How to Manually Install OTA Updates Using Recovery and ADB Sideload

OTA updates using ADB

If there is one thing that Android devices have had the right for an extended time. So then it is the system of Over-The-Air a.k.a OTA updates. However, this ensures that a user is also able to receive updates for his/her device directly on the phone without requiring to connect the phone to a computer. Thus this feature was adopted by Apple for its iPhone later than Android. Today’s topic is How to Manually Install OTA Updates Using Recovery and ADB Sideload.

Although the thing with OTA updates is that not everyone obtains them right off. Similarly, in order to let it go smooth on download servers, and manufacturers roll out OTA updates just moderately to choose the regions. Also the users and finish it over the course of up to one month. But of course, people who are like us do not wait so long.

However, the OTA updates are also able to install manually. Although manufacturers won’t give you this as a direct option. But users who are getting the OTA updates often generally share the .zip file of the update. Similarly, that file is your ticket to install an OTA update manually.

So if you have got the .zip file of the OTA update that you desire to install. Simply follow the methods that we have mentioned below to install it manually.

Way to Install OTA update from recovery “Apply ZIP”

Important Note: Although the custom recoveries such as the TWRP, CWM, PhilZ touch, etc. probably not function. You will most require a stock recovery to install OTA updates manually.

  1. Firstly you have to download and transfer the OTA update’s .zip file to your Android device’s internal storage (do not put it inside any folder).
  2. Then you have to boot your device into recovery mode.
    At a time in recovery mode, use Volume buttons to navigate up and down between options and the Power button to choose an option.
  3. Choose the “Apply update” or “Apply update from phone storage” option.
  4. Now you have to choose the OTA .zip file you transferred in Step 1 above. and then install it.
  5. Simply at a time installation is done, choose reboot from recovery main menu.

Way to Install OTA update via ADB Sideload

Important Note: Again, you will require a stock recovery.

  • First of all, you have to launch the ADB and Fastboot on your computer.
  • Then Download the OTA update .zip file on your computer and rename it to ota.zip.
  • Turn On the USB debugging:
    1.  Head to the phone’s settings » About phone » and click “Build number” Seven times. Similarly, this will turn on the Developer options on your phone.
    2. Now head to the Settings » Developer options » and tick the USB debugging check box.
  • Here you have to connect your phone to your computer.
  • Now open the folder where you installed the OTA update .zip file. Similarly, then open a command window inside the folder. For doing this you have to do a “Shift + Right click” on any empty white space inside the folder. Choose “Open command window here” from the context menu.
  • Now issue the following command into the command window to reboot your device into recovery mode:
 adb reboot recovery

So you have to check your phone’s screen. However, if it asks for “Allow USB debugging”, accept it by choosing OK/Yes.

  • At a time in recovery mode, you should use Volume buttons to navigate up and down between options and the Power button for selecting an option.
  • Choose the “Apply update from ADB” option.
  • Now issue the following command to at last start installing the OTA:
adb sideload ota.zip
  • At the time when OTA zip is installed. Now you have to choose the reboot from the main menu of recovery.

That is all now completed.

Also, read this article: How to Enable or Disable Autocorrect Samsung S8

OTA updates using ADB-Conclusion

However, the thing with OTA updates is that not everyone obtains them right off. Similarly, in order to let it go smooth on download servers, and manufacturers roll out OTA updates just moderately to choose the regions. Also the users and finish it over the course of up to one month. But of course, people who are like us do not wait so long. In this tutorial, we explain the way to Manually Install OTA Updates Using Recovery and ADB Sideload

Hope this guide serves you well. If you feel like adding something to this page, do let us know in the comments section below.

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