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How to install the ADB driver on Windows 10?

By Eunice Samson | September 21, 2018 |

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Those who are familiar with the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) already know the benefits it can give. The feature allows them to side-load apps that they cannot acquire from the Google Play Store. For instance, they can use the ADB to record their phone’s screen via their computer. Basically, the ADB is a command line tool that allows users to control their Android device on their Windows PC, using a USB cable.

If you’re still wondering what this feature is and how you can add it to your PC, well, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we are going to teach you how to install Android Debug Bridge for Windows 10. Make sure you read through the article to get bonus tips that will enhance your user experience!

How to Install Android Debug Bridge for Windows 10?

In general, you must go through the following steps to install the ADB on your computer:

  1. Check if you already have the ADB driver installed on your PC.
  2. Get the ADB driver file.
  3. Activate USB Debugging on your Android device.
  4. Open Device Manager and install the ADB driver.

You will see the detailed instructions below. Make sure you follow them carefully to be able to set up the ADB correctly.

First Step: Check if You Already Have the ADB Driver Installed on your PC

The first thing you have to do is check if your computer already has the ADB driver installed. Simply perform a test via Chrome to see if your PC can recognize your Android device and communicate with it. To do that, follow the steps below:

  1. Use a USB cable to connect your Android device to your computer.
  2. Open Google Chrome.
  3. Inside the URL bar, type “chrome://inspect” (no quotes), then press Enter.

You do not have the ADB driver installed on your PC yet if the test fails. On the other hand, if you see the name of your Android device, then it means that you already have the ADB driver on your computer.

Second Step: Get the ADB Driver File

Of course, before you can add the ADB driver to your PC, you have to get the installation file first. Typically, your Android device’s manufacturer provides the ADB driver file. Download the installation file from the official website.

Third Step: Activate USB Debugging on your Android Device

Once you’ve downloaded the ADB driver file, you must enable the USB Debugging function on your Android device. You can only enjoy the full potential of the ADB when the USB debugging function is activated. Here are the steps:

Note: By default, the USB Debugging option is hidden for Android 4.2 and newer versions.

  1. Open Settings on your Android device.
  2. Scroll down, then tap About Phone or About.
  3. Enable the Developer options by tapping the Build number seven times.
  4. Remember to set the toggle at the top to On.
  5. Enable USB Debugging.
  6. Plug your Android device into your computer. On your Android device, you will see a message saying, “Allow USB Debugging?” Select the box beside the ‘Always allow from this computer’ option, then tap OK.

Fourth Step: Open Device Manager and Install the ADB Driver

You can open Device Manager to install the ADB driver. In this article, we are going to use Google Nexus 7 because the steps are quite similar for all other Android devices. Once you’re ready, just follow the instructions below:

  1. Plug your Android device into your computer.
  2. Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows Key+R on your keyboard.
  3. Type “devmgmt.msc” (no quotes), then hit Enter. This should bring up Device Manager.
  4. Look for your Android device.
  5. Right-click it, then select Properties from the options. If the driver is not installed properly, you will see a yellow warning icon beside your Android device.
  6. Go to the Driver tab, then click Update Driver.
  7. A new window will pop up. Select the ‘Browse my computer for driver software’ option.
  8. Search for the ADB driver file you previously downloaded by clicking Browse.
  9. Select the box beside Include Subfolders, then click Next. Device Manager will automatically install the ADB driver.

If you do not need this feature, you might ask, “Where can I uninstall the ADB driver?” You can do that via Device Manager. You just need to follow the first four steps, then select Uninstall Device.

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