Download Android SDK Platform Tools- ADB and Fastboot For Windows/Mac/Linux

There are various tools available on the Android Software Development Kit, popularly referred to as Android SDK or Android Devkit. The many tools you will find on this devkit are all unique and designed to serve various specific purposes in Android development. Talking about Android SDK Platform-Tools; this is one of the components of the Android SDK, which includes some essential tools for Android development; the tools included are ADB, Fastboot, and Systrace. These tools are useful in the hands of Android app developers. That is to say, if you’re not an app developer for Android mobile OS, it does not mean it will not use for you. Nevertheless, these tools can be employed by ROM, Root, Recovery developers and phone technicians to root Android devices, unlock bootloaders, as well as flash new custom files.Person working codes on Macbook Air

What Platform Can It support? Where Can It be used?

As said above, the platform-tools is a component of Android SDK containing what are considered to be the essential tools for Android app development, viz, ADB, Fastboot, and Systrace. These tools are available for Windows, Linux, and macOS computers. So, if you’re an Android developer, these tools are vital to you, and you can get the version for your computer OS.

Download links

Please refer Android License regarding the software before download.

How to use Android SDK Platform Tools?

  • Firstly, you have to download the tools in its ZIP format and extract it to your computer. Make sure you download the version for your OS.
  • You should boot your mobile into fastboot/recovery mode and connect with your PC.

Extracted Files Android SDK Tools

  • Navigate to the extracted folder using Command Prompt or Terminal. Use the following ADB and Fastboot commands as per your requirements.

Minimal ADB and Fastboot

If you are a regular user who uses adb and fastboot for simple usage like a flash, bootloader unlocks, you can use this software. It is a Windows version. All you have to do is download, extract, and install the executable file.

Installation Steps

  • Download and extract the files. Select the adb setup file and run this as Administrator.

run as admin adb setup

  • The installation window will open press “Y” twice to install adb system-wide.

ADB Drivers Installation

  • Now you can find the adb files in your installed folder. You can access the command anywhere within your PC. But, it is better to copy the flash and boot files in this folder for the process.

Installed Files ADB

How to use ADB

There are various things you can do with ADB; this tool supports a lot of commands to trigger most functions. Most of them deal with the recovery mode. I try to cover some essential commands.

Note: you must activate “Developer Options” on the device and turn on “USB Debugging” on the Android device before running ADB commands.

Apply Update From ADB Screenshot

ADB commands

ADB Command

Function

adb reboot – bootloader

Reboots Android device in bootloader mode

adb reboot

Reboots Android phone in normal mode

adb push

Move a file from local system to an Android phone’s location

adb devices

Displays all connected ADB compatible devices

adb pull

Moves a file from Android to your PC

adb install

Installs an app from your system’s .apk file location to your Android device

adb connect

Use ADB commands over Wi-Fi Network

adb backup

Backs up the Android device

adb shell screencap

Captures a screenshot of the device

adb sideload file

Push the file to your mobile device and Install it.

Launching ADB requires you know about CMD – Command Prompt. This is because you need to start CMD and use commands to access the folder where you extracted the Platform Tools and launch adb.exe.

How to use Fastboot

Fastboot installs alongside ADB when you extract the ZIP file. Fastboot allows you to run commands on and Android device that is in bootloader mode. There are, however, other ways to use an Android device in bootloader mode, but using Fastboot is the best option. Also, it is possible to unlock an Android device bootloader using Fastboot to install a custom system file.

However, before Fastboot commands can work on an Android device, you must activate “Developer Options” on the device and turn on “USB Debugging.”

fastboot boot recovery

Fastboot commands

Fastboot Commands

Functions

fastboot oem lock

re-locks the bootloader of an unlocked device

fastboot devices

Shows the serial number of a connected Android device

fastboot flash recovery (filename)

Flash the file from PC

fastboot boot recovery (filename)

Boot the data from PC

fastboot oem unlock

Unlock the bootloader of connected Android device

What is Systrace?

systrace device performance chart

We can say it is an in-built advanced tool in Android Studio to understand your app performance in your Android mobile. It can give you an overview of background process performance, How much CPU it is accessing to do things like that. It also needs ADB to perform the commands. Refer- Systrace Commands.

What More?

The use of these tools is infinite. Our ideas limit it. I try to give some ideas about how to use them. I can say I gave 0.1%. There is plenty of add ons are available, and you can use them as per your requirement. These SDK tools are essential to interact with your mobile with the Android commands. You can do plenty of customizations using these commands. If you hear about the country restriction pixel 4 soli, Yes, you can also lift the restriction. You can also disable bloatware apps in Samsung devices. If you face any problem, or you need additional adb commands, comment below.

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