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Google removed access to App Ops, the hidden Android app permission manager interface, in Android 4.4.2. App Ops is still present in Android, however — with root access, we can get it back.
The cat-and-mouse game with Google’s Android developers continues. We’ll have to continue the battle until Google waves the white flag and admits that we users should be able to control access to our own private data.
Root + Xposed Framework + AppOpsXposed
This trick will allow us to regain access to the App Ops interface. To do this, we’ll need three things:
- Root Access: Google has completely disabled access to App Ops for mere mortals, but it’s still available deep in the stock Android ROM as of 4.4.2. With full root access, we can take it back.
- Xposed Framework: The Xposed Framework is a tool that allows us to modify parts of the system that would normally require flashing a ROM. With the Xposed Framework and root access, we can make these sorts of system-level tweaks. These tweaks allow us to modify system apps at runtime without directly modifying their files.
- AppOpsXposed: This Xposed Framework module restores access to App Ops and adds an App Ops option to Android’s main Settings app.
First, you’ll need to root your device. How you do this depends on your device. If you have a Nexus device, we like WugFresh’s Nexus Root Toolkit, which will walk you through the entire process.
Once rooted, you’ll need to enable the “Unknown Sources” option, download the Xposed framerwork Installer APK file from its official website, and install it on your device.
Launch the Xposed Installer after it’s installed, tap the Framework option, and tap Install/Update.
With the framework installed, tap Modules in the app to view modules you can download. Scroll down and tap the AppOpsXposed module, then tap the Download button to install it.
Enable the module in the Modules list and reboot your device to activate your tweaks.
You’ll see an App Ops option in Android’s Settings app, where it belongs. Tap the app to access the now-unhidden App Ops interface.
Root + App Ops X
If you already have root access, you can still use the paid App Ops X. App Ops X is an “eXtended” and recompiled version of Google’s App Ops tool with additional features. Once you pay for an in-app purchase, the installer app downloads App Ops X and uses its root access to install it to your system partition.
App Ops X is noteworthy because it continues to function normally on Android 4.4.2, even after Google broke the standard version of App Ops. If Google were to entirely remove the included version of App Ops on a newer version of Android released after 4.4.2, it’s possible that App Ops X would still continue to function and would become the best option.
If nothing else, this shows a path forward if Google were to remove App Ops entirely. Developers could recompile the App Ops interface and use root access to install it to the system partition. Google says that App Ops just exposes system APIs that are being used elsewhere in the system — for example, to restrict notification permissions or control which SMS app has the ability to send SMS messages. Thus, Google wouldn’t be able to stop us from doing this without removing access to the lower-level APIs themselves, even if they removed the interface entirely.
CyanogenMod and Other Custom ROMs
Rather than start playing a cat-and-mouse game with Google’s Android developers, who may start attempting to break the App Ops interface and disable even these tricks in future versions of Android, you may just want to install a custom ROM.
For example, CyanogenMod includes its own permission manger that’s now based on App Ops. Cyanogenmod’s developers likely won’t remove access to App Ops in a minor update. Even before App Ops existed, Cyanogenmod incorporated its own app permission manager that allowed users to control what apps could and couldn’t do on their own devices.
Part of the beauty of Android is that it allows such custom ROMs to exist, so you can choose to step away from Google and choose to trust other developers. Part of the ugliness of Android is that you so frequently have to, whether you’re looking for app permissions management or just timely updates for many Android phones.
Rather than forcing users who care about managing app permissions to root their devices and modify system files — or install a new Android operating system entirely — Google should allow all users to control access to their private data.
Android users should be able to control whether an app can access their contacts or not, just as iOS users can.
With Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Google slipped out an internal testing feature — App Ops — that allows users to control permissions to various apps. It was widely expected that the company would be making the feature public with KitKat but instead, it removed all traces of it with the Android 4.4.2 update.
App Ops is an incredibly useful feature that allows the user to limit apps from accessing your personal data, location, modify Settings or even keep the device awake. This way you can use apps like Facebook but not allow them to access your personal data or keep the device awake and drain the battery unnecessarily.
While custom ROMs can bring App Ops back, they do require the user to go through the tedious process of flashing them. Thankfully, if you have root access, you can restore access to App Ops on your KitKat-running device by simply following the steps below. Sadly, at the moment it is not possible to restore back the functionality on non-rooted KitKat running Android devices.
1. Head over to the Play Store and download App Ops. The app is only compatible with Android 4.3 and Android 4.4 KitKat but requires root access to work on the latter version of the OS.
2. Fire up the app and tap Install. Make sure to grant the app with root permissions so that the installation procedures can be completed without any hiccup. Reboot your Android device for the changes to take affect.
3. Start App Ops again to control the permissions of various applications.
Personally, I use App Ops to prevent Google Play Services, Facebook and Foursquare from unnecessarily waking up my Nexus 5 and draining its battery. What is your primary reason of installing App Ops? Drop in a comment and do let us know!
Google entfernte in Android 4.4.2 den Zugriff auf App Ops, die Benutzeroberfläche des Android-App-Zugriffsmanagers. App Ops ist in Android noch immer vorhanden – mit Root-Zugriff können wir es jedoch zurückholen.
Das Katz- und Mausspiel mit Googles Android-Entwicklern geht weiter. Wir müssen den Kampf fortsetzen, bis Google die weiße Flagge weht und uns eingesteht, dass wir Benutzer in der Lage sein sollten, den Zugriff auf unsere privaten Daten zu kontrollieren.
Root + Xposed Framework + AppOpsXposed
Mit diesem Trick können wir wieder auf die App Ops-Benutzeroberfläche zugreifen. Dazu benötigen wir drei Dinge:
- Root-Zugriff : Google hat den Zugriff auf App Ops für bloße Sterbliche vollständig gesperrt, ist jedoch nach wie vor im Android-ROM ab 4.4.2 verfügbar. Mit vollem Root-Zugriff können wir es zurücknehmen.
- Xposed Framework : Das Xposed Framework ist ein Tool, mit dem wir Teile des Systems ändern können, für die normalerweise ein ROM gebrannt werden muss. Mit dem Xposed Framework und dem Root-Zugriff können wir diese Art von Systemoptimierungen vornehmen. Diese Verbesserungen ermöglichen es uns, System-Apps zur Laufzeit zu modifizieren, ohne deren Dateien direkt zu ändern.
- AppOpsXposed : Dieses Xposed Framework-Modul stellt den Zugriff auf App Ops wieder her und fügt der Android-Haupt-App Settings eine App Ops-Option hinzu.
Zuerst müssen Sie Ihr Gerät rooten. Wie Sie dies tun, hängt von Ihrem Gerät ab. Wenn Sie ein Nexus-Gerät besitzen, mögen wir das WugFresh Nexus Root Toolkit, das Sie durch den gesamten Prozess führt.
Nach dem Verwurzeln müssen Sie die Option „Unbekannte Quellen“ aktivieren, die Xposed-Framerwork Installer-APK-Datei von der offiziellen Website herunterladen und auf Ihrem Gerät installieren.
Starten Sie das Xposed-Installationsprogramm nach der Installation, tippen Sie auf die Option Framework und anschließend auf Installieren / Aktualisieren.
Wenn das Framework installiert ist, tippen Sie in der App auf Module, um die Module anzuzeigen, die Sie herunterladen können. Scrollen Sie nach unten und tippen Sie auf das AppOpsXposed-Modul. Tippen Sie anschließend auf die Schaltfläche Download, um es zu installieren.
Aktivieren Sie das Modul in der Modulliste und starten Sie Ihr Gerät neu, um Ihre Einstellungen zu aktivieren.
Sie finden eine App Ops-Option in der Android-App Einstellungen, wo sie hingehört. Tippen Sie auf die App, um auf die jetzt nicht verborgene App Ops-Oberfläche zuzugreifen.
Wurzel + App Ops X
Wenn Sie bereits über Root-Zugriff verfügen, können Sie weiterhin die kostenpflichtige App Ops X-App verwenden. App Ops X ist eine „erweiterte“ und neu kompilierte Version des App-Ops-Tools von Google mit zusätzlichen Funktionen. Sobald Sie für einen In-App-Kauf bezahlt haben, lädt App Installer App Ops X herunter und verwendet seinen Root-Zugriff, um es in Ihrer Systempartition zu installieren.
App Ops X ist bemerkenswert, da es unter Android 4.4.2 normal funktioniert, auch nachdem Google die Standardversion von App Ops gebrochen hat. Wenn Google die enthaltene Version von App Ops auf einer neueren Version von Android nach 4.4.2 vollständig entfernen würde, ist es möglich, dass App Ops X weiterhin funktioniert und zur besten Option wird.
Nicht zuletzt zeigt dies einen Weg nach vorne, wenn Google App Ops vollständig entfernen würde. Entwickler könnten die App Ops-Schnittstelle neu kompilieren und den Root-Zugriff verwenden, um sie auf der Systempartition zu installieren. Google gibt an, dass App Ops lediglich System-APIs bereitstellt, die an anderer Stelle im System verwendet werden, z. B. um Benachrichtigungsberechtigungen einzuschränken oder zu steuern, welche SMS-App SMS senden kann. Daher kann Google uns nicht davon abhalten, den Zugriff auf die untergeordneten APIs selbst zu entfernen, selbst wenn die Schnittstelle vollständig entfernt wurde.
CyanogenMod und andere benutzerdefinierte ROMs
Anstatt ein Katz-und-Maus-Spiel mit Googles Android-Entwicklern zu spielen, die möglicherweise versuchen, die App Ops-Oberfläche zu brechen und in zukünftigen Versionen von Android sogar diese Tricks zu deaktivieren, möchten Sie vielleicht nur ein benutzerdefiniertes ROM installieren.
Zum Beispiel enthält CyanogenMod einen eigenen Berechtigungsmanager, der jetzt auf App Ops basiert. Die Entwickler von Cyanogenmod werden den Zugriff auf App Ops in einem kleineren Update wahrscheinlich nicht entfernen. Noch bevor App Ops existierte, integrierte Cyanogenmod einen eigenen App-Berechtigungsmanager, mit dem Benutzer steuern konnten, was Apps auf ihren eigenen Geräten tun konnten und was nicht.
