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Samsung devices can usually be forced into download mode using a JIG. They are pretty simple and cheap to make. If your device has been soft-bricked this will almost always work. http://www.xda-developers.com/need-a-samsung-usb-jig-build-your-own/


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Details for that can be found in our usb-debugging tag-wiki (where I've just added them): By default, USB debugging is disabled with stock ROMs (some custom ROMs however have it enabled by default). To toggle it on or off, you can find the corresponding switch in Settings › Development – a section originally hidden with Android 4.2 and up. You can make ...


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Here is the documentation on usage of the adb utility. Basically, adb connect is only needed if you are trying to connect to a device over TCP IP, i.e. wireless network. You don't need to issue any "connect" commands for a device connected via USB if it is already recognized in adb devices prompt. Just issue any other command, e.g. adb shell ls /sdcard/ ...


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Directly accessing /data/data/* is not possible without root – neither on device, nor remotely from your PC. But your question rather is a XY problem: what you really want to do is "to back up a few save game files to a pc folder so I don't lose them, just in case the tablet needs reset for any reason". And for that, you've even put a tag that already ...


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Determine which app owns an icon on my home screen I cannot be sure that it would definitely work in your case but a way to find out the details about a shortcut is to see the relevant entries in database of your launcher app. E.g. If the shortcut appears on my home-screen when Android's native launcher (com.android.launcher) is active, then I would ...


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Jig or ADB. Not sure if ADB would work though, if you can't hardly turn on the device. I would consider trying it first, because it's easy and you have nothing but some time to lose, but I'll bet you'll end up using a jig (can be made or bought).


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(Comments Reference) Since your main motive is to get the APK file, we can try three approaches here: 1) Using a backup app: There are a lot of great backup apps like Titanium, but since its just as a temporary solution with only motive to get the APK file, I would suggest using a simpler backup app like Android Assisstant. Using this, we first backup ...


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A softbrick usually renders the user unable to boot into Android OS successfully and satisfactorily, and most of the time you can boot into a custom Recovery (you would be having it if you mentioned Xposed) and then use the ADB commands to restore the backup from there. ADB backup method isn't useful in case of Xposed Framework since ADB doesn't make any ...


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There are some couple of ifs and buts. I have not tried this, but this is just an idea that comes to my mind which is an extension of my previous answer. Through this post, I learn that intents can be invoked through adb command prompt. So, if the device is rooted and has Xposed framework, the above can be done.



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