A List of Useful ADB and Fastboot Commands and their Usage

In this guide, we will be listing all the useful and most frequently used ADB and Fastboot Commands. When it comes to the custom development, then ADB and Fastboot Commands are literally the first steps in this long journey. Not just by the tech enthusiast but these commands are also being used by general users as well.

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ADB Sideload in Progress

In this regard, if we talk about the basic everyday tasks where these commands are being used, then this could include the likes of opening the ADB shell environment [for carrying out tasks like uninstalling bloatware], rebooting the device to stock recovery for resetting the device or flashing firmware via ADB sideload.

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Flashing Magisk Patched for Root

Then if we turn our attention toward the technical aspects, then you could use these commands for booting the device to Fastboot/FastbootD Mode, unlocking the bootloader, flashing custom recovery like TWRP, flashing Magisk patched boot.img for rooting, and a slew of other tasks. So owing to their such a higher position in the pecking order, this guide will make you aware of some of the most important ADB and Fastboot Commands. Follow along.

The Prerequisites to Executing ADB and Fastboot Commands

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Before you could execute any of the ADB and Fastboot Commands, you will first have to checkmark a few prerequisites listed below.

STEP 1: Download Android SDK Platform Tools

First and foremost, you will have to download the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. This is the official ADB and Fastboot binary provided by Google and is the only recommended one. So download it and then extract it to any convenient location on your PC. Doing so will give you the platform-tools folder, which will be used throughout this guide.

STEP 2: Enable USB Debugging

Next up, you will have to enable USB Debugging on your device so as to make it recognizable by the PC in ADB mode. So head over to Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number 7 times [MIUI number for Xiaomi devices] > Go back to Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging.

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STEP 3: Open CMD inside Platform Tools

  1. Head over to the platform-tools folder, type in CMD in the address bar, and hit Enter.ADB and Fastboot Commands
  2. This will launch the CMD window with the platform-tools folder directory.
  3. You should execute all the ADB and Fastboot commands only in this CMD window.

Most Commonly Used ADB Commands

Here are some of the important as well as the most widely used ADB Commands and their functions.

Check ADB Connection 

To check whether the device is properly connected and is in ADB, enter the below code. Until you get an alphanumeric code with the word ‘device’ next to it (see screenshot below), you cannot carry out any further operations. Also, make that device is not recognized as ‘unauthorized’. Don’t Miss: Fix Waiting for Device Error in ADB Devices

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Useful ADB_Fastboot Commands- adb devices

ADB Shell Command

This opens the Shell environment and allows you to carry out tasks that are slightly technical in nature. Well, you could even carry out some root-released tweaks on your non-rooted device using the ADB shell commands.

adb shell

To make sure that the command has been usefully executed, you should see your device name or ID right after entering this command.

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Reboot to Bootloader/Fastboot Mode

Use the below command to boot the device to Fastboot or Bootloader Mode. [Read More: How to Boot Android Device to Fastboot Mode]

adb reboot bootloader

Reboot to TWRP or Stock Recovery

To boot your device to TWRP or stock recovery from the OS, use the below command. [Read More: How to Boot into Recovery (TWRP/Stock)]

adb reboot recovery

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Pull Any File via ADB Pull

To ‘pull’ any file from your device and send it over to your PC, enter:

adb pull /file-location-on-device/filename

Push files via ADB Push

Similarly to ‘push’ any file to the device from a PC, type:

adb push filename /location-where-file-is-to-be-sent-on-device

ADB Sideload

Using this command, you could flash (install) ZIP files directly from the command shell. Moroever, you could use it across both the stock and custom recovery like TWRP. [Read More: How to Use ADB Sideload in Android [Stock and TWRP Recovery].

adb sideload filename.zip

Start ADB Server

When you need to start the ADB server, in case it does not automatically “kills the daemon” and “start on a specific port”, type the below command:

adb start-server

Kill ADB Server

If the command tool gets hanged or is not performing as expected, you may kill the server by entering the below code:

adb kill-server

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Install APK via ADB Command

To install an APK file on your device, enter the below command:

adb install filename.apk

Update APK via ADB Command

To reinstall or update an APK, type:

adb install -r filename.apk

Move App to SD Card via ADB

To move the app to sdcard (if supported by your device):

adb install -s filename.apk

Uninstall App via ADB Command

To uninstall an APK file on your device, type:

adb uninstall filename.apk

Check Installed Apps via ADB

To list all the app packages’ name [Read: How to Get App Package Name on Android [3 Methods]

adb shell pm list packages

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Check System Apps via ADB

To list all the system apps:

adb shell pm list packages -s

Uninstall System Apps via ADB

To uninstall system apps or any bloatware: [Read: Remove/Uninstall Bloatware Apps from Android via ADB]

adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0 app-package-name


List All Third Party Apps via ADB

To list third-party apps installed:

adb shell pm list packages -3

Take a Screenshot via ADB

To capture screenshots from your device: [Detailed Guide: How to Take Screenshots in Android via ADB Commands]

adb shell screencap /sdcard/screenshot.png

Then to download the captured screenshot to your PC:

adb pull /sdcard/screenshot.png

Delete File via ADB

To delete a file, type :

adb shell
rm -f /sdcard/OPWallpaperResources.apk

Deleter Folder via ADB

To delete a folder, enter the below code:

adb shell
rm -d /sdcard/ZooperWidget

Create New Folder via ADB

To create a new folder on your device, type:

adb shell
mkdir /sdcard/NewFolder

Copy Files via ADB

To copy a file from one location and paste it to another location (on your device), type:

adb shell
cp /sdcard/OPWallpaperResources.apk /sdcard/LiveWallpapers

Move Files via ADB

To move a file from one location to another (on your device), enter the below code:

adb shell
mv /sdcard/OPWallpaperResources.apk /system/app

Most Commonly Used Fastboot Commands

Here are some of the most commonly used as well as the most important Fastboot Commands and their functions.

Reboot to Fastboot Mode

To reboot your device to fastboot or bootloader mode, enter the below code:

adb reboot bootloader

Verify the ADB Connection

Once your device is booted to fastboot mode, enter the below command to check whether the connection is successful or not. If you see an alphanumeric code and the word fastboot written next to it (see screenshot below), it means your device is successfully connected to fastboot mode. Now you may try out other fastboot commands.

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Unlock Bootloader via Fastboot

To unlock the bootloader of your device, type in any of the two codes (make sure ‘OEM Unlocking’ is enabled from the ‘Developer Options). For most devices, the first code works well and fine. However, if that is not the case with you, then go for the second one. Also, note that both of these codes will wipe all your data. Make sure to create a backup before proceeding. Do Read: How to Unlock Bootloader of Any Android Device

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fastboot flashing unlock

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Relock Bootloader via Fastboot

To relock the bootloader of your device, enter:

fastboot oem lock


fastboot flashing lock

Boot to TWRP via Fastboot

To boot a recovery file on your device, enter the below code: [Read More How to Boot into TWRP Recovery]

fastboot boot recovery twrp.img

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Install File to Boot Partition

To flash (install) a boot file from the command shell, such as flashing magisk patched boot.img, type in the below code:

fastboot flash boot boot-file-name.img

Install TWRP To Recovery Partition

if your device has recovery partition, then use the below command to flash TRP to the recovery partition: [Read More How to Install TWRP Recovery on Android]

fastboot flash recovery recovery-name.img

Install TWRP to Boot partition

If your device does not have a recovery partition, then you will have to flash TWRP in the boot partition, using the below command [Read More TWRP: fastboot flash vs fastboot boot: Which command to use]

fastboot flash boot recovery-name.img

Erase Userdata

To erase all the userdata on your device (i.e.formatting the userdata partition), enter the following code:

fastboot erase userdata

Erase Everything via Fastboot

This will erase everything from your device. Your device will be just as it came out of the box

fastboot -w

Check Current Active Slot

If you have a dual A/B Partition device, then you could check the current active partition via the following command:

fastboot getvar all

After executing this command, refer to the (bootloader) current-slot: section. [Read More: How to Check and Change Current Active Slot on Android]

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Change Active Partition

If your device is A/B Partition, and you want to switch slots, say from A to B, type the below command: [Read More: How to Check and Change Current Active Slot on Android.]

fastboot set_active b

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Reboot to OS from Fastboot

To reboot your device to Android OS, enter the below code:

fastboot reboot

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Reboot from Fastboot to Recovery Mode

To Reboot from Fastboot to Recovery Mode, either TWRP or stock, use the below command:

fastboot reboot recovery

fastboot oem reboot-recovery

Boot to FastbootD Mode

To boot the device to the newer FastbootD Mode, use the below command. [Read More: What is FastbootD? How to Boot to FastbootD Mode]

From ADB: adb reboot fastboot

From Fastboot Mode: fastboot reboot fastboot

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How to Fix All Possible ADB and Fastboot Errors

While on one hand these commands offer a plethora of goodies, on the other hand, they have their fair share of issues as well. Fortunately, each of them could be fixed without much hassle. I have compiled various guides pertaining to all the major ADB and Fastboot Errors as well as the steps to fix them. Likewise, I have also documented a comprehensive guide that acts as a universal guide for all ADB/Fastboot Fixes. So without further ado, let’s check them out:

That’s it. These were all the important and frequently used ADB and Fastboot Commands. 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.