If you’re a super Android user, then you love modding and tweaking your device. And for that, you need to install ADB and Fastboot drivers on your computer. ADB and Fastboot are used to send commands to an Android device from a PC. Using them you can explore hidden features or access administrator permissions of your phone. Here’s how to install the latest ADB and Fastboot drivers on any Windows computer (Windows 7/8/8.1/10).
Google provides ADB and Fastboot drivers in a single package, known as SDK Platform Tools. Download SDK Platform Tools (ZIP file) from the Android Developers website.
Once you’ve downloaded the package, extract the contents of the .zip file to a folder. You don’t actually need to install ADB and Fastboot drivers on your Windows computer to use them.
To run any ADB and Fastboot command,
- Navigate to the folder where you extracted the Platform-tools package.
- Press Shift+Right click on the blank space, and select Open command window/Open PowerShell window here option.
Once the command window opens, you can execute any command you want, to tweak something on your phone.
To check if it’s working properly, connect your phone to your PC via USB cable. Then, in the command window, enter the command “adb devices“, and hit Enter. You should see your device’s serial number in the command window.
Note: Before you start sending ADB commands, make sure you have “USB debugging” enabled on your Android device.