If you are a veteran Android phone user and ever looked for installing custom ROMs, custom recovery or getting root access on your phone, you may have heard about ADB (Android Debug Bridge) and fastboot. These two tools are very important in Android development, but rather complex to install on your PC.
In this tutorial, we will show a very simple solution to install ADB and fastboot file on your Windows PC. Before you get start, you might want to know what is ADB (Android Debug Bridge) and fastboot and how they important in Android OS. In simple words, these two tools are used to communicate with your phone from your computer via commands, but both tools serve different functions.
What are ADB and Fastboot
ADB (Android Debug Bridge): Though, ADB is mainly used for software development, it has some other uses on your phone such as rooting or modifying your Android phone, push APK files onto the system folder, etc. You can also use ADB to send commands to unroot your device. However, you have debugging enabled on your phone.
Fastboot: It allows you to send commands to device’s bootloader, so this tool is very import if you want to modify your device’s firmware or flashing custom recoveries like CWM or TWRP. Keep in mind that Fastboot is not enabled for all devices, so check your device before hacking it.
How to Install ADB and Fastboot Tools on Windows
Though, both of these two tools come with the Android SDK, to install just these two tools on Windows, users have to download the Android SDK, which is an extra-large file (more than 425MB download for full Android SDK). However, do not worry, there is a very simple, a just 10MB solution to install ADB and Fastboot on Windows.
Thanks to the XDA Forum member snoop5 for creating the “15 seconds ADB Installer”. This tool helps any users quickly install ADB, Fastboot, and required device driver on Windows – only need to download a 9 MB file.
Installation instruction for Minimal ADB and Fastboot
1. Download [HERE] and run the .exe file. This will automatically install ADB and fastboot.
2. The program will ask you if you want to create a shortcut in your Start Menu or on the desktop. This shortcut will open a command prompt in the folder where you installed ADB and fastboot.
3. If you want, you can also modify the path to include the folder ADB and fastboot were installed to (by default, it’s C:\Program Files
(x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot\) , so you can run commands from any command prompt no matter what folder you’re in.
Note that this is a Windows-only tool that supports both 32bit and 64bit systems and automatically installs ADB, Fastboot, and the required device drivers. According to the developer, the installation process requires only 15 seconds.