How to Install ADB and Fastboot tool on Mac and Linux

In this post, we will guide you on how to download and install ADB and Fastboot on Mac and Linux. Using ADB or Android Debugging Bridge you can successfully connect your device with the PC. With the help of ADB and Fastboot tools, you can reboot your phone to another mode or perform unlock bootloader and more.

Through ADB and Fastboot you can run commands to your device, in order to run the commands, you need to build a communication bridge between the PC and your device and you can do that by just enabling USB Debugging mode on your phone. By using basic ADB and Fastboot commands you can perform the activities such as, rooting your Android phone, Unlock Bootloader, and to install Custom ROM, Now let’s dive into the guide.

ADB and Fastboot

What are ADB and Fastboot?

What is ADB:

ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge, Using ADB or Android Debug Bridge you can successfully connect your device with the PC. In short, you can use ADB commands to root your phone, unlock, flash new ROMs, install the latest update, and more. When this connection is set up, a lot of adjustments can be made, both at the system level and at the application level. Credit to XDA Developer, shimp208 for developing and sharing this link.

What is Fastboot:

Similar to ADB, Fastboot command is also used when you are in Bootloader mode. Furthermore, ADB and Fastboot commands let you contact with the core of your phone. In general language between your PC and Android phone. This will send commands to the bootloader. That is to say, you can flash/modify things like custom recoveries, unlock bootloaders, modify bootloaders, install custom recovery, and more by using this command.

Needs of ADB and Fastboot tools?

  1. Easy to install
  2. Low in size
  3. Supports 32 bit and 64 bit
  4. Minimized ADB and Fastboot tools perform the same tasks as normal ADB.
  5. It is the equivalent of the Android SDK.

Setup ADB and Fastboot on macOS and Linux:

ADB and Fasboot are part of the Android SDK Platform, so it’s pretty easy to setup ADB and Fastboot, only you need to download the kit, and then set up the path to variables. Likewise just follow the below steps to install ADB and Fastboot driver on macOS and Linux, at first ensure to enable the developer option in your smartphone and turn on to USB Debugging mode. Your PC will not recognize your device if you did not complete this step as a result.

USB Debugging on

Steps to Download and install ADB and Fastboot on Mac and Linux

Below are the steps to install the ADB and Fastboot tools on your Mac and Linux.

Instructions for macOS

  • Download the ADB and Fastboot tools for macOS.
  • Zip file needs to be extracted on your computer.
  • Then open a command prompt or in this case, a terminal.
  • Now go to the folder where you have extracted the contents of ADB and enter the below command or simply drag and drop into the terminal.
cd /path/to/extracted/folder/
  • Now connect your phone to Mac PC.
  • To check the connectivity between the phone and Mac, enter the below command.
          adb devices
  • As a result, you will get a popup message to ‘Allow USB Debugging’ prompt on your phone, click allow (Check always if you prefer).

USB Debugging Allow

  • Enter adb devices. A successful connection will list your device serial number at the command prompt.

Instructions for Linux

  • Download the ADB and Fastboot tools for Linux.
  • Zip file needs to be extracted on your computer.
  • Now open a command prompt or in this case, a terminal.
  • After that go to the folder where you have extracted the contents of ADB and enter the below command or simply drag and drop into the terminal.
cd /path/to/extracted/folder/
  • Now connect your phone to Linux
  • To check the connectivity between the phone and Mac, enter the below command.
          adb devices
  • Now you will get a popup message to ‘Allow USB Debugging’ prompt on your phone, click allow (Check always if you prefer).
  • Enter adb devices. A successful connection will list your device serial number at the command prompt.

Note: We have already covered a guide on install ADB and Fastboot on Windows.

That’s it. In conclusion, ADB and Fastboot are now successfully installed on your Mac or Linux. As a result, now you can customize your phone using ADB and Fastboot tool.

To check how to install ABD and fastboot on windows.

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