Das Schöne an Android ist, dass es solche benutzerdefinierten ROMs gibt, sodass Sie wählen können, sich von Google zu entfernen und anderen Entwicklern zu vertrauen. Ein Teil der Hässlichkeit von Android ist, dass Sie so häufig müssen, ob Sie App-Berechtigungsverwaltung oder nur zeitnahe Updates für viele Android-Handys suchen.
Anstatt Benutzer, die App-Berechtigungen verwalten möchten, dazu zu zwingen, ihre Geräte zu rooten und Systemdateien zu ändern – oder ein neues Android-Betriebssystem vollständig zu installieren – sollte Google allen Benutzern den Zugriff auf ihre privaten Daten ermöglichen.
Android-Benutzer sollten in der Lage sein zu steuern, ob eine App auf ihre Kontakte zugreifen kann oder nicht, genau wie iOS-Benutzer.
4.4.2 versijoje “Google” pašalino prieigą prie “App Ops”, paslėpto “Android” programos leidimo tvarkyklės sąsajos. “App Ops” vis dar yra “Android”, tačiau su root prieiga mes galime jį grąžinti.
“Cat” ir “pelės” žaidimas su “Google” “Android” kūrėjais tęsiasi. Turėsime tęsti kovą, kol “Google” nebus baltos vėliavos ir pripažins, kad mes turėtume galėti kontroliuoti prieigą prie mūsų privačių duomenų.
Root + Xposed Framework + AppOpsXposed
Šis triukas leis mums susigrąžinti prieigą prie “App Ops” sąsajos. Norėdami tai padaryti, turėsime tris dalykus:
- Root access: “Google” visiškai neįleido prieigą prie “App Ops” vieniems mirtingiesiems, tačiau ji vis dar giliai prieinama “Android” ROM, kaip nurodyta 4.4.2. Su visiškai prieiga prie šaknies, galime jį grąžinti.
- Xposed Framework: “Xposed Framework” yra įrankis, leidžiantis mums keisti sistemos dalis, kurioms paprastai reikalingas “ROM” paleidimas. Naudodamiesi “Xposed Framework” ir “root access”, mes galime sukurti tokius sistemos lygio tweaks tipus. Šie tweaks leidžia mums keisti sistemos programas paleidimo metu be tiesiogiai keisti jų failus.
- “AppOpsXposed”: Šis “Xposed Framework” modulis atkuria prieigą prie “App Ops” ir prideda “App Ops” parinktį pagrindinei “Android” pagrindinei “Nustatymų” programai.
Pirma, jums reikės įtvirtinti savo įrenginį. Kaip tai darote, priklauso nuo jūsų įrenginio. Jei turite “Nexus” įrenginį, mums patinka “WugFresh” “Nexus Root Toolkit”, kuris padės jums pereiti visą procesą.
Kai prisijungsite, turėsite įjungti parinktį “Nežinomi šaltiniai”, atsisiųskite “Xposed framerwork Installer” APK failą iš jos oficialios svetainės ir įdiekite ją savo įrenginyje.
Įdiegę “Xposed Installer” paleiskite, palieskite “Framework” parinktį ir palieskite “Install / Update”.
Jei įdiegta sistema, programoje palieskite “Moduliai”, kad peržiūrėtumėte modulius, kuriuos galite atsisiųsti. Slinkite žemyn ir bakstelėkite “AppOpsXposed” modulį, tada palieskite mygtuką “Atsisiųsti”, kad jį įdiegtumėte.
Įjunkite modulį sąraše Moduliai ir paleiskite savo įrenginį, kad suaktyvintumėte tweaks.
“Android” nustatymų programoje, kur ji priklauso, pamatysite “App Ops” parinktį. Bakstelėkite programą, kad pasiektumėte dabar neslėpto “App Ops” sąsają.
Root + App Ops X
Jei jau turite root prieigą, vis tiek galite naudoti mokamą programą “Ops X”. “App Ops X” yra “išplėstinė” ir iš naujo sukurta “Google” programų operacijų įrankio versija su papildomomis funkcijomis. Kai mokate už pirkimą programoje, įdiegiklio programa atsisiųs “App Ops X” ir naudos šaknies prieigą, kad įdiegtų ją į savo sistemos skaidinį.
Pažymėtina, kad “App Ops X” veikia 4.4.2. “Android”, net jei “Google” sugadina standartinę “App Ops” versiją. Jei “Google” visiškai pašalintų įtrauktą “App Ops” versiją naujesnėje “Android” versijoje, kuri buvo paleista po 4.4.2, gali būti, kad “App Ops X” vis tiek veiks toliau ir taps geriausia.
Jei nieko kito, tai rodo kelią į priekį, jei “Google” visiškai pašalins “App Ops”. Programuotojai gali pakartotinai kompiliuoti “App Ops” sąsają ir naudoti root prieigą, kad įdiegtų ją į sistemos skaidinį. “Google” teigia, kad “App Ops” išskiria sistemos API, naudojamas kitur sistemoje, pvz., Apriboti pranešimų leidimus arba valdyti, kokia SMS programa gali siųsti SMS žinutes. Taigi “Google” negalėtų sustabdyti tokio elgesio, nepašalinus prieigos prie pačių žemiausio lygio API, net jei visiškai pašalins sąsają.
CyanogenMod ir kiti individualūs ROM
Užuot pradėdami žaisti “cat-and-mouse” žaidimą su “Google” “Android” kūrėjais, kurie gali pradėti bandyti išjungti “App Ops” sąsają ir išjungti net šiuos triukus būsimose “Android” versijose, galite tiesiog įdiegti pasirinktinį ROM.
Pavyzdžiui, “CyanogenMod” turi savo leidimo tvarkytuvę, kuri dabar pagrįsta “App Ops”. “Cyanogenmod” kūrėjai greičiausiai nebus pašalinę prieigą prie “App Ops” nepilnamečio atnaujinimo metu. Dar prieš “App Ops” egzistavimą “Cyanogenmod” įtraukė savo programos leidimų tvarkytuvę, leidžiančią vartotojams valdyti, kokias programas jie galėjo ir negalėjo padaryti savo įrenginiuose.
“Android” grožis yra tas, kad leidžia tokiems pasirinktiniams ROM’iams egzistuoti, todėl galite pasirinkti atsisakyti “Google” ir pasirinkti pasikliauti kitais kūrėjais. “Android” bjaurumo dalis yra tai, kad jums taip dažnai reikia, ar ieškote programų leidimų valdymo ar tik laiku atnaujinote daugeliui “Android” telefonų.
Užuot priversdami vartotojus, kurie nori valdyti programų leidimus, įtaisyti savo įrenginius ir keisti sistemos failus, arba visiškai įdiegti naują “Android” operacinę sistemą, “Google” turėtų leisti visiems vartotojams kontroliuoti prieigą prie jų asmeninių duomenų.
“Android” naudotojams turėtų būti suteikta galimybė kontroliuoti, ar programa gali pasiekti savo kontaktus, ar ne, kaip ir “iOS” naudotojai.
Google đã xóa quyền truy cập vào App Ops, giao diện quản lý quyền ứng dụng Android ẩn, trong Android 4.4.2. Ứng dụng Ops vẫn hiện diện trong Android, tuy nhiên – với quyền truy cập root, chúng tôi có thể lấy lại.
Trò chơi mèo vờn chuột với các nhà phát triển Android của Google vẫn tiếp tục. Chúng tôi sẽ phải tiếp tục cuộc chiến cho đến khi Google vẫy cờ trắng và thừa nhận rằng người dùng của chúng tôi sẽ có thể kiểm soát quyền truy cập vào dữ liệu riêng tư của chúng tôi.
Root + Khung Xposed + AppOpsXposed
Thủ thuật này sẽ cho phép chúng tôi lấy lại quyền truy cập vào giao diện Ops của ứng dụng. Để làm điều này, chúng ta sẽ cần ba điều:
- Truy cập root: Google đã vô hiệu hóa hoàn toàn quyền truy cập vào Ops ứng dụng cho những người bình thường, nhưng nó vẫn có sẵn sâu trong ROM Android gốc kể từ ngày 4.4.2. Với quyền truy cập root đầy đủ, chúng tôi có thể lấy lại.
- Khung Xposed: Xposed Framework là một công cụ cho phép chúng tôi sửa đổi các phần của hệ thống thường yêu cầu flash ROM. Với Xposed Framework và quyền truy cập root, chúng ta có thể thực hiện các loại chỉnh sửa cấp hệ thống này. Những chỉnh sửa này cho phép chúng tôi sửa đổi các ứng dụng hệ thống trong thời gian chạy mà không cần sửa đổi trực tiếp các tệp của chúng.
- AppOpsXposed: Mô-đun Xposed Framework này khôi phục quyền truy cập vào Ops ứng dụng và thêm tùy chọn Ops ứng dụng vào ứng dụng Cài đặt chính của Android.
Trước tiên, bạn sẽ cần root thiết bị của bạn. Làm thế nào bạn làm điều này phụ thuộc vào thiết bị của bạn. Nếu bạn có thiết bị Nexus, chúng tôi thích Bộ công cụ gốc Nexus của WugFresh, bộ công cụ sẽ hướng dẫn bạn toàn bộ quá trình.
Sau khi được root, bạn sẽ cần bật tùy chọn Nguồn không xác định của Wap, tải xuống tệp APK Trình cài đặt framerwork Xposed từ trang web chính thức của nó và cài đặt nó trên thiết bị của bạn.
Khởi chạy Trình cài đặt Xposed sau khi được cài đặt, chạm vào tùy chọn Khung và nhấn Cài đặt / Cập nhật.
Với khung được cài đặt, chạm vào Mô-đun trong ứng dụng để xem các mô-đun bạn có thể tải xuống. Cuộn xuống và chạm vào mô-đun AppOpsXposed, sau đó nhấn nút Tải xuống để cài đặt nó.
Kích hoạt mô-đun trong danh sách Mô-đun và khởi động lại thiết bị của bạn để kích hoạt các tinh chỉnh của bạn.
