Troubleshooting ADB Connection Over TCP/IP

Troubleshooting ADB Connection Over TCP/IP

22 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Establishing a connection between your development machine and an Android device using Android Debug Bridge (ADB) over TCP/IP can sometimes be problematic. If you’ve successfully connected your device before but are now facing issues, this guide will help you troubleshoot and restore the connection.

Standard Steps to Connect ADB Over TCP/IP

  1. Connect your Android device to your PC with a USB cable.
  2. Open a terminal or command prompt and navigate to your Android SDK platform-tools directory.
  3. Restart ADB in USB mode by entering adb usb.
  4. Switch ADB to TCP mode by entering adb tcpip 5555.
  5. Disconnect your device and find your device’s IP address in the Wi-Fi settings.
  6. Connect to your device over TCP/IP by entering adb connect <device_ip_address>:5555.

Troubleshooting Tips

If the above steps do not work, consider the following troubleshooting tips:

  • Make sure your device and development machine are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Ensure that your device’s IP address has not changed since your last successful connection.
  • Try restarting both your device and development machine to clear any temporary issues.
  • On your device, disable and re-enable Wi-Fi to refresh the network connection.
  • Verify that your firewall or VPN is not blocking the connection. If you’re using a VPN, try disabling it and reconnecting.
  • Ensure that the ADB daemon is up and running on your development machine by executing adb start-server.
  • If the default port 5555 is not responding, attempt to use a different port.

Alternative Connection Methods

If the standard method is not working, you can try alternative ways to establish the connection:

  • Use port forwarding with the command adb forward tcp:<PC_port> tcp:<device_port>.
  • For Android 11 and above, use the built-in wireless debugging options in the Developer options.

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With Repeato, you don’t need to worry about ADB connection issues, as it comes with ADB on board, enabling you to execute ADB commands via script steps. This can be particularly helpful when dealing with TCP/IP connection problems, as Repeato can handle these intricacies for you. Learn more about how Repeato can enhance your testing process on our product page.

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