"Side loading" is shorthand for installing applications from places other than the official Android Market.

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ADB doesn't recognize my device in recovery mode

I have an ASUS ZenFone 2. I have tried using ASUS USB drivers and Google Android composite ADB drivers on my computer, but neither recognize the device while it is in recovery mode. Can anyone help ...
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Mounting encrypted partition from PC - is there anything I can do?

Okay, so basically I have the same problem identified here, except instead of a broken screen, I accidentally broke the UI with this bug. And all I want to do is mount the encrypted partition so I ...
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update.zip just for fixing file permissions, possible?

I soft bricked my colorfly g808 by following this guide (Japanese) http://bl.oov.ch/2012/12/android-421-mvno-sim.html I didnt do it using adb shell but using a terminal emulator in the phone itself, ...
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updating sideloaded applications [closed]

I'm distributing an app by having users download the apk and sideloading it on their hardware. However, a challenge arises when new versions of the app are provided as users would like their data to ...
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App update process

Its not yet clear to me what happens when an app gets updated. Is the new updated app simply being "installed over" the old one maintaining data and cache from the old one? What actually happens ...
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Is it possible to use an AT&T phone for android development without rooting?

This question seems to say that it's necessary to root an at&t phone (like the samsung captivate) in order to install apps from unofficial sources. My question is a bit more focused: if I'm ...
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adb vs sideload

i am using Cyanogen Mod 13.x on my nexus 4, I have encrypted it, so i am not able to install updates, Now it can be done through $adb sideload, so i tried $abd, and i got this Android Debug Bridge ...
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Devices disconnect from CWM when trying to sideload

c:\Users\jim2\Downloads>adb devices List of devices attached F5AZFG27S553 device c:\Users\jim2\Downloads>adb sideload UL-Z00A-WW-2.20.40.165-user.zip loading: ...
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How do i find apps which weren't installed from Android Market

The Sky Go application will not work for me because it thinks my Samsung Galaxy Nexus is rooted even though I have never rooted it. According to the Sky customer service agent I chatted to, this can ...
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Can't sideload some apps on some kernels (idlekernel, Cyanogenmod kernel)

I always wanted to use idlekernel but once I install it, the apps would disappear (also happened on Cyanogenmod kernel). Usually the apps that it doesn't want me to sideload are the ones that gets ...
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Stop Android from displaying “Install blocked” prompt

I am continually getting prompts for installing apps, such as Clean Master and or 9 apps on my Android phone. I turned off the option "Install apps from unknown sources" in security settings but ...
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Where to find “adb” version 1.0.32 to install on Ubuntu?

My laptop has Ubuntu 14.04 as OS. I installed latest version of "android-adb-tools" available in "Synaptic Package Manager". After installation, adb command --help says that adb's version is 1.0.31. ...
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adb>shell returns “error: closed” - how to “open” adb shell access through adb sideload

my device got broken but i am still able to connect usb in the stock recovery mode. if i try to start a shell via adb while the device is in recovery mode, i fail. my terminal echos the line: "error: ...
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Is it possible to build an OTA update from two system images?

I am impatiently waiting for someone to capture the download link for the Android 6.0.1 OTA update for the Nexus 6 so that I can sideload it, but I've been wondering if it would be possible to build ...
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Nexus 6 has Still not Received Android Marshmallow November Update

Whenever Google released Android Marshmallow, I sideloaded it on to my Nexus 6 using adb sideload. After the release of Android Marshmallow, it took Google a few days before they released the OTA ...
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Can applications be downloaded without a Google Account and without disabling security features?

If I wish to install applications such as Skype, DropBox, etc however without registering for a Google account, is that possible? If so, how do I install them without a Google account?
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Getting “Installing…” for too long, during any app installation attempt

I cannot install any app on my Galaxy Note 8 N5100 tablet which is rooted and uses Android 4.4.2. It takes too much time with no result. (Click image to enlarge) And this is the status of my ...
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Device disappears from ADB devices when entering sideload

I'm installing a rom on my Oneplus One, so I go in TWRP, wipe, plug in my phone and use ADB devices. The device lists as usually. When I enter sideload in TWRP though, my phone disappears from the ...
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How to know if a side-loaded app is safe?

How can we be assured that the APK of an app that we are downloading from a website is safe to install on our Android phone? Is there a way to know that the downloaded file is safe? Is there an app ...
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adb sideload Throws error: closed on Nexus 6

I am trying to sideload the Android Marshallow OTA on my Nexus 6 using adb sideload "<android marshmallow OTA>.zip", but the console keeps printing out error: closed with no success. I verified ...
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Can I install apps on phone without using the Android Market?

I have this Huawei Device that does not come with the Android Market installed. Is there any work-around for this? As in how can I install Android Apps without the Android Market? Is there a way to ...
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E:footer is wrong when sideloading zip on Moto G X1032 Cyanogenmod

I stupidly deleted google download manager, and I've converted a apk of Download manager for Android to a flashable zip as a replacement. I put it in platform-toolsand opened a command prompt in the ...
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Protocol fault (no status) or Device not found error when sideloading

I'm using the Moto G 1st gen, mfastboot and Cyanogenmod. I've turned off MTP, enabled usb debugging and have set the android device to use the motorola adb interface in device manager. If i kill the ...
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How to install apk in 2nd user of android 5.0 without playstore

So, android 5.0.2 doesn't allow side loading of apks for 2nd user (irrespective of whether it is guest or standard user). "Unknown Sources" is disabled and is uncheckable. And I use a pure Cyanogen ...
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Why can't I press the Install button when installing applications from unknown sources?

