How To Use ADB Sideload to Sideload Custom ROMs, Recoveries and MODs

ADB and Fastboot is one of the most powerful and useful tools available in the Android SDK tools. ADB and Fastboot acts as pathway between your smartphone and your computers. It helps you computer to recognise your device and then enable it to perform various operations. With the help of ADB and Fastboot, you can flash a stock firmware on the supported devices, flash a custom kernel, a custom recovery image or a boot image file, create a backup, install APK files, pull files into your device and a lot more. There’s a hefty list of useful ADB and Fastboot commands available which lets the users perform their desired operations between their Android smartphone and a computer. All you need to do is to enable USB debugging mode on your Android smartphone and then simply connect it either in Fastboot or in ADB mode to start unleashing the real power that it has got.adb-sideload

The universal nature of ADB and Fastboot tools has proved out to be beneficial for almost all Android device. If you’ve ADB and Fastboot installed, you probably won’t need a PC Suite for your phone, you will be able to do everything on your fingertips. All you will have to do is to master some commands. A part from the standard operations, another great thing that the ADB and Fastboot tools can do is the sideloading. The Sideload feature in the ADB and Fastboot tools was introduced with the arrival of Android Jelly Bean. Using this feature, you can Sideload (flash) custom ROMs, custom recoveries, MODs and other .zip files. The primary function of Sideload feature is to only push the .ZIP files into your Android phone. ADB Sideload feature is a great way to flash a custom ROM into your Android phone if you do not have an option to flash the custom ROM using a custom Recovery. Imagine if you’re caught up in a situation having your Android phone bricked and it has got no external SD card slot. The only option you’re left with is to flash a ROM .zip file somehow and you cannot put it on the internal SD card. In this kind of circumstances, ADB Sideload is going to be a life saviour.

Let’s have a look on how this ADB Sideload works on Android and how you can use it to push the .ZIP files (ROMs, Recoveries, MODs) into your Android powered tablet or smartphone.

Early Preparations

  1. Charge your Android phone up to 50% in order to avoid power issues during the Android ADB Sideload process.
  2. Enable USB debugging mode on your phone. You can enable USB debugging using the developer options under settings. If the developer options are not appearing in settings, you will have to enable the option by tapping the build number for 7 times under settings > about device.
  3. Install your Android phone’s driver carefully. You can get all Android USB Drivers here.
  4. Install and setup Android ADB & Fastboot on your Windows computer. Mac users can use this Mac ADB & Fastboot guide to set it up. If the process seems long, you can also setup the 2 minutes Minimal Android ADB & Fastboot drivers.

Head over to the next page to read the guide on how to use ADB Sideload now.

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