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How do I export and import binary files between Android devices and Windows OS as well as syncing the files between the two?

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We'll need more information as to what you're trying to do. – Al E. Aug 16 '11 at 17:47

You can connect the device to the PC with a USB cable and access it via Explorer in the same way that you would a thumb drive. In addition, I like using Dropbox to sync files in a wireless fashion. I find this to be much easier and does not restrict movement of handset.

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You mean Desktop Windows, right? If you are using Eclipse, you can pull/push files using the DDMS perspective.

You can also use the command line tools to accomplish the same. Have a look at android sdcard question.



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Installing new apps can be done using adb tool from the Android SDK:

platform-tools\adb.exe install abc.apk

Same for downloading files:

platform-tools\adb.exe pull /sdcard/filexyz 

Or you use a GUI for adb like DroidExplorer.

Via WLAN you can use a software that shares the Android file system via HTTP or FTP. For example if you use SwiFTP and change the shared folder from /sdcard to / you can access every file on the phone.

A connection via ADB is also possible in case you have a rooted phone - eg. via adb wireless.

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if you get the "read-only", you can input "adb remount"

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