Resolving Eclipse’s Android Device Chooser Connection Issues

Resolving Eclipse's Android Device Chooser Connection Issues

22 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help


Developers utilizing Eclipse with the Android Development Tools (ADT) plugin may occasionally encounter difficulties when attempting to deploy and debug applications directly on a physical Android device. One common issue is when the device fails to appear in the Android Device Chooser. This article will guide you through the process of troubleshooting and resolving this issue.

Initial Checks

  • Ensure that your Android device is set to USB Debugging mode.
  • Check that your device is properly connected to the PC via USB.
  • Verify that you have the correct USB drivers installed for your device.

Common Solutions

For Linux Users

Linux users may need to configure udev rules to recognize the device. A common symptom of this issue is seeing a device listed with a series of question marks when running the adb devices command. Follow these steps:

  1. Identify your device’s vendor ID using the lsusb command.
  2. Add a udev rule for your device by creating or editing the /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules file:
  3. SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="your_vendor_id", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
  4. Apply the changes with:
  5. sudo chmod a+r /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules
    sudo service udev reload

This should help your device to be recognized by the Android Device Chooser in Eclipse.

For Windows Users

Windows users may face driver issues where the device is improperly recognized. To address this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Device Manager and locate your device, which may be listed under “Android phone”.
  2. Right-click on “Android ADB Interface” and choose “Update Driver Software”.
  3. Select “Browse my computer for driver software”.
  4. Choose “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”.
  5. From the list, select “USB Composite Device” and complete the driver update.

If the device is still not recognized, try pointing the driver update to the usb_driver folder within your Android SDK directory.

Additional Troubleshooting Tips

  • Restart the ADB server with elevated permissions if previously started with insufficient rights. Use sudo adb kill-server followed by sudo adb devices.
  • Change the USB connection mode on your device to PTP (Camera) to ensure it’s recognized as a debuggable device.
  • Try a different USB cable or port to rule out hardware issues.
  • On Windows, consider installing an automatic driver installer like adbdriver to facilitate the process.

Integrating with Repeato

Once your device is successfully connected and recognized by Eclipse, you can deploy your applications and begin testing. For those looking to streamline and automate their testing process, Repeato offers a no-code test automation tool that’s compatible with various app frameworks. Its intuitive interface allows for quick editing and running of tests, leveraging computer vision and AI.

Repeato is particularly useful when dealing with multiple devices or frameworks like React Native, Flutter, or Unity. Its onboard ADB capabilities and “script steps” feature simplify the execution of ADB commands, making it an excellent choice for developers seeking a robust testing solution.

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