BudMan, on 10 February 2013 - 15:24, said:
so just grabbed sons phone - its called es file explorer, version on his phone is 126.96.36.199, it has a app manager listing all the apps on the phone. If you just hold click on a app you get options - one of the options is backup. It places the apk in /sdcard/backup/apps -- you can then do whatever you want with that file. I upload them to his dropbox, and then can pull them from there..
His phone is clearly not rooted or jailbroke in any fashion what so ever.
I use ES File Explorer, been my favourite file explorer for a long time, I remembered having to be rooted to dig down further than /sdcard though, must be remembering wrongly if your sons can do it