Feb 3, 2017

How To Set Up Android ADB & Fastboot On Windows PC

As an Android user interested in modding your device, playing around with custom firmware, trying different recoveries, manipulating your device’s bootloader, or anything that falls under the umbrella of advanced usage, you are bound to have come across the term “ADB”. Abbreviation for Android Debug Bridge. Since modding a firmware often deals with changing parts of the system, ADB is essential to gain those abilities.

So below is how to setup ADB and Fastboot on your Windows PC.

In other to install ADB and Fastboot on your windows PC, it is essential you download  and install the Java Development Kit (JDK) which can be downloaded here.  After installing that, you can now proceed to the next step below,

How To Set Up ADB & Fastboot For Android On Windows

First and foremost download the Android SDK  toolkit and set up path variables.
Step 1: Head over to this link to download the latest version of Android SDK.
Step 2: Extract the contents of the downloaded file to your hard drive. Within the unzipped “sdk” folder, you’ll find another folder labeled platform-tools. Since we’re interested in only ADB and Fastboot, this is the one that we’re looking for.
Step 3: Move the platform-tools folder to a convenient location on your PC. The root of C: drive is usually a good idea. I also recommend renaming the folder to something easier, like C:\Android-adb.

By this point, ADB is essentially set up, but to use it, you’ll first need to navigate your command prompt window to this Android-adb folder, and then run all ADB commands inside it. Since it’s too much hassle for most users, we’ll add this location to Windows’ System Path Variable, so you can run ADB commands from anywhere.
Step 4: Right-click the Computer icon on your desktop, and go to Properties.

Step 5: Under System Properties, go to the Advanced tab, and click Environment Variables.

Step 6: The system variables are contained within the lower pane. Locate “Path” here, highlight it, and click the Edit button.

Step 7: There will already be a string of locations here; navigate to the very end, and add the following text (assuming that you have chosen C:\Android-adb as the folder; otherwise, enter whatever path you’ve located adb at):
Click OK, finally.

Your ADB folder is now configured, and you can run both ADB and Fastboot commands from anywhere in command prompt. To verify, connect your Android device to PC with USB Debugging enabled, launch a command prompt window, and type “adb devices” (without quotes). The daemon will start up, and all connected devices will be listed.

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