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adb sideload

adb sideload is a command used with the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) to sideload OTA (Over-The-Air) update packages or custom ROMs onto an Android device. Sideloading involves manually installing an update or custom ROM onto a device without using the traditional method of applying updates through the device’s built-in update mechanism.

Here’s a basic syntax for using adb sideload:

$ adb sideload <path_to_update.zip>

Replace <path_to_update.zip> with the actual file path of the OTA update or custom ROM package you want to install.

Here are the general steps to perform sideloading:

  1. Enable ADB Debugging: Ensure that USB debugging is enabled on your Android device. You can find this option in the device’s Developer Options.
  2. Connect the Device: Connect your Android device to your computer using a USB cable.
  3. Reboot into Recovery Mode: Boot your device into recovery mode. You can usually do this by powering off the device and then holding a combination of hardware buttons (e.g., Power + Volume Down) to access the recovery menu.
  4. Navigate to “Apply update” or similar: Use the volume keys to navigate to the “Apply update” or a similar option in the recovery menu.
  5. Select “Apply update from ADB”: Choose the “Apply update from ADB” option on the device.
  6. Execute ADB Sideload: On your computer, open a command prompt or terminal and navigate to the directory where the update package is located. Run the adb sideload command with the path to the update package.
$ adb sideload <path_to_update.zip>

Replace <path_to_update.zip> with the actual file path.

  1. Wait for the Sideloading Process: The update package will be transferred to the device, and the installation process will begin. Wait for the process to complete.
  2. Reboot the Device: Once the sideloading process is finished, choose the option to reboot the device from the recovery menu.

Please note that the exact steps and options in the recovery menu may vary depending on the device and the custom recovery installed (e.g., TWRP, ClockworkMod). Always refer to the specific instructions for your device and recovery. Additionally, be cautious when sideloading, as installing the wrong package can potentially result in data loss or a non-functional device.

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