Connecting Your Android Device to Eclipse ADT: A Troubleshooting Guide

Connecting Your Android Device to Eclipse ADT: A Troubleshooting Guide

22 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

If you’re using Eclipse with the Android Development Tools (ADT) plugin and encountering issues with your physical device not showing up in the Android Device Chooser, this troubleshooting guide is for you. This is a common issue that developers face, and it can be caused by a range of factors. We’ll walk you through the steps to resolve this and ensure a smooth connection between Eclipse and your Android device.

Initial Device Connection Check

Before diving into deeper troubleshooting, it’s important to ensure that the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) can recognize your device:

  1. Open a Command Prompt (Windows) or Terminal (Mac).
  2. Navigate to the directory where ADB is located using the cd command, typically found in C:\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools.
  3. Type adb devices and press Enter.

If your device is listed, you can proceed to the next steps. If not, ADB is unable to communicate with your device. Here’s what you can try:

  • Enable “USB Debugging Mode” on your device under Settings > Application > Development.
  • Enable “Allow installation of non-market Applications” under the same menu.
  • Restart both your computer and the Android device.
  • Reinstall device drivers on your computer.

Configuring Eclipse ADT

Next, ensure that your Eclipse ADT setup is configured correctly:

  1. In Eclipse, right-click your project in the Package Explorer and select Run As > Run Configurations…
  2. Under Android Application, create a new configuration if needed and ensure it’s selected.
  3. On the right, under the Android tab, check that your project is displayed. On the Target tab, select “Always prompt to select device” or “manual”.
  4. Click “Apply” and close the dialog.

Now, when you run your application, you should see a list of devices, including yours.

Checking Project Build Target

Finally, verify that your project’s Android version is compatible with your device:

  • On your device, go to Settings > About Device and note the Android version.
  • In Eclipse, right-click your project and go to Properties > Android > Project Build Target.
  • Ensure the selected build target is not newer than your device’s Android version.

Repeato Integration

While troubleshooting the connection between Eclipse ADT and your Android device is essential, it’s equally important to have a robust testing framework. Our product, Repeato, is a no-code test automation tool that can help streamline your testing process. With its ability to run tests based on computer vision and AI, Repeato is compatible with various app frameworks, including React Native, Flutter, and Unity. It also has ADB onboard, allowing for seamless execution of ADB commands via script steps, making it a valuable addition to your development toolkit.

Implementing Repeato can help ensure that once your device is connected and your app is running, you can perform automated tests efficiently. This ensures higher quality and more reliable app releases, which is the ultimate goal of any development cycle.


By following the steps outlined in this guide, you should be able to resolve the issue of your Android device not showing up in Eclipse’s Android Device Chooser. Remember to check both the ADB connection and your Eclipse ADT settings. If you’re looking to enhance your testing process further, consider exploring Repeato for a comprehensive, no-code test automation solution.

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