[Updated] Download Latest ADB and Fastboot SDK Platform-Tools (2018): If you are an advanced Android user, you know that Android developers use the Android SDK or Android Studio to develop apps for Android users. Not just Android application development, Android SDK comes with various other tools under Platform-Tools such as ADB, Fastboot, Systrace and likewise. These tools are used by advanced Android users who may or may not have Android programming knowledge. They use to tool to do advanced works on their Android smartphones like unlocking the bootloader, flashing boot image, and install custom ROM and likewise. Previously, they had to down the entire Android SDK to get the required tools. This used to consume internet data unnecessarily because only a certain portion of Android SDK comprises Platform-Tools.
Download Lastest ADB and Fastboot Files Only
Fortunately, you can now download SDK Platform Tools only and separately that contain the latest ADB and Fastboot files. These files are finally made available by Google for all users starting from Windows to Linux and Mac. You can now download the latest ADB and Fastboot files any time from Google Developer Site. Before this new option provided by Google, advanced Android users to wanted to do more with their smartphones than what their OEMs provided them, they had to download the entire Android SDK or Studio which was time–consuming and data-consuming.
Do Not Settle With Third-Party ADB and Fastboot
Since it was data-consuming with over 1GB of file size, most of the advanced Android users used to download third-party ADB and Fastboot files. For example, some of you may be aware of Minimal ADB and Fastboot as most of the people used to download. But third-party downloads can have malicious malware and Trojans that can do more damage than good. It is time to ditch the third-parties and get the latest tools directly from Google. The latest SDK Platform Tools file size is less than 4MB. The tools are available for Windows, Linux as well as Mac users. The downloadable links are provided below.
- Windows – platform-tools-latest-windows.zip
- Mac: platform-tools-latest-darwin.zip
- Linux: platform-tools-latest-linux.zip
Using SDK Platform-Tools
After downloading the appropriate Platform-Tools, you have to extract the Zip file and then open the extracted folder. Then launch a command window from inside the Platform-Tools folder. To do so, press Shift + Right Click on the blank space and select the option Open Command Window/power shell window Here option.
Once the command window opens, you can execute any command you want.