Troubleshooting Android Studio Debugger Attachment Issues

Troubleshooting Android Studio Debugger Attachment Issues

21 May 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

When developing Android applications, being able to debug your application is crucial. However, developers occasionally encounter an issue where they can’t attach the Android Studio debugger to their application process. This article provides a guide to solve this problem, ensuring your debugging sessions can continue without disruption.

Initial Steps

Before proceeding with more complex troubleshooting methods, ensure that you have taken the following initial steps:

  • Restart your Mac or PC.
  • Restart your Android devices.
  • Re-enable Developer Options and USB debugging on your devices.
  • Try reconnecting your device to your computer via a different USB port.

Advanced Troubleshooting

If the problem persists after completing the initial steps, try the following advanced troubleshooting methods:

  1. Reset ADB: Sometimes, the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) can get into a bad state. You can reset it by following these steps:
    1. Open a terminal or command prompt.
    2. Run adb kill-server to stop the ADB daemon.
    3. Run adb start-server to start the ADB daemon again.
  2. Check ADB Integration: Ensure that ADB integration is enabled in Android Studio by navigating to Tools > Android > Enable ADB Integration.
  3. Show All Processes: In the Choose Process dialog, make sure the ‘Show all processes’ checkbox is checked. This will display all processes, not just the debuggable ones.
  4. Ensure Correct Build Variant: Verify that the debug build variant is selected for your project. Release builds are typically not debuggable.
  5. Check Device and Application: In the Android DDMS, ensure that your device is listed only once and that your application appears under this device as a debuggable application.
  6. If you are using a Genymotion virtual device, ensure it is properly connected and recognized by ADB.

Repeato – Streamlining Your Debugging Process

While solving debugger attachment issues is one aspect of application development, ensuring your app is thoroughly tested is another critical factor. This is where Repeato, our No-code test automation tool, can be a significant asset.

Repeato allows you to create, run, and maintain automated tests for your iOS and Android apps with ease. Leveraging computer vision and AI, Repeato provides a rapid test editing and running experience. Notably, Repeato includes ADB on board, enabling you to execute ADB commands via “script steps” for precise timing and sequencing.

Whether you’re troubleshooting debugger connections or looking to streamline your testing process, Repeato offers the functionality and support you need. Learn more about Repeato and its features by exploring our documentation or trying it out for yourself by visiting our download page.


Debugging is a vital part of the app development process, and being unable to attach a debugger can be a frustrating roadblock. By following the steps outlined above, you should be able to resolve issues with attaching Android Studio’s debugger to your application process. Additionally, consider integrating Repeato into your development workflow to further enhance your productivity and testing capabilities.

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