Bạn sẽ thấy tùy chọn Ops ứng dụng trong ứng dụng Cài đặt của Android, nơi nó thuộc về. Nhấn vào ứng dụng để truy cập vào giao diện Ops của ứng dụng chưa được mở.
Root + Ứng dụng Ops X
Nếu bạn đã có quyền truy cập root, bạn vẫn có thể sử dụng Ứng dụng Ops X trả phí. Ứng dụng Ops X là một phiên bản điện tử và được biên dịch lại của công cụ Google App Ops với các tính năng bổ sung. Khi bạn trả tiền mua hàng trong ứng dụng, ứng dụng cài đặt sẽ tải xuống Ứng dụng Ops X và sử dụng quyền truy cập gốc để cài đặt nó vào phân vùng hệ thống của bạn.
App Ops X đáng chú ý vì nó vẫn tiếp tục hoạt động bình thường trên Android 4.4.2, ngay cả sau khi Google phá vỡ phiên bản App Ops tiêu chuẩn. Nếu Google loại bỏ hoàn toàn phiên bản App Ops đi kèm trên phiên bản Android mới hơn được phát hành sau 4.4.2, có thể App Ops X vẫn sẽ tiếp tục hoạt động và sẽ trở thành tùy chọn tốt nhất.
Nếu không có gì khác, điều này cho thấy một con đường phía trước nếu Google loại bỏ hoàn toàn Ops ứng dụng. Các nhà phát triển có thể biên dịch lại giao diện Ops của ứng dụng và sử dụng quyền truy cập root để cài đặt nó vào phân vùng hệ thống. Google nói rằng App Ops chỉ hiển thị API hệ thống đang được sử dụng ở nơi khác trong hệ thống – ví dụ: để hạn chế quyền thông báo hoặc kiểm soát ứng dụng SMS nào có khả năng gửi tin nhắn SMS. Do đó, Google sẽ không thể ngăn chúng tôi thực hiện việc này mà không xóa quyền truy cập vào các API cấp thấp hơn, ngay cả khi họ đã xóa hoàn toàn giao diện.
CyanogenMod và ROM tùy chỉnh khác
Thay vì bắt đầu chơi trò chơi mèo vờn chuột với các nhà phát triển Android của Google, những người có thể bắt đầu cố gắng phá vỡ giao diện App Ops và vô hiệu hóa ngay cả các thủ thuật này trong các phiên bản Android trong tương lai, bạn có thể chỉ muốn cài đặt ROM tùy chỉnh.
Ví dụ: CyanogenMod bao gồm trình quản lý cấp phép của chính nó hiện dựa trên Ứng dụng Ops. Các nhà phát triển của Cyanogenmod có thể sẽ không xóa quyền truy cập vào App Ops trong một bản cập nhật nhỏ. Ngay cả trước khi App Ops tồn tại, Cyanogenmod đã kết hợp trình quản lý cấp phép ứng dụng riêng cho phép người dùng kiểm soát những gì ứng dụng có thể và không thể làm trên thiết bị của riêng họ.
Một phần của vẻ đẹp của Android là nó cho phép các ROM tùy chỉnh như vậy tồn tại, vì vậy bạn có thể chọn rời khỏi Google và chọn tin tưởng các nhà phát triển khác. Một phần của sự xấu xí của Android là bạn thường xuyên phải làm, cho dù bạn đang tìm kiếm quản lý quyền ứng dụng hay chỉ cập nhật kịp thời cho nhiều điện thoại Android.
Thay vì buộc người dùng quan tâm đến việc quản lý quyền ứng dụng để root thiết bị của họ và sửa đổi tệp hệ thống – hoặc cài đặt hoàn toàn hệ điều hành Android mới – Google nên cho phép tất cả người dùng kiểm soát quyền truy cập vào dữ liệu riêng tư của họ.
Người dùng Android có thể kiểm soát xem ứng dụng có thể truy cập danh bạ của họ hay không, giống như người dùng iOS có thể.
Google видалив доступ до App Ops, прихованого інтерфейсу менеджера дозволів для Android, у Android 4.4.2. App Ops як і раніше присутній в Android, однак – з кореневим доступом, ми можемо отримати його назад.
Гра з кішкою та мишкою з розробниками Android від Google триває. Нам доведеться продовжувати битву, доки Google не розмахує білим прапором і не визнає, що ми повинні контролювати доступ до власних особистих даних.
Коренева + Xposed Framework + AppOpsXposed
Цей трюк дозволить нам відновити доступ до інтерфейсу App Ops. Для цього нам знадобляться три речі:
- Кореневий доступ: Google повністю відключив доступ до App Ops для простих смертних, але він все ще доступний глибоко в запасі Android ROM, як у 4.4.2. При повному доступі до кореневого каталогу ми можемо повернути його назад.
- Xposed Framework: Xposed Framework є інструментом, який дозволяє нам змінювати частини системи, які зазвичай потребують прошивання ROM. З Xposed Framework і кореневим доступом, ми можемо зробити такі сортування системного рівня. Ці налаштування дозволяють змінювати системні програми під час виконання, не змінюючи їх файли.
- AppOpsXposed: Цей модуль Xposed Framework відновлює доступ до App Ops і додає опцію App Ops у головний додаток Android.
По-перше, потрібно виконати коріння пристрою. Як це зробити залежить від вашого пристрою. Якщо у вас є пристрій Nexus, нам подобається кореневий набір інструментів Nexus WugFresh, який проведе вас через весь процес.
Після вкорінення вам потрібно ввімкнути параметр “Невідомі джерела”, завантажити файл APK для встановлення програми Xposed з офіційного веб-сайту та встановити його на свій пристрій.
Запустіть Xposed Installer після його встановлення, торкніться опції Framework і натисніть Install / Update.
З встановленою рамкою, натисніть Модулі в додатку, щоб переглянути модулі, які можна завантажити. Прокрутіть вниз і торкніться модуля AppOpsXposed, потім натисніть кнопку Завантажити, щоб встановити його.
Увімкніть модуль у списку Модулі та перезавантажте пристрій, щоб активувати ваші налаштування.
Ви побачите опцію App Ops у програмі “Налаштування” Android, де вона належить. Торкніться програми, щоб отримати доступ до інтерфейсу App Ops, який тепер не відкрито.
Root + App Ops X
Якщо у вас вже є кореневий доступ, ви все ще можете скористатися платним App Ops X. App Ops X – це “розширена” і перекомпільована версія інструменту Google App Ops з додатковими функціями. Як тільки ви платите за придбання в програмі, програма інсталятора завантажує програму App Ops X і використовує свій кореневий доступ, щоб встановити його на системний розділ.
App Ops X заслуговує на увагу, оскільки він продовжує функціонувати нормально на Android 4.4.2, навіть після того, як Google зламав стандартну версію App Ops. Якщо Google повністю вилучить включену версію App Ops на нову версію Android, опубліковану після 4.4.2, можливо, App Ops X продовжуватиме функціонувати і стане найкращим варіантом.
Якщо нічого іншого, це показує шлях вперед, якщо Google вилучить App Ops повністю. Розробники могли перекомпілювати інтерфейс App Ops і використовувати кореневий доступ, щоб встановити його в системний розділ. Google каже, що App Ops просто виставляє системні API, які використовуються в інших місцях системи – наприклад, для обмеження дозволів на сповіщення або контролю над тим, який SMS-додаток має можливість відправляти SMS-повідомлення. Таким чином, Google не зможе зупинити нас від цього без видалення доступу до самих API нижчого рівня, навіть якщо вони повністю видалили інтерфейс.
CyanogenMod та інші спеціальні диски
Замість того, щоб почати грати в кіт-мишу з розробниками Android від Google, які можуть почати намагатися розірвати інтерфейс App Ops і вимкнути навіть ці трюки в майбутніх версіях Android, ви можете просто встановити спеціальний диск.
Наприклад, CyanogenMod має свій власний дозвіл, який тепер базується на App Ops. Розробники Cyanogenmod, ймовірно, не будуть видаляти доступ до App Ops в незначному оновленні. Ще до того, як App Ops існував, Cyanogenmod увійшов до свого власного менеджера дозволів додатків, який дозволив користувачам контролювати те, що програми могли і не могли робити на своїх пристроях.
Частина краси Android полягає в тому, що вона дозволяє існувати такі користувальницькі диски, тому ви можете відійти від Google і вибрати довіру до інших розробників. Частина потворності Android – це те, що вам так часто доводиться робити, будь то пошук дозволів на додаток або просто своєчасне оновлення для багатьох телефонів Android..
Замість того, щоб примушувати користувачів, які бажають керувати дозволами на додатки, викорінювати свої пристрої та змінювати системні файли – або повністю встановлювати нову операційну систему Android – Google повинен дозволити всім користувачам контролювати доступ до своїх особистих даних.
Користувачі Android повинні мати можливість контролювати, чи може додаток отримувати доступ до їх контактів чи ні, так само як і користувачі iOS.
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Android permissions used to be a mess, but modern versions of Android have simplified them greatly. Now, you grant apps access to certain features as it needs them. You can also manually revoke permissions from any app.
You don’t need to root, install a custom ROM, or switch to an iPhone to do this anymore. In fact, Android finally has the app permission system it should have had all along, similar to the iPhone’s system (though still room for improvement).
How Android’s Permission System Works
Android apps will ask for permission when they need it. For example, instead of giving an app access to your camera when you install it, you’ll be prompted the first time the app wants to access your camera. In addition, you can decide when it gets that permission.
You can also manually manage any app’s permissions at any time, even if it was designed for an older version of Android and doesn’t normally ask you.
How to Manage a Single App’s Permissions
To do this, we’ll begin with the Settings app. Swipe down from the top of the screen once or twice—depending on your phone—and tap the gear icon.
Now go to the “Apps” section in the Settings.
You’ll see a list of all the apps installed on your Android device (you may need to expand the list to see them all). Tap one of the apps in the list to view more information.
Open the “Permissions” section on the App Info page.
