How to install and set up the Android ADB drivers

ADB (Android Debug Bridge) is a tool that helps you get a bit more technical with your Android. It allows the control of the smartphone even from your PC and it’s helpful for advanced tasks.

With ADB you can use simple command lines to install applications, upload photos, and edit system files on the Android.

To get started, you first need to setup the ADB drivers for your Android. This process can be completed by following our guide bellow:

Android ADB tool

Android ADB tool

Installing and setting up the SDK:

1. Download the latest SDK from HERE and extract it to C:\AndroidSDK.

2. Check if USB Debugging is on by going to Settings->Applications-> Development, on your smartphone.

Note: If you are using Windows 7, skip steps 3 and 4, and follow this procedure.

3. Connect the phone to the PC, using an USB cable.

4. After Windows automatically  installs the drivers, click Run and then type CMD.exe to open the command prompt.

5. In the black screen, type the following commands, ending each line with the Enter key:

  • cd\

  • cd AndroidSDK\tools\

  • adb devices

6. If the set up of the Android ADB drivers was successful, you should see the serial number of your phone. If not, you must install the drivers again.

How to reinstall the drivers:

1. Download USBDeview.

2. With the phone connected to the PC, open USBDeview and choose to sort the files by manufacturer. Delete all HTC drivers.

3. Unplug the phone and plug it again.

4. The drivers should now be reinstalled automatically.

5. To check if the process was without errors, go to Start-> Device Manager (or Device) and click on the Android Phone. At the Hardware tab-> Type, check for the ADB Interface.

6. Done. You can now use ADB on your Android.

Note: If you still don’t see the ADB drivers, install them manually:

1. Download drivers bellow that match your phone:

  • Motorola Droid Drivers

2. Click Device Manager > Right Click Android Phone > Properties >Update Driver > Browse > Let me pick > Computer > Have Disk > Browse and then choose the folder containing the above drivers.

Now that you can use the ADB tool for your device, HERE are some simple commands to practice.

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