In this tutorial check out how to ADB Sideload ROMs and Mods using ADB Commands – Guide
ADB Sideload is a different ADB Mode that lets you push and install flashable zip package with just one command from your computer. ADB Sideload might not be a huge concern to an average user but it is a huge time-saver for ROM developers.
Android is the widely used mobile OS and as a result, many developers have jumped into customizing Android device and adding features, etc. in the form of Custom ROMs, and zip mods. Day by day development is carried out in Android and all this is done using Android SDK. It is the Kit which creates a bridge between the Android device and PC using tools present in it like ADB, ADB Sideload, and Fastboot etc.
Most of the Android users might have heard about ADB tool or drivers. ADB is a command line tool which helps in establishing a bridge between your Android device and PC, so the development process can be carried out and tested easily. But for the ADB to work properly and establish a bridge between your Android device and PC, you must have enabled USB Debugging. Once the USB Debugging is enabled and suitable USB Drivers are installed on PC, ADB command tool is ready to do its job.
Also check out: Complete List of ADB Commands and Fastboot Commands
In this guide, we are going to guide you on how to ADB Sideload ROMs and Mods using ADB command tool. This tutorial will be useful, when there is any OTA update available for your device in other countries and it will take the time to reach your region and if you can’t wait, then you can download the OTA update package and update your device using Sideload technique. It may also be useful, if you have bricked your device and there is no provision to load ROM to internal storage, then ADB Sideload comes in handy.
So let’s proceed to the tutorial on how to Sideload ROM or Flashable zip mods using ADB commands.
- Backup all the important data, if possible.
- Charge your device to at least 75% to avoid the shutdown in between the process.
- Enable USB Debugging on your device from here.
- Download and install USB Drivers on your PC from here.
- Install and Setup ADB and Fastboot drivers on your PC from here or else download ADB and Fastboot SDK Platform Tools or mfastboot-v2.zip and extract it to a folder.
How to ADB Sideload ROMs and Mods using ADB command tool:
Step 1: Make sure you have installed USB Drivers and ADB and Fastboot drivers on your PC.
Step 2: Open the ADB or Fastboot folder and press and hold the Shift key and right click inside the folder and choose open command window here.
Step 3: Copy all the files, which you want to flash to the ADB or the Fastboot folder.
Step 4: Power off your device and boot into Recovery Mode, if you don’t know how to boot your Android device into Recovery Mode, then make use of Reboot Manager app (Requires Root).
Step 5: Once you are in Recovery Mode, Connect your device to PC and follow the below steps, based on which Custom Recovery you have installed.
TWRP – Go to Advanced > ADB Sideload
CWM – Go to Install > Install Zip from Sideload
Step 6: Once you have started ADB Sideload in Recovery, enter the below commands:
adb sideload <filename.Zip>
In the above command replace <filename.zip> with the name of the zip package you want to flash onto your Android device. For example:
adb sideload example.zip
Step 7: Now a progress bar appears in the Command Prompt. This indicates that the zip file is being copied to your device. Once it is transferred, it will be installed automatically.
Step 8: Once the files are flashed you can reboot your device to normal mode.
That’s it, now you can Sideload ROMs and Mods using ADB commands easily and unbrick or update your device. Do share this post with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus and also subscribe to our Email News Letter and receive updates at your fingertips.