AB files are associated with Android Debug Bridge (ADB), a debugging tool available for Android 4.0 and later.
Files with AB extensions store backup copies generated using a dedicated Android Debug Bridge command directly from the command line. Android Debug Bridge creates a backup copy of the whole system including installed applications. Android Debug Bridge offers many different backup options that can be accessed via the command line.
Android Debug Bridge allows users to create custom system backups that may include all installed applications or only system files. Android Debug Bridge also offers a feature to restore system form AB backup.
Android Debug Bridge offers many different features beside ability to created system backup copies, such as:
Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open AB files divided into 4 categories according to system platform supported. AB files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
Problems with accessing AB may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with AB files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with AB files.
Problems with opening and working with AB files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with AB files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install Google Android SDK Tools or one to the listed programs: Google Android, Google Android SDK. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Google Android SDK Tools website and download the installer.
If you already have Google Android SDK Tools installed on your systems and AB files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that Google Android SDK Tools cannot handle files with AB may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Google Android SDK Tools.
If you have the latest version of Google Android SDK Tools installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage AB on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
Selecting the first-choice application in Windows
Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS
You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper AB file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
Should it happed that the AB is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. AB file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
If you obtained the problematic AB file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with AB extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Google Android Debug Bridge Backup Format file.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support AB files. Close all running programs and try opening the AB file.
Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Google Android Debug Bridge Backup Format file. It may be the case that the AB files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.
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