How to Setup and Install ADB and Fastboot Drivers on Your PC


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If you are an Android developer or an enthusiast Android user then there are high chances that you are already familiar with what ADB is. ADB stands for Android Debug bridge and both ADB and fastboot are required if you want to tweak your Android phone like installing custom recoveries, flashing custom ROMs and various mods. There are many phones that don’t require the entire settings and they work perfectly but there are few like Sony and Nexus phones that require a properly set ADB and fastboot environment.

If you are looking for the easiest method to install ADB and fastboot drivers on your Windows PC then you have come on the right spot. Today, will share with all our readers how they can installADB and fastboot drivers on their PC. Follow the steps below:

How to Setup and Install ADB and Fastboot Drivers on Windows PC.

Step 1: First you need to download Android SDK tools from Android Development Website.

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Step 2: In order to make Android SDK work properly, You need to have Java installed on your PC. You can download the latest Java SE Development Kit 8 and install it on your PC. When installing Java SE Development Kit 7, make sure all the options are selected as default.

Step 3: Now, run the exe file of Android SDK file and complete the installation process.

Step 4: Once it is successfully installed. Run the Android SDK Manager. It will show you a number of options. You only need to install the required files so check only Android SDK Platform-tools and Google USB Drivers. Once the package installation begins, you will see the logs of the installation process.

Setup And Install ADB and Fastboot drivers Android tutorialStep 5: At the bottom of the logs, you will see ‘Done Loading Packages’ message. It means that you have successfully installed the ADB and Fastboot drivers on your Windows.


Step 6: Now, its time to check whether the installed drivers are working or not. Connect your Android device with your computer. Your system will automatically detect your Android device and begin installing the required the USB drivers.

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Step 7: Now you have successfully installed the ADB drivers and along with it the fastboot drivers are also installed. Fastboot is also required to tweak your Android device and in order to use fastboot to modify your Android device you need to boot the device into fastboot mode which in other words are known as Download Mode. Every manufacturer has a unique method for booting the device into fastboot or Download Mode. So, you need to verify first how to access your device fastboot mode.

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Step 1: After accessing the fastboot mode, open the Android SDK Manager directory and open platform-tools i.e: C:\Android-SDK-Manager\platform-tools.

Step 2: Now, Copy the three files from the Platform-tools folder.

adb files

Step 3: Now Go back to the Drive C: and create a new folder named ‘Fastboot’. Paste the copied files adb.exe, fastboot.exe and ADBWinApi.dll in the fastboot folder.

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Step 4: Now press Shift and then right click on your desktop and press ‘Open Command Window Here’.

adb setuo

Step 5: In the command prompt type the following command ‘cd c:\fastboot’ .

Step 6: Now, boot your device into fastboot or download mode.

Step 7: Now connect it to your computer.

Step 8: Now, In order to flash a specific image using fastboot, you need to type a command by specifying the image and image format. Let’s say you have an image named example.img. So, you need to type the following command ‘Fastboot Flash Boot Example.img’.

In case you need to see all fastboot commands, you can view bit by typing ‘fastboot help’ in the command prompt. It will show you the list of all fastboot commands with the instructions.

That’s It. We hope You will find this tutorial helpful. If you are stuck at any point, let us know in the comments.