You’ll see all of the available permissions the app can use. The permissions you’ve “Allowed” are at the top, while the “Not Allowed” permissions are underneath. Simply tap a permission to adjust it.
Note: When revoking permissions from older applications, you’ll see a warning message saying, “This app was designed for an older version of Android. Denying permission may cause it to no longer function as intended.”
Some permissions only have binary “Allow” or “Don’t Allow” options, but other permissions—such as Location and Camera—have more options.
At the very bottom of the permissions list is an “Unused Apps” section. This is where you can toggle on a switch to “Remove Permissions and Free Up Space.” If you don’t use the app for a while, the permissions will be revoked.
How to View and Manage All App Permissions
To view and manage all app permissions at once, go to “Privacy” section of the Settings and select “Permission Manager.”
You’ll see a list of different categories of permissions along with the number of apps installed that have access to that permission. Categories include Body Sensors, Calendar, Call Logs, Camera, Contacts, Files and Media, Location, Microphone, and more.
Select one of the permissions to see which apps have access to it. If you want to revoke an app’s access to that permission, select the app and turn it off.
As with managing an individual app’s permissions above, you’ll see a warning message if that app was designed for a previous version of Android. Most apps should continue working fine, anyway– unless you revoke a permission that’s central to any functionality.
As usual with Android, some of these steps may work differently on some devices. We performed this process with Android 12 on a Google Pixel phone. Android manufacturers often modify the interface on their devices, and some options may be in different places. Make sure to take advantage of other methods to check up on security and privacy.
Now with Dr.Fone – Phone Backup (Android), backing up your Android data has never been easier. The program makes it easy to back up your Android data to the computer and even selectively restore backed up data to your Android device. Now Let’s see how to back up and restore your Android phone.
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Part 1. Back up your Android phone
Step 1. Connect your Android phone to computer
Launch Dr.Fone on your computer, select “Phone Backup” among all the functions.
* Dr.Fone Mac version still has the old interface, but it does not affect the use of Dr.Fone function, we will update it as soon as possible.
Then connect your Android phone to the computer using a USB cable. Please make sure you have enabled USB debugging mode on the phone. If your Android os version is 4.2.2 or above, there will be a pop-up window on the Android phone asking you to allow USB Debugging. Please tap on OK.
Click Backup to start the backup Android phone data.
If you have used this program to back up your device in the past, you can view your past backup by clicking on “View backup history”.
Step 2. Select file types to back up
After the Android phone is connected, select the file types you want to backup. By default, Dr.Fone has checked all the file types for you. Then click on Backup to start the backup process.
The backup process will take a few minutes. Please don’t disconnect your Android phone, don’t use the device or delete any data on the phone during the backup process.
After the backup is completed, you can click on View the backup button to see what’s in the backup file.
Part 2. Restore the backup to your Android phone
Step 1. Connect your Android phone to computer
Launch Dr.Fone on your computer and select “Phone Backup” among all the tools. Connect your Android phone to the computer using a USB cable.
Step 2. Select the backup file you would like to restore
After you click on the Restore button, the program will display all the Android backup files on this computer. Select the backup file you need and click View next to it.
Step 3. Preview and restore the backup file to Android phone
Here you can preview each file in the backup. Check the files you need and click on Restore to them to your Android phone.
The whole process only takes a few minutes. Please don’t disconnect your Android phone or open any Android phone management software.
I recently bought the RCA Voyager 7″ tablet from Walmart.
I opened the settings app and added a slide password to my device. When I was finished I clicked ‘OK’ and the settings app closed and a message popped up saying
Settings has unexpectedly closed.
I was unable to open the application until I rebooted my tablet. Upon rebooting it asked me for a password and I performed the slide gesture I had set as my password. It said the pattern was incorrect.
(Btw the tablet is running android 4.4)
I tried it again with similar results. Then again. Then again. It finally asked me if I had forgot my password and I tapped yes. It asked me to input my account information (email and password) and I did.
Then a message popped up saying:
The username or password you have input is incorrect. Please try again.
I decided to input my username in the email text field and it still replied with the above pop up.
I remembered reading online that if I turn the device off and hold the power button and the volume down button simultaneously it would bring up a screen that allows me to wipe my phone.
I know this works because I tried it on my Android 4.0 phone after I downloaded a malicious Ubuntu ‘unity’ launcher from the Play Store. However the device simply booted up without displaying the options I wanted. I tried inserting a pin into the reset slot but it also didn’t work.
I have no access to my device and everything has failed so far. Please help me. To recap, how can I go about resetting the device? There has to be some way to do it.
1 Answer 1
Follow the detailed instructions below on how to completely reset your RCA Android 7 Voyager (RCT6773W22) tablet.
Step 1. With your tablet off, press and hold the volume up (+) button and power button until you see the RCA splash screen with Nipper and Chipper. Release both buttons to reveal the Android bot on his back with a caution symbol above him.
Step 2. A new screen will appear asking you to use your volume up/down keys to move and the power button to select.
Step 3. Use the volume down (-) button to highlight “wipe data/factory reset.” Once highlighted, select using the power button.
Step 4. A new screen will appear asking you to confirm your selection. Use your volume down (-) button to highlight “Yes — delete all user data.” Press the power button to select once highlighted.
Step 5. Once the tablet is finished wiping data, you may press the power button to select “reboot system now.” This will restart your tablet.
Step 6. The system will begin to reboot and once again display the RCA logo with Nipper and Chipper. The next “Welcome” screen will prompt you to select your language of choice. Scroll through the options using your finger and press start when finished. Congratulations, you have successfully reset your RCA 7 Voyager tablet.
Okay, so you lost photos on your Android phone. Maybe this happened due to a action of clearing out unwanted images on Gallery app and then realize that there were pictures you wanted to keep. Or maybe your kid use the phone to play with games but all of a sudden he did a deletion on Gallery by mistake and nothing left.
Whatever the reason, the pictures on your Android phone were gone and you need them back. Thankfully, recovering photo from Android is possible and easy. In this post, you will learn everything there is to know about Android photos recovery.
Check Local Backup
Before you do anything else, you should first check to see if the lost photos have been backed up on computer or removable HDD before. Please try hard to refresh your memory. If you’ve take precaution of saving your photos, you just need to restore photos from the backup and move back to photo album on Android phone.
Restore Pictures from Google Photos and Other Cloud Services
Nowadays, there are a lot of photos app and cloud backup services you can use to automatically back up your photos with unlimited/-limited storage space. If you’ve enable such kind of backup service before losing photos on Android smartphone, chances that you still can get photos back.
Here we’re going to tell you how to restore photos from Google Photos, Dropbox, One Drive — three most popular cloud services at present. Please jump straight to the right section of this guide to learn how to restore your deleted pictures.
If you’ve installed Google Photo app on your phone and synchronized photos to it, any photo you delete on your Android’s gallery app will stay in trash for 60 days. And you can retrieve those deleted photos from Google Photos quickly with a few taps.
- On your Android, open the Google Photos app.
- At the top left, tap Menu and select Trash.
- Touch and hold the photo you want to recover.
- At the bottom, tap Restore. The photo will be back.
Dropbox will help you keep deleted Android photos for 30 days before they gone forever. Here is how to do.
- On your computer, use a web browser to log into your dropbox account.
- In the left sidebar click Files menu, and then choose Deleted files.
- Locate the photos you want to restore. and click on Restore.
Restorations can take time if there’s a large number of photos to restore.
OneDrive is a file hosting service operated by Microsoft. If you make backups of your Android photos with OneDrive, you can recover it from there, too.
- Open OneDrive app, go to Me > Recycle Bin.
- Find the images you want to retrieve and tap to highlight them.
- Tap the Restore option. The photos are now back in its original place.
OneDrive can only recover pictures reaching up to 30 days back, so if you wait too long after deleting the photos from Android gallery, this option won’t work for you.
Recover Photos from Android Internal Storage (Rooted Required)
If you don’t keep your photos backed up onto cloud services, how do you get back deleted photos on Android? Don’t panic, you still have hope to recover them. Actually, when you delete a photo from Android gallery, it is just marked for deletion but still very much on internal memory. Provided you’ve not filled up the memory a few times, it’s very likely you’ll be able to recover deleted photos from Android internal storage.
There are various utilities in the market that will help you recover lost photos from Android gallery memory. Here Android Data Recovery is our recommendation of app that is fast and easy to use. It can scan the whole device thoroughly for deleted files including pictures, and gives you options to recover what you want without affecting existing content on the device. Here is how to use it (detailed guide here).
- Launch the app on your computer, and connect your Android device to it with cable.
- Enable USB debugging mode on the device.
- Select Gallery and Pictures Library to scan for deleted files, followed by Next.
- Root your Android phone with KingRoot (you can unroot it later). Then the app will scan the device deeply.
- When it done, preview the scanned photos and recover your photos to somewhere on your computer. Done!
Restore Deleted Photos from SD Card on Android (without root)
What if the photo album you accidentally deleted is stored in an external SD card and not the internal memory of Android phone? You next option is use a data recovery software program to recover the lost pictures. This method allows to get your photos back without rooting your device.
You can try and experiment with several photo recovery programs on the web to see which one is better. In this article, our favorite is Data Recovery, which is specifically designed for users to scan and recover lost, deleted, damaged files from HDD, removable devices, flash drives, SD cards, and memory sticks.
Below is how to recover lost photos from SD Card on Android:
- Connect your SD card to the computer, maybe you need a help of card reader to let the machine recognize the SD card.
- Launch the program, select which data type(s) you want to recover, and then choose a disk drive(s) where you want to get the lost files from. Here select Image and your SD card name.
- Press “Quick Scan” or “Deep Scan” (recommended) to initiate a scan on the chosen disk drive.
- When scanning is complete, locate the images you want to recover, click the Recover button and specify a path on your computer to save your pictures.
Once done, you’re ready to copy those recovered pictures back to Android phone.
How to Back Up Your Photos on Android
Once you’ve recovered photos from Android, you’ll want to regularly back up your files to ensure that you never lose them again. There are countless of apps and services available for you to choose from, whether you want to back up photos online or locally.
