How To Install ADB and Fastboot Drivers on Mac – [Android ADB Drivers]


Every Android power user must be familiar with the term Android ADB and Fastboot. ADB (Android Bebug Bridge) that acts like a bridge between your Android mobile device and computer for transferring files, flashing images, rooting your mobile and for many other tasks. After the connection between phone and computer, Fastboot helps the user in executing different operations like loading custom recoveries, flashing images and custom kernels, accessing device’s bootloader and other similar tasks. First the device is booted in the Fastboot mode and then it connects with PC for you to carry out different operations.

We already discusses how to install ADB drivers and Fastboot on PC Windows. Here is the guide for those who own an Android device and a Mac desktop (iMac) or Macbook laptops. See how to install ADB and Fastboot drivers on Mac in the guide below. Having Android ADB drivers installed on your Mac is really important if you want Mac and Android phone to connect for executing Fastboot commands. You might thought how could Android ADB drivers be installed on a Mac when both Google and Apple don’t see eye to eye with each other because of their rivalry in smartphone business. Well, where there is a will, there is a way. It is not only possible but also ridiculously easy to have Android ADB Drivers and Fastboot on Mac. Those who have been looking for ways to ensure fully working ADB and Fastboot on Mac then see the guide below.



How to Install Android ADB and Fastboot Drivers on MAC

1 – To begin with, make a new folder on MAC desktop or anywhere it is easy to access and name it ‘Android’.


2 – Download Android SDK Tool for MAC or ADB (for just Adb and fastboot if you don’t want to download entire Android SDK package).


3 – When the SDK download finishes, extract the zip file ‘adt-bundle-mac-x86’ and copy its content/data to the Android folder you created in the first step.


4 – After extracting the folder, look for the file named ‘Android’, normally its a Unix executable file.



5 – When the Android file is open, make sure that Android SDK and Android SDK Platform-Tools options are enabled on the list of packages.


6 – Click on the install package button and wait for it to complete.

7 – After the download, go to the ‘Android’ folder that you created in the first step and open the Platform-tools folder and then click to select ‘ADB’ and ‘Fastboot’, copy them both and paste them into the root of your ‘Android’ folder.


8 – That’s all. Adb drivers and fastboot have been installed. Now lets test if the installation has been successful and the drivers working or not.

9 – For that, you will need to enable USB Debugging Mode on your Android device. Go to Settings > About Device and tap seven times on device Build Number to enable Developer Options. In Developers Options, enable the USB Debugging Mode option.

10 – Connect your Android device with Mac using the original data cable that came with the device.

11 – On Mac, go to Applications > Utilities and open the terminal window.

12 – Now type .cd/Users/<yourusername>/Desktop/Android and hit the enter key to access the ‘Android’ folder that you created in the first step.

13 – Next, in order to test whether newly installed drivers are working properly or not, type this adb and fastboot command ./adb devices.

14 – You will now see a list of devices connected with your Mac. Now to perform the Fastboot commands, boot your Android device into Fastboot mode.

15 – When you hit enter after typing the above command and see “daemon not working, starting it now on port 5037 / daemon start successfully”, it means that drivers are working fine. You should also see device’s serial number in the command terminal screen.

16 – ADB and Fastboot drivers are completely working now. But there is one minor irritant that needs attention. In the command terminal on Mac, you need to write cd followed by ./ before entering every ADB and Fastbbot command, which can get bothersome. So, lets add it to the path so that you don’ have to type it every time before entering a adb and fastboot command.

17 – To do so, open the command terminal window and type this command .nano ~/.bash_profile

18 – This will open a nano editor window.

19 – Now type a command that contains a path to your Android folder in the terminal window. Here’s the command: export PATH=${PATH}:/Users/<yourusername>/Desktop/Android

20 – After typing the command, press CTRL + X on keyboard to close the nano editor, and then press Y key to confirm editing.

21 – To verify that the path has been successfully added or not, open the terminal window and type adb devices command.

22 – You should now see the list of connected devices without having to enter ‘cd’ and ./ before the command.

23 – That’s all.

You have successfully installed Android ADB drivers and Fastboot on MAC. Now you can flash .img files in the fastboot mode on Mac. For that, simply replace ‘adb’ with ‘fastboot’ before typing commands, which will place .img files in the root folder or in the platform-tools folder depending on what directory terminal is accessing for the fastboot commands.

If you have any questions, or want to know more about adb and fastboot on MAC, feel free to ask in the comments section below.

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