TOOLKIT AND DEVICE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What is ADB Shell?
Adb shell is a linux command line tool (because android is based on linux) used to send commands to your android device. For S-ON devices, this is crucial for modifying files in the /system partition (where the rom sits) as you cannot modify anything in /system when the rom is running without S-OFF like removing system apps.
Q. What is FASTBOOT?
Fastboot is 2 things. It is a mode on the device, which looks a little like
Bootloader. You can access it by holding Volume Down (Nexus 7 2013 model) or Volume Up and Volume Down (all other Nexus models) whilst turning on the device.
It is also a way of flashing radios, recovery, boot images and system images in a command line method from a PC much like adb.
Q. I flashed CWM but each time I reboot the Stock Recovery is back
There is an auto recovery restore system on certain Stock Android Builds that will reflash the Stock Recovery if you flash CWM on a Stock Rom.
Use Root Explorer to Mount the system folder as R/W (or use a free app from Google Play such as ES File Explorer). Rename the files /system/recovery-from-boot.p and /system/etc/install-recovery.sh (requires root). Now when you flash Custom Recovery it will NOT be overwritten after a reboot. You can also do this via the Toolkit.
Q. My AntiVirus program says the Toolkit files may be harmful
The exe compiled files are not digitally signed with a Microsoft certificate (as they cost money) so certain AntiVirus programs (mainly Norton and AVG Free) may pick it up as potentially harmful when it is not. They will pick up ANY file that doesn’t contain a purchased Microsoft certificate in the same way. Just Restore the deleted file and exclude it from further scans and it will be fine. Or switch to a better AntiVirus program such as BitDefender.
Q. What is the difference between Nandroid and Titanium backup?
A NANDROID will backup the whole system including boot, system, data and recovery partitions so you can restore a complete rom and all data and settings.
Titanium Backup is mainly used to backup apps and associated user data. These could be restored AFTER a full wipe and a new Rom had been flashed on your device.
The other option now which google added into the new adb command list is the adb backup which is in the ToolKit and can do the same job as Titanium Backup but will store the data on your PC rather than on the device (which takes up space).
Q. The ToolKit recognises my device in one mode but not in the other.
Open the Device Manager on your pc and then boot your tablet into fastboot mode or adb mode (dont plug the usb cable in yet). Make sure USB debugging is enabled on your tablet in settings, developer options. Plug the cable in while watching the Device Manager and determine which item is added to the list with the device plugged in. Once you have found it right click on the item and select update driver. Select browse my computer from the list and then browse to the ‘drivers’ folder in the ToolKit folder (wherever you installed the ToolKit to). Make sure sub folders is ticked and click next. Hopefully the driver will be picked up and installed.
You can check if a driver has been installed by looking at the top of the Main Menu in the ToolKit while in fastboot mode and adb modes. If a serial number is displayed in each mode then it will work fine.
Q. I updated to Android 4.2 [or later] and cannot find Developer options
With Android 4.2 or later google have hidden the Developer options screen in the Settings. This means you can’t enable usb debugging to communicate with your device. To show the Developers options screen do the following:
1. Goto Settings, About and tap the Build number text 7 times.
2. When you have tapped 3 times you will be given a countdown of taps until you become a developer.
3. Once you are told you are now a developer you can go back to the Settings Screen and can see Developer options.
4. You can now go into Developer options and enable usb debugging.
Q. Can I backup my apps before unlocking the Bootloader so I don’t lose my data?
Performing an APPS BACKUP (option2,1) will backup all apps that were installed after you first used your device. This will include any associated user data (such as settings or high scores for games) and apps you installed from Google Play Store. Just follow the recommended options and remember to turn your devices screen on before starting it as you need to confirm on your screen.
This option will NOT require your bootloader to be unlocked first.
Q. I have Windows 8 and cannot install the drivers
How to Disable Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 8:
1. From the Metro Start Screen, open Settings (move your mouse to the bottom-right-corner of the screen and wait for the pop-out bar, then click the Gear icon).
2. Click More PC Settings.
3. Click General.
4. Scroll down, and click Restart now under Advanced startup.
5. Click Troubleshoot.
6. Click Advanced Options.
7. Click Windows Startup Settings.
8. Click Restart.
When your computer restarts, select Disable driver signature enforcement from the list. You can now load your modified driver. Reboot again once the driver is installed and all will be well.
Q. After updating to 4.2.2 [or later] I get a pop-up asking to Allow USB debugging
On Jelly Bean 4.2.2 or later there is a new whitelist procedure to verify the pc you are using. After USB debugging has been enabled for the first time after updating to 4.2.2 or later a pop up will appear on the devices screen asking to allow USB debugging for that pc. Tick ‘Always Allow’ and click ‘ok’ and the connection with that pc will be enabled and you will be able to use the Toolkit as normal. You will have to do this on any new pc you connect to your device via usb.
Q. I am having trouble getting adb working with the drivers installed
Try switching your connection type from media (MTP) mode to camera (P2P) mode. To do this open the notification area [top left] with the device connected via usb, click where it says ‘connected as’ and change from MTP to PTP.
Q. I want to send my device back for warranty purposes
1. Install adb/fastboot drivers (if you havent already done so).
2. Download a Google Factory Image and select to flash it.
3. After it finishes you will be given the option to flash the image. Do this.
4. Let the device reboot, then reboot to fastboot mode via the Device Reboot Screen.
5. Relock the bootloader. Its now ready to return.
Q. How to get into your FastBoot Mode
1. Turn your device off
2. Unplug your usb cable if you have one plugged in
3. Keep holding the Volume Down (Nexus7_2013 model) or Vol Up, Vol Down (all other Nexus models) and Power buttons to boot into FastBoot Mode
Q. How to get into Custom Recovery
First boot into FastBoot Mode then scroll down with the Volume Down button until it says Recovery mode at the top and press the Power button to enter Recovery
Q. I have JellyBean 4.2 [or later] and can’t see my files on my Internal Storage
The implementation of MultiUser support on 4.2 means google have split the folers. If you are the main user then you should find your files in the folder ‘0’.
Q. I tried to enter the code for the pro version but it says the code is incorrect
1. Make sure the code entered is for the correct Toolkit module being used.
2. You need to start the Toolkit with the toolkit.exe file when activating so the settings can be initialised or the code will not be accepted.
3. Make sure you enter the code correctly as the characters are case sensitive.