This article is all about ADB and Fastboot, how to install ADB, Fastboot drivers, how to use ADB and Fastboot tools and all other details.
If you’re new to the world that goes beyond the regular features of your Android phone, then you’re at the right place. To get started you will need to know what Rooting does to your phone. Being able to access root permission on your phone is called Rooting. It’s almost like running the administrator on your phone, instead of your PC.
With rooting permission, you will be able to access third party ROMs! Some popular ROMs will enable your phone to access a lot of content, you will also be able to customize many of the features. Before you install these ROMs, you need to have ADB and/or Fastboot tools.
What is ADB Fastboot?
To get the best experience while using your mobile phone, people often root their phones and use third-party apps and ROMs. ABD and Fastboot are tools that will help you contact your phone administrator. Read this post to fully understand what ADB Fastboot tools are and how you can install and use them.
ADB and Fastboot are two different tools with similar functions that help you reach the administrator of your phone.
Android Debug Bridge (ADB) acts as the intermediary between two parties, the user and the system server. You will be able to use the command prompt feature on Windows and access the phone server. This tool is quite popular for troubleshooting phones, flashing new ROMs, and easily rooting Android.
ADB acts rather like a connector for the user and the phone, Fastboot on the other hand modifies the mode of the phone. When you need to switch the Android file system during the bootloader mode is on in the smartphone, we use Fastboot. The commands used by this tool are quite straightforward and easy to execute.
In the next section we will be telling you how to install ADB and Fastboot and the drivers you will need.
How to Install ADB and Fastboot?
It’s 2021, so our best bet is that most users have Windows 10, but for those who still use Windows 7 or below, they will need a driver. To be able to use ADB and Fastboot tools on Windows 7 or below, you will first have to install a driver. A driver is typically software that will enable the ADB tools interface to function smoothly.
1. Installing ADB Driver
Follow the steps given below to install the ADB driver on your PC and allow USB debugging in your phone.
- Install the driver.
- Make sure you confirm the pop-up and run.
- Your PC now has the driver installed.
- Go to your phone Settings -> About phone -> Build number (press 7 times).
- Go to the first Setting page -> Developer options.
- Press on USB debugging.
Now that your PC has the driver, you need to install the same on your phone. Check the steps below to see how.
- Refresh your phone and PC.
- You will be able to find your phone in the ADB driver.
- Press on your phone’s name, this will install the driver into your phone.
2. Installing ADB Fastboot Tool
Once the drivers are installed on both devices, we need to install Android Studio. Ensure you download the latest version available on the site. You can quickly install it with the help of the following steps.
- Once the file is downloaded, open it and run the SDK Manager.exe file.
- A pop up will open, you only have to select ‘Android SDK Platform Tools‘.
- All the other boxes can be left unselected as we are not focusing on programming applications.
- If the driver starts to hang or slow down, just refresh it and repeat the process.
- Open and extract Platform tools.
- Simultaneously press shift and right-click in the Platform-tools folder.
- Open Command window.
- Since your phone and PC are connected, you will see a pop up on your phone.
- Allow USB debugging.
- Now your phone should be noted in the ADB device list on your PC.
You can now use the ADB tool on your phone with the help of Windows. If you have a Mac or Linux, then you will be able to skip through this process. With the help of the Homebrew package manager, Mac users can run Android platform tools.
3. Most Frequently Used ADB Commands
Here are some commands that used frequently.
- ADB reboot- reboots the phone
- ADB reboot bootloader- reboots and changes the mode into bootloader. Once the bootloader mode is on, you can interact with the device via the Fastboot command.
- ADB push [directory on the computer/ Directory in the smartphone]- transports a file from the stated folder on the PC to the desired folder on your phone.
- ADB reboot recovery- reboots your gadget into recovery mode.
With the help of ADB Fastboot, you will now have total control over your smartphone. Users will be able to do anything that ranges from rooting to advanced customization. Being able to gain full access to your phone with the help of your PC is very convenient and won’t take up a lot of time to set up. Ensure that you update ADB Fastboot regularly, otherwise, it may misbehave.