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How to Install ADB and Fastboot tool on Mac and Linux

ADB (Android Debugging Bridge) and Fastboot are some of the important tools that you need in order to bridge communication with your Android phone along with your PC. You can reboot your phone to another mode or perform the bootloader unlock with the help of ADB and Fastboot tools. In this guide, we will guide you on how to install ADB and Fastboot tools on Mac and Linux. We have already covered a guide on install ADB and Fastboot on Windows.

You need to enable Developer Options and USB Debugging on your Phone in order to run and execute ADB and Fastboot commands. There are plenty of commands that you can execute on your phone with the help of ADB and Fastboot tools in order to perform a set of activities. In fact, the first step is while rooting your phone is to unlock the bootloader and for this, you need to execute certain ADB and Fastboot commands. So, that being said, let us take a look at the guide itself:

ADB

What are ADB and Fastboot?

The full form of ADB is Android Debugging Bridge which, as mentioned above, contains a set of binaries that lets you establish communication between your PC and Android phone. Credit goes to XDA Developer, shimp208 for developing this tool and sharing the download links which are mentioned in this post. You can use the ADB protocol when your Android phone is booted into the main operating system. Note that you need to enable USB Debugging under Developer Options in order to run and execute ADB commands.

Fastboot commands are used when you are in the Bootloader mode. All the smartphones support this ADB and Fastboot command tool which you can use to do various activities on your Phone. ADB and Fastboot commands let you contact with the core of your phone meaning it is the general language between your PC and Android phone. You can return to previous patches, unlock the bootloader or even root your smartphone using these commands.

Why we need ADB and Fastboot tools?

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

Download ADB for Mac and Linux

Setup ADB and Fastboot on macOS and Linux:

Setting up ADB and Fastboot seems quite easy. As ADB and Fastboot both are a part of the Android SDK package, only you to download the kit (which is over 500 MB) and then set up path variables, or the below-written methods can be used to install ADB and fastboot driver on macOS and Linux. But first, you need to remember that you have to put your device into USB debugging mode, but before that, you need to enable the developer option. If you just ignore this step, the possibility is your PC won’t recognize your device.

How to install ADB and Fastboot on Mac and Linux

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

Instructions for macOS

  1. Firstly, download the ADB and Fastboot tools for macOS from the above section.
  2. Extract the contents of the zip on your desktop.
  3. Open a command prompt or in this case, a terminal.
  4. Now go to the folder where you have extracted the contents of ADB and enter the below command:
    cd /path/to/extracted/folder/
  5. Now you need to connect your phone to your Mac PC.
  6. Enter the below command to check the connection between your phone and mac PC
    adb devices
  7. You will see an ‘Allow USB Debugging’ prompt on your phone’s screen that you need to allow.
  8. That’s it!

Instructions for Linux

  1. Firstly, download the ADB and Fastboot tools for Linux from the above section.
  2. Extract the contents of the zip on your desktop.
  3. Open a command prompt or in this case, a terminal.
  4. Now go to the folder where you have extracted the contents of ADB and enter the below command:
    cd /path/to/extracted/folder/
  5. Now you need to connect your phone to your Linux PC.
  6. Enter the below command to check the connection between your phone and mac PC
    adb devices
  7. You will see an ‘Allow USB Debugging’ prompt on your phone’s screen that you need to allow.
  8. That’s it!

So, there you have it from my side in this post. I hope you guys liked this post and were able to gain some knowledge about ADB and Fastboot tool to debug your Android smartphone. Moreover, you can go ahead and flash any custom recovery like TWRP to root your device and open the world of customizations for your phone. Let us know in the comments if you successfully unlocked the bootloader using the above method or not. Until the next post…Cheers!

Also Read: Download Minimal ADB and Fastboot Tool: How to Install

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Comments

  1. Hi Abhinav, congrats for you presentation, it’s clear and without difficulty

    i have a question, if you could answer, it should be great. I would like to use a Doro Liberto 820, my son changed for something else et gave it me.
    it’s still under Kitkat, I want to change it with a Custom Rom like Cyanogen-Mod or anything else.
    Could you tell me where I could find such a custom rom specially for this Doro Device, I gues it’s equivalent to another brand device.
    I have been (I believe) anywhere using Google looking for a custom rom for Doro Liberto 820, or equivalent … without success…
    Could you help me please ? If you need more information, feel free to ask me.
    Thanks a lot and all the best for 2020 to you and your familly…
    (from Paris – France)

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