Here is a guide to install ADB & Fastboot on Windows PC. Learn how you can setup ADB & Fastboot tool on Windows 7/10/8/8.1/XP desktop or laptop. Android users who are big tweak freaks and constantly modify their devices to experiment or to try new things will need to have ADB & Fastboot on PC Windows. With ADB & Fastboot tool you can change custom firmware, install different recoveries, modify device’s bootloader, in short, you need this tool for successfully customize Android devices. Android Debug Bridge (ADB) provides a command prompt like interface to facilitate connection between PC and Android device. ADB is packaged inside Android Software Development Kit (SDK). With ADB & Fastboot for PC you can gain access to internal components of the Android OS, which is not possible otherwise.
ADB & Fastboot is essential to controlling system files and modifying firmware on it. This tool is absolutely vital for making advanced system level changes on Android devices. Almost every other custom firmware installation or Android modification guide on the internet points towards installing ADB & Fastboot on PC.
Previously it used to be only ADB tool that was required to modify Android device but it’s been updated with new Fastboot tool attached to it. This new debugging bridge Fastboot works with ADB as indispensable system configuration component. Most new Android devices support ADB & Fastboot tool.
For those new to his concept, here’s what Fastboot means as per CyanogenMod Wiki:
“A command line tool used to directly flash the file system in Android devices from a host via USB. It allows flashing of unsigned partition images. It is disabled in production devices since USB support has been disabled in the bootloader.”
How to Install and Setup ADB & Fastboot on Windows PC
ADB & Fastboot is extremely easy to install and use tool which is designed to hide complex processing tasks from users by performing them in the background. You don’t need to remember difficult commands or steps to learn how to use ADB & Fastboot on Windows PC. ADB & Fastboot comes as a part of Android SDK kit, just download it and setup variables.
1 – Download Android SDK latest version on Windows PC.
2 – Extract the content of zipped file on PC hard drive. Inside unzipped SDK folder, you will see a folder named ‘Platform-Tools’. For this guide this is the only folder that we are concerned with since it contains ADB & Fastboot.
3 – Copy and paste ‘Platform-Tools’ folder to a convenient location on PC, one which you can easily access in later steps below.
You can rename ‘Platform-Tools’ into something that is easier to remember, let’s sasy ‘Adb-android’, you can pick your own name for the folder. I recommend that you save the folder from where it is quick and easy to access like save it in C:\Adb-android.
Note: ADB & Fastboot is setup on PC. But to access it you would need to navigate all the way to this folder every time when you need to type in commands on ADB & Fastboot prompt, which could be time wasting. So to cut out steps, we are going to add this folder’s location in Windows’ system path variable in order to make it easier for you to access it from anywhere on Windows PC.
4 – Right-click on ‘This PC’ (Windows 8/8.1/10) or ‘My Computer’ on earlier Windows versions and select ‘Properties’.
5 – Under Properties, click on the ‘Advanced Tab’.
6 – Now click on the ‘Environment Variables’ button.
7 – In ‘System Variables’ box, find the variable names ‘Path’ and click to highlight it. Next hit the ‘Edit’ button.
8 – In ‘Edit System Variable’ box, select the location where you saved renamed ‘platform-tools’ folder in step 3 above such as C:\Adb-android and hit OK button.
9 – This will configure and activate your ADB & Fastboot command prompt which will be shown in a new Command prompt screen.
10 – That’s All.
To verify that ADB & Fastboot is properly installed on PC, connect your Android device with PC via USB cable. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled on your Android device, then launch a command prompt window and type ‘adb devices’ command (without quotes). The daemon will open with a list of all connected devices on the screen. If your device name is showing on the screen, it means ADB & Fastboot has been successfully installed.
Important: Please make sure that you move only the content inside renamed ‘platform-tools’ folder to the root of C:\ drive. Only content within ‘platform-tools’ folder must be placed inside renamed ‘adb-android’ folder and then copied to root C:\ for this method to work. First move ‘platform-tool’ folder on C:\ and then rename the folder and copy its content on the renamed folder.
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