Installation of ADB in Windows

Install ADB with SDK

Step 1

Make sure that the required drivers for your android device are properly installed on your PC. If you’re not sure then download and install the latest versions from your device manufacture’s website. Below are the links to download software of various manufacturers. Choose yours and install the required software.

Step 2

Download and install the Android SDK (Software Development Kit) Starter package from http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html.

An “android-sdk_rXX-windows.zip” file which you can extract to any place on your PC and the adb program will work from there. For easiness with commands, extract it to C:\

Step 3

For adb to work on SDK Starter package we have to add Platform Tools part to the SDK. Below are the steps:

  1. Open root directory of the SDK (for e.g. if you’ve installed or extracted it on:/ then go to this address “c:\android-sdk-windows”
  2. Find “SDK Manager” and double-click on it to execute.
  3. It will check for updates on the Android website, and a pop up window will appear showing a list of available downloads. Just add the “Android SDK Platform Tools” and reject everything else

Step 4

On your Android device go to Settings->Applications->Development and make sure that “USB Debugging” is ticked. It’s essential for ADB to work!

Now plug your phone into your PC (using original cable that’s supplied by your manufacturer is recommended when working with ADB). If a window pops up saying “installing drivers” then wait for it to complete installation

Step 5

Open command prompt from the menus, or Open “Run > and type cmd” to execute Command Prompt and navigate to “c:\
android-sdk\platform-tools”

Now insert the following code:

C:\> adb devices

This should display something like the following:

List of devices attached

XYZ12345ABC device

If you can see your device in the list then congratulations! You’ve done well. You are now good to start using adb. Enjoy!

If it’s NOT appearing in the list make sure that drivers are properly installed and you’ve enabled “USB Debugging

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