In this guide, we will show you the steps to install the Fastboot Drivers (also known as Android Bootloader Interface Drivers) onto your Windows 11 PC. When it comes to custom development, Fastboot is without the shadow of a doubt the most important mode. Right from the first step of unlocking the device’s bootloader, to installing a custom ROM, rooting the device via Magisk, or flashing custom recovery like TWRP, each of these tasks requires your interaction with the Fastboot.
In this regard, while you could still boot your device to this mode without the use of a PC, but every other task from then onwards would require a computer. However, if your PC doesn’t have the required drivers installed, then it wouldn’t be able to identify the connected Fastboot device in the first place. And installing the Android SDK Platform Tools wouldn’t do any good either. The Platform Tool will only help you in interacting with the ADB environment. But as soon as you enter the Fastboot ecosystem, it will all come to a halt.
Even the CMD window will either show the “waiting for device” message or just display the blank output. What about the Device Manager? Well, it might list out your device name, but it would be under the Other Devices section with a yellow exclamation mark. All in all, you wouldn’t be able to execute any Fastboot command whatsoever. So owing to all these reasons, it becomes an absolute necessity to install the Fastboot Drivers on your Windows 11. And in this guide, we will show you how to do just that. Follow along.
How to Install Fastboot Drivers in Windows 11
- To begin with, enable USB Debugging on your device [Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number 7 times > Go back to Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging].
- Then download the Android SDK Platform Tools and extract it to any convenient location on your PC. This shall give you the platform-tools folder.
- Go to this folder’s address bar, type in CMD, and hit Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt window.
- So type in the below command in this CMD window to boot your device to Fastboot Mode:
adb reboot bootloader
- Now download the Android Bootloader Interface Driver and extract it to your PC. This shall give you a couple of files, including the android_winusb.inf, which is what we will be using now.
- Next up, press the Windows+X shortcut keys and select Device Manager from the menu that appears.
- Then expand the Other Devices section and your device will be listed with an exclamation mark. So right-click on it and select Update Drivers.
- After that, select Browse my computer for drivers.
- Then select Let me pick from a list of available drivers.
- Then select Show All Devices and click Next.
- Now click on the Have Disk button.
- After that, click on the Browse button.
- Then navigate to the folder where you have extracted the Fastboot Drivers, select the android_winusb.inf file, and click Open.
- After that, click OK to load these drivers.
- Windows will now bring up the Android Bootloader Interface Drivers. Select it and click Next.
- If you get a prompt, then click Install.
- The Android Bootloader Interface drivers will now be installed and you shall be notified of the same.
- Once the installation is complete, your device will automatically from the Other Device section over to Android Device.
- That’s it. You have now successfully installed the Fastboot Drivers onto your Windows 11 PC.
Verify Fastboot Driver Installation on Windows 11
Now that the drivers have been successfully installed, let’s put them to rest right away.
- To begin with, connect your device to the PC via USB cable.
- Then open the Command Prompt inside platform tools.
- Now boot your device to Fastboot Mode via the below command
adb reboot bootloader
- And now, execute the below command to verify the Fastboot Connection:
- You should get your device ID which signifies that the connection stands successful.
From now, on. you may execute the desired Fastboot Commands without any issue. And on that note, we round off the guide on how to install the Fastboot Drivers (aka Android Bootloader Interface Drivers) onto your Windows 11 PC. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.