Resolving Android Studio Wi-Fi Pairing Issues on Windows

Resolving Android Studio Wi-Fi Pairing Issues on Windows

22 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Wireless debugging in Android Studio streamlines the development process by removing the need for physical tethering to your development machine. However, sometimes you may encounter issues with Wi-Fi pairing. This article aims to provide a clear guide on how to resolve a common Wi-Fi pairing issue on Windows.

Quick Fix for Wi-Fi Pairing

If you’re facing an error stating, “This system does not meet the requirements to support Wi-Fi pairing. Please update to the latest version of ‘platform-tools’ using the SDK manager,” you can try the following steps:

  1. Open Android Studio and navigate to File -> Settings.
  2. Go to Build, Execution, Deployment -> Debugger.
  3. Under Android Debug Bridge (adb), uncheck ‘Enable adb mDNS for wireless debugging’ and click Apply.
  4. Wait a few seconds for the changes to take effect.
  5. Recheck ‘adb mDNS for wireless debugging’ and click Apply.
  6. When the Windows Defender pop-up window appears, allow network access to adb.

This procedure should resolve the issue and allow Wi-Fi pairing to work again.

Extended Solution

If the quick fix doesn’t work, inspect the Android Studio logs (Help -> Show Log in Explorer) for errors related to the adb mDNS daemon. You may find messages indicating that the mDNS daemon is unavailable or not supported. In this case, follow the steps above but instead of re-enabling the mDNS service immediately, wait until a pop-up window prompts you to allow adb network access, then proceed with allowing access.

Additional Troubleshooting Steps

  • Ensure your environment variable ADB_MDNS_OPENSCREEN is set to 1, which can be done via PowerShell:
$env:ADB_MDNS_OPENSCREEN=1
adb kill-server
adb start-server
                
  • Uninstall and reinstall the platform-tools via Android Studio or using the sdkmanager command.
  • Use the Invalidate Caches feature in Android Studio (File -> Invalidate Caches -> Invalidate and Restart) to refresh the IDE’s state.
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