If you’ve ever tried to root your Android smartphone or flash a Custom ROM, you may have heard about ADB and/or fastboot. ADB/Fastboot can do everything from backing up your device and changing your screen resolution to rooting your phone and opening it up to hundreds of tweaks and customizations. In this guide, we help you to install ADB and fastboot on your Mac OS.

What is ADB?

ADB (Android Debug Bridge) is a small debug tool that is available in the Android Software Development Kit (SDK). which allows you to send a wide array of terminal commands including but not limited to basic Linux shell commands, plus some specialty developer commands to your phone. It’s a communication tool between your smartphone and PC. You can send commands while the phone is turned on and booted, or even when it’s in recovery mode. With ADB, you can control your device from the computer via USB, transfer files and run powerful shell commands. In other words, ADB is very helpful to the Android community for rooting, flashing new ROMs or simply troubleshooting smartphones.

What is fastboot?

Fastboot is also a part of SDK. It is basically a diagnostic tool used to modify the Android file system from a computer when the smartphone is in bootloader mode. This allows you to send commands to the bootloader, which means you can flash/modify things like custom recoveries. you can also install updates and zip files from fastboot. You can’t flash whole ROMs with it, but it’s helpful for many things that ADB can’t do. Fastboot isn’t enabled for all phones, so you may have to check your specific device.

How to Enable USB debugging

Goto Settings > About phone (tap seven times on Build number ) > Go back to the main Settings menu > Developer options  > activate USB debugging.

Install ADB and fastboot driver on Mac OS

  • Download & Extract the Android zip file on the desktop.
  • Now Open the Terminal on Mac OS by Pressing Command + Spacebar key simultaneously to open Spotlight search for ‘Terminal’.
  • Now type following command ‘cd Desktop/Android’ on Terminal.
  • Now select the downloaded file ‘ADB-Install-Mac.sh’ file and drag it on Terminal and press Enter.
  • Now It will ask for your password detail to proceed, enter your login password and it will install ADB and Fastboot on Mac OS.
  • Now you can see a message on Terminal ‘You may now run Android and Debug Bridge and Fastboot Command’.
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