How to Install ADB and Fastboot on Mac and useful ADB Commands


If you are hearing first time about ADB and Fastboot then let me tell you, the ADB mode lets you do a lot of stuff which can help you get the most out of your Android device. There are times when you might not be able to find a  a toolkit like Wugfresh or HTC RUU for your device and at that time if you know how to use ADB and fastboot, you won't worry.

ADB Commands play an important role when you want to root your device. These tools allow you to send terminal commands from your Computer to your Android device using USB. These terminal commands always work even when your Android device is in its recovery mode.

With ADB and Fastboot you can root your device, flash firmware and even apps. Now, if you're planning on doing any of these things and you own a Mac and then this guide will help you set up ADB and Fastboot easily. On Mac you don't need additional drivers to be installed like Windows. Let's see how to do it.

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How to install ADB and Fastboot on Mac

1. Download the files given above from using the download links and then place it on your Desktop (zip files).

2. Next, unzip the android file by double clicking it and you will get a folder containing two files ADB and fastboot on your Desktop.

3. Now, open a new Terminal window on your Mac. You can search for it from Spotlight with Space or find it in your Applications > Utilities folder.

4. Now Type in the following command


To install ADB and Fastboot type in the following command


You can also Drag and drop the “” file onto your terminal.

That was it, ADB and Fastboot are successfully installed on your Mac. You can now open Terminal anytime and enter ADB or Fastboot commands. Below are some most frequently used ADB commands.

ADB and Fastboot Commands:

adb reboot

This command reboots your device you need it when you’ve flashed something on your device.

adb reboot recovery

This command will reboot your device in recovery mode, recovery must be already installed on your device.

adb reboot bootloader

This command reboots your device in bootloader mode.

adb reboot fastboot

With this command you will directly enter fastboot mode skipping bootloader mode to flash custom ROMs.

fastboot oem unlock

For Custom ROMs flashing oem unlocking is needed, this command unlocks your device.

fastboot reboot bootloader

Rebooting your device from fastboot mode to fastboot mode again in a fresh session.

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

To flash a custom recovery on your device, "recovery.img" is the name of recovery file you're going to flash.

So, that's how you can install ADB and Fastboot on your Mac, need to ask something? Join comments below.

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