Troubleshooting ADB Device Unauthorized Issue

Troubleshooting ADB Device Unauthorized Issue

22 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Encountering an “unauthorized” status when trying to connect to your Android device over ADB can be frustrating. This issue can prevent you from debugging your applications and using various ADB functionalities. In this article, we’ll walk through the steps to resolve the ADB device unauthorized issue.

Step-by-Step Guide to Fix Unauthorized Device

  1. Check Device Authorization Status:

    Begin by checking the current authorization status of your device with the following command:

    adb devices

    If the device is listed as “unauthorized,” proceed to the next step.

  2. Revoke USB Debugging on Your Device:

    On your device, navigate to the Developer Options and select “Revoke USB debugging authorization.” This option is available on most devices running JellyBean or higher.

  3. Restart ADB Server:

    Restart the ADB server on your computer with these commands:

    adb kill-server
    adb start-server
  4. Reconnect the Device:

    After restarting the ADB server, reconnect your device to your computer. You should see a prompt on your device asking for authorization. Confirm the connection by selecting “OK.”

  5. Confirm Device Authorization:

    With the device now authorized, you can verify it by running:

    adb devices

    Your device should now be listed as “device” instead of “unauthorized.”

Additional Troubleshooting Tips

  • Ensure that your device’s USB cable is connected properly and that you’re using a port that supports data transfer.
  • Try using a different USB cable or port to rule out hardware issues.
  • If using a Windows system, make sure the correct device drivers are installed.
  • Ensure that your Android SDK is up to date with the latest platform-tools.
  • On some devices, switching the “USB computer connection” to “Camera (PTP)” can help resolve connectivity issues.

How Repeato Can Help

If you’re facing these issues during the process of setting up your environment for automated testing, consider using Repeato. Repeato is a no-code test automation tool that simplifies the creation, execution, and maintenance of automated tests for iOS and Android apps, regardless of the app framework used.

Repeato’s intuitive interface and use of computer vision and AI make it exceptionally fast to edit and run tests. It also supports ADB command execution through its “script steps,” providing a seamless testing experience for developers and testers alike.

By integrating Repeato into your development pipeline, you can ensure that your app is rigorously tested without the complexities that often come with setting up traditional testing environments.

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