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Minimal ADB And Fastboot


Introduction
ADB and Fastboot are arguably two of the most indispensable tools used when working with Android devices. If you really want to modify, debug, and tweak along with their countless uses in rooting, and other procedures ADB and Fastboot are a must for any Android device owner. Typically if you want to install ADB and Fastboot you have to download and setup the Android SDK (If you really want to learn about Android Development I highly recommend downloading and installing the full Android SDK from here), but this can be unnecessary for people who just want to install ADB and Fastboot. To simply the process I created a windows installer that will install the latest version of ADB and Fastboot for you quickly and easily. The total installation of Minimal ADB and Fastboot is around 2 MB in size (Compared to the 90+ MB size of the Android SDK Tools, and 425+ MB size of the complete Android SDK) making it very lightweight.

Minimal ADB and Fastboot Tool is one of the most sought after ADB and Fastboot tool for Android devices. It’s a command-line tool which enables an Android device to communicate with your computer effectively. ADB acts as a bridge which allows you to push, modify, debug, and tweak system files very easily. It also allows you to unlock your device’s bootloader with just a few commands. If you are looking to root your Android device or install custom ROM or MOD or custom TWRP Recovery, then this Minimal ADB and Fastboot tool is much have for you.

Minimal ADB and Fastboot Tools
Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is a part of the Software development kit (SDK) provided by Google for Android software development. It also comes with the Android Studio as well. The Android Studio provides a development environment to build apps for Android. It is important to note here that the Android Studio is huge in size, around 900MB last we checked. So, installing the whole Android SDK or Android Studio just to get ADB does not make any sense. Minimal ADB provides the ADB and Fastboot tools in a very minimal package which can be used for debugging your device.

Features of Minimal ADB & Fastboot Tool :
  • Easy to Install: Simple and straightforward installer which installs the required tools in a matter of seconds.
  • Lightweight: The total installed file size is around 2 MB whereas Android SDK takes up about 1.5-2GB after installation.
  • Compatibility: Supports both 32 Bit & 64 Bit OS.
  • Portable: Can be used as portable ADB and Fastboot tool.
  • Full Support: All the debugging commands that work in Android SDK will also work in Minimal version as well.
Changelog v1.4.3 :
  • Updated ADB and Fastboot to version 1.0.3.9
  • Automated build tools initial version uploaded to github
Download Minimal ADB & Fastboot Tool for Android :

Prerequisites
  • Your device is plugged into your computer
  • You have USB Debugging enabled under Developer Options (Note: This may be listed as ADB Debugging on some ROM's)
  • You have installed the necessary drivers and your computer is recognizing your device
How to Install Minimal ADB and Fastboot Tool
The installation procedure of Minimal ADB and Fastboot tools is straightforward when compared to the other software installations. It is simple and quick.
  • Step 1. Download the latest Minimal ADB & Fastboot zip file from the downloads sections above.
  • Step 2. Extract the downloaded zip file and launch the adb.exe file to begin the installation process.
  • Step 3. Click on Next until you see the “Installation path” screen which asks to specify the folder you want to install the ADB files, by default, it is “C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot”. (Remember the path if you changed it)
  • Step 4. Click on Next, Select the box which says “Create a desktop icon” and install the software.
    • Once you have installed the tool, look for a desktop icon named as “Minimal ADB and Fastboot” and launch the same. You should now see a command window open in which you would be able to execute any ADB and Fastboot commands.
  • Step 5. To properly connect your device with ADB, you need to perform a few more steps. In your device, Go to Settings > About Phone > Tap 7-8 times on the Build Number, until it says “You’re now a developer”.
  • Step 6. Go back to Settings > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging as shown in the image.
  • Step 7. Connect your Android device to your PC using a USB cable. Execute the below command in the command prompt:
adb devices
After executing the above command, you will see a prompt on your device asking “Allow USB Debugging”, click on “OK”.
The Minimal ADB command window will show your device code which means everything is set to go!
Note :
  • Minimal ADB only works on Windows [both 64-bit & 32-bit].
  • Make sure to use the latest version of the tool. If the latest version doesn’t work, you may try the older versions.
Working with ADB will come in handy when you have bricked your device while tweaking your device. If you need any help with ADB commands or installation or if you face any issue while downloading Minimal ADB and Fastboot tools, do let us know in the comments below. 

For more information on issuing commands to your device using ADB and Fastboot I would recommend taking a look at this guide on ADB and this guide on Fastboot.

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