Installing and using ADB

In order to install the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) and connect your device to a computer, you need to perform two steps:

  1. Install ADB on your PC.
  2. Enable developer mode.

ADB is an Android project tool available for free on the Android SDK. We suggest a stripped-down version like the "15 seconds ADB installer" to avoid downloading the very large sized full SDK.

Installing ADB

  1. Once you have downloaded the application, double click on it to start the installation process. If you have never installed ADB on your PC, answer ‘Y’ to all questions. abd 1
  2. After installation, run the ADB command on the command line to check the installation.
  3. Start the Command Prompt application and type "ADB" finishing with the enter key. You should see the ADB help text as shown below: abd 2

With ADB installed, it is time to enable Developer Mode on your Android device and connect it to the PC.

Enabling developer mode

  1. Go to Settings on Android and click on the “About tablet/phone/device” option. enable abd 1
  2. Scroll down to see the Build number entry and click on it seven times. As you click, you will see messages stating you are about to become a developer. enable adb 2
  3. When you are in Developer Mode, hit "back" and click on the new “Developer Options” option. enable adb 3
  4. Scroll down to the Debugging section and select the "USB Debugging" option. enable adb 4
  5. A confirmation dialog box will pop-up. Hit “OK”. enable adb 5
  6. Connect your device to the PC with a USB cable. You will be prompted with an authorization dialog box. Check “Always allow from this computer” and hit “OK”. enable adb 6
  7. At this point, your device is ready to use ADB. Open the Windows Command Prompt and type "adb devices". The connected device should be listed. enable adb 7