ADB is a powerful tool. It allows you to send commands to your phone and push files via the command line. It is considered by many to be ‘pro-tier phone use.’
This usually means downloading the entire Android SDK which is fairly large and cumbersome to install. Fortunately you can download a stripped down version:
Now simply follow this guide to swim in the goodness of ADB:
- Go to your C: drive and extract the contents of the ADB/Fastboot package you downloaded. It should extract a folder called Android directly onto your C: drive
- Press Win + R and in the dialog box and type ‘sysdm.cpl’ then press enter
- This should bring up your System Properties, click the Advanced tab
- Once in the Advanced tab click Environment Variables in the bottom right corner
- In the second half of the window you should see a box labelled System Variables, scroll down this box to find Path
- Click on path then click the edit button underneath
- In the window that pops up click on the box labelled variable value, go to the very end of the text and make sure nothing is highlighted then enter the following text ;C:\Android
- Click OK to close all windows, you are now ready to use adb commands to control your device remotely
To communicate with your device USB debugging must be enabled in the device’s settings. For Ice Cream Sandwich:
Menu > System Settings > Developer Options > tick ‘USB debugging’
For Gingerbread and below:
Menu > System > Apps > Development > tick ‘USB debugging’
Also make sure you install the device drivers for your device. Windows may sometimes do this automatically, other times you’ll need to download them from your phone manufacturer’s website.
Now you’re ready to follow guides that need you to use adb commands!
adb let’s party!