Sometimes life feels like it’s a little too short to become a software expert: if you feel you’re close to expert status with the Windows operating system, Linux is going take you right back to complete newbie status again if you’ve never used it, and so on.

You can spend a decade getting to know one operating system and then when you begin to learn another it really is starting off as a beginner again like you have never sat in front of software before any day of your life.

If you’re just getting to know the Android OS as a developer, then you’re probably just now getting introduced to ADB and Fastboot. These are the two standard tools that every developer will need before they can begin modding their devices. The problem is, though, that there are hundreds of different guides out there, with lots of different information coming from each, and there’s a reason for that that we’ll try to break down as simply as possible.

Android developers used to have to install the entire Android SDK to get the ADB and Fastboot packages from it. That required one set of guides. Or if they weren’t downloading the whole thing, they were still heading to the webpage where Android SDK was available and installing the ADB and Fastboot from there. While that’s still possible to do even today, there’s now a simpler method, which is just installing the package named “minimal ADB and Fastboot” that gives most Android developers all that they’re looking for. What’s more, the setting up process is far easier too.

To get started, download the version of minimal ADB and Fastboot that you want to install on the Windows-based computer. (You’ll want to grab the latest version possible as it is more likely to be compatible with your version of Windows and device that you plan on doing the developing with. If, however, you run into problems, then try installing one of the older versions of the minimal ADB and Fastboot instead.)

Download Minimal ADB and Fastboot (All Versions)

The minimal ADB and Fastboot tool comes with some distinct advantages over its processors.

For starters, there is no more need to set up the tool manually like you would’ve had to have done before—all you have to do this with minimal version is run the setup file and it automatically installs itself, usually to the C:Program Files/Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder.

Secondly, the full package you download for minimal ADB and Fastboot is incredibly small in comparison to the older files. (The entire Android SDK used to take nearly an hour to download onto a computer and would use several hundred MB’s worth of hard disk space while it was at it. The new minimal version, though, is pretty much just like installing a small driver package on your computer: over within seconds—thanks to being roughly 2 MB’s in size—and so small you will barely notice it’s on your computer.)

How to Install Minimal ADB and Fastboot

Once you’ve downloaded the minimal ADB and Fastboot package from the links above, you are then ready to start thinking about installing it on your computer. Another article of ours goes into great detail about how you can install minimal ADB and fastboot on Windows computers.

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