Troubleshooting Android Studio Device Connectivity Issues on Ubuntu

Troubleshooting Android Studio Device Connectivity Issues on Ubuntu

22 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

When developing Android applications, a common issue that can arise is the inability to connect a device to Android Studio for debugging purposes. This article will guide you through resolving situations where your device is connected to a computer running Ubuntu but appears as ‘unauthorized’ or ‘offline’ within Android Studio.

Initial Checks and Solutions

Before diving into more complex solutions, ensure that you have performed the following initial checks:

  • Verify that USB debugging is enabled on your device.
  • Try unplugging and replugging the USB cable.
  • Restart your Android device, as well as Android Studio.
  • Attempt connecting the device as both a PTP and MTP device.

Advanced Troubleshooting Steps

If the initial checks do not resolve the issue, follow these troubleshooting steps methodically:

  1. Disable and then re-enable USB debugging in the device settings.
  2. Use the commands adb kill-server and adb start-server in the terminal to restart the ADB server.
  3. Revoke USB debugging authorizations in the device’s Developer options, then replug in the device and accept the authorization prompt.
  4. If using a USB3 port, try connecting to a USB2 port instead.
  5. Consider changing the USB cable, as a faulty or inadequate cable can cause connectivity issues.
  6. Change your USB Preferences on the device to ‘File Transfer’ mode if it’s set to a different option.

For more detailed guidance on managing ADB connections and resolving related issues, refer to our articles on troubleshooting ADB device unauthorized issues and managing ADB shell with multiple connected devices.

Product Highlight: Repeato

In the context of resolving device connectivity for app development and testing, it’s important to have reliable tools at your disposal. Repeato is a no-code test automation tool that streamlines the testing process for iOS and Android apps. It’s designed to be fast and efficient in creating, running, and maintaining automated tests.

With Repeato, you can easily execute ADB commands through script steps, which can be particularly useful when setting up devices for testing. The tool’s compatibility with various app frameworks like React Native, Flutter, and Unity makes it versatile for different development environments. Additionally, its use of computer vision and AI for test creation ensures that you can maintain high-quality standards with minimal setup time.

To explore more about how Repeato can benefit your testing workflow, check out our article on Repeato vs. Appium.

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