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ADB Sideload Error: Protocol Fault (no status)

In this guide, we will show you the steps to fix the ADB Sideload Error: Protocol Fault (no status). Nowadays, many developers ship their own or an AOSP-based recovery along with their ROM [such as Pixel Experience Recovery, LineageOS Recovery, etc]. However, as opposed to the likes of TWRP and OrangeFox, these recoveries don’t have a native Install option, so you cannot flash any file using it, instead, you’ll have to sideload them.

But this is proving to be easier said than done for a handful of users. They have voiced their concern that whenever they are trying to sideload the custom ROM, they are instead greeted with Error: Protocol Fault (no status). As a result of which, the ROM installation process finishes right then and there itself. Fortunately, we managed to find out the root cause of this issue and more importantly how to rectify it. So without further ado, let’s check it out.

Fix ADB Sideload Error: Protocol Fault (no status)

Error: Protocol Fault (no status)

It is recommended that you try out each of the below-mentioned workarounds and then see which one spells out success. So with that in mind, let’s get started.

FIX 1: Use Official Android SDK Platform Tools

One of the most common reasons why users face this error is because they are using third-party ADB tools such as Minimal ADB and Fastboot. They are never recommended, instead, you should always and only go for the official Android SDK Platform Tools, which is released by Google. So refer to our guide on How to Download and Install Android SDK Platform Tools.

Error: Protocol Fault (no status)

FIX 2: ROM inside Platform Tools

Likewise, make sure to transfer the rom.zip to the platform-tools folder as well.Error: Protocol Fault (no status)

FIX 3: CMD inside Platform Tools

Moreover, the CMD window should be opened in the platform tools folder only.

Error: Protocol Fault (no status)

That’s it. These were the three different methods that should help you fix the ADB Sideload Error: Protocol Fault (no status). If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.