If you decide to make a backup of the pictures on a cloud storage service, your three main options are Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox mentioned above. If you just want to save them to somewhere locally, you can directly plug your Android device into computer and copy your photos to local folder or external HDD. These options are lifesavers when something goes wrong with your Android.
That’s all there is to photo recovery on Android. Good luck.
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As the most popular mobile operating system in the world, Google’s Android comes with a whole gamut of powerful features. However, probably the most important aspect of Android’s popularity is apps. There are millions of apps available on Google Play Store, including everything from productivity solutions to action-packed games.
Now, all the apps you have on your Android smartphone are normally updated to their latest version(s) automatically, provided there is network connectivity and updates are available on the Google Play Store. This ensures that you always have access to the newest features that are added to the apps by developers over time.
While that’s perfectly alright, there are times when a certain app update, instead of making things better, actually takes away/breaks a feature that you use on a near-daily basis. This makes you want to revert to the previous version of the app, in which the feature(s) worked as intended.
Thankfully, it’s indeed possible to do so. It’s not exactly a straightforward solution, but you actually can install old versions of Android apps on your smartphone. Here’s how you can go about doing the same:
Disclaimer: Even though you can go back to old versions of apps on your Android smartphone, we don’t recommend doing that, unless it’s absolutely needed. That’s because the latest app updates don’t just bring new features, they come with the most recent security patches as well, essential to keep your device (and the data on it) safe.
Installing old versions of Android apps involves downloading the APK file of an app’s older version from an external source and then sideloading it to the device for installation.
Rooting in Android is the key to all kinds of system tweaking or optimization and visual customization. You need to have proper root access to be able to install root apps from the Play Store. In most cases rooting an Android device simply means losing the manufacturer’s warranty. However, people still root their device because they find the benefits of having root access irresistible.
The method of rooting devices from different OEMs differ in some way or other. It can be achieved using an automated script or an easy-root toolkit, by flashing a pre-rooted ROM, or by installing a flashable root package via stock or custom recovery. I have no idea what method you used to acquire root access on your phone or tablet, but if you have been facing issues with root privileges on your device, the tips provided on this page might be of some help to you.
Have you been facing “Root Access Possibly Lost” issue while trying to back up, restore a flash a ROM in CWM or TWRP recovery? Do you see “Root access missing” message on your rooted device when you open an app that requires root? Try one of the solutions suggested below to fix missing or lost root access issue on rooted Android devices
- First off, make sure that your device has been rooted properly. To verify root access on your device, try this free app: [googleplay url=”https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joeykrim.rootcheck”] Make sure that you see the following message in Root Checker.
- If you’re facing missing root issue just after rooting your device, open SuperSU and update SU binary if the app prompts you to do so.
- In case root permission issue is related to a specific app and it works fine with other apps, you might have accidentally denied root permission to that app. To fix it, go to device Settings> Applications> All> SuperSU and tap it. Then clear app data. Now open the app in question and grant root permission when prompted.
- Open SuperSU from your device’s app drawer, go to app Settings and try disabling and enabling it. Then reboot the device and try using root apps. If the lost root problem is not fixed yet, try the solution given below.
- Open SuperSU> Settings and tap the Reinstall option and select Continue.
- If your device doesn’t have a custom recovery like CWM or TWRP installed on it, you can try this solution.
- Download the latest version of Chainfire’s SuperSU flashable ZIP file: UPDATE-SuperSU-vx.xx.zip
- Unzip the file and open the extracted folder.
- Go to a folder called common and open it.
- Copy Superuser.apk to your device and install it. Then try using a root app to check if the problem has been solved.
- If you have a Samsung Galaxy device with KNOX on it, and you are getting issues with root access, the above solution might be helpful to you too. After installing Superuser.apk, open the app. When you see the following message, select OK:“Samsung Knox has been detected. This might limit root capabilities and cause annoying popups. Try to disable KNOX.”
- If your device has CWM or TWRP, download the latest SuperSU APK. Copy the zip to your device and flash it using Install option (in TWRP), or install zip from sdcard option (in CWM).
If none of the above tips could help your problem with root privileges and did not fix missing or lost root access issue on your Android device, find a proper root exploit for your device and root it again.
If the methods described in this tutorial did not work for you, please head over to our new guide for fixing the lost root issue on Android devices.
Can I backup my Android phone to USB drive? The answer is yes, you can backup Android to an USB drive. This article will show you how.
Backup & Restore Data
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Keeping Android data in the USB drive is the safest and the most reliable way. That small device holds all your data and you can carry it along with you anywhere. The thing is your Android device needs to have the functionality to be OTG compatible since all Android devices donвЂ™t support this. This article will show you how you can backup Android to USB in different ways.
If you want to know the tips to backup iTunes to a drive, click here How to Backup iTunes to an External Hard Drive?
- Part 1. Backup Android to USB Drive using USB Backup App
- Part 2. Backup Everything to USB using dr.fone
- Part 3. Manually Back up Android to USB Drive
Method 1. How to Backup Android Device to USB Drive using USB Backup App
The first way you can try to backup Android to USB drive is the вЂUSB BackupвЂ™ application. It is available in Google Play Store and requires Android version 5.0 and above. This application takes full care of your privacy. You can simply select folders, files, images to backup and export. Here are the steps to use this app.
Step 1. Firstly, connect a USB device that is plugged via an OTG cable to your device. Tap вЂContinueвЂ™ and then select the вЂBack up dataвЂ™ option.
Step 2. Select the files and give a name to the backup folder as in the image. Your Android data will be backed up in a while with this USB backup for Android.
Tips: USB backup for Android enables you to turn automatic backup on with the help of which whenever you connect the same USB Drive and OTG cable, your deviceвЂ™s backup will begin on its own. You can also set a backup reminder to remind you after one month that no backup has been made till now. Moreover, you can set a notification that will inform you whenever your deviceвЂ™s internal storage is low.
Method 2. How to Backup Everything to USB using dr.fone
Here is the second and the most recommended way. If you really want a completely secured way for Android backup to USB, the best option would be dr.fone – Phone Backup (Android). With the help of dr.fone, you will be able to export your Android data and then move it to USB drive. It has got some great features it making it the most worthy tool to use when in need to backup or restore Android data. The reliability lies in its high success rate and the positive feedback by the users. A plus, it promises high-quality results. Let us now discover its wonderful features that go like this.
dr.fone – Phone Backup (Android)
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- Enables the users to backup and restore selectively. This means you can first choose and then back up the file type you only want to backup or restore.
- It prevents any replacement of old backup by the fresh backup files. Your data will not get overwritten if you use this tool.
- It offers preview functionality a well which implies you can view your backup any time or if you wish to restore.
- It is the most compatible tool supporting almost all Android devices and multiple numbers of file types, including contacts, text messages, call logs, photos, music, apps, etc.
How to use dr.fone вЂ“ Android Data Backup & Restore to export Data to PC
Step 1. Open dr.fone – Phone Backup (Android)
Go to the official website and download the software from there. Install and then launch it in your PC. From various tabs, click on “Phone Backup”.
Step 2. Connect your Device to PC
Now, enable USB Debugging in your device and connect your Android device to the PC using a digital cable. The device will be detected by the program and you need to click on the вЂBackupвЂ™ button now. As soon as you click the “Backup” button, your data will start getting scanned by dr.fone and will be presented in front of you. The data will be organized into categories. Choose the “Select all” option or you can selectively backup by checking each box next to file type.
Step 3. Start Exporting
When done with the selections, click on the “Backup” button. Keep the device connected until the process gets over. You can also preview the backup by clicking on the вЂView the BackupвЂ™ button. Now that you have exported all your Android data into the computer, you can now connect the USB drive to the PC and transfer the data to it for future use.
Method 3. How to Manually Back up Android to USB Drive
This section will show you how you can backup Android to USB drive on your own. You will need an OTG cable for this process. Connect the cable with your Android device and then connect a USB drive with it. Now, launch File Manager.
When you open your File Manager, the first screen will show different storage types i.e. Internal/Device storage, SD card (if any), and USB storage. Open the one from which you wish to make backup letвЂ™s say internal/device storage.
Now, you will get your data in various categories, for instance, camera, documents, screenshots (if any), etc. Select the items that you want to backup. After selecting, tap on the вЂCopyвЂ™ option and go back to the first page to get into the вЂUSB driveвЂ™ option. Paste the items there and repeat the process with other file types too. This way, you will backup Android device to USB drive manually.
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Android includes a built-in way to back up and restore the contents of your phone or tablet. All you need is a computer and a device running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or newer.
We’ve also covered backing up and restoring your Android phone with Titanium Backup. Titanium Backup is a great app, but it requires rooting your Android. This feature isn’t exposed in Android’s user interface, so you should consider it experimental.
Installing the Android SDK
We’ll need to use the adb (Android Debug Bridge) command to perform a backup or restore. This command is included with Google’s Android SDK, which you can download for free.
First, you’ll need to install Oracle’s Java Development Kit, which the Android SDK requires. Download and install the 32-bit version – the Android SDK wants the 32-bit version, even if you’re using a 64-bit version of Windows.
Next, download and install the Android SDK from Google. If the SDK informs you that it can’t find Java, you may have installed the 64-bit version of the JDK – ensure you install the 32-bit version.
After the SDK is installed, open the Android SDK Manager from your Start menu (search for “SDK Manager”).
Enable the Android SDK Platform-tools checkbox and click the Install button to install the platform tools package, which contains adb. If you see an error, you may need to run the SDK Manager as Administrator. (Right-click the SDK Manager shortcut in your Start menu and select Run as Administrator.)
You’ll need to enable USB Debugging on your Android device – you can do this from the Developer Options screen in Android’s settings.
You can now connect your Android smartphone or tablet to your computer using a USB cable. You’ll need drivers for your device installed on your computer to communicate with it – you can often find these drivers on your device manufacturer’s website. Installing the Google USB Driver from the Android SDK Manager window (look for it under Extras) may also work.
Note the path where you installed the Android SDK. It’s displayed at the top of the Android SDK Manager window, next to SDK Path.
