Troubleshooting Android Device Recognition by ADB on Windows

Troubleshooting Android Device Recognition by ADB on Windows

22 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help


At times, developers may encounter a scenario where an Android device is not recognized by the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) or their development environment. This can occur even when the device was previously functioning correctly. The issue can arise from various factors including USB connection settings, driver problems, or even hardware limitations. This guide aims to help you resolve such issues and get your device connected and recognized by ADB once again.

Common Solutions

If your Android device isn’t recognized by eclipse or ADB, here are some steps you can take to troubleshoot and resolve the issue:

  1. Switch to PTP Mode: Change your device’s USB connection mode to PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol). Some users have reported this as a successful workaround, especially for devices like the Nexus 4.
  2. Toggle USB Configuration: In your device’s developer options, find the ‘Select USB Configuration’ setting and switch it to MTP (Media Transfer Protocol). If it’s already set to MTP, change it to another option, such as PTP, then revert back to MTP.
  3. Check USB Cable and Port: Use a shorter, high-quality USB cable and ensure it’s capable of data transfer. Sometimes, a long or low-quality cable can cause connection issues. Also, try connecting to a different USB port on your computer.
  4. Update Drivers: Ensure that your computer has the latest Google USB drivers installed. You can download them from the Android developer website.
  5. Revoke USB Debugging Authorizations: On your Android device, go to ‘Developer options’, and revoke USB debugging authorizations. Reconnect your device to prompt the authorization dialog again.
  6. Manual Driver Installation: If your device is displayed under ‘Other devices’ in the Device Manager, you may need to manually update the driver by selecting the ‘ADB Composite Interface’.

For additional information on managing ADB connections, please refer to our articles on troubleshooting ADB device unauthorized issues and setting up ADB on macOS.

Repeato – Streamlining Your Testing Process

While troubleshooting ADB connections is essential for manual testing and debugging, automating your testing process can significantly reduce such hassles. Repeato, a no-code test automation tool, can help streamline this process. It supports various app frameworks and allows you to execute ADB commands via script steps, making it a versatile solution for both iOS and Android app testing.

With Repeato, you can create, run, and maintain automated tests with ease, thanks to its computer vision and AI capabilities. This not only saves time but also ensures consistent testing results. It’s particularly useful for repetitive tasks, which would otherwise require manual ADB management. Learn more about how Repeato can enhance your app testing in our article on Android automation tools and Repeato vs. Appium.

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