How to Install ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on Windows 10

Today’s blog is going to show you how to install Android Debug Bridge on your Windows 10 computer.

ADB or Android Debug Bridge is a command-line utility that lets developers debug their apps with the help of an emulator or physical device. It also helps users transfer files to and from an Android device, and push and pull system settings.

Developers use this tool for debugging and testing purposes only, but if you’re curious about what it can do then read on! 

What Is ADB (Android Debug Bridge)?

ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge, which is a command-line utility that lets developers debug their apps. It also helps users to transfer files to and from an Android device, push and pull system settings, etc.

You can easily download ADB with Google’s official USB driver pack or minimal ADB and fastboot tool.

However, we’re going to use Minimal ADB and Fastboot Tool as it offers more options than the Official Google USB Driver Pack.

Now, lets head towards the installation process of ADB. Before that make sure you create a system restore point.

How To Install ADB (Android Debug Bridge) On Windows 10

There are different methods through which you can set ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on your Windows 10 computer.

Method 1. Using Google’s minimal ADB and Fastboot tool:

Step 1. Download Google’s minimal ADB and Fastboot tool from here.

Step 2. Once downloaded, go to  Control Panel > System and Security > System, then click on the ‘Advanced system’ settings link.

Step 3. Next, click on the ‘Advance’ tab, then under the ‘System Properties’ section, click on ‘Environment Variables’.

Step 4. Under the new window that appears, select the “Path” variable from the list provided, then click the Edit button to its right-hand side.

Step 5. Add this path to your computer: C:\Program Files(x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot\ by Adding it at the end of all paths listed there (without any space).

Step 6. Finally, click OK to save changes made.

Method 2: Installing MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition

Step 1. Download and install  MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition.

Step 2. Once installed, open it up and choose “Resize/Move Volume” option from the main window.

Step 3. Next, the select partition that you want to shrink or move to another drive letter then click Resize/Move button seen on the top-right corner of the screen.

Note: If you are using a hard disk with multiple partitions instead of a USB drive, make sure you select the right partition by checking its size e.g.: C:\>Minitool partition wizard pro key free.

Step 4. Finally, follow on-screen instructions until the process is completed successfully.  Now your Windows 10 computer should be capable of supporting ADB (Android Debug Bridge) without any problem.  

Method 3. Via Command Prompt

Step 1. Visit this link and download the ADB Installer for Windows tool.

Step 2. Unzip downloaded files and place them somewhere on your computer’s hard drive, preferably on the Desktop to make it easy to remember its location later if you need read/write access to these tools often.

Then go to  Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features, then click the “View installed updates” button under the Windows Update category.

Step 3. A new window will pop up, from there scroll all the way down to find “Android SDK Tools”, then click on it and choose the “Uninstall” button.

Note: If you do not see this entry in the list of installed updates, quickly go to Step 4 without any delay.

Just check that ‘View Installed Updates’ is selected from the left-side pane before proceeding further.

Step 4. In case you’re using a 32-bit operating system, copy “android-sdk_r24.4.1-windows.zip” file from x86 folder otherwise if using a 64-bits OS, download & unzip the android SDK ZIP File instead.

Step 5. Now go to  Control Panel > System and Security, then click on ‘System’.

Next, navigate down to the “Advanced system settings” link under the “Tasks” section of the main window; continue by clicking on it.

Step 6. Now click on Environment Variables… button within the Advanced tab, if this option is missing from the list provided (i.e., not present), for some reason (e.g., you haven’t previously modified its value or if recently installed Windows 10 computer or just freshly rebooted into your OS).

So, in that case, please skip Steps 7 & 8 and proceed directly with Step 9 onwards.

Step 7. Under the “System variables” section, look for a variable named  Path and select it from the list.

Step 8. After selecting a path, click on the Edit… button. Then add this  C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot\ to its value.

Step 9. Finally click OK to save changes made, close all open windows and reboot your computer once again into Windows 10 OS.

Now ADB and Fastboot should be fully functional without any problem whatsoever.    

Method 4. Installing Google’s USB Drivers

Step 1. Download and install Google’s USB driver as shown above.

Step 2. Once installed, open Device Manager by going to  Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools, then double click on the “Device Manager” option from the list of available programs.

Step 4. Next, find your device name under the Android Phone category (e.g., Nexus 5, Pixel C…etc) a d right-click on it for installing specific drivers package.o not see the appropriate driver for your device model/version/build number, please skip Step 8 & proceed directly with Step 9 onwards.

