Sending a Payload

If you were sent here directly

Make sure you've put your device into RCM, and downloaded Hekate (extract its zip file if necessary) before continuing.

Now that the device is in RCM, we will need to send it a payload. The methods are mostly the same, but slightly differs depending on what hardware you have available.

 

Windows

What you need

  • The latest release of TegraRcmGUI (either the MSI or zip)
  • The latest release of Hekate (either the hekate_ctcaer bin or the hekate_ctcaer zip)
  • A USB-A to USB-C cable (or a standard USB-C cable if your computer natively supports USB-C)

Instructions

  1. Install and run TegraRCMGUI
  2. Navigate to the Settings tab, then press Install Driver and follow the on-screen instructions
  3. Connect your Switch in RCM to your PC using the USB cable
  4. Navigate to the Payload tab of TegraRcmGUI
  5. Your Switch should be shown as detected in the bottom left corner
  6. Press the file button next to Inject payload, and navigate to and select your hekate_ctcaer .bin file
  7. Click Inject payload to launch Hekate

 

Mac / Linux

What you need

  • The latest release of fusee-interfacee-tk
  • The latest release of Hekate (either the hekate_ctcaer bin or the hekate_ctcaer zip)
  • A USB-A to USB-C cable (or a standard USB-C cable if your computer natively supports USB-C)

Instructions

  1. Download and run the payload injector (if you are on Linux, you will need to run this program as root or use sudo.)
  2. Connect your Switch in RCM to your PC using the USB cable
  3. Wait for your Switch to be shown as found in the injector
  4. Press Select Payload, and navigate to and select your hekate_ctcaer .bin file
  5. Click Send Payload! to launch Hekate

 

Android

What you need

  • The latest release of Rekado
    • You will need to enable Unknown Sources in your device settings to install this
  • The latest release of Hekate (either the hekate_ctcaer bin or the hekate_ctcaer zip)
  • A USB-C cable
    • If your device has a USB-C port, you may use a C-C cable
    • If your device only has a Micro USB port, you will need a USB OTG adapter and a USB A-C cable
      • This will not work on every phone!

Instructions

  1. Copy the hekate_ctcaer .bin file from the Hekate .zip file to a location on your phone
  2. A tool such as Amaze File Manager can do this
  3. Launch Rekado on your phone
  4. Navigate to Payloads, then press the + button at the bottom right
  5. Navigate to your hekate_ctcaer .bin file, and tap it to add it to Rekado's menu
  6. Optional, but recommended: Navigate to Rekado's settings and enable Hide bundled
  7. Connect your Switch in RCM to your phone using the USB cable
  8. If prompted, grant Rekado access to the Switch
  9. Select your hekate_ctcaer .bin file in the dialog that pops up

 

If nothing happens after you send the payload

If your console's screen remains black after you've sent Hekate, it's possible your payload was corrupted, or that your console is patched. If your payload injector program shows that 0 bytes were sent, then it is definitely patched, so you'll be unable to proceed with the rest of the guide.

 

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