Installing ADB and Fastboot
In order to send the OTA update to your Nexus device, you must have ADB and Fastboot installed on your desktop computer. ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge and it allows you to send commands to your Android device over USB through a terminal/command-line interface such as Windows Command Prompt. Fastboot allows you to flash images to your Android device. You don’t need Fastboot for these instructions, but we figured it deserved a mention, since it comes packaged together with ADB.
There are two methods to getting ADB and Fastboot on your computer. The first is to download and install the Android SDK tools from the Android developer site. This method will work for Windows, Mac, and Linux machines. If you’re a Windows user, you can download and install Minimal ADB and Fastboot instead, which is actually the easiest method. However, we recommend installing the Android SDK tools because it will also give you the Google USB drivers at the same time, which you will need in order for your computer to recognize your Nexus device. If you do decide to install Minimal ADB and Fastboot, you can still download the Google USB drivers separately. We will show you how to do that later.
Follow the instructions below for either installing the Android SDK tools or Minimal ADB and Fastboot.
Download and install the Android SDK tools
- Click here to download and install the Android SDK Tools from Google’s developer site. There are choices for Windows, Mac, and Linux. These instructions are for Windows machines.
- When asked what directory to install the software to, we recommend that you set it to C:android-sdk. If you choose a different location, just make sure you remember it.
- Once the Android SDK Tools are installed, launch it from the Start Menu.
- The SDK Manager will open. Just uncheck everything except Android SDK Platform-tools and Google USB Driver. Android SDK Platform-tools is at the top and Google USB Driver is toward the bottom.
- Click on Install 2 packages at the bottom right.
- Check Accept license and click Install.
ADB and Fastboot will now reside in the C:android-sdkplatform-tools folder if you followed step 2 as outlined. If you chose a different directory, than ADB and Fastboot will reside in the platform-tools folder under whatever location you chose to install the Android SDK Tools to in step 2.
Download and install Minimal ADB and Fastboot
- Click here to download minimal_adb_fastboot_v1.3.1_setup.exe from the XDA forums. Note: the version number could be different if a newer version is released after this post has been published.
- Launch the minimal_adb_fastboot_v1.3.1_setup.exe file.
- When asked what directory to install the software to, we recommend that you set it to C:android-sdkplatform-tools since we will be using that location for the rest of this guide. If you choose a different location, just make sure you remember it.