Android is known for the custom development activities round it. There is a very large and active community which contributes to its development. Actually, the immense possibilities of customization is the most alluring things about this most popular OS. Its open source nature lets developers and users do various types of things like acquiring root access, optimize its performance, and modify its elements.
Because tasks rooting and flashing also have the risk factor inherent to them, sometimes you might end up in a bootloop, or have to format your device, have to flash the stock ROM back on to it. Tools like ADB (Android Debug Bridge) and Fastboot play a vital role in performing different tasks on your device. The users who have just stepped in to the Android environment or those who are not so geeky or do not have so much time to spend on such things, find it really hard to use ADB and Fastboot.
In the past, we covered two posts on setting up ADB and Fastboot on Windows, Mac and Linux machines:
If you find playing with ADB and Fastboot commands complicate and are looking for a more sophisticated, easy and graphical tool to perform tasks conveniently for you, we got something useful for you. XDA member Al-Mobarmge has developed a very handy tool named Android Device Manager. This tool can perform various tasks for you in a user-friendly way without a risk of typo.
Here is a list of things Android Device Manager can do for you in a matter of clicks:
- Install or uninstall APK files
- Backup apps, system, SD card and restore the backed up data
- Flash ZIPs, kernels, recovery and factory images.
- Reboot Bootloader, Recovery or Download Mode
- Format or erase partitions like system, data, cache, recovery, kernel, etc.
- Pull or push files into or out of your device
- Root or unroot your rooted device
Just a glance at the screenshots below will give you an idea of what ADM is capable of.
Download and Install Android Device Manager
- Download Android Device Manager: Android-Device-Manager-(ADM).zip [Mirror]
- Unzip the downloaded file and run Android Device Manager.exe as administrator.
- Enable USB Debugging on your device from Settings> Developer options. If you not find the Developer options, see this guide.
- Connect your device to computer using USB cable. If you see Allow USB Debugging prompt on the device, select OK.
- You can now use Android Device Manager.
In a nutshell, ADM is a very useful and multipurpose tool if you want to root, flash recovery, kernel, update ROM, root or unroot your device or backup its data. Give it a try and share your views at DroidViews. Cheers!