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How to Install ADB and Fastboot (with drivers) on Windows: Quickest Setup

If you are a hardcore Android device user you must have heard about the Android ADB and Fastboot. Both the ADB and Fastboot are used to send commands to an Android device using a computers command line.

What’s ADB? ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge, a command system that allows you to manage a device from your computer. It works when the device is powered on and booted into OS or Recovery. The tool helps in sending basic Linux commands, and a variety of Android specific commands from PC to connected Android devices.

What’s Fastboot? Fastboot is a more powerful tool than ADB and it works only in bootloader/fastboot mode. It allows you to re-flash system partitions on your Android device and requires a device with an unlocked bootloader. It’s particularly useful when you want to update your device manually or in a rare situation when you accidentally soft-brick your device and need to install a clean stock system image.

However, setting up ADB and Fastboot can be very tricky on a Windows machine. But thanks to XDA member Snoop05 who has developed a small program to quickly install both ADB and Fastboot files on your PC (system-wide) along with proper drivers. Downloads and installation instructions below:

How to Setup ADB and FastBoot in 15 seconds

Download 15 seconds ADB Installer 1.4.3

If the above version doesn’t work well, try ADB installer v1.3 instead.

  1. Download the ADB-setup-1.4.3.exe file from the download link above.
  2. Double-click/Run the ADB-setup-1.4.3.exe file.
  3. You will see a command prompt window with a blue background. Say YES to all the prompts on this screen.
    └ To say YES, just type Y and hit enter.ADB-and-Fastboot-Installation

And we are done installing the ADB, Fastboot and Drivers, the setup window will automatically close and you’ll have a working ADB and Fastboot setup throughout your system. Have Fun!

How to use ADB

Now all you have to do is connect your mobile or tablet to your computer and use ADB. For it:

  • Activate the developer settings on your Android by clicking 10 times on the compilation number in the “About phone” section, in settings.
  • Enter the new developer settings and enable ” USB Debugging “.
  • Open a terminal window on your computer and access the “/ Platform-Tools” path. By default, it should be at the root of the hard drive (in the case of MacOS and Linux we recommend you unzip the folder there).
  • Connect the Android device to the computer using the USB cable.
  • Type “ADB devices” in the terminal window after accessing the Platform-Tools directory. If you use MacOS or Linux remember to write “./” in front of the instructions. All instructions are written without the quotes.
  • Accept the RSA key that will appear on your mobile.
  • The terminal window should show the ID of your device in ADB. You already have everything working to use it.

That’s all for the ADB and Fast booting an Android device please follow Andriding.How for more tips and Issue Fixes.

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