How to Install Android Adb & Fastboot Drivers on Your Windows PC [Guide]

ADB – stands for Android Debug Bridge and helps you to build a connection between your Android Emulator or Android Device and your computer. Having ADB and Fastboot drivers installed is essential if you want to play with your device by installing new recoveries, flashing custom ROMs and mods and trying other similar tricks. Android ADB and Fastboot drivers a must have a thing for Google Nexus owners as well as these are important for some other devices like HTC.

If you are looking for a method to install Android ADB and Fastboot drivers on your Windows PC you’ve spotted the right place as we will learn today how we can install these drivers.

  • In order to make the Android SDK Manager work, you must have Java installed in your PC.  Download & Install Java SE Development Kit 7 for your windows. While installing JDK leave all the options selected as default and finish the installation.
  • Run the downloaded Android SDK Manager .exe file and select C:/ drive as path as it will be easier for you to access it later.



  • Complete the installation process and press the Finish button in the end in order to run the Android SDK Manager.


  • As soon as you press finish, Android SDK Manager will open up showing you a number of options/features. Here you only need to select the required files. Uncheck all these options.
  • Check only Android SDK Platform-Tools and Google USB Drivers, You’ll find the Google USB Drivers at the bottom in Extras.


  • After checking the required two options, you need to accept the Terms and Conditions for both Android SDK Platform-tools and Google USB Drivers and begin the installation.


  • As soon as the installation begins you’ll see Android SDK Manager Log showing you installation logs.


  • As soon as ”Done Loading Packages” appears at the bottom of Android SDK Manager Logs, you’ve successfully installed the ADB & Fastboot Drivers on your Windows PC, Congrats!
  • To make sure that the installed drivers are working or not, connect your device to the computer. Your computer will now automatically detect your device and install the required USB drivers for it.


Also Check: How to Install ADB & Fastboot drivers on Windows 8/8.1 with USB 3.0

Ok so now when we have the ADB Driver installed, the Fastboot driver has already been installed along with the ADB Driver as it is included in the Android SDK Manager package. Fastboot is the basic tool to modify your phones by flashing a custom image, insecure kernel, flashing custom recoveries, flashing custom roms and modifying your Android device in other similar ways.

In order to start modifying your phone using the Fastboot your device needs to boot in the Fastboot Mode. Different manufacturers have different methods for booting their devices into the Fastboot / Download mode. You need to find your device’s method first and boot into the fastboot.

The fastboot method for the HTC device is quite simple. Turn off your device, then long press Volume Down + Power button and your device will boot into the recovery, here you can highlight the fastboot mode by moving up and down using the Volume Up and Down keys.

Here’s the method now how you can flash a custom recovery/image/rom on your android device using fastboot.

  • Make sure that you’ve completed the ADB & Fastboot driver installation process exactly as explained above.
  • Open the Android SDK Manager installation directory and open platform-tools i.e C:\Android-SDK-Manager\platform-tools. 
  • Copy the following three files from the Platform-tools folder.


  • Get back to the Drive C and create a new folder named ‘‘Fastboot”. Paste the copied adb.exe, fastboot.exe and AdbWinApi.dll in the Fastboot folder.
    • Now copy an image file (*img) into the Fastboot folder.


  • Now press shift and then right click anywhere on your desktop and press ”open command window here”.



  •  In the command prompt type ” cd c:\fastboot
  • Or simply open the Fastboot folder, press shift and then right click and press ”open command prompt here”. Skip the [cd:c:\fastboot] as it will directly open the Fastboot folder in command prompt using this.
  • Boot your device into the fastboot / download mode.
  • Connect your device to the computer.
  • To flash a specific image using the fastboot, you need to type a command by specifying the image name and image format for example you’ve an image named as ”example.img”. You need to type the following command ” Fastboot Flash Boot Example.img ”.
  • Fastboot allows you to do a lot of other things as well, in order to learn what you can do type ” Fastboot help ” in the command prompt and you’ll find the following commands with the instructions.


Find drivers for your other Android Devices here

And here’s our list of Useful Android ADB & Fastboot Commands.

Here’s a guide on How to fix “Waiting for device” error in Android ADB & Fastboot

That’s all you got to do with the ADB & Fastboot Drivers installation. We hope that you find this guide helpful and recommend it to your friends. Got any queries? Feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll try our best to help you out.

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