You’ll find the adb.exe file in the platform-tools folder. With the default installation settings, the location is: C:\Users\NAME\AppData\Local\Android\Android-sdk\platform-tools
Navigate to this folder, hold Shift and right-click inside it, and select Open command window here.
To test whether adb can communicate with your device, run the following command:
You should see a device in the list – if you see no devices, adb can’t communicate with your device because its driver isn’t installed properly.
Backing Up Your Device
You can now use the adb backup command to back up your device. To back up everything, run the following command:
adb backup -apk -shared -all -f C:\Users\NAME\backup.ab
This backs up all your installed apps (APK files) and shared storage (SD card) data to the C:\Users\NAME\backup.ab file on your computer. Replace NAME in the command with your Windows username or provide another location for the backup file.
After running this command, you’ll have to agree to the backup on your device. You can also encrypt the backup with a password here, if you like.
Depending on how much data there is to back up, the process may take some time.
Restoring a Backup
To restore your backup in the future, run the following command:
You’ll be asked if you want to do a full restore – this will replace the data and apps on the device with the ones from your backup. If you encrypted the backup with a password, you’ll have to enter the password to restore it.
This is a useful feature, but the complexity of using the Android SDK to create and restore backups is a bit much for the average user. Hopefully this feature will be given a convenient button in Android’s interface in the future.
by Sophie Green Updated on 2021-07-02 / Update for Android Tips
ADB lets you perform many actions on your Android device right from your computer. However, this requires an option called USB debugging enabled on your phone. If this option is not enabled, the ADB commands will not work. Many users who get their phones broken usually look for methods for how to enable USB debugging using ADB command.
This guide sheds light on if you can enable USB debugging with ADB, and if so, then how you can go about doing that. The guide also explains how you can recover the data from your broken phone once you have successfully turned on the USB debugging feature.
Part 1. Is It Possible to Enable USB Debugging Using ADB Command?
Before you proceed further, it is important to know if you can use an ADB command to enable the USB debugging option on your phone. The answer to this question is no.
You cannot enable USB debugging using an ADB command. This is because executing an ADB command requires you to already have USB debugging enabled on your phone. If USB debugging is not turned on, ADB cannot communicate with your device.
Part 2. How to Enable USB Debugging via Recovery Mode Using ADB Command?
A user named Pantasio on GitHub claims that he was able to enable USB debugging on an Android device from the recovery mode. While there is no guarantee that this method works, you can give it a go if you want.
It is highly unlikely that this method will work to turn on USB debugging, but if you have no other options available, the following is how you perform this method. Make sure your phone has an unlocked bootloader before you do this.
Reboot your Android device into recovery mode and connect it to your computer. The key combination to get into recovery mode varies with each device.
Type the following command and hit Enter.
If you see your device listed, run the following commands one by one.
Use the following command to fetch a file named persist.sys.usb.config from your phone to your computer.
adb pull /data/property/persist.sys.usb.config C:\Users\[your-username]\Desktop\
Run the following command to send the file back to your device.
adb push “C:\Users\[your-username]\Desktop/persist.sys.usb.config” /data/property
Get the build.prop file in a text editor like NotePad++ from your phone by using this command.
adb pull /system/build.prop C:\Users\[your-username]\Desktop\
Launch the build.prop file in an editor on your computer, and add the following code to it.
Save the file and transfer the file back to your device with this command.
adb push “C:\Users\[your-username]\Desktop/build.prop” /system/
Reboot your device using the following command.
If all went well, USB debugging is now enabled on your Android device. That is how to enable USB debugging using ADB command broken screen.
Bonus Tips: How to Recover Lost Data on Locked or Broken Android Phone
Now that USB debugging is enabled on your Android phone, you can recover all your data from your broken or locked device. You need to use a data recovery tool called Tenorshare UltData for Android and this tool allows you to recover several file types from your Android-based devices. You do not need to configure any complex options or anything; simply select the files you want to recover and the tool will do that for you.
The following takes a look at how to use this program to recover files from your Android phone.
Download the program and install it on your computer. Launch the program and click on the option that says Recover Lost Data.
Plug your phone into your computer using a USB cable.You now need to enable USB debugging on your phone, but since it is already enabled, you do not need to do anything.
Select the types of files you want to recover and click Start.
You can now choose individual files to recover them. Choose the files and then hit Recover at the bottom. Select a folder to save your recovered files in.
Your selected files are now recovered from your broken Android phone to your computer.
If your Android device is broken and you cannot manually enable USB debugging on Android with black screen or broken screen, the guide above should teach you how to enable USB debugging using ADB command black screen. We hope the guide helps you get access to the data stored on your device.
Updated on 2021-07-02 / Update for Android Tips
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Part 4 of 4 Setup Instructions
In this section, we’ll make sure your phone is ready to connect with App Inventor. This involves checking a few settings and then connecting the phone to your computer with a USB cable. If you have a Windows machine, then you may also need to install a driver for the phone. You can find the instructions for installing Windows Drivers here.
1. Compatible phones
There are hundreds of different Android phone models, and new ones are appearing all the time. Even we don’t know about all of them. For information about specific devices it is best to search the App Inventor Forums. Your phone must have an SD card installed so that App Inventor has a place to store all media (sound, image, video) files.
Most Android phones and tablets are likely to work with App Inventor. Follow the instructions on this page, and if you have any problems, see the troubleshooting page, or search the App Inventor User Forum under “Getting set up and connecting your phone” for advice from others who may be using the same phone.
2. Check your phone settings
To get your device running Android 3.2* or older ready to work with App Inventor, follow these steps:
- Tap the Home button to go to your phone’s Home screen.
- Tap the Menu button, then Settings, then Applications.
- If your phone has an Unknown sources setting, make sure it is checked.
- Tap Development.
- Make sure both USB Debugging and Stay Awake are checked.
The steps are similar for newer devices, but the options can be found in different places on the device: On Android 4.0* and newer, these settings are in Settings > Developer options. Note: On Android 4.2* and newer, Developer options is hidden by default. To make it available, go to Settings > About phone and tap Build number seven times. Return to the previous screen to find Developer options
If your phone is on the lock screen, unlock it as you would to get ready to run an app. Now get your USB cable and connect the phone to the computer. Two status messages appear on the phone in the notifications area at the top of the screen:
- “USB Connected” means the phone is connected to the computer.
- “USB Debugging Connected” allows the App Inventor on the computer to control the phone.
* Not sure what version of Android you’re running? Go to device settings, and choose “About device (or about phone)” The Android version will be listed there (note that on some very old versions of Android, the Android version is listed as “Firmware version”
3. USB Storage Settings
Upon connecting your phone with a USB cable to your computer, if you see a notification about “Turn on USB Storage”, make sure you DON’T tap this button. If you do, you can tap it again to turn USB storage off.
If you get an error message about external storage, you’ll need to check that your phone is not set for Mass Storage mode. To do this,
- Tap the Home button to go to your phone’s Home screen.
- Tap the Menu button, then Settings, then Connect to PC.
- Tap Connection Type and then choose “Charge Only”. Make sure that other choices are not selected. It is especially important that choices “Disk Drive” or “Mass Storage” are NOT selected (these words vary by phone and Android version).
On some phones, like DroidX, you can also change this setting from the notification at the top of the screen:
- Pull down the notification panel from the top of the screen
- Tap USB Connected
- Tap Charge Only
4. Connect your phone
Open the Blocks Editor if not opened. Connect your phone to the computer with a USB cable, and click the text “Connect to Device. “ at the top of the Blocks Editor window. You’ll see a drop-down list with your phone listed, identified by its model type (e.g., HT94LLZ00001). Click on that. You’ll see a yellow animated arrow move back and forth, showing that App Inventor is connecting to the phone.
- Click the text “Connect to Device. “
- Select your phone in the list (it may look like a random string of letters and numbers)
- You will see a yellow animated arrow
Creating this connection can take another minute or two. When it’s all done, the arrow will stop moving and turn green. If you look at the phone screen, you’ll see that it has turned all white. When you add things to the screen in the App Inventor Designer, you’ll see them appear automatically on the phone’s screen.
Imagine running a regular LED or LCD TV on Android. Turning your regular TV into a Smart TV sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t. It’s a good thing Android TV boxes have turned into a possibility.
Perhaps you cannot fathom the joy of Android TV boxes! All the released movies, music hits, games, and other content are now available on your TV. However, you have to know how to choose the right Android box for you. Choosing the right specs for your Android TV box can benefit you greatly.
When you root an Android device you will have full access to its system directory. You’ll have the power to make some changes to its operating system. You can choose to customize and download applications that are normally not available.
Now, I’ll show you different methods on how to root an Android TV box.
Root Android TV box via KingRoot
You can install unauthorized apps by enabling the “unknown sources” from the download settings of your Android TV box.
1. Configure TV settings
- Turn on the Android TV box. Go to “Settings.”
2. Modify security settings
Scan through the Settings menu and look for “Security & Restrictions” in Personal.
3. Enable unknown sources
Enable downloads from third-parties by toggling “Unknown Sources.“
4. Accept the disclaimer
A prompt message will ask for a confirmation whether you would agree that the manufacturer is not responsible for any damages. Personal data is now vulnerable with the unknown apps.
5. Download KingRoot
Install an app that can download and manage files on your Android device. Go to KingRoot and download it.
6. Launch KingRoot
Use the Downloader app to install KingRoot. Launch the app right after installing.
7. Start rooting the device
When it launches, tap “Try to Root.” It will start rooting your Android TV box. After rooting, it will return to its home screen.
8. Check for successful rooting
Download RootChecker on Google Play to check whether the device was successfully rooted.
Root Android TV box with One Click Root
1. Get the app
Download One Click Root in your computer.
2. Connect TV box
Connect your Android TV box to your computer using its standard USB cord.
3. Enable USB debugging
Enable USB debugging on your Android TV box through the “Developer Options” setting.
4. Root with software
Run the One Click Root software and it will automatically complete the setup.
Root Android TV box with Framaroot
1. Download Framaroot
Download Framaroot here:
2. Install Framaroot
Open the file using a Downloader app to install the software and launch the Framaroot app.
