The Android SDK or Android Studio are tools for developers only and they are used for Android application development purposes. However, if you are just a nerd who messes around your phone for smaller jobs like unlocking the bootloader, flashing boot or recovery image or the full factory images occasionally, downloading the full Android SDK or Studio is no more necessary. You can now download the SDK Platform Tools only that contain the latest ADB and Fastboot files inside.
Platform-Tools is a component of the Android SDK and it includes different tools, such as ADB, fastboot, and systray. If you have ever wanted to download ADB and Fastboot without having to download the whole of Android Studio or SDK, Google has finally made those binaries available officially for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Thus you can now download the latest ADB and Fastboot files from Google Developer site.
Before this new development, users had to download Android SDK or Studio, which are a 400MB to 1.6GB download, and rely on 3rd-party sources to grab the ADB and Fastboot. You must be familiar with Minimal ADB and Fastboot executable that we needed to install to get the Platform-Tools.
In many cases, the 3rd-party downloads contain malicious stuff like Trojans. Furthermore, to get the latest tools, we had to keep an eye on the new releases. Sometimes the latest version of such executable tools installs the outdated ADB and Fastboot binaries. It’s time now to get rid of the middlemen and get the latest tools straight from Google.
Why download a giant package of junk if you need just a small chunk? The size of the official SDK Platform Tools is less than 4MB.
Download Latest ADB and Fastboot (Windows, Mac, and Linux)
You can also visit the official page and take a look at the release note.
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Using the SDK Platform-Tools
Having downloaded the latest Platform-Tools, just extract the downloaded zip file on your desktop, open the folder, launch a command window from inside the “platform-tools” folder and execute the desired command.
To launch the CMD properly, place the mouse pointer at an empty space inside the folder, then press Shift + Right-click on the mouse and select “Open command window here” option.
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