No matter what Android device you are using, even if you are a nascent Android user, you will, in no time, know the importance of ADB and Fastboot Commands that are essential in the process of rooting. If you want to reboot your Android device into different modes or unlock the bootloader or flash a partition image, ADB and Fastboot commands make a prerequisite.
As much useful these tools are, they are equally intricate to handle since the Installation of ADB and your PC is always a two-step process that requires users to 1. install USB Drivers for your Android device and 2. install the ADB and Fastboot binaries. Which implies that one will have to download the Android SDK Platform-tools package from Google and then set up the system path for easy access to ADB without navigating to the ADB Folder.
Not all of us are okay with this complicate process every single time we need to use the tools. But do not worry anymore as I have got a solution for you all. In this article, we are sharing the Minimal ADB and Fastboot tool that one can use anytime they want by simply double-clicking on the folder. Want to know more about it? Scroll down to read the article below –
What are ADB & Fastboot?
ADB and Fastboot are Android platform tools. ADB which is the abbreviation for Android Debugging Bridge is a platform that comprises a set of binaries which enables your PC to communicate with the Android device that you have connected through a command-line terminal.
Fastboot is a protocol that one can use to re-flash partitions on your Android device. It comes with Android SDK i.e., Software Development Kit. It is used as an alternative mode to the Recovery Mode for installations and updates.
Fastboot protocol is used when the device is booted into the Bootloader Mode also called as ‘Fastboot Mode’. And the ADB protocol is used when a device is booted into main Android OS with enabled Developer Options and USB Debugging.
Minimal ADB and Fastboot
Minimal ADB and Fastboot is a lightweight program created by the XDA Developer shimp208. This program will help you in installing the ADB and Fastboot on your Windows PC. This tool is also meant to create a shortcut on your desktop so that it can be accessed easily. So now you do not have to keep going to the ADB and Fastboot folder every time you need to use it.
Now whenever you feel the need to use the ADB and Fastboot Commands, all you have to do is click on the ADB & Fastboot shortcut on your device and the command line window or command prompt will appear on the screen. This shortcut and tool work well on the Windows 7/8/10 PC with x86 and x64-bit architecture PC or laptop.
Download Minimal ADB and Fastboot Tool on Windows
Given below are all the versions of the Minimal ADB & Fastboot tools on Windows. Note that the first link is of the latest version. We thank the developer shimp208 at XDA-Developers forum for the link of these amazing tools.
Version 1.4.2: minimal_adb_fastboot_v1.4.2_setup.exe
Version 1.4: minimal_adb_fastboot_v1.4_setup.exe
Version 1.3.1: minimal_adb_fastboot_v1.3.1_setup.exe
Version 1.3: minimal_adb_fastboot_v1.3_setup.exe
Version 1.2: minimal_adb_fastboot_v1.2_setup.exe
Version 1.1.3: minimal_adb_fastboot_v1.1.3_setup.exe
- Install the appropriate ADB and Fastboot drivers so as to ensure a successful connection between PC and your Android phone.
- Enable the USB Debugging on your Android device.
Install Minimal ADB and Fastboot Tool on Windows
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to install the Minimal ADB and Fastboot Tool on Windows –
Step 1. To begin with, download Minimal ADB & Fastboot tools Exe installer package from the links given above.
Step 2. Now double click on the downloaded ‘.exe’ file so as to begin the installation.
Step 3. If a security warning comes on the screen, simply click on RUN and grant the UAC or User Access Controls.
Step 4. Now the Minimal ADB & Fastboot setup wizard will open.
Step 5. Just click on the Next option twice on the screen.
Step 6. Select the location where you want to install the two files. This will be installed to “C:Program Files (x86)Minimal ADB and Fastboot“, by default.
Step 7. Until the ‘Select Additional Tasks’ shows up, keep clicking on the Next option and here note that you have to check the ‘Create a desktop icon’ box.
Step 8. Lastly, click on the Install option and this will install the Minimal ADB and Fastboot tool on your Windows 7/8/10 PC.
Step 10. Lastly, when the installation is done, click on the Finish option.
When the ADB & Fastboot Minimal tools are installed on your PC, go to the desktop and then Double-click on the shortcut of these tools. This will launch a command line window i.e. a command prompt. You can use this command line to execute ADB or Fastboot commands. Click here to know the various ADB and Fastboot Commands that you can use for Android, Windows, Mac and Linux as well.
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Happy Androiding 🙂