Step 5. In case you see multiple android phone entries in the Device Manager window because of using multiple mobile phones or emulators, then try and locate your device model/version/build number by right-clicking on each entry and selecting the ‘Properties’ option.  

It will bring up a new window where you can find an appropriate driver to install.

Step 6. Once found the right driver (e.g., android_winusb.inf for Google Nexus devices), click on it once with the left mouse button within Device Manager to select it and again hold down the Shift key from keyboard > at the same time right-click anywhere in empty white space of Device Manager window > Select “Update Driver Software..”

Step 7 . A new window will pop up; go ahead and press “Browse my computer for driver software”.

Step 8. Check the “Include subfolders” checkbox and click on the Next button.

Step 9. Once located, press OK to install Android USB Drivers successfully. Finally, unplug and plug your device into the computer once again to let it work properly.

Enjoy!    

Method 5 . Using Google’s ADB & Fastboot Standalone Tool (Windows/Mac OS)

Google also offers an official standalone tool that comes with both ADB and fastboot binaries so you don’t need to download/install Java SDK separately to use these command-line tools anymore.

Step 1. Download the latest standalone tool binaries from the official Google repository.

Step 2. Once downloaded, extract all zip contents to your preferred location (e.g., C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Local\adb-fastboot).  

Then open a new command prompt window by holding down  Shift + Right-click > select ‘Open command prompt’ option.

Note: If you do not see any ADB or fastboot binary in this folder, then repeat Step 1 again to download google’s ADB & fastboot for Windows/Mac OS depending upon your current OS architecture you are using (32/64 bits) and proceed further for setting up ADB on Windows 10 computer.

Otherwise, this should be it.

Method 6. Using Universal ADB Driver (Windows)

Universal ADB driver is another easy-to-use tool that makes it easier to install adb on Windows 10, then you need to follow the 3 steps given below:

Step 1. Download and extract the UniversalADB zip file (earlier mentioned in article content).  It will extract one folder with two files; the first file named ‘UniversalAdBitool’ is for setting up Google’s USB driver on your computer while the second file named ‘UniversalADB’ comes from Team Codefire TV which let you use the tool to connect your computer with any Android device connected to it.

Step 2. Next, launch the Universal ADB Driver folder and press Shift key + Right-click on empty space in the same window > Open Command prompt window

Step 3. Finally, follow the universal ADB driver tool tutorial for Windows 10 without any problem whatsoever using Windows Command prompt console.

Enjoy!  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is ADB?

ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge – a command-line utility that basically lets you communicate with an emulator instance or connected Android device from your computer using a USB cable.  

What is Fastboot?

In simple words, the Fastboot tool lets you flash bootloader images as well as other similar firmware files to your phone usually when the bootloader of your phone is unlocked/unofficial or factory locked respectively.

Which OS version does it work?

Both ADB and Fastboot commands will work on the latest Google Android OS i.e., Android Oreo 8 .0 as well as older OS versions such as Marshmallow 6.0, Nougat 7.0, Lollipop 5.1, Kitkat 4 .4 etc.

Do I need to install any software or application for this?

Yes! In order to use fastboot & adb tools you need to set up the driver of your device on your computer firstly if not installed already by following one of these methods mentioned in my guide carefully from top-to-bottom that’s all you have to do now!  

What does each command do?

Both ADB and fastboot come with their own set of commands to perform various tasks such as installing an app, backing up data, flashing factory images/Odin flashable zip packages etc.

How can I check my device is detected correctly or not?

You can easily check it using the following 2 simple commands (given below) for both ADB & Fastboot on your computer.

For ADB: To check whether ADB recognized your device or not open a command prompt windows in the universal-adb folder by holding Shift + Right-click > Open command windows here option while the folder is selected.
Then type ‘ADB devices’ in cmd windows and press Enter button to check your device is detected or not.

For fastboot: You can follow the same procedure as above for checking the Fastboot connection to your device except after typing ‘Fastboot devices’ you have to type ‘Fastboot reboot’.
This will restart your phone if it was already connected. If you found this guide helpful then do share it with others too!  

Conclusion:

Now, you can install ADB/ Fastboot on Windows 10 computer using some of the easiest ways given above.

If you have any questions or encounter any problem whatsoever related to this guide, then feel free to ask a question through the form provided below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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