ADB commands come in handy when you need to troubleshoot your device, reboot it to recovery, download, or fast boot mode, upgrade firmware, root android phone, install custom ROM, etc. ADB drivers and commands can also help you unlock the OEM lock which enables you to unlock the bootloader and install custom recovery and custom ROMs.
We also created a video guide on how you can use the ADB commands to change Android resolution or DPI levels.
However, ADB drivers are sometimes tricky and may not work. So if you are trying to connect to your Android device over ADB commands but the connection fails or the ADB commands are not recognized, it may be due to improper installation of ADB drives or bad device drivers.
In this guide, I will show you steps to install, configure and troubleshoot or fix ADB drivers and commands properly on a Windows 10 and Windows 11 PC. You may also install ADB drivers on Mac.
In case you are looking for Fastboot drivers, read our guide on How to Install ADB and Fastboot Drivers in 15 Seconds – All Versions.
Steps to Install and Fix ADB Drivers
Follow these steps to troubleshoot and install ADB Drivers correctly on any Windows PC.
Step 1: Turn on USB Debugging
First, turn on the USB Debugging Mode on your Android device. This option is available under the Developers options. You can activate the Developer Options and enable USB debugging by following these steps,
- On your Android phone, navigate to Settings>About Phone>Software Information and then tap on the Build Number 7-8 times continuously.
- Enter your Pin or pattern to turn on the Developer Options.
- Then go back to Settings and tap on Developer Options.
- Scroll down a bit, under Debugging section, turn on USB debugging option. Tap OK to Confirm.
- Now if you have already installed ADB drivers, check if you are able to communicate with your device. For this, open command prompt in your PC and execute following ADB command,
If you see no output or any error, follow Step 2. to troubleshoot and fix ADB Drivers.
Step 2: Troubleshoot and Fix ADB Drivers on Windows
To fix the problem witH ADB drivers, follow these steps,
- Press Windows+S, type Device Manager and open it.
- Now click on your phone and expand it.
- Right click on the Android ADB Interface and choose Uninstall device.
- Click ‘Delete the driver software‘ checkbox and then click ‘Uninstall.’
- Finally, restart your system.
Step 3: Install Universal ADB Drivers
To download and install ADB drivers on Windows 10 or Windows 11, follow these steps,
- Disconnect your Android phone from PC and download the ADB drivers.
- Then run the downloaded ADB drivers MSI program file and follow the installation instructions. Make sure your Android phone is not connected to your PC while installing the ADB drivers.
Step 4: Check ADB Drivers are Working
Once the drivers are installed successfully, open Command Prompt and type ADB. If you get a list of output ADB commands, it means ADB drivers are installed and working.
Now you may connect your phone to your PC and turn ON USB Debugging. Then open Command Prompt on your Windows PC and execute following command,
This should return the device’s identity.
If so, you can now communicate and control your Android phone over ADB commands.
ADB Commands Still Not Working?
If you are still not able to use ADB commands or seeing errors, it could be due to,
- A damaged USB Port on your PC or Phone. Try changing the USB port or use another Android phone to confirm ADB commands are working.
- A faulty USB cable could also be a reason. In such a case, try using another cable.
- It may also be your Android firmware or custom ROM that you may have installed. In such a case, you can’t do much.
Video Guides to Install, Troubleshoot and Fix ADB Drivers
So that was how you troubleshoot and install Android ADB drivers on Windows 10 and Windows 11. In case you need more help, have any questions related to ADB or Android, do let me know via the comments down below.
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