How to Use ADB and Fastboot on Android (and Why You Should)
As an Android user, you may have heard of ADB and Fastboot at one point or another. ADB (Android Debug Bridge) and Fastboot are essential tools used by developers and Android enthusiasts alike. In this article, we’ll explain how to use ADB and Fastboot on Android and why you should give them a try.
What is ADB?
ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge. It is a command-line tool that can be used to communicate with your Android device from your computer. ADB allows you to access your device’s internal files, debug apps, install apps, and more.
What is Fastboot?
Fastboot is another command-line tool that is used to modify the Android file system from a computer when the device is in bootloader mode. Fastboot allows you to flash images, install system updates, and much more.
Why should you use ADB and Fastboot?
ADB and Fastboot come in handy when you want to perform certain tasks on your Android device that can’t be done through the graphical user interface. It can be particularly helpful for developers who want to test their apps on different devices or troubleshoot problems.
Here are a few of the things you can do with ADB and Fastboot:
With ADB, you can install apps from your computer without downloading them from the Google Play Store. This is particularly useful if you have an app that is not available in your country.
Backup and restore:
ADB can be used to backup and restore your Android device’s data. This is particularly useful if you’re switching to a new device or performing a factory reset.
Access system files:
ADB allows you to access and modify the files on your Android device’s internal storage. This is particularly useful if you want to customize your device.
Fastboot can be used to unlock the bootloader on your Android device. This allows you to install custom ROMs and kernels.
How to use ADB and Fastboot on Android
To use ADB and Fastboot, you’ll need to enable USB debugging on your Android device. This can be done by going to Settings > About Phone > Software Information and tapping on “Build number” seven times.
Next, go back to Settings > Developer options and enable USB debugging. You may also need to enable OEM unlocking if you want to unlock the bootloader.
On your computer, you’ll need to download and install the Android SDK platform tools. Once the tools are installed, open a command prompt or terminal window and navigate to the directory where the tools are installed.
To use ADB, connect your Android device to your computer using a USB cable. In the command prompt or terminal window, enter the following command:
This will list all the devices that are connected to your computer. If your device is listed, you’re ready to use ADB.
To use Fastboot, you’ll need to boot your Android device into bootloader mode. This can be done by turning off your device and then pressing and holding the power and volume down buttons. Once your device is in bootloader mode, connect it to your computer using a USB cable.
In the command prompt or terminal window, enter the following command:
This will list all the devices that are connected to your computer in bootloader mode.