal to or lower than the Fairphone OS provided here.
    Read this article to know how to check your version.
  • If your current Fairphone OS version is higher than the one provided, you might lose all data. To boot your device, you may be forced to do a factory reset. Make sure you back up your data.
  • Instructions apply to the Chrome Browser. You can use any browser, but some steps may be different.



  • Access to a computer.
  • USB-C certified data cable.
  • Your Fairphone 3(+).



  1. Complete the preliminary steps above!
  2. Charge your Fairphone above 80%.
  3. Turn off your Fairphone 3(+).
  4. Boot your device into Fastboot mode.
    Press and hold the volume down button followed by the power button (up to five seconds).
    The device will display "Fast Boot Mode" for two seconds, then it will show the following screen:
  5. Check that the red line at the bottom states the message:
    DEVICE STATE - Unlocked
  6. You can now release all the buttons.

Depending on which computer you are using, you will have to follow a different procedure. To proceed, select below which computer you are using.


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