Download ADB, Fastboot – Android SDK Platform Tools

From this article, you could download the latest version of the Android SDK Platform Tools. I have provided the tool for Windows, Linux, Ubuntu, and macOS operating systems. Follow this tutorial to get yourself acquainted with its feature, usage, and some of the common commands that you could execute using it.

ADB stands for “Android Debug Bridge,” and it is a command line tool that is used to communicate with a smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, set-top box, or any other device that can run the Android operating system (even an emulator).

Android ecosystem is always regarded as the epitome of customizations. The reason for the same stands simple- being open source in nature, it offers a plethora of tweaks and modifications. In a general sense, you would have already tried out some custom launchers, icon packs, themes, and other UI changes. But these are just the tip of the iceberg. There is a plentitude of other customizations possible. These include the unlocking of the bootloader of your device, replacing stock recovery with a custom recovery like TWRP, flashing an ocean of mods, frameworks, ZIP, and IMG files, among others.

How To Install Android SDK Platform Tools in Windows 10/8/7

You could now download and install the Android SDK Platform Tools for Windows 10/8/7 from the below link:

How to Install Android SDK and Platform Tools

Once you have downloaded the ZIP package from above, extract it to a convenient location on your PC. However, it is highly recommended that there shouldn’t be any spaces between the names of the folder. For example, C:\GetDroidTips\platform-tools is the correct example, but C:\Get Droid Tips\platform-tools isn’t. Moving on, once you have extracted the folder, you should see the name as platform-tools. Here is how that folder looks in the case of Windows.

Now to execute any ADB or Fastboot commands, there are two requirements, one on the device side and other on your PC. First lets’ check out what needs to be done on your Android device. After which we will shift our attention to the PC side.

STEP 1: Mobile Requirements- Enable USB Debugging

So that your device gets recognized by your PC in the Android Debugging or ADB mode, you will have to enable USB Debugging. Here is how it could be done:

  1. Head over to Settings on your Android device.
  2. Navigate to About Phone and tap on Build Number 7 times.
  3. Then go back to Settings > System and tap on Advanced.
  4. You should now see the Developer Options. Within that, enable the USB Debugging toggle.
  5. Now connect your device to PC via USB cable and move over to the next section.

STEP 2: PC Requirements- Entering Commands

There are two ways of entering commands on your PC, either via Command prompt or through Windows Power Shell. Let’s check out both the methods.

Executing Commands via Command Prompt

  1. If you wish to take the CMD route, then here is what needs to be done:
  2. Head over to the platform-tools folder on your PC.
  3. Inside that folder, type in CMD in the address bar and hit Enter.
  4. This will launch the Command Prompt. Now just type in the desired command and that is it.

Entering Commands in PowerShell Window

  1. Head over to the platform-tools folder on your PC.
  2. While pressing the Shift key, right-click in an empty area inside the platform-tools folder.
  3. From the menu that appears, select Open PowerShell window here (in Windows 10) or Open command window here (in earlier builds of Windows).
  4. Type in the needed commands and hit the Enter key to execute them.
  5. However do keep in mind that if you are using PowerShell window, you might have to prefix ./ before each command. So to avoid any confusion, many users prefer to go ahead with the Command Prompt window itself.

STEP 3: Identifying your Device in ADB or Fastboot Mode

Now that you have enabled USB Debugging and opened the PowerShell or Command prompt, here is how to begin with the ADB commands.

  1. Type in the below command and hit Enter
  2. You should now see a prompt on your device, asking for USB Authorization. Tap on Allow and if it’s your PC, you should also tick mark the “Always allow from this computer” option, as shown below.
  3. Once that is done, you should now see an alphanumeric string followed by the adb keyword. This signifies that your PC has successfully recognized your device in ADB Mode.
  4. For fastboot mode, type in the below command and hit Enteradb reboot bootloader
  5. Now enter the follwing code “fastboot devices” and if you get the alphanumeric code followed by the fastboot word, the fastboot connection has been successfully established.

In this video, we are gonna show you how to install ADB drivers on Windows 10:

Hope something helps you.

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