I'm trying to sideload an application, as seen in the picture below. I have allowed the installation of applications from unknown applied actions in settings, but I can't seem to press the install ...
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adb sideload does not transfer data

Just to clarify, it's my first time trying to unlock and root my phone, so I'm not very knowledgeable in this matter. I basically followed the steps to unlock the bootloader. Everything worked ...
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ADB sideload and fastboot uses. What's the difference?

1) If i want to flash a stock rom what should I use adb sideload or fastboot. I have seen on youtube people using both of these. Are both of these similar or different. Sorry if this sounds stupid but ...
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Is it possible to downgrade firmware via ADB sideload?

I have an Asus zenfone 2. I want to downgrade it from firmware 2.19 to 2.18. They both are built on Android 5.0
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Recover LG G2 (VS980) Phone Using Only Sideload

In an effort to resurrect my phone I have tried to sideload a number of things but always end up with one of three options. Oddly, although I "had" TWRP, the only thing I can get is Android System ...
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Can a looped Android be rooted?

I deleted a system file from my Android (com.android.providers.settings.apk) and now my Android is in a loop. It is a KitKat tablet and I am able to use adb sideload. Is there a way to root the tablet ...
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Can I install non-market apps on my AT&T phone directly (without a PC)?

I've installed non-Market apps on my AT&T Captivate using adb, but it'd be nice if I could download an APK directly and install it locally. I've heard of "App(s) Installer" and about a hundred ...
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Flashing ROMs with adb sideload

Can I flash roms with adb sideload without rooting my android device ? I have tried installing custom recoveries once, but it didn't work. I had rooted my android device before, but due to some ...
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getting “E: failed to verify whole-file signature” and “E: signature verification aborted” when updating from 5.0 to 5.1

I have a Nexus 5 that I am trying to update from 5.0 to 5.1 via a sideload ADB update. The OTA update within Android fails at about 30% so I am trying to do it manually.I downloaded the file but when ...
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Acer Iconia Bricked with reboot loop after root attempt

I attempted to root my Acer Iconia B1-A71 tablet and ended up bricking it because of not installing the partition fix apk (Bad tutorial). The tablet is currently in a reboot loop and I've tried so ...
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If the owner installs an app can a secondary profile use it?

It appears that in Lollipop secondary user profiles can no longer install APKs from unknown sources. So, if I install an APK from the owner profile, can I give a secondary profile access to that app? ...
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updating a game with Apk file?

Ok im new to android as I used to be an iphone user so this question may not make any sense. Im used to jailbreaking but now I have a sg note 10.1 and im so lost with a few things. However, I ...
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App not installed error while sideloading and Install failed UID changed via adb [Not rooted]

I am having hard time getting an app installed since none sideloading nor adb install work...since I dont have root i cant delete the app's data folder from the data/data folder.. seems delete that ...
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Getting verification error when attempting to “adb sideload” the OTA update on Nexus 7 (2013)

Notes: Tablet is unlocked and rooted (SuperSU Pro v1.75) I have the following recovery flash in place: TWRP 2.6.3.0, but I am booting stock recovery for the adb sideload invocation The drivers are ...
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Package cannot be (re-)installed or uninstalled

My device is a non-rooted device. I was trying to install SDMove.apk (sideload) from my ICS tablet. Adb reported: Failure [INSTALL_FAILED_ALREADY_EXISTS] When I issue uninstall command, it ...
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Add manually installed android apps to Google Play account

I regularly install a number of frequently used applications on new android devices. Since I do this often, I download and the latest versions of these apps and sideload the APKs onto the devices in ...
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Download and Install (aka sideload) Facebook Home APK

I'd like to try out Facebook Home however I don't have an approved device to install it from the Google play store. I've tried googling this to not avail...where can I download the latest version of ...
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Will updating an app with a sideloaded apk delete app data?

I have an application and I want to update it . I have downloaded latest version apk and I would like to know if i sideload the latest apk would I loose old application data .
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How to check for updates of sideloaded apps

And if possible also check if there is a beta/orevennewer version of the app. I often flash new rom or restore and I have to use a backup application to restore apps and other things(The best I know ...
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How can I load a Video Player App on my Nook Color without google play?

My son's nook color is incompatible with google play, and the default video player app wont play local video files I've uploaded to his nook's harddrive via usb-cable. How can I download a new video ...
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Error installing Android 4.3 using adb sideload

Situation : My phone battery drains out completely one day and even after charging it fully the phone is still stuck in boot-loop with Nexus 'X' logo. What I did : Tried factory reset from recovery ...
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How do I safely install an app not from the Play store?

I have always installed apps from the official store but today I wanted to install an app from SlideMe so I clicked "download" but it didn't install automatically. It just downloaded an .apk file and ...
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Does enabling sideloading allow applications to be installed or run on the device without consent?

I'm concerned that enabling sideloading of applications may allow malware to be installed. However, I'm aware that Android gives a "Do you want to install this application?" dialog while installing ...
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How do I sideload Google Wallet onto my Verizon Galaxy Nexus?

The Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus famously shipped without Google Wallet. This is ostensibly because Verizon is coming out with their own mobile payment system and didn't want a ...
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Are users always asked to accept application permissions?

Does the Android OS always ask a user to review an application's permissions if it is not downloaded from the Android marketplace directly? For instance, downloading an application from a non-Google ...
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Possible to install APK from personal website?

How can I allow a user to do web-install of Android APK file from my personal web page? Like to create a personal (private) APK repository where I could put APK files and send a client the link to the ...