How to Use ADB and Fastboot on a Chromebook


For a long time, Chromebook users who also need access to the Android Debug Utility (ADB) and Fastboot for Android devices were left with one option: Crouton. Now, however, both ADB and Fastboot are included in Chrome OS. Here’s how to access them.

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First: Your Device Needs to be in Developer Mode

First things first: ADB and Fastboot are technically considered “developer” tools, so your Chromebook will need to be in Developer Mode before you’ll be able to access them. Just to make it clear, we’re not talking about the developer channel here—every Chromebook can be put into a sort of “unlocked” mode that allows for deeper system access and tweaks. This is called Developer Mode.

RELATED: How to Enable Developer Mode on Your Chromebook

Fortunately, enabling Developer Mode is pretty straightforward and simple. There is one caveat, however: it will powerwash your device, so you’ll have to start over. The good news is that it’s a Chromebook, so this really shouldn’t take that long.

If you’re cool with that, hit up our guide on enabling Developer Mode. That should get you rolling and ready to go in a matter of a few minutes.

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