The Android Debug Bridge, popularly known as ADB, was first added to AOSP recovery with Android 4.x (Jelly Bean). By installing the mods of your choice, ADB allows users to use their device hardware to its potential. Users who have done or know about rooting the device have probably heard of ADB Sideloading. With a cherry on top, it makes it easier for ROM developers to perform and save time.

How to use the ADB Sideload feature and Flash

It is usable for both stock and custom recovery (TWRP) flashing,  ADB commands are the essential parts of using the handy functionalities. You use this to share the set of instructions between your Android device and PC.

For this, you first need to enable the Developer Mode, through which you can enable USB Debugging. It’s important to know that it could brick your Android device. We prefer it if you are a beginner, perform on a secondary device and keep a backup of your device because it will format all the data.

What is ADB and why should I use ADB Sideloading?

As previously stated, it is a feature that allows you to easily install or flash the ZIP package into your device using the direct ADB Command. That doesn’t mean it’s straightforward; instead you have to use the command based on the use case scenario.

Whereas, users who perform using TWRP there it doesn’t transfer the file from PC instead it installs from the local storage itself. It’s quite similar to the OTA update, where it first downloads and locally stored on your device and being install without require to transfer files.

Also, this is not for regular smartphone users; it is for more techy-geeks who want to use their device hardware to its potential and for engineers and developers who want to dig into the device. They do this to check the device’s vulnerability and resolve it by debugging. They can also optimise the device’s OS, or they can also root the device and unlock the bootloader without the company’s consent. There are more things which can be done by ADB sideloading, such as logging in, mod installation, sharing files and more.

To update the stock ROM, use this utility.

You can either simply flash the Stock ROM on your device itself or also use the PC to flash. So, if you want to flash your device on your device itself, you just have to download the Zip package of your ROM and stored locally on SD card. Now head over to your device settings and then click on it to initiate the ROM flashing. After taping on the package, device will verify and will begin flashing the stock ROM on your device.

On the other hand, when you use the ADB command to upgrade your device or downgrade the ROM. Which can be used by ADB command as well for this we have make a quick guide mentioned down below.

How to Install OTA/ Sideload ROMs on Android Device 

Before we start there are few things you need to perform, these are the pre-requisites. 

Pre-Requirements 

  • Backup your Android Device.
  • Device Should be have power more than 60%. 
  • Enable USB Debugging
    • Open Device Settings and head over to About Device 
    • Tap x7 time on the Build number of the device, and it will enable the developer mode. 
    • Get back to previous menu, and from there go to advance settings. 
    • From there, Open the developer Option. 
    • There you will found the USB Debugging, simply toggle to enable the USB Debugging. 
    • That’s it! 
  • Download ADB Tool Kit; SDK Platform Tools 
  • If you want to use the TWRP: Do install the TWRP Recover.

How to Install OTA update from ADB Sideload 

  • Starting with installing the ADB tool on your computer, and enable the USB Debugging. 
  • Download the Firmware zip package, and then rename the file to UP8.zip so during the excitation of the command it is easier to remember. 
  • Now let’s boot your device into the Recovery for this you have to open the SDK Platform tool folder, and type CMD into address bar, and press enter to launch the CMD (Command Promopt). 
  • After opening the CMD enter adb reboot recovery to boot your device to recovery. 

Troubleshooting: If your device freeze during the Fastboot 

  • Long-Press your device power button to power-off your device. 
  • Use Volume up and down button to navigate, and Power button to select in the Fastboot mode. 
  • Go to Recovery Mode Menu, and press the Power button to confirm your action. 
  • After that, your device will now boot and your device likely to show you’re a No Command screen simply Press and release the Volume and Power button together. 
  • That’s it! 

Install the OTA to Update/Downgrade/Upgrade Manually on your Android Device 

With this method you can also sideload the Zip File using ADB Sideload since this is the way to transfer the files from computer to mobile. 

  • First thing first, boot your device to stock recovery mode and then use the navigation key to navigate to the “Apply update from ADB” (If you are using TWRP then navigate from advance to ADB Sideload) and then press power button to enter the menu.
    *// Else, you can use the Reboot Manager apk (Download from Google Play Store) it will directly boot your device in the recovery mode.
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  • After that, it will start ask you to send package which you want to flash on your device. 
  • Comes to Computer, where you left your or open it through the SDK Platform tool, and open the CMD from the address bar, hit enter.
    *// Else, on the ADB and Fastboot tools folder you can press the Shift + Right-Clik to open the context menu and from there choose the Open PowerSheel Window Here. 
  • Execute the adb devices command to make a bridge between your computer and device. 
  • After that, Execute the adb sideload up8.zip to begin the flashing of the device.
    *// For TWRP Recovery method use this adb sideload up8.zip 
  • It takes some time, keep-up with it and once it finishes simply reboot your system from the recovery mode by navigating. 

This is how you can use and install any zip file on your device with the help of ADB Sideload. Hopefully, this guide remains helpful for you and we were able to help you understand the concept of the ADB sideloading method. In case we missed something or you have a doubt, feel free to comment on it in the comment section down below.