[GUIDE] Easy and simple adb and fastboot setup for newbies (Windows only)
Linux users please go HERE (thanks to bloodychaos)
Similar guides can be found on other devices subforums around but I can see that a lot of new users in our forum are not familiar with the setup and use of this commands.
All the instructions and installation files can be found on the Android Developers webpage
, but for basic commands it is not necessary to download the whole SDK (which requires the JDK as well) to follow installation and the resources download process.
*Important: to use the adb/fastboot commands you have to enable USB Debugging in your phone Settings -> Applications -> Development menu*
To have working adb
system wide for basic commands just follow the steps below:
- UPDATE: Not necessary for Windows 7 is installng adb drivers automatically after plugging the device and fastboot ones after rebooting the connected device to bootloader. To get the HTC USB Drivers on different Windows version download and install HTC Sync (If you do not need the Sync application itself you can uninstall it but the drivers will remain on your system).
*According to post #5 in this thread in some cases may be necessary to temporary disable your antivirus software during the installation of HTC Sync. Thanks @mimirom*
- Download the zip archive or the attached file below
- Extract the archive on your C: drive. You will have C:\android-tools folder
- Adding to the System Path globally to use the command without browsing to the containing folder
Method 1 (via GUI):
Go to My Computer icon -> right click and select Properties.
On the left side of the opened screen select Advanced system settings.
(Or Start -> Search -> type sysdm.cpl -> Enter, browse to the Advanced tab)
Look down on the opened menu and select Environment Variables.
In the lower half are listed the System Variables.
Scroll to find "Path" variable, select it and click Edit...
On the Edit window in the Variable value field go to the end of the line (do not delete it!) and add without any intervals (spaces):do not forget the semicolon symbol (;)!
Click Ok 3 times.
Method 2 (via Command prompt):
Go to Start and in the Search box type cmd, right click and Run as Administrator
and hit Enter. Close the cmd window
setx path /m "%PATH%;C:\android-tools"
Originally Posted by fonpacific
By the way, I noticed that it doesn't work for me (windows 7 professional) unless i end the path of adb with "\", for example: ;C:\android-tools\ and not ;C:\android-tools as in your guide.
Originally Posted by bonesy
Just a tip, if you put the Adb and fastboot files in C:/windows/system32 (32bit) or in C/windows/sysWOW64 (64bit) you can just use them from any command prompt window
- To check is it working properly open Command Prompt (Start -> Search -> type cmd -> Enter) and type adb
If everything is configured properly this should list you the Android Debug Bridge version and the available commands.
: To use adb
with files in the Command prompt
you have to navigate to the folder containing the file first (using the cd
command) e.g. "D:\Downloads\Android"
and then to execute the command.
Start -> type cmd
in the Search box, then Enter. You will see
C:\Users\with blinking cursor
If your file is on another drive like the example type "d:
" (without the quotes), or other drive letter to go to the relevant drive. Skip this if the file is on C: drive. Then type:
to go to the "D:\Downloads\Android" folder. If your path contains spaces (intervals) type it in quotes.
The command "cd..
" brings you one folder back