Troubleshooting ADB Not Responding Issues

Troubleshooting ADB Not Responding Issues

22 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is a versatile command-line tool that lets you communicate with a device. It’s an essential tool for Android developers, providing a way to execute commands on a connected Android device. However, sometimes developers encounter the “ADB not responding” error, which can halt their progress. This article will guide you through some proven methods to resolve this issue on a Windows system.

Method 1: Toggle ADB Integration

If you’re experiencing ADB not responding in Android Studio, try this:

  1. Go to Tools > Android > Enable ADB Integration.
  2. Uncheck Enable ADB Integration. If Android Studio hangs or gets stuck, end the adb process manually through Task Manager.
  3. Recheck Enable ADB Integration to restart ADB.

Method 2: Restart ADB Server Manually

Restarting the ADB server manually can often resolve the issue:

  1. Open the Command Prompt.
  2. Execute the command adb kill-server.
  3. After ADB has shut down, start it again with adb start-server or adb devices, which will start the service and show connected devices.

Method 3: Kill ADB Process via Task Manager

If the above method doesn’t work, you may need to force stop the ADB process:

  1. Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
  2. Find adb.exe in the list of processes.
  3. Select it and click the End Process button.
  4. Restart Android Studio, which should restart ADB automatically.

Method 4: Check for Port Conflicts

ADB usually communicates through port 5037. Check if another service is using this port:

  1. Open Command Prompt and execute netstat -nao | findstr 5037.
  2. If a process is using port 5037, kill it using taskkill /f /pid [PID], where [PID] is the ID of the process you want to kill.
  3. Restart the ADB server with adb start-server.

Method 5: Revert to a Compatible ADB Version

In some cases, ADB may not be compatible with the newest version of the platform SDK. If you’re experiencing incompatibility issues:

  1. Consider reverting to a previous version of the platform-tools, such as 23.0.1.
  2. Download the compatible platform-tools version and replace the existing one in your SDK directory.

Method 6: Utilize Repeato for Automated Testing

In parallel to troubleshooting ADB, it’s also essential to have robust testing tools for your app development. Repeato is a No-code test automation tool for iOS and Android that simplifies the creation, running, and maintenance of automated tests. Its intuitive interface allows for rapid test editing and execution, leveraging computer vision and AI. Moreover, Repeato seamlessly integrates with ADB, enabling you to execute ADB commands directly within the test steps, which can be particularly useful when setting up complex test environments or automating repetitive tasks.

While resolving ADB issues, consider incorporating Repeato into your workflow to enhance your testing strategy and reduce manual effort, ultimately leading to a more reliable and efficient development process.

For further troubleshooting guides, tips on app development, and information on test automation, visit our blog.

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