How To Setup ADB & Fastboot In Your Computer

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ADB aka Android Debug Bridge is a software package that help you to perform various development related task. Though the tool mainly developed for Android developers but during rooting various devices some time we do require to run few ADB or Fastboot commands. That’s why today I’m writing this easy to follow tutorial that help you to setup ADB & Fastboot easily on your Windows powered PC. At the moment, I don’t have a Mac or Linux powered system.  You can always find some guide on the same for your OS over online.

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How to Setup ADB/Fastboot on Windows

  1. Download the Android SDK package for Windows [Google Download Link]
  2. Extract the zip files to your C: drive. Now you have a folder android-sdk-windows [C:android-sdk-windows]
  3. Now run SDK Manager.exe file that located within extracted folder.
  4. A new window will appear in front of you. Check Android SDK Platform-tools and uncheck everything. Then click on install packages button.
  5. When done close the installation window.
  6. Technically you can now run all adb & fastboot command, however only when you are in source folder. However, if you want to run command from anywhere like most other Windows commands then you have to define the command in Windows’ environment variables.
  7. Defining it is easy. First open the folder where adb.exe is present and take note of that path. In our case its C:android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools.
  8. Now, go to desktop, right click on Computer and select Properties. On the left pane, click on Advanced System Settings. A new window should appear. Select Environment Variables under Advanced tab and select Path variable and then click edit.
  9. It’s time to add the path that we noted on Step 7 to the variable value and hit OK. It will look something like this: ;C:android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools
    The semicolon separate it from other values.
  10. Confirm and apply all the changes.
  11. To confirm that ADB has been configured properly, open CMD window and type in: adb

Congrats! You have successfully installed ADB and configured it properly for Windows machine. Since fastboot.exe also present in same platform-tools folder, you don’t need to do anything to configure fastboot. You should be able to run both adb and fastboot command from any folder in your Windows computer. Here you should note that, you must have Java SDK installed before installing Android SDK. You can download Java SDK from here.

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