How to Setup ADB and Fastboot on a Mac

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This guide will help you to easily install the ADB and fastboot on a Mac. It is actually a quite simple method and also you don’t need to worry about drivers like in Windows. So, let’s begin.

DISCLAIMER : Best Android Blog would not be held responsible/liable for any damages that takes place to your device while following these procedure. So, do everything at your own risk.


  • First, make a folder named “android” (without quotes) and place it anywhere in your hard drive. But we prefer Desktop.
  • Next download the Android SDK from here. (You could skip this step instead of downloading whole android sdk you can simply download the adb and fastboot files alone from here.
  • So, once you download the above mentioned file then unzip it and put the contents of the files into the android folder.
  • Once you have done, open the android folder. Go into the tools folder inside of it. Double click on the file called “android” (possibly called android sdk) This file is a UNIX executable and will open within a Terminal window.

  • When it finishes opening, check the folder called tools. Make sure both “Android SDK Tools” and “Android SDK Platform-tools” are selected within the tools folder. Click install and wait for them to download.

  • When they finish downloading, go into the platform tools folder inside your android folder, then copy adb and fastboot and paste them into the root of your android folder.
  • That’s it you have now installed the adb and fastboot in your device. If you want to test whether it works fine in your device then follow the procedure given below.
  • Plug your android device. Make sure android debugging is enabled in Settings.
  • Go into Settings > Apps > Developer and check it there (for Gingerbread 2.3 and lower) or go into Settings > Developer Options and check it there for Ice Cream Sandwich or Jellybean. As of now, there are two ways to access adb and fastboot.
  • Open a terminal window (look in Applications > Utilities if you can’t find it). Type “cd” followed by the path you saved your android folder.
  • For example if you saved your android folder in desktop then type like this:

cd /Users/<yourusername>/Desktop/android

  • Now, you need to actually execute an adb or fastboot command. To do this, you’ll need to type “./adb (or fastboot) . For this tutorial, we will use “ADB devices” since it doesn’t actually do anything to the phone. (we won’t use fastboot since it requires rebooting to the boot loader which is different for every device)
  • In the same terminal window as before type the following:

./adb devices

  • Then hit enter. It should turn up your device’s serial number. If it does, proceed to the next step, if not recheck your steps. (If it says * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 * * daemon started successfully * that is perfectly normal).
  • Now, at this moment, ADB and Fastboot are both completely useable. However, it’s very annoying to have to CD into the directory and use ./ in front of every terminal command. I’ll show you how to add it to your path so you don’t have to do any of that.
  • Open a new Terminal window and type:

nano ~/.bash_profile

  • It will open a window and it will have export PATH=${PATH}:/Users//Desktop/android.

  • Once you have added that, press control + X to exit, then Y to confirm the save then press enter. It will close the nano editor. You can close the Terminal window now.

  • Now you need to verify that it works. Open a new Terminal window and type adb devices

If it shows the serial number, then you have set it up successfully and are good to go!!!!!

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