The following is a simple guide on how to install ADB onto your computer to Root the Nexus 4, 7 or 10.
Complete guide after the break.
ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge. It comes bundled with the Standard Android SDK and is basically an interface for interacting with your phone’s file system via a command line interface.
How to install ADB
Download the Android SDK from here. Extract the compressed file to the C drive in a folder named “android-sdk”.
Browse to the folder to which you extracted the compressed file and launch the SDK Manager. The first option is ‘Android SDK Platform-tools’. Make sure it is checked, and uncheck all the supplementary packages for now. You can check/uncheck a package by clicking on its name and then selecting the Accept/Reject button.
Now simply click install and wait till the Android SDK Platform Tools are installed. If everything goes perfectly, you will see a “platform tools” folder inside your SDK folder.
ADB is now installed into your system. But calling it in command prompt will be a hassle this way as you’ll have to enter the complete path of the SDK folder each time you want to run a command. To fix this, we will add their paths to the PATH environment Variables. Proceed directly onto Step Four if you’re fine with entering the complete path every time.
- If you’re using Windows 7, right click on the Computer icon in the start menu and select Properties. Now click “Advanced System Settings” from the options in the left pane to bring up the “System Properties” window. If you’re using Windows XP you can get to this window by simply right clicking on the My Computer icon and clicking on properties.
- Once you have the “System Properties” window open, click the “Environment Variables” button in the advanced tab.
- Find “Path” in the System Variable section and double click it. A window will open which will allow you to edit the value.
- Do not change the existing entry in the Value, just add the following string to the end of it.
Once you have added the path, reboot your system.
Install the USB Drivers. Click here to download them.
Now connect your phone via USB. To check if the Drivers were installed successfully nacigate to Device Manager. Your phone should be lister under “ADB Interface”.
To ensure that adb has been set up properly, run command prompt and type ‘adb devices’ and hit enter. Your connected device should show up with a serial number.
ADB has now been installed on your phone. You can now root your phone by following THIS guide.