How to Setup Fastboot & ADB on Windows & Mac OS X

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If you’re a power user of android that means like to install lots of custom ROM firmware by rooting or modding then I’m here with a very useful stuff.

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Android Fastboot & ADB

Getting to the point, I’m here with the tutorial on how to setup Fastboot and ADB on your Windows and Mac OS X systems.

ADB (Android Debug Bridge) provides an in between command line interface of Android and computer using which users can interact with their android device.

Fastboot is one of the required configuration components to flash custom ROMs via USB these days.

Setting up ADB and Fastboot on Windows

Follow these simple steps to set up the ADB and Fastboot on your Windows system.

  • Download the android SDK on your system and extract the file.
  • Now you’ll find Platform-tools folder inside the SDK folder. Copy this folder and paste in the C drive.
  • Now head on the computer shortcut at desktop and select the properties from the right click menu.
  • Move to the “Advanced” tab and select the “Environment Variables”.

Advance Settings Windows

  • Now select the path (as shown in figure) and click Edit button.
  • A popup window will open, paste the location of the platforms-tools folder there. Like, “;C:\ platforms-tools” and then click ok button.

That’s it! ADB and Fastboot are now set up or configured on your Windows system.

Setting up ADB and Fastboot on Mac OS X

Mac OS X

If you’re a Mac user then follow these simple steps,

  1. Download the SDK package. Click on the Download for Other Platforms link on the official home page and then select the system to download the package.
  2. Now unzip the package in the home directory. You can try using this command, “unzip -d ~”
  3. Now start the Android SDK Manager application which is inside the folder. You can try this command, “~/android-sdk-macosx/tools/android”
  4. Now select the Android SDK Tools and Android SDK Platform-tools from the list of packages and then install them.
  5. Last, add the android tools to the path of your Mac. To do so, look for the .bash_profile file in the package (if it is not there then create new) and place the following code inside that. Replace the USERNAME with the actual username of your system.


export PATH=${PATH}:${ANDROID_TOOLS}/platform-tools:${ANDROID_TOOLS}/tools

That’s it! You’re done with setting up ADB on Mac OS X.

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