Both ADB and Fastboot are files that get brought up a lot here on Android Explained so I thought it would be a good idea to explain how to install them.
If you like to customize and modify Android in any way then you may have already heard of ADB and Fastboot already. These two files are crucial to Android enthusiasts because we use them to unlock certain features and perform certain actions on our smartphones and tablets. These actions can range from unlocking the bootloader, flashing a kernel, installing or updating the factory images for the latest Android update and many other things.
What I’m going to show you today is how to install these two exe files onto your computer properly so that you can tweak your Android device to your liking. Previously, Google required that you download hundreds of MB pieces of software in order to get ADB & Fastboot tools onto your computer. You still have the option to download the full SDK from Google if you would like, but they have recently released 3 downloads for Windows, Linux and macOS.
Note – I still recommend that you use the Minimal ADB & Fastboot installer linked below since it’s easier for beginners to double click on the shortcut it creates to launch a Command Prompt exactly where you want. But if you’d like, you can simply download the ZIP file for your desktop software that’s linked in the last paragraph.
Install ADB and Fastboot
- Visit the XDA thread for Minimal ADB and Fastboot Tools
- Download the latest version in the original post
- Install the tools on your PC with the minimal installer
As you can see, the actual tutorial here is very simple and this is thanks to the XDA Recognized Contributor that goes by the name Shimp208. If you look in the folder that this installer creates, you will not only see the ADB.exe and Fastboot.exe files, but you also see about a dozen or so other files that allow these files to work properly. I give all the credit to this Android community member and if this installer helps you in any way, I am sure that he would appreciate a donation. The source thread to his project is linked at the bottom of this article and you can find the link to donate to him there.
Again, you might want to install the full Android SDK directly from Google but when I was writing up this tutorial I downloaded it and it was huge. Way too big for something that you only need 7MB from a dozen or so files. If you use this specific ADB and Fastboot installer, you will have the bare minimum requirements to gain low-level access to your Android smartphone or tablet for just about every single tutorial that requires ADB or Fastboot.
The best part about this installation method, is that anytime you need to launch the command prompt and use ADB, you can do so by opening the Start Menu on Windows and looking for the new entry that this program adds. This will bring up the command prompt and give you instant access to the ADB.exe and Fastboot.exe files. If you have any questions about this tutorial or if you are having any issues then leave a comment at the bottom of this article and I will help out in any way that I can.
It’s probably best to click the source link at the bottom of this tutorial but I am always happy to help if I can. Since I did not create this installer I have no idea how to debug it if something goes wrong. I just installed it onto my computer with Windows 8.1 and it seemed to work flawlessly. Still, I will always do what I can to help out any of my readers who are having Android related issues.
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