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Warning: installing an operating system, such as Replicant, may void your device's warranty and will erase the data stored on the device.

Copying the files to the device

There are two means of pushing the system zip to the device:
  • Using the storage of the device
  • Using the ADB tool to perform sideload

Using the storage of the device

You can either complete this step by using the device's internal storage or by using an external microSD card.

Using the internal storage

1. Make sure the device is started up and has an Android system running
2. Connect the USB cable to both the computer and the device
3. Enable USB mass storage on the device
4. Mount the mass storage on the computer
5. Copy the replicant-6.0-i9300.zip file at the origin of the mass storage
6. Safely unmount the mass storage on the computer
7. Disable USB mass storage on the device

Using a microSD card

1. Connect the microSD card to the computer (e.g. using an USB card reader)
2. Mount the microSD card on the computer
3. Copy the replicant-6.0-i9300.zip file at the origin of the microSD card
4. Safely unmount the microSD card on the computer
5. Disconnect the microSD card from the computer
6. Insert the microSD card in the device (make sure it is turned off before inserting the card)

Installing ADB

Instructions to install ADB: ToolsInstallation

Data wipe

A data wipe is necessary if you switch from the factory image or a different Android distribution to Replicant. You also need to do a data wipe when upgrading to a new major release (e.g. from Replicant 4.2 to Replicant 6.0). Only when updating to a new minor release (e.g. from Replicant 6.0 0001 to Replicant 6.0 0002), a data wipe is usually not required.

3. Select Factory reset
4. Select Wipe data (keep media)
5. Confirm the data wipe by selecting Yes
6. Press the back key (if necessary) to get back to the general menu

7. Select Apply update

Using the storage of the device

Using the internal storage

8. Select Choose from emulated
9. Select the system zip: replicant-6.0-i9300.zip
Note: if your device was running Android 4.2 and later, it may be located in the 0 directory

Using a microSD card

8. Select Choose from sdcard1
9. Select the system zip: replicant-6.0-i9300.zip
Note: if your device was running Android 4.2 and later, it may be located in the 0 directory

Using ADB sideload

8. Select Apply from ADB
9. Back to the host computer, load the system zip with sideload:

adb sideload path/to/replicant-6.0-i9300.zip

10. Make sure the file is being transfered

Completing the installation

11. Press the back key (if necessary) to get back to the general menu
16. Select Reboot system now to reboot the device

Your device should now be running Replicant!