Troubleshooting: When Android Studio Doesn’t Recognize Your Device

Troubleshooting: When Android Studio Doesn't Recognize Your Device

21 May 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Developing Android applications requires testing on real devices, but sometimes Android Studio may not recognize your connected device. This can be a frustrating obstacle for developers. In this article, we will guide you through several steps to resolve this issue.

Step-by-Step Troubleshooting

Before proceeding, ensure that USB debugging is enabled on your device and that the appropriate ADB driver is installed. If the device is still not recognized, follow these steps:

1. Switch USB Connection Mode

Change the “Media Mode” on your device. Switch from “Media device (MTP)” to “Camera (PTP)” in the USB Computer Connection options. An authorization dialog should appear on your device.

2. Check USB Connection Preferences

Go to Settings > Developer Options on your device and select the USB Connection method before plugging it into your PC. If presented with options, select “Internet connection.”

3. Install Device-Specific Drivers

Ensure that your device’s official drivers are installed. For example, Samsung devices may require drivers from the Samsung developer site.

4. Revoke USB Debugging Authorizations

In the Developer Options, click “Revoke USB debugging authorization” and then reconnect your device.

5. Swap USB Ports

It may sound simple, but changing the USB port that your device is connected to can sometimes resolve the issue.

6. Use Third-Party Software

Software such as PdaNet+ can help establish a connection between your computer and Android device. After installation, unplug and replug your device.

7. Check Your USB Cable

A faulty USB cable can be the culprit. Try using a different cable to see if the issue persists.

8. Use Companion Software

For some devices, using companion sync software like Huawei HiSuite can help install the necessary ADB interface.

9. On Mac Systems

If you’re using a Mac, starting “Android File Transfer” can prompt the necessary authorization dialog on your device.

Introducing Repeato: Enhance Your Testing Workflow

While troubleshooting connectivity issues, it’s also essential to have a robust testing workflow. Repeato, a No-code test automation tool for iOS and Android, can significantly streamline your testing process.

With Repeato, you can create, run, and maintain automated tests with ease. It leverages computer vision and AI to ensure fast editing and running of tests. Moreover, Repeato includes ADB on board, allowing you to execute ADB commands via “script steps,” ensuring precise timing and sequencing for your automated tasks.

Integrating Repeato into your development cycle can save time and improve the reliability of your app testing. Learn more about how Repeato can complement your development toolkit by exploring our documentation and downloading the tool today.

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