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ADB: How to use it on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or even in a browser

ADB: How to use it on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or even in a browser

If you want to do any number of things that require access to Google's Android Debug Bridge (ADB) or fastboot tools for Android — sideload apps, install custom ROMs, take screenshots on certain Android platform versions, or access certain hidden features — you'll need to get it up and running on your platform of choice first. Fortunately, doing so virtually anywhere is possible at this point — even from another Android phone, or a web browser. We'll help you get set up no matter what platform you're on in this guide.

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Wear OS is making app sideloading much more difficult

Wear OS is making app sideloading much more difficult

According to an email Google is sending out to Wear OS developers, sideloading apps that aren't available on the Play Store is about to get a lot more complicated starting March 10. You'll no longer be able to sideload apps from your phone via the Play Store -> Apps on your phone section on watches, making it next to impossible to add unapproved apps to your watch without turning to tools meant for developers, like the Android Debug Bridge (ADB).

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How to run ADB shell commands via your browser without installing drivers

How to run ADB shell commands via your browser without installing drivers

If you've ever used the Android Debug Bridge (ADB), you know that it's such a hassle to set up (if you don't happen to be a developer who installed Android Studio already anyway). But with new web tools like the WebUSB API, there's no longer a need to rely on local software to fulfill the most basic ADB needs. That's where WebADB comes in, a free and open-source web service spotted by XDA Developers that allows you to debug Android devices from any supported browser.

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ASUS ROG Phone 3 has a secret 160Hz mode, can be activated with one ADB command

ASUS ROG Phone 3 has a secret 160Hz mode, can be activated with one ADB command

The ROG Phone 3 debuted just a few days ago with some pretty ridiculous specs, but the high refresh rate is what the ROG Phone line is primarily known for. This latest version has a display said to be capable of 144Hz, but it seems that ASUS has a 160Hz mode in testing that anyone with an ROG Phone 3 can activate with one ADB command.

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Android 11 Developer Preview 3 is out for Google's Pixels today

Android 11 Developer Preview 3 is out for Google's Pixels today

Today Google is releasing its third Developer Preview for Android 11. Unfortunately for the Android enthusiast crowd, all of the headlining tweaks in Google's announcement are developer-targeted, though we're guaranteed to find more changes hidden inside DP3.

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Android 11 Developer Preview 2 fully supports wireless ADB

Android 11 Developer Preview 2 fully supports wireless ADB

Anyone who's spent time tinkering with Android devices will be familiar with the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) system. This command line tool lets you communicate with your device from a computer, but it usually requires a cable. With the second Android 11 dev preview, Google has finally added a proper wireless option for ADB.

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Per-app dark mode scheduler DarQ now works without root (APK download)

Per-app dark mode scheduler DarQ now works without root (APK download)

Ahead of Android 10's official launch, developer Kieron Quinn published DarQ, an application that forces the new OS' dark theme on a per-app basis, complete with a scheduling option that's still extremely useful to this day. Until now, the product had exclusively relied on root access, but Quinn shared with us that following a recent update to version 1.2, you can grant the needed permissions via ADB — no root required anymore.

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Tasker picks up support for on-device ADB shell commands in v5.9.2 update

Tasker picks up support for on-device ADB shell commands in v5.9.2 update

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Google's new Android Flash Tool installs AOSP images on Pixels straight from your web browser

Google's new Android Flash Tool installs AOSP images on Pixels straight from your web browser

Google just released a new browser tool for developers that enjoy mucking about with AOSP (Android Open Source Project) test builds. It's called the Android Flash Tool, and it works almost entirely inside your browser, allowing you to quickly and easily pull down AOSP images and flash them to your phone. With it, developers can check app compatibility with AOSP changes, and folks mucking about in the Android source code can see their tweaks on a real device. Although it's pretty snazzy, it doesn't look like it will be any use to the root-and-ROM crowd (yet).

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How to bring back two-button navigation on the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro running Android 10

How to bring back two-button navigation on the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro running Android 10

If you're a OnePlus 7 or 7 Pro user running Android 10 and you've sifted through the different navigation options available for your device, you probably noticed that two-button navigation is no longer there. For proponents of this UI, such news might be pretty disheartening.

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