Troubleshooting ADB Connection Issues with Nexus 5 on Fedora

Troubleshooting ADB Connection Issues with Nexus 5 on Fedora

22 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Connecting your Nexus 5 to a development environment can sometimes present challenges. This guide is designed to help you establish a successful ADB connection between your Nexus 5 device and a Fedora system.


  • Android Studio 0.3.6 or later
  • Fedora 18 (64-bit) or later
  • Nexus 5 with Android KitKat or later

Step-by-Step Troubleshooting Guide

Ensuring USB Debugging is Enabled

Before proceeding with any troubleshooting steps, ensure that USB debugging is enabled on your Nexus 5:

  1. Go to Settings > About phone.
  2. Tap Build number 7 times to unlock developer options.
  3. Return to the main settings and access Developer options.
  4. Toggle USB debugging to enable it.

After enabling USB debugging, reconnect your device to your Fedora system via USB and wait for any prompts on your device to authorize the connection.

Updating Android SDK and Device Drivers

On your Fedora system, update the Android SDK to ensure the Google USB Driver is current. Although the Google USB Driver is marked as “Not compatible with Linux,” this step is crucial for Windows users and serves as a reminder to ensure all components are up-to-date.

For Windows users: From the Control Panel, navigate to System > Device manager, right-click on your Nexus device, and select Update driver. Point the driver installation to your android-sdk-folder\extras\google\usb_driver directory.

Restarting ADB Server

After checking the USB debugging and updating necessary drivers, restart the ADB server:

  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Run adb kill-server to stop any running instances.
  3. Run adb start-server to start a new instance of the ADB server.
  4. Run adb devices to see if your Nexus 5 is now listed.

Checking USB Connection Modes

Adjusting the USB connection mode on your Nexus 5 can help establish a connection:

  1. Disconnect your device from the computer.
  2. Go to Settings > Storage, tap the menu icon, and select USB computer connection.
  3. Select Camera (PTP) mode.
  4. Reconnect your device and look for any prompts to accept the connection.

If the device is still not recognized, try toggling USB debugging on and off and repeating the process.

Integrating Repeato in Your Workflow

If you’re developing for Android and frequently encounter issues with ADB or want a more streamlined testing process, consider integrating Repeato into your workflow. Repeato is a No-code test automation tool for iOS and Android that simplifies creating, running, and maintaining automated tests for your apps.

With Repeato, you can:

  • Quickly edit and run tests, reducing the time spent on manual testing.
  • Use computer vision and AI to work with all sorts of app frameworks, including react-native, flutter, and unity.
  • Execute ADB commands via script steps, offering a seamless integration with your existing ADB setup.

For more information on automating your testing process and enhancing your ADB workflow, check out our article on Repeato vs. Appium.

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