3. Choose exploit
Select an Exploit to execute after the root. You can choose either Superuser, SuperSU, or Unroot. After choosing, click “Install.”
A prompt message will appear confirming the rooting success.
Root Android TV Box via KingoRoot (Desktop Version)
1. Download KingoRoot
Download KingoRoot for your desktop here.
2. Install KingoRoot
Click the saved file. Once it is done downloading, launch the android_root.exe file and run it to begin installing. Follow the instructions on how to set up the software.
3. Tweak settings
Go to Settings and tap “Developer Options.” Tick “USB debugging mode” to confirm the changes in its setting.
4. Root device
When it is done connecting, tap Root. You only have to wait until it is done rooting.
Which is the best Android TV box available in the market?
Yes, choosing the best Android TV box can be daunting. If you are confused, you should take a look on the list of best Android TV box and streaming devices.
Are TV boxes legal?
Is rooting considered illegal?
When you root a device it involves allowing restricted applications to run. Many Android devices allow rooting their devices. However, you have to remember that rooting involves putting your device making your device vulnerable and some manufacturers do not include it in their warranty. You can root your device in just a few clicks with One-Click Root or with an appropriate Android Root software.
Why do people root their Android devices?
There are a couple of advantages when you root your Android device. You can install restricted applications when your Android device is rooted. Moreover, the best thing rooting can give you is it can allow you to customize ROMs and increase your RAM, which means it helps improve your device’s performance.
Well, what can we say? Android TV boxes can be rooted. The mentioned methods above all have the necessary steps on how to root your Android TV box. You can root it within a minute, or you can select other methods that are comfortable for you.
With these methods, you do not need to do more research, everything is clear. Share this article with your friends, colleagues, and family. It would really be a great help for them to enjoy their Android TV boxes if they can utilize it to its fullest.
Do you have any questions regarding the methods on how to root an Android TV box? Do you have any opinions or concerns about the above-mentioned methods? If so, we would like to hear from you. Let me know your thoughts on the comment section below.
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Here are top 5 ways to root Android with computer (Windows and Mac). Check them out and pick one of them to root your Android device.
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Rooting android with a computer will always be an excellent choice to revitalize your device in terms of performance. That will be one of the critical reasons for rooting android using a computer system. Other recognizable reasons are the need to lengthen the battery’s life, automation of tasks to make it easy working with the device, improving the speed at which a device works under, and installing must-try apps that help to make the instrument more efficient. This article introduces six ways to help you root Android phones on PC and Mac.
- Part 1. Top 2 Ways to Root Android on Windows (PC)
- Part 2. Top 3 Ways to Root Android on Mac.
Part 1. Top 2 Ways to Root Android on Windows (PC)
When you have a PC, there will be many software programs available to aid in root android. Be very keen on your considerations to ensure you end up choosing the best ones.
Kingo is another software program that will allow you to root android on PC with a single click. It has support for different versions of android, so you will have no reason to worry about compatibility. For many years, it has been tested and proven to be suitable for android rooting, so you will be using something that guarantees good results.
вЂў It is risk-free so that you will be assured of safety for your personal information.
вЂў It comes as a free version so you will pay nothing to have one.
вЂў It has the unroot function enabled
вЂў This program does not support Android version 4.4 and up.
вЂў Since its free of charge, you should expect to miss some of the key features, and that will compromise on its performance.
2. Root Genius
Root Genius gives the best suggestion about its suitability to root a brilliant PC. It’sIt’s brilliant in the way it works, and it’sits a product of China’s great minds. When you have it installed on your computer, Root Genius will make root android fast, easy, and straightforward. You will have an unforgettable user experience.
As compared to our earlier apps, this is the preferred choice of developers for rooting their Android phones but is not recommended for new users.
вЂў It has support for over 10, 000 android devices.
вЂў It is available for free.
вЂў It is compatible with Android 2.2 to 4.4.
вЂў It is effortless to use this software because it operates through a single click.
вЂў It can get rid of built-in apps once rooting is done.
вЂў It lacks the functionality for unrooting. That means you will be unable to reverse rooting even if it’sits flawed.
вЂў Some features are missing because of its availability as a free version.
Part 2. Top 3 Ways to Root Android on Mac
If you have a Mac, you will have many options to consider in performing root android for your device. The experience you end up having will be determined by the type of software program you choose. Making the right choice looks at the exact features that every plan comes with and its pros and cons. That should be a guideline enough to ensure you make informed choices.
1. Android Data Recovery for Mac
When you have this software program installed on your computer, you will be in for the best experience as far as root android is concerned. This is for the simple reason that it has support for very many file types, including text messages, contacts, videos, and photos. It will give you unlimited options for recovering data, so there is nothing to limit you or give you concerns. It is arguably the best of the best programs in the market for data recovery.
вЂў Since the contacts are exported in the VCF file format, it is straightforward to import the references back to the android device.
вЂў There are more than 3, 000 android devices that work seamlessly with this software, which heightens its compatibility rate.
вЂў It is easy to use.
вЂў It is quick and efficient.
вЂў It is risk-free, so your personal information is well protected all the time.
вЂў It can recover data under very many scenarios and handpicks what is to be specifically recovered.
2. Cydia Impactor
Cydia Impactor exploits the end-to-end vulnerability for “Master Key” to deliver world-class results for root android. It will be easier to gain access to almost all android devices, including tablets and phones. You will have first to download it and install it on the computer, which will take minimal time and effort.
вЂў It is effortless to use with straightforward instructions.
вЂў Guaranteed safety since its risk-free.
вЂў Supports multiple file types and devices.
вЂў It is not compatible with specific versions of android like Huawei Ascend Mate on 4.1, Motorola Atrix 4D on 4.1.1, and HTC One on 4.2.2.
Unrevoked is another good alternative for root android on Mac. It is one of the many single click programs that will deliver instant results whenever you root an android device. It is uniquely designed to work with multiple android devices; thus, there will be no concerns about compatibility. It supports very many file types and devices.
вЂў It is free and open-source, which will enhance your user experience in a big way.
вЂў The program does not put your personal information under any danger because it is risk-free.
вЂў It is one of the easiest to use programs for root android in the market.
вЂў It works at very high speeds and very efficient.
вЂў There are some versions of android that are not supported by this software.
All these options will be good for rooting android devices on both Mac and computer. You will have no excuse for not getting the best results. Before undertaking any rooting on Mac, you must back up your data to care for any eventualities. Remember that your critical data can disappear unexpectedly, and you should not take chances with that. Also, your android device should be charged at least 90% before rooting.
Taking period backup of your Android phone is a big hassle. Unlike the iPhone, there is no automatic periodic updates to the cloud or computer when connected. Well, if you have been using your phone without even taking a backup, you are risking your data for loss. You can now backup Android phones to the cloud using Google Drive.
Here, we will see how to completely backup Android phone to Google Drive.
How to Backup Android Phone to Google Drive
There is a Google Drive backup feature available for most Android phones. But, many of the users tend to turn it off to save Google Drive storage, data, and battery. You can, however, backup your Android phone to Google Drive manually.
- Launch the Settings app on your Android phone.
- Scroll down and select System.
- Tap on Backup, if visible, or tap on Advanced and then on Backup.
- You’ll see an active toggle next to Backup to Google Drive.
- Toggle it on if it isn’t already on.
- To manually take a backup, tap the “Back up now” button.
And that’s about it. This screen also shows when your device was last backed up. If you tap on your device’s name, you will also be able to see exactly what was backed up.
Photos and Videos are not shown here because they’re not a part of Android backup. Instead, photo and video backup use Google’s mostly free Google Photos service.
Note: Android phone backup on Google Drive takes up your free storage space. Ensure you have enough storage left in Google Drive or purchase Google one before backing up.
Back Up Photos & Videos to Google Photos
Android phones do not back up photos and videos to Google Drive, to save storage space. Don’t worry, you can use the Google Photos app to backup all your photos and videos for free. Unlike Google Drive, there is no limit here. You can backup unlimited (yes, absolutely unlimited) photos and videos.
- Open the Google Photos app on your Android phone.
- Tap the profile icon at the upper right corner.
- Go to Photos Settings.
- Tap “Back up & Sync.”
- Toggle on the Back up & Sync option and choose “High Quality” as upload size.
Google Photos app comes preloaded with most Android phones. You can backup images in two quality options – Original and High Quality. If you want unlimited photo storage, choose high-quality photos (which will compress the images a bit). Storing images in “original” quality will affect your Google Drive storage space.
Automatically Back Up Android Phone to Google Drive
To backup Android apps and files that aren’t a photo or video, you can use the Google Drive app. All you have to do is open the app, and upload the file you want to backup. If you want to backup plenty of files or folders automatically, you can use the AutoSync app. It’s a third-party app, so you will be granting it access to your Google Drive.
The app can connect to your Google Drive and automatically upload files and data from your Android phone periodically. There is also a universal version of the app that lets you back up Android phone to any cloud storage automatically.
Find Android Phone Backup on Google Drive
You can manage your Android device backups on your Google Drive as well. Google only gives you the option to see what’s backed up and delete backups you don’t want.
- Launch the GoogleDrive app on your phone.
- Tap on the hamburger menu button in the top-left.
- Select Backups from the side menu drawer.
Here, you can see all your device backups. To delete any, just tap on the three-dot menu icon next to it and select Delete.
That’s pretty much all you needed to know about how to back up an Android phone to Google Drive. While Google’s Android backup service has come a long way, it still has a few quirks. Hopefully, these work best for you.
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The Android operating system is constantly updated, and each update brings a different experience to the user. On September 3, 2019, Google officially released its latest Android version and named it Android 10. Unlike the previous Android versions, it broke the release history named after dessert, but directly named by numbers. The original name of Android 10 was Android Q. From Android 1.0 to Android 10, the OS has made major breakthroughs in terms of visuals, concepts and functions. You must be curious about the features of Android 10 and how to get Android 10 updates quickly. Don’t worry, this article will give a detailed explanation and three ways to update the Android version.
