How To Use ADB And Fastboot On Chromebook

Chromebook users who want to access the ADB and Fastboot for Android devices faced with one option: Crouton for a long time. However, both ADB and Fastboot are now available Chrome OS. If you don’t know how to do, here is how you can access them.

Make sure your device is in Developer Mode

ADB and Fastboot are “developer” tools, so if you want to access and use them, your Chromebook needs to be in Developer Mode first. Every Chromebook needs to be put into an “unlocked” mode that allows accessing and tweaking system deeper, which is called Developer Mode.

Fortunately, you can easily enable Developer Mode on your Chromebook. There is one caveat, but it might power wash your laptop, so you’ll need to start over. The good news is that the process on Chromebook is not long.

Get Your Crosh On

To use ADB and Fastboot on your Chromebook, the second step you need to do is using something called Crosh. You can think of it as a lite terminal for Chrome OS. There are many ways to access Crosh.  To open it in a full window, simply press the combination key: Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard.

If you usually use Crosh, you would like it to be in a popout window. There are two extensions you’ll need, which are Secure Shell and Crosh Window. Once both are installed, a Crosh entry will appear in your app drawer for quick launch.

When a Crosh window is opened, you’re now ready to rock and roll. However, you can’t go straight into ADB and Fastboot, you’ll have to enter a command to get a shell window. Type the following command:


You will see a prompt changing to read “[email protected],” after which both ADB and Fastboot are available for use like normal.

Also read: Get Android P On Your Android Smartphones

What if it doesn’t work?

For the first time we tried this out, we couldn’t have it work. Although ADB could still recognize our Android devices, it did not request access. After that, we realized that our Chrome OS was still running on an old ABD/Fastboot version. To make it work, we need to update it.

However, that’s also where the problem comes into play as you are not able to update ADB and Fastboot like other operating systems. But there is still a solution. If you are using an Intel-based Chromebook, there is a script that will automatically update ADB and Fastboot to the latest versions, and move them to the right location. Next, everything should work well.

The script is quite straightforward, and all the instructions are already uploaded to the GitHub page. You’d better read them carefully before getting started so that you can understand what’s going on behind the scenes. Everything is open source, so if you want to look through the code, you can also do that.

Once ADB and Fastboot are updated and moved, you will see both commands work flawlessly. We tested this on a Samsung Chromebook Pro by flashing a stock ROM for our Pixel phone and it worked perfectly.