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How to setup ADB on Windows – Guide

Want to set up ADB or Android Debugging Bridge on your Windows PC? Here is a quick guide for you. This tutorial does not need large download or full Android SDK installation. You will just have to download a small compressed file, which is all that you require.

STEP 1: First download this file, just click on the link, download will start automatically.

STEP 2: Now extract the zip file that we downloaded in the first step to C drive and name the extracted folder ADB.

STEP 3: Now we will go to the desktop and right click to make a new shortcut.

STEP 5: Point the shortcut to ADB folder that we created in step 3, and name the shortcut ADB or whatever you want.

STEP 6: Now right click on that shortcut and go to properties and change START IN field to c:\adb.

STEP 7: Click Apply or OK and you are done. Click on ADB shortcut on the desktop and you are good to go.

Here is list of ADB commands that might be useful for you in the future.

  • adb devices – list all connected devices
  • adb push <local> <remote> – copy file/dir to device
  • adb pull <remote> [<local>] – copy file/dir from device
  • adb sync [ <directory> ] – copy host->device only if changed
  • adb logcat [ <filter-spec> ] – View device log
  • adb install [-l] [-r] [-s] <file> – push this package file to the device and install it
  • adb uninstall [-k] <package> – remove this app package from the device (‘-k’ means keep the data and cache directories)
  • adb bugreport – return all information from the device
  • adb reboot [bootloader|recovery] – reboots the device, optionally into the bootloader or recovery program
  • adb reboot-bootloader – reboots the device into the bootloader
  • adb root – restarts the adbd daemon with root permissions
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