[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e all know very well that the tech giant Google’s most used and well-known mobile operating system, Android has traditionally been known as the most open platform for users to make modifications. As most of these modifications can continue to be made, especially if we have root permission. However, now according to the latest reports, the tech giant Google will soon eliminate one of the most useful functions of ADB simply to make a backup of our smartphone without rooting our Android device or smartphone.
BAD NEWS! Google To Remove These Two Most-Used Options From Android
The tech giant Google’s most used and well-known mobile operating system, Android has traditionally been known as the most open platform for users to make modifications. As most of these modifications can continue to be made, especially if we have root permission.
However, now according to the latest reports, the tech giant Google will soon eliminate one of the most useful functions of ADB simply to make a backup of our smartphone without rooting our Android smartphone or device.
As we all know very well that the Android Debug Bridge, which is better known as ADB, is a command-based tool that simply allows us to communicate with the Android devices simply by connecting it to the computer or PC. Hence, we should thank it, as with the help of this we can perform a large number of actions, basically, this feature is designed for developers and advanced users.
Most-used abilities and commands that ADB offers:-
- Restart the device in bootloader mode (adb reboot-bootloader)
- Restart the device in recovery mode (adb reboot recovery)
- Copy files from PC to device (adb push)
- Copy files from device to PC (adb pull)
- Install apps in APK format (adb install)
- Flashing ROMs (adb sideload)
- Create a full backup of the device (adb backup)
- Restore a device backup (adb restore)
- Unlock the bootloader (fastboot oem unlock)
- Flashing a recovery (fastboot flash recovery)
Among all these commands, the one you are likely to have used most is to unlock the bootloader and flash a custom recovery, so that you can simply install any ROM that you want, or root your Android device without changing the ROM.
Moreover, in this list, we find the commands for backup and restore, which are very useful for backing up our mobile devices. This feature is very important in case we have to send the phone to repair center while it is in warranty, or if we do not want to risk losing the original ROM with all our information before we start flashing things to the mobile.
Unfortunately, this function seems to have the days counted in Android, as according to latest reports, a new commit has appeared in AOSP, entitled “Add deprecation warning to adb backup/restore”, it means that the tech giant Google would be thinking about eliminating this feature soon.
This commit not only shows us the intentions of the company but also warns us that the elimination of this function will be preceded by an alert that will warn users that they do not have much time left to live.
Hence, those who want to make backup copies of their applications will have to opt for other alternatives, which involves rooting the Android device. Unfortunately, to root the phone you must first unlock the bootloader, which deletes the data of all the applications that we have installed.
Also Read: What Is ‘ADB’ On Android And What It Does?
The only alternative without root is Android’s own data backup tool, which copies photos, videos, and files, as well as data and settings, but unfortunately, it does not usually copy the information of all the apps.
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