How To Manually Flash OTA Update on Android

In this article, we will discuss how anyone can flash Android OTA updates manually. Just so you know, there are multiple ways to flash OTA updates manually so we are going to mention the one that we did and is simplier.

There can several reasons why someone would like to update OTA manually. To guarantee you get the newest features, enhancements, and security fixes, you must update your Android phone. However, there are situations where the update is not sent to your phone automatically.

What is OTA Update?

The method of updating the operating system and software on a mobile device without requiring a physical connection, like a USB cable, is known as Over-the-Air, or OTA, updates on Android. Rather, updates are sent straight to the device over the internet, usually using mobile data or Wi-Fi.

Does applying OTA update manually delete existing data?

When an Android OTA (Over-the-Air) update is manually applied, it usually doesn’t erase user data that already exists. OTA updates are made to protect user information, including settings, applications, and private files, while they are being updated. When you manually start an OTA update, the system tries to save your data and changes just the files that are required to apply the update.

ADB Sideload

Using the ADB Sideload update option is the easiest way to update your phone. How to do it is as follows:

  • In the Developer Options, turn on USB debugging for your phone.
  • Link your computer and phone together.
  • On your computer, open a terminal or command prompt.
  • Adb sideload is the command to use.

Use Recovery Mode

This is also one of the easiest way to apply OTA updates manually. You just have to download OTA zip file and reboot to recovery and flash the downloaded OTA update zip. Here’s how to do that.

  • Grab the file called “OTA”
  • Enter recovery mode after booting.
  • Choose the update file from the OTA by navigating to “Install” or “Install ZIP”.

We hope this post was helpful. We personally recommend going with the second method as it is effective and quick. If this post was helpful, consider reading previous post of blocking bad traffic here.

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