It is a common sense that every Android phone needs a proper USB driver for a computer to recognize it. A computer and a smartphone both run different Operating Systems and have their own specifications.
Thus, They need a bridge to understand each other. There comes the ADB Fastboot and USB Drivers.
These drivers are custom software components developed to let a Windows PC and a device communicate with each other. This documentation by Microsoft will help you understand better.
This common sense is also applicable to all phones released by Xiaomi and its umbrella brands, Redmi and Poco.
Download ADB Installer
ADB Installer Tool is a small script to do a complete install of ADB Fastboot drivers and Google USB drivers.
The advantage of using this tool is the ability to get all essential drivers installed system-wide. There is one drawback though, the included ADB Fastboot tools are old version.
Android Platform Tools package that comes next is the solution for that.
|File size||8.9 MB|
|Download||Direct link – Mega.nz|
- Extract the zip file on your computer.
- Double-click the ADB-Installer-v1.4.3.exe file to run it.
- Type Y on the keyboard then hit Enter.
- Wait for the tool to do its magic.
Download Android Platform Tools
Android Platform-Tools is part of the Android SDK necessary for developers to build their apps.
Ordinary Android users may need it to do whatever you are going to do that needs either ADB or Fastboot.
The package contains ADB, Fastboot, and Systrace tools. These tools are developed by Google as the official owners of Android OS.
The advantage of using these tools built-in the Platform Tools package is the newest version available.
Owners of recent Redmi phone series may take advantage of this.
Furthermore, Platform-Tools is available for not only Windows but also Linux and Mac OS.
Since ADB is always backwards compatible, you can always use the latest version available. No need to download older versions.
How to install? Simply download and extract the zip file(s). No installation needed.
Latest Version for Windows
|File size||7.0 MB|
Latest Version for Linux
|File size||7.9 MB|
|Compatibility||Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, Fedora|
Latest Version for Mac
|File size||7.8 MB|
|Compatibility||OS X or MacOS (Mojave) or newer|
MiFlash In-built Drivers
Xiaomi’s in-house developed flashing tool also comes with all essential drivers. These drivers are hand-picked by their Developer team to meet requirements of all Redmi, Redmi Note, Poco, and of course Mi phones.
The company knows better on what its products need.
Mi Flash Tool is a Windows-based software useful to install stock MIUI firmware. All the supporting tools and drivers are included within a single package.
You can download Mi Flash Tool here.
The software is compatible for any Redmi, Redmi Note, Mi, and Poco phones.
How to Install Drivers
Step 1 – Extract the Mi Flash Tool zip file. It’s a portable toolkit and hence no installation needed.
Step 2 – Right-click on the XiaoMiFlash file then choose Run As Administrator. This launches the software.
Step 3 – Click the Driver menu on the top.
Step 4 – Another window will appear. Click the Install button.
Step 5 – Wait for the tool to install all the five drivers. Click OK once done.
Despite not mandatory, rebooting your computer makes sure all newly instaled drivers work fine.