Benefits of Android System Update (Android 10 Features):
- Bring 65 new emojis
- Gesture navigation support
- Dark theme support
- Function with sound amplifier
- Live caption for videos and audio messages
- Focus mode – choose apps to pause temporarily
- Transcribe sounds around you in real time
- Separate input method for work and personal
- Share Wi-Fi using QR code
- Monochrome camera support
- Smart reply and response to messages
- Keep your data private with more controls
- Get Google Play Store update faster
Now that you’ve known the awesome features of Android 10, you may can’t wait to upgrade to the latest Android version. However, the Android system update is not as simple as you think. Even if you’ve read a lot of tutorials, you will find that most of them are too complicated to understand. To serve your needs, here I’ll introduce three simple and effective ways to update your Android version, there is always a way that works for you.
Method 1. How to Upgrade Android Version with OTA Updates
Normally, you will get notifications from OTA (over-the-air) when the Android 10 update is available for you. From here, you can open it and tap the update action to upgrade Android system to the latest version. However, if for whatever reason, it isn’t being rolled out to your phone or you accidentally cleared the notification, then you need to update Android version manually:
- Connect your Android phone to the Wi-Fi Network.
- Go to Settings > About device, then tap System Updates > Check for Updates > Update to download and install the latest Android version.
- Your phone will automatically reboot and upgrade when the installation completed.
Method 2. How to Update Android Version with Upgrade Package
Under ordinary conditions, the official website of mobile phone manufacturers will update some system files for users to download and upgrade. You can go to the download center of your Android phone official website, and then download the latest system upgrade package according to your phone’s brand model. After the download is completed, please store it in the phone’s SD card.
To update the Android OS version, you need to negative to Settings > About Phone > System Update, once your phone shows the available package, tap Continue to download and install the package. After rebooting, your phone will be updated to the Android 10(Q) automatically.
Method 3. How to Upgrade Android Version with Rooting Device
Rooting is an extremely powerful approach to update your Android system. If you need to upgrade to the latest Android OS version when it’s accessible, you could try to root your phone, which can not only enable you to attain super administrator permissions over various Android subsystems but also access updates effortlessly.
As for how to root the Android phone, just follow the detailed instructions:
- Download and install a root app on your computer.
- After running it, connect your phone to the computer via a USB cable.
- Root your phone by following the corresponding prompts.
- Reboot your phone to access the latest version of the Android operating system.
List of Android 10 Supported Mobile Phones
Android 10 was originally introduced on Google devices. Now, many brands of mobile phones have also released the latest Android version. The following is the list of Android 10 supported devices:
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel 3a
- Google Pixel 3a XL
- Galaxy Note 10 series
- Galaxy S10 series
- Huawei Mate 30
- Huawei Mate 30 Pro
- Oppo Reno
- Vivo X30
- Vivo X30 Pro
- HTC U12 Plus
- HTC U11 Plus
- LG G8 ThinQ
- LG G7 One
- OnePlus 7 Pro
- OnePlus 7
- Asus ZenUI 6
- Asus Zenfone 5Z
- Nokia 8.1
Make a Backup before Upgrading Android System
The above are three ways to update the Android OS version, have you learned? If yes, please don’t hesitate to share it with your family and friends, so you can enjoy all the new features brought by Android 10 with them.
By the way, no matter which method you choose, it is suggested to back up all the important data in your phone on your computer to prevent accidental data loss. Of course, if you lose data after upgrading the Android version without backing up, it doesn’t matter, because there is a free data recovery software that allows you to recover deleted or lost data without backup, that’s Gihosoft Free Android Data Recovery. With it, you can easily restore deleted contacts, messages, call logs, photos, music, videos, and other files from your phone memory or SD Card with original quality guaranteed.
The Google Play Store gives you access to millions of apps and games you can download to your Android device. It also offers movies, books, and music, although not all of them are available in every country. All you need to get started is a Google account — you won’t be able to browse or download content if you don’t have one. Once you have that set up, here’s how to use the Play Store on any Android device.
Although using it isn’t exactly rocket science, we want to do what we can to explain a few basic things you should know. These include downloading content, adding a payment method, redeeming a gift card, and much more.
Find and download content in the Google Play Store
The search box is the place to start if you already know what you’re looking for. This can either be a specific app like Android Authority or a category like racing games. Just tap the search box on top, type in the search query, and hit the search button to see the results.
You can also search by category. Just tap on the Categories option while you’re on the Play Store’s Apps section, and then choose whatever you’re interested in.
A third option is to browse through content from the app’s home screen. That’s where you’ll find things like apps and games recommended for you based on your recent activity, new and updated apps, top-rated games, and much more.
Download apps and games
Once you find something you like, tap on it to bring up additional info. This includes the description of the item, the app rating, screenshots, videos, and, of course, the Install button. Tap on it and wait for the device to do its magic. When completed, you’ll get a notification that the content has been downloaded to your device and can be used — tap the notification or the Open button.
- Search for content via the search box, categories, or home screen.
- Tap on the game or app you like to bring up additional info.
- Hit the Install button to download content to your device.
- Tap the Open button or the notification to access the downloaded content.
You can also get movies, shows, books, and audiobooks
Of course, the Google Play Store isn’t only about finding apps and games. Google also has plenty of movies, TV shows, books, and even audiobooks. These can be found under the Movies & TV and Books tabs from the Google Play Store home screen.
Go into those sections and find the content you want to rent or buy. Access the content page and take a look at all the details. You can rent or purchase movies and series. In the case of books, you can usually either buy the content or get a free sample first.
- Search for content in the Movies & TV and Books tabs.
- Tap on the content you like to bring up additional info.
- Check out the details and tap on the Rent, Buy, Free sample, or Preview buttons to consume the content.
Keep in mind that some of the items on the Play Store are free, while you’ll have to pay for others. You’ll need to add a payment method to your Google account to buy content from the Play Store, which we’ll look at in the next section.
Manage your payment methods
To buy an app, movie, game, or any other piece of content via the Play Store, you have to add a credit or debit card to your account. You can also use PayPal or use a Google Play Store gift card. The process is simple and only takes a minute or two.
How to add a payment method
The first step is to launch the Play Store app and tap on your profile icon in the top-right corner. Then select Payments & subscriptions, and tap on Payment methods. The last step is to follow on-screen instructions by entering the required details.
- Launch the Google Play Store app and tap on your profile icon in the top-right corner.
- Select Payments & subscriptions.
- Tap on Payment methods and follow on-screen instructions.
Enable authentication for purchases
Although not mandatory, it’s good to turn on the authentication option for purchases. That means you’ll have to approve every purchase you make on the Play Store with your password or fingerprint. This is a safety feature that will ensure you won’t buy something by accident.
To turn it on, hit the profile icon in the top-right corner, tap on Settings, choose the Authentication submenu, hit the Require Authentication for purchases, and select one option. Enabling the Biometric authentication option is also a good idea.
- Hit the profile icon in the top-right corner and tap on Settings.
- Tap on Authentication.
- You can tap on the Require Authentication for purchases to select your preference.
- It’s a good idea to also enable the Biometric authentication option.
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How to create a full backup of your Android device without root
How to create a full backup of your Android device without root
If you’re looking for a way to do a full backup of your non-rooted Android device, Jack Wallen illustrates how to manage this process with the Android SDK.
Sometimes, a backup of a smartphone or tablet just isn’t enough, especially if you have a number of (the same) devices that have to be quickly deployed (or redeployed). For that, you need a bit more power than Titanium Backup or Google Drive. If you want to do full-blown backup of devices, you must turn to the Android Software Developer Kit (SDK). With this powerhouse tool, you can easily create a complete backup of a device with a single command.
Let’s walk through the steps for this process. I’ll use Windows 7 as the platform.
Installing the necessary tools
The first thing you must do is install the following pieces of software:
- Java Development Kit
- Android Studio (which includes the Android SDK)
Preparing your device
Once you’ve installed both of these tools, you’ll need to set up your device to allow a connection between it and the Android SDK. What you must do is enable USB debugging. This is done from within Settings | Developer options. If you don’t see Developer options, you need to enable it by finding the build number for your device (usually found in About | Software information | More) and tapping Build number seven times. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see Developer options within Settings. Within Developer options, tap to enable USB debugging (Figure A).
Enabling debugging on a Verizon-branded HTC M8.
At this point, connect your device to the PC running Android Studio.
Install Google USB Driver
Open Android Studio and then, from the main window, click Configure. From the Configure window, click Android SDK Manager. When the manager opens, scroll down to make sure Google USB Driver is checked for installation (Figure B), click Install, accept the license, and click Install again.
Installing the remaining dependencies for creating an image.
If you’re doing this for the first time, the download and installation can take some time, so be patient.
Testing the Android Debug Bridge (adb)
At the top of the Android SDK Manager, you’ll find the exact path where the SDK was installed. Open up Explorer, navigate to that very location, and then go into the platform-tools folder. Hold down the [Shift] key, right-click within that folder, and select the Open command window. Now, test to make sure adb can communicate with your device, and make sure your device isn’t suspended, by entering the command:
You should see your device listed in the output — in the form of a long string of characters followed by device (Figure C).
Testing adb’s ability to communicate to your devices.
Creating the backup
It’s now time to create the image. From within the same command prompt used to test adb, issue the following command:
adb backup -apk -shared -all -f C:\Users\NAME\backup.ab
Where NAME is the name of your Windows user name.
On the device, a new screen should appear. If you want to encrypt the backup, enter a password — otherwise, tap Back up my data. The backup will begin, and you’ll find the backup file in the folder declared in the backup command.
Depending on how much data your device holds, this process can take quite some time.
Restoring the backup
The restoration process is simple. Connect the device to be restored and (from the same location you issued the backup command) enter the command:
adb restore C:\Users\NAME\backup.ab
Where NAME is the name of the same Windows user from the backup process.
Again, depending on how much data is on the backup, the restore process can take some time.
If the standard backup tools aren’t enough, or you don’t want to root your device in order to get a full backup, you need to turn to the Android SDK. The process works well, and the end result will be a full backup and restore of your device.
What do you use to backup your Android devices? Share your experience in the discussion thread below.