Troubleshooting Android Studio Error: “Unable to locate adb within SDK”

Troubleshooting Android Studio Error: "Unable to locate adb within SDK"

22 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

If you’re encountering the “Unable to locate adb within SDK” error in Android Studio, it can disrupt your development workflow, preventing you from running and debugging your applications. This error typically indicates an issue with the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) path or installation. In this guide, we’ll walk you through steps to resolve this error and get back to productive development.

Confirming the Presence of ADB

The ADB is a crucial component located in the Android SDK platform-tools directory. First, ensure that the platform-tools directory exists within your SDK directory. If it’s missing, you’ll need to install or update it through Android Studio’s SDK Manager.

Installing or Updating Platform-Tools

Follow these steps to install or update your platform-tools:

  1. Open Android Studio and navigate to the SDK Manager. This can usually be found under the “Tools” menu or via an Android logo with a downward arrow.
  2. Switch to the SDK Tools tab.
  3. Select and install the “Android SDK Platform-Tools.”

If you prefer using the standalone SDK Manager, look for the “Launch Standalone SDK Manager” link within the settings window of Android Studio. From there, you can install or update the “Android SDK platform-tools.”

Checking Antivirus Software

Occasionally, antivirus software may incorrectly flag adb.exe as a threat, quarantining the file and causing the error. Check the quarantine or virus vault of your antivirus program. If adb.exe is present, restore the file and mark it as safe within your antivirus program to prevent future issues.

Reinstalling Platform-Tools

If the above steps don’t resolve the issue, try reinstalling the platform-tools:

  1. Uninstall Android SDK Platform-Tools using the SDK Manager.
  2. Delete the platform-tools directory from your SDK folder.
  3. Reinstall the Android SDK Platform-Tools using the SDK Manager.

Selecting the Correct SDK

Ensure that your project is configured with the correct SDK. Go to the Project Structure dialog (accessible with Alt + Ctrl + Shift + S or via the project settings button) and ensure that the Project SDK is not set to <No SDK>. If necessary, change it to the appropriate SDK.

Linking Repeato to Your Workflow

Once you’ve resolved ADB issues within Android Studio, you can further streamline your development and testing with Repeato. This no-code test automation tool is designed to work with a variety of app frameworks and provides a fast, AI-driven approach to creating and running automated tests for your iOS and Android apps. With built-in ADB support, Repeato allows you to execute ADB commands directly within your test scripts, offering a seamless integration into your existing Android development environment.

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