How To Install ADB and Fastboot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install ADB and Fastboot on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ADB and Fastboot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, ADB or Android Debug Bridge is a command-line utility that lets us control an android device from the computer itself. Its part of Google Android SDK and can be used to run shell commands or to copy the files to & from the device and also to install or remove the applications from the device. Fastboot is basically a diagnostics mode that is used to modify the Android file system from the computer when the android device is in bootloader mode. It’s an alternative to recovery mode and is normally used to perform updates or to perform installations.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation of ADB and Fastboot on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian based distribution like Linux Mint.

Install ADB and Fastboot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing ADB and Fastboot on Ubuntu 20.04.

Run the following command to install ADB Fastboot binaries on the Ubuntu system:

sudo apt install android-tools-adb
sudo apt install android-tools-fastboot

You can check the ADB version with the below command:

$ adb version
Android Debug Bridge version 1.0.46
Revision 1:7.0.0+r35-2

After installation, the ADB server will start on its but if that’s not the case then you can start the ADB server using:

sudo adb start-server

Step 3. Checking ADB connection.

We will connect an android device to our system. But before we connect the android device, we need to make sure that the device has ‘USB Debugging’ enabled. It can be enabled by going into device Settings & then into the Developer Options (Some devices require that you tap several times on Android Version in About Phone section to enable Developer Options). Now once that’s enabled, all we have to do is to connect our Android device to the Ubuntu system using the USB cable. Once the device has been connected, open the terminal on your system and execute the following command:

sudo adb devices

Note: If getting any permissions regarding error after connecting the device then restart the ADB server and try again.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed ADB and Fastboot. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the ADB and Fastboot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Android website.

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