You may have heard rooting and/or flash a rom/custom roms, as well as Android ADB and Fastboot tools, These two tools are surprisingly powerful, but can be a bit overly complex to install. Now google have made standalone tools to make it simple and easy to install for any OS, Here’s how to do it the easy way.
About ADB and Fastboot
Both of these tools come with the Android SDK, however that’s an extremely large download that, frankly, most users who are interested in ADB and fastboot don’t need. Fortunately, Google recently made it easy to get these two without all the junk. Now you don’t need to download huge developer kit for just rooting and flashing a ROM, because it is available as a standalone installer
What are ADB and Fastboot?
These two tools allow you to send terminal commands to your phone from your computer via USB. They both serve different functions, but they can be installed with relative ease at the same time, so it’s helpful to have both. Here’s a (very) brief breakdown on what these tools do:
- Android Debug Bridge (ADB): This tool allows you to send a wide array of terminal commands—including but not limited to basic Linux shell commands, plus some specialty developer commands—to your phone at just about any time (as long as you have debugging enabled on your phone). You can send commands while the phone is turned on and booted, or even when it’s in recovery mode. While ADB is often used in conjunction with rooting or modifying your phone, you can use ADB to send terminal commands to unrooted devices as well.
- Fastboot: When you need to modify your phone’s firmware, fastboot is the tool you need. This allows you to send commands to the bootloader, which means you can flash/modify things like custom recoveries. You can’t flash whole ROMs with it, but it’s helpful for many things that ADB can’t do. Fastboot isn’t enabled for all phones, so you may have to check your specific device.
The ADB and fastboot tool bundle is a comparatively tiny 3.5MB, versus the 1.6GB it takes to download the Android SDK. We’ve had a guide for a long time that shows the easiest way to get ADB and fastboot, but if you’re just Googling around, you might stumble on sketchy .exe files that could be malicious, or at best are outdated. This official download finally solves that problem, making it much easier (and safer) for regular users to get these tools.
Download updated tools corresponding to your OS
There are some third-parties that host files like ADB and fastboot, but then you have to wonder if the files are out of date or malicious in some way. It’s much safer to get the tools from Google, and now it’s easier too. These downloads should be kept up to date going forward, so have fun.
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