How To Set Up Android ADB / Fastboot On Mac OS X The Easy Way

Uzair Ghani

Here's how you can set up Android's ADB and Fastboot on Mac OS X quickly and easily.

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Setting up ADB (Android Debug Bridge) or Fastboot on any platform can be a huge pain in the rear, as it requires a user to go through a bunch of steps before he / she can mark the whole thing off their checklist. On a Mac, however, you can easily set up ADB and Fastboot in a few simple steps, and the best part is: anyone can do it with little to no knowledge regarding setting up developer based tools.

All set? Let's begin!

How To Set Up Android ADB / Fastboot On Mac OS X

Before you move forward, make sure that you have a stable Internet connection as it is a strict requirement for the installation of ADB and Fastboot.

Important for OS X El Capitan Users

The method listed below does not work on El Capitan if you have Rootless enabled. Restart your Mac while holding down the Command+R key combinations until you boot into Recovery. On top you should see an entry labelled 'Utilities.' Click on it then click on 'Terminal.' Type in the following command:

csrutil disable

Restart your Mac, and you will be able to download and install ADB and Fastboot using the method jotted down below.

1. Launch the Terminal app on your Mac. Press the Command + Spacebar key combination to bring up Spotlight search. Type in Terminal and then click to launch it.

2. With the Terminal app up and running, copy and paste in the following command as it is without making any sort of changes on your own:

bash <(curl -s

Hit the return key on your keyboard to begin installation.

3. If you're prompted to enter your OS X administrator password then be sure to do just that, otherwise the installation process won't complete.

After a few minutes, given that you have a fast or stable Internet connection, ADB and Fastboot will be set up and ready for use on your Mac.


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Simple wasn't it?

If, for some reason, you feel that you need to uninstall all traces of ADB and Fastboot from your Mac, then simply launch the Terminal app once again and enter the following command as it is and hit the return key on your keyboard:

bash <(curl -s


If you're a die-hard Android user, then we highly recommend that you do not uninstall ADB or Fastboot from your Mac, as it will be required to push files from your desktop straight to your mobile device. And if you have a Nexus device and consider yourself a pro Android user, then ADB and Fastboot is a must-have, especially if you tend to try out different beta builds of Android on your smartphone or tablet before anyone else.

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