Troubleshooting ADB Device Recognition on Windows

Troubleshooting ADB Device Recognition on Windows

22 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Understanding the Issue

Developers often encounter an issue where their Nexus 7 or similar devices are not recognized by the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) on Windows 7 x64 systems. Despite the device appearing as “Android Composite ADB Device” in the Device Manager, indicating that the appropriate USB drivers are installed and USB debugging is enabled, the device fails to be listed by the ADB.

Possible Solutions

Below are some steps that can help resolve this issue:

  1. Switch USB Connection Mode: Change the USB connection mode from “Media Device (MTP)” to “Camera (PTP)”. This can usually be done from the device’s notification area when connected to the PC.
    • Navigate to Settings > Storage.
    • Tap on the top-left option (USB computer connection).
    • Select “Camera (PTP)” option.
  2. Enable Developer Mode: On devices running Android 4.2 or higher, developer options are hidden by default. To enable them:
    • Go to Settings > About phone/tablet.
    • Tap on “Build number” seven times.
    • Return to Settings and open “Developer options”.
    • Enable “USB debugging”.
  3. Update Driver Software: If the device is still not recognized, manually updating the driver software may help.
    • Connect your Android device to your PC’s USB port.
    • Right-click on “Computer” and select “Manage”.
    • Go to “Device Manager” and locate your device under “Other devices”.
    • Right-click on your device and select “Update Driver Software”.
    • Choose to browse your computer for driver software.
    • Locate the USB driver folder (typically in <sdk>\extras\google\usb_driver\).
    • Proceed to install the driver.
  4. Edit the ‘android_winusb.inf’ File: If the above methods don’t work, you may need to add your device’s hardware ID to the ‘android_winusb.inf’ file located in the USB driver folder.

Introducing Repeato

While resolving ADB device recognition issues is crucial for app development and testing, ensuring that your app is robust and error-free is equally important. This is where Repeato, a No-code test automation tool, comes in. Not only does Repeato streamline the creation, execution, and maintenance of automated tests for iOS and Android apps, but it also allows for the execution of ADB commands via script steps, making it a versatile tool in your development and testing arsenal.

Repeato’s use of computer vision and AI to recognize elements in your app means it’s compatible with a wide range of app frameworks, including React Native, Flutter, and Unity. It’s a solution that offers a fast and efficient way to ensure your app’s quality, without the need for extensive coding knowledge.

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