We do so many tutorials daily on iDroid Horizon about how to root devices, install custom firmware etc. and we always recommend you should have your USB drivers properly installed and your Android phone should be working perfectly fine with ADB and Fastboot.
Let’s get on with the tutorial on how to set up ADB and Fastboot for your Android phone so that you never have to go through USB drivers issues again when trying out a custom firmware.
How to Set Up ADB and Fastboot with Android SDKHere are the step-by-step instructions to set up ADB / Fastboot on your computer. Follow the steps carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it.
- An Android phone. We will be using a Galaxy Nexus.
- microUSB cable
- A computer
DOWNLOADING JAVA & ANDROID USB DRIVERSFirst, we need to get Java Platform installed and then download the Android USB drivers (and some other tools) using Android SDK Manager. This is how it is to be done:
Step 1 - Download and Install Java Platform (JDK) from Java SE Software Development Kit (SDK) downloads. Once installed, proceed to the next step.
Step 2 - Download Android SDK (installer_rXX.X-windows.exe) from the Android Developers website. Preferably: Click on Other platforms and download the ZIP package file for Windows.
Step 3 - Extract the zip file anywhere in your computer. We extracted in D:\ drive. So now we have, D:\android-sdk-windows.
Step 4 - Open SDK Manager and wait till it loads (fetches) all the packages.
Step 5 - Now only select two pakcages. Check Android SDK Platform-tools and Google USB Driver options. Uncheck everything else. Then click on the “Install 2 packages…” button.
Step 6 - Confirm the packages that you selected. Select Accept All and click the “Install” button.
Step 7 - Wait till the downloading finishes.
Step 8 - Once you get the following screen, this means all the packages have been successfully installed.
Step 9 - If you again go to the Android SDK folder (D:\android-sdk-windows), you will see the following directories now. extras and platform-tools are the most important ones that we need.
INSTALLING AND SETTING UP ADB & DRIVERS
NOTE: USB drivers may be different for other Android phones.
INSTALLING AND SETTING UP FASTBOOT & DRIVERS
NOTE: Fastboot USB drivers may be different for other Android phones. Bootloader should be unlocked. If you are unsure, Google this up for your phone.
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