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Here are some tips to back-up your Android device without rooting your phone.

Installing the Android SDK

Downloading Android SDK is the first step .We need to use the Android Debug Bridge or adb command to carry out backup process. Android Debug Bridge command is incorporated with Android SDK and it can be downloaded free. Before hand, install Oracle’s Java Development Kit for SDK and you need to download 32-bit version JDK and then download SDK from Google. After the installation of both is completed then open SDK Manager from Start Menu or search SDK Manager. After the SDK Manager is opened, enable the Android SDK Platform-tools checkbox and click to Install button and install platforms tool package, which will contain adb in it. If you get any type of error then run the SDK manager as Administrator

Device Setup

In your phone you need to check USB Debugging mode which can be done by moving to Settings of your phone and then to Developers option. Once the USB Debugging mode is enabled then connect your phone to computer via USB cable and be ready for next step which is Testing ADB.

Testing ADB

Adb file is already installed on your computer now and the path where your installed Android SDK and open the Command Windows here and if you are unable to locate the SDK path then go to the following path and you will find it C:\Users\NAME\AppData\Local\Android\Android-sdk\platform-tools so now you know how to move to platform-tools folder now go to this folder and Open command prompt by holding Shift and right-click and you will be able to see your device in the list, after you see the phone name in the list go to the next step which is Backing up your Device.

Backing Up Your Device

Now we can create a backup file of your device fully with the help of adb backup command. All you need to type the below command adb backup -apk -shared -all -f C:\Users\NAME\backup.ab and this will backup all your files and folders like installed apk files and storage card data to specific folder and you can see the backup of your files at this path C:\Users\NAME\backup.ab file on your computer. There can be confusion with the path so you should replace NAME in command with another username of your windows to save your backup file at another location. In this way you can backup your device and it will take some time depending upon the size of your data.

Restoring a Backup

You have created backup but you may need this backup some time so in that case you should know how to restore your data again to your phone and this can be done simply by running following command adb restore C:\Users\NAME\backup.ab and your files will be restored again. You might be asked with if you need to do full restore, if you enable yes then all your existing data of phone will be erased with backup contents. In this way you can restore and backup all Android device easily.

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We would like to discuss, how to tether your Android phone and before we do this lets have a quick look at what is tethering ?

Tethering is an application which helps you to share your mobile’s data connection with another device which has WI-Fi enabled in it. Tethering is very useful, when you are out and need to get connected with internet and there is no Wi-Fi access to that place, so you can access your phones data connection to the device which you wish to get connected to internet for free. It is preferred that one has a unlimited plan for your device to avoid a nasty bill surprise 🙂

There are three types of tethering available for your Android phone Wi-Fi Tethering, Bluetooth Tethering, USB Tethering. So we will discuss all the three types of connectivity options for your Android phone.

Wi-Fi Tethering:

Your phone is already provided with this feature, to access this feature you need to open your phone’s settings and tap more option under Wireless & Networks and then tap Tethering and Portable Hotspot option. Now configuring your hotspot settings now click to the portable Wi-Fi hotspot option and then connect your phone’s Wi-Fi hotspot from your other device

Bluetooth Tethering:

With the help of Bluetooth Tethering feature you can connect your device with the help of Bluetooth. All you need to have is Bluetooth enabled on your both device. To enable Bluetooth Tethering you must go to Settings of your screen, under More and Wireless & Network options and check out with Bluetooth tethering. Keep your both the device near by so that the device must be discoverable and if you using laptop then go to Device & Printers Control Panel and add your phone and pair with your laptop. Once the connection is set-up with the laptop then you can right-click your phone and select Access point to start tethering your device over Bluetooth.

USB Tethering:

USB Tethering means connecting your phone with the laptop or desktop to access internet on laptop or desktop. When you connect your phone you will see option of USB tethering under Settings—More – Wireless & Network and it will be available so click to the option and new network adapter in windows will appear, USB Tethering in windows is stated as “Remote NDIS based Internet Sharing Device” so you will use this adapter to connect the internet by your phone.

Apart from all this traditional Tethering methods you can also use Third-party Tethering apps for your phone, this will help you with same but with more convenience. You can download app named PdaNet+ to use third party tethering for your Android phone and this works same like of official tethering app provided by Android. You can also make use of Reverse Tethering, this means if you are unable to access internet on your Android phone then you can connect your phone with the help of Reverse tethering method to use your laptop’s internet on your phone, this is amazing and very useful app. So in this way you can connect your phone via tethering method.