It is thought that installing and configuring ADB and Fastboot on Mac is a very complicated process. But it is not so. By contradiction, it is much easier to configure ADB and Fastboot on Mac than on PC with Windows.
ADB and Fastboot are command line tools that allow you to flash image files via USB on Android devices, which allow you to manage and debug and many other things. With this article, we will see to perform the procedure to manage Android devices on Mac, because I think that the procedure involves less difficulty.
There are valid reasons to state this, also because it is not necessary to install any driver on the computer. On Windows it is not possible to execute a Fastboot command without first installing the device drivers on the PC, otherwise, you can not even see the device itself.
Various guides recommend that you download the Android SDK Manager to get ADB running on your Mac. However, if you want to use ADB / Fastboot to unlock the bootloader of Android devices and get root permissions on it, there is no need to download 400MB + SDK.
Just follow the instructions below and you will be able to install and run ADB and Fastboot on Mac in less than 15 minutes in a very simple way. Now let’s move to the guide.
How to install ADB and Fastboot on Mac
Step 1: Open Terminal on your Mac and run the following command:
ruby -e "$ (curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
This command will install Homebrew on your Mac, which is required for the installation of ADB and Fastboot using the method we propose in this guide.
Step 2: You will be prompted to download Xcode or install only the files needed to execute the commands correctly. Select the ” Install ” option and wait for the download to complete. If you already have Xcode installed on your Mac, a dialog like this will not appear.
Step 3: Once the necessary files will be downloaded, you must enter the password of your local Mac account in the Terminal so that the files can be installed successfully.
Step 4: After installing them, proceed by executing the following command:
brew install android-platform-tools
This way you will be able to download and install the latest version of ADB and Fastboot files on Mac. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection, this step can take from a few seconds to a few minutes.
You can verify the installation of ADB and Fastboot on Mac by running the ” adb version ” command .
The next time you need to run an ADB and Fastboot command on Mac, simply open the terminal and run the ADB or Fastboot command. There is no need to go through a particular folder or directory first.
One of the advantages of this guide to get ADB and Fastboot on Mac is that the latter will be updated to their latest version automatically.
If you’re having trouble getting ADB and Fastboot to work on your Mac, ask for help in the comments below.