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Android - ADB and mFastboot Setup

This page will walk you through the install and setup of ADB, Android Platform Tools, and mFastboot. note: For the difference between Fastboot and mFastboot, see -> HERE

First, you will need to make sure you have the latest Moto drivers installed. You can get them from -> https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/88481

Properly setup ADB and the Android Platform Tools:

Rather than re-inventing the wheel, I'll suggest a good tutorial to follow is -> http://www.droidrzr.com/index.php/topic/6369-how-to-properly-set-up-adb-and-fastboot-for-your-windows-7-pc/ FOLLOW EVERY STEP. NOTE: When performing step 2, you might also want to select Google USB driver from under Extras.

After you follow that tutorial EXACTLY, you'll then want to download mFastboot-442.zip, and unzip it into your Platform-tools folder (usually C:\Android-Sdk\platform-tools.)

Perform step 12b of the tutorial a second time, as mfastboot instead of fastboot. If you get "unknown command" or "unrecognized command" for step 12a or 12b, something isn't setup right. Its likely that you didn't properly add the install folder to the path variable (steps 6 through 10). If you get "unknown command" when doing step 12b as mfastboot but 12a and 12b were OK, then something went wrong while unzipping mfastboot, finding the windows version, renaming it, and moving it to your platform-tools folder.

Once you have that done, if USB Debugging is enabled on your phone (App drawer -> Settings -> Developer Options -> USB debugging check box), and your phone is connected via USB cable to your computer, you can open a cmd prompt, and use adb, fastboot and mfastboot from any folder containing the files you wish to flash.

To use Fastboot or mFastboot, you must reboot the phone into Bootloader/Fastboot AP mode.

Update ADB and the Android Platform Tools:

From time to time Google updates parts of the Android SDK and Android PlatformTools. To update it...

  1. Open your Windows Explorer, browse to your C:\Android-SDK folder which was created when you followed the tutorial.
  2. Double click the SDKManager.exe
  3. When it opens, for SHOW, ensure the boxes for Updates/New and Installed are checked.
  4. Ensure only those listed as Update Available under Status column are selected.
  5. Click the install button.
  6. Accept any licenses and install.
  7. Follow any on-screen prompts to complete the install