How to Setup Android ADB on Mac Effortlessly

To setup Android Debug Bridge on you Mac, you have to know the ADB properly. There are some reasons to setup the ADB on your Mac.

What is ADB?

ADB defines Android Debug Bridge. It is a versatile tool that helps you to manage the state of Android powered device. It is two different applications. One application for your pone and another is for your Mac or Linux. After connecting your phone with the Mac, you can command and communicate with the phone by using your Mac. It will appear on your screen and keyboard.

During the command and communication things can be run directly when it use some terminal emulator. It seems difficult to execute the complex commands. It's a bridge between your Mac and your machine.

The ADB is used for Android development. It has three components: A server, a daemon and a client. Mostly it is used on actual Android device to manage either emulator. ADB is the Android development machine that is the basic requirement of the development. The client component of the ADB runs through the development machine. Also The ADB daemon runs as background process in the device itself.

Why do you want to setup ADB?

ADB is wonder tool for the Android users. It is Terminal based interface to interact with the Android phone system. We setup the ADB for following reasons.

  • The first and foremost criteria to setup the ADB is to facilitate interaction between both AVB emulators, develop system and physical Android device. It is for the purpose of debugging and running applications.
  • By the ADB command line tools various tasks may be performed. ADB components are used for the Android development through your Mac.
  • It consists of a daemon background process running AVDs, server process running in the background and physical Android device such as tablets and phones.

How to setup Android ADB on Mac.

Let's have a look to see the procedure of installing the full process of setting ADB on Mac. Follow the instructions with screen shoots.

Step 1: Installing the Android SDK

Before starting the download, create a new directory that you can easily find on your make. Always check the available latest versions before installing the Android SDK. For your Mac you will get the SDK package as zip format. Download the zip package and extracted the package. You will see the folder like android-sdk-macosx. Enter and navigate the folder: sdk-macosx/tools/.

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To execute the SDK manager, jus double click on the on the "android". Stay everything un-ticked.

Step 2: Downloading the SDK Platform Tools

Now you have to download and install the SDK Platform Tools. Firstly select the SDK Platform-tools and install it. Then next window will appear, accept the license regulation and Install the tools. After completing the installation, close the window. This way SDK manager downloads the SDK Platform tools successfully. It is necessary for ADB. Define the path where ADB is located.

Open the directory android that you made it in the first step. Click on the /sdk/platform-tools and copy the adb file. In the root of the original android directory, paste the adb. Almost you are done. You need to check the process.

After the setting you have to connect your android device with your Mac. Before that you have to enable the Android Debugging on your device. Through the Developer options it will be done . It is hidden setting. When you press Build number 7 times during Settings > About Phone on your device, it will be activated.

  • Open the Terminal and type cd in the path of original android directory that you made in the first step.
  • cd ~/Desktop/android
  • click Return
  • Again Type ./adb devices & press Return
  • Check your Android device, there might ask you to Allow USB Debugging from your Mac. If there any messages like that, just allow.
  • You will see that your device is enlisted as an attached device.
  • You may need to type. /adb devices again. Then you will see that you device is an authorized device.
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There will appear a message in Terminal saying
* daemon not running starting it now on port 5037 *
* daemon started successfully *.

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Don't worry; just continue the following process in the setup.

If you did the following steps then it everything went as expected. ADB is installed and function also ready to start. Using the Terminal you can add a path and you don't need to add./ and cd in the android directory to every command.

  • Open terminal
  • Write nano ~/.bash_profile
  • Click Return.
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There should be a terminal window that is like the one above. Into the terminal window, copy the export PATH command just below your Terminal window exchanging /Users/ /Desktop/android with the right path to the original android directory that you have created in the first step.

export PATH=${PATH}:/Users/ /Desktop/android

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  • Click on Return
  • Click on CTRL+X
  • Click on Y to confirm
  • Click on Return
  • Close Terminal
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Now you have to confirm about the installation. Type adb devices into the Terminal and you will see you device enlisted under attached devices without having to change directories. Before trying to the last step of adb devices, don't forget to add close terminal. It may create problem to setup. Now you have completed the total procedure of the ADB setup. If you face problem, just try again it on you Mac OS.

How to Use ADB

Setting should be done though above the procedure. Whatever you like to your phone you can simply use ADB to manipulate your phone. Check the command of your ADB on your Android device. Press 'adb device' and hit enter. You may see the serial number on the screen. If you failed to installed the ADB or failed to use the ADB. Just go through the instructions again. It is the right way to setup the Android Debug Bridge on your Mac.

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