Connecting your Android device to your PC using ADB (Android Debug Bridge) opens up a world of possibilities. Whether it’s transferring files, installing or debugging apps, or running a special command on your mobile device, ADB can make the process much easier. That is, unless you encounter an error along the way.

ADB cannot detect the device you are trying to connect to, this could be due to several reasons. Often this problem is related to faulty drivers. Read the troubleshooting steps below.

Enable USB debugging

Before proceeding with the troubleshooting process, make sure that USB debugging is enabled on your Android device. Enabling this option will allow you to access your Android’s file system when connected to your PC. To enable USB debugging, you must first enable developer options.

  1. Open your Android’s settings and find the “System” section.
  2. Tap Developer Options.
  3. Scroll down to the “Debugging” section.
  4. Enable USB debugging.”

Once you have completed this step, try connecting your device to your PC again. If you are still unable to install your Android, continue to the next step.

Remove faulty drivers

Once you’ve enabled USB debugging, it’s time to fix the driver that’s causing the problem. It’s not always necessary to uninstall the wrong driver before installing a new one, so you can try updating your ADB right away. However, taking this extra step can prevent further problems in the future.

  1. Connect your Android device. Click the Windows button and search for ‘device manager’. Open your Device Manager.
  2. Find and expand the category where your phone is located. This could be “Android Devices”, “Wearable Devices”, or something similar. ADB interface is right below it.
  3. Right-click and select “Delete”. Then press “Uninstall the driver software for this device” before pressing “OK”.

Then uninstall any other potentially faulty drivers. You can use a utility to detect your USB devices and remove those that are not working properly.

  1. Download NirSoft’s USBDeview tool.
  2. Right-click and press “Extract All” to extract the package and run the tool. You will see a color-coded list of your USB devices. Remove any gray entry that contains words like “ADB,” “Android,” “Google,” or “Linux.”

Your PC usually installs drivers automatically, so you don’t have to worry about removing something you shouldn’t have.

Update your ADB driver

Then you need to download the ADB driver you need. If you’re not sure which one you need, you can simply use a universal driver that works with all Android devices. Here are the steps to update your ADB driver.

  1. Download the universal ADB drivers from ClockworkMod.
  2. Right-click on the file and select “Install” to run the downloaded file and follow the steps in the installation wizard.

Once the installation is complete, it’s time to update your Android’s driver.

  1. Connect your Android device to your PC with a USB cable.
  2. Go to your Device Manager.
  3. Find the category of your Android device (“Android Devices”, “Wearable Devices”, etc.) and click the arrow next to it.
  4. Right-click on your device and select “Update Driver”.
  5. Press “Browse my computer for driver software” in the popup.
  6. Then choose “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.”
  7. You will see a list of available drivers. If the Android Composite ADB interface is not there, click “Have Disk…” Browse the Universal ABD driver you just installed and click “Ok”.

When the installation is complete, you can close the window and restart your PC. The next time you connect your Android to your computer, your ADB interface will correctly recognize your device.

Tip: If you run into a problem while updating your drivers on Windows 7, your Android device may be connected to a USB 3.0 port. Try plugging it into a USB 2.0 port instead to prevent the system from automatically installing the default drivers.

Troubleshoot bad drivers

Windows installs most drivers automatically, but if you’re having trouble connecting your Android device, you may need to take matters into your own hands. Follow the instructions above to update your ADB driver and you will be able to establish a connection.

Did you manage to solve your driver problem? Do you have any tips for other users who are still getting stuck? Let us know in the comments below.


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