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side-loading with normal unlock on bootloader

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razgriz1234

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Mar 23, 2012
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so if i only have the basic unlock for the bootloader and not the critical unlock can i still sideload with twrp or do i have to do the critical unlock to sideload? sorry for the noob question i just dont understand the real difference between the two unlocks and what they do and dont affect
 

jt3

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Aug 13, 2007
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What do you mean by sideloading? If you're sideloading an OTA then TWRP isn't necessary. You can simply sideload by following instructions on the Google OTA page. The critical unlock is used to root your phone. This allows you to install TWRP, and flash a factory image, or other boot image to your device. Technically, this is rooting, not sideloading.