HOW TO: Install the ADB Driver On Windows

Here’s a clearer guide on how exactly to setup the ADB drivers on Windows, with screenshots for each step.

  1. Follow the installation section of this post.  Ignore step 8 (“Windows: install the latest Android phone drivers using the instructions”)
  2. Browse to the android-sdk-windows folder:
    Windows SDK Folder
  3. Run SDK Setup:
    SDK Setup
  4. Close the Refresh Sources box (pictured above) if it opens.
  5. Close the Choose Packages to Install box if that’s open too.
  6. Click the Settings option on the right
  7. Under Misc, check the box which says: “Force https://… sources to be fetched using http://…”
  8. Go on Available Packages and click the + (plus) sign next to the long URL (http://dl-ssl.google.com/android…) to expand it
    Available Packages
  9. Select Usb Driver package and press Install Selected
  10. Select Accept under the terms and then press Install
    Install USB Driver Package
  11. When the installation is completed, close the Installing Archives window
  12. IMPORTANT: In your SDK folder you’ll now have a new folder called usb_driver.  This is the location to search in the rest of the tutorial when you’re required to locate the driver
    USB Driver Folder
  13. Make sure you have Device Debugging enabled on your phone by going to Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging and ticking the checkbox.
  14. Connect your phone via the USB cable.  You’ll notice the Debugging icon in the notification bar, and opening the notification bar will show “USB debugging connected”
    Debugging Notification
  15. If you’re on Windows XP, follow the steps described in the Perform A Fresh Installation section here
    If you’re on Windows Vista or Windows 7, follow the steps described in the Perform A Fresh Installation section here
    REMEMBER: Where it says “Click “Browse…” and locate the folder where you copied the installation package.” it’s the directory in Step 12 above
  16. The drivers should now be fully installed.

Installing the drivers lets you connect your phone in debug mode.  This allows you to take advantage of the SDK tools, such as ddms which lets you take screenshots.  It also lets you easily install applications from your computer, browse files on your phone and if you start developing Android applications you can quickly test them out on your phone.

UPDATE: If the drivers don’t work for you then try using these drivers instead

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  • http://Website j

    Does this work for the desire?
    I had to install the htc sync software which includes the specific driver for the desire, the standard google ones didn’t work with the desire.

  • MrBrightside

    Yup, this works for the Desire too. The adb driver is used in debugging mode, the HTC Sync driver is used when you connect in HTC Sync mode.

    If you enable USB Debugging in Settings > Applications > Development you’ll see it appears as an Android Phone or ADB device in the system tray.

  • http://Website Steven

    Thanks a lot for your guide. I followed your steps until 14 but when i enable debugging mode, the hardware upgrade wizard wasn’t launched and I could not find the android phone in device manager either..

    Any advice?

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    There is “Android USB Device” under device manager but only “My HTC” is present but no “Android Composite ADB Interface”. I did try updating the driver there but it didn’t work..

    Would be grateful if someone who knows could kindly tell me what to do. Thank you in advance!

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  • http://Website Steven

    Seems to work now with the new drivers in your recent post. thanks!

  • http://Website Noggin

    I’ve had no luck getting ADB’s USB drivers installed but the drivers in your ‘update’ work a treat!

    Many thanks!

  • http://Website Dick

    Does this work for windows 7? Getting Android not loading

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  • http://Website DSL

    Oh damn, never mind. Didn’t realize have to install that separetly.

  • http://Website fahad


    Steven:

    There is “Android USB Device” under device manager but only “My HTC” is present but no “Android Composite ADB Interface”. I did try updating the driver there but it didn’t work..
    Would be grateful if someone who knows could kindly tell me what to do. Thank you in advance!

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  • http://Website Darran

    Hi
    Please help. I have tried everything and still when i connect phone to pc, nothing happens! It says in the guide that windows will launch the hardware update wizard??? It doesn’t! I must be doing something wrong. HELP :)

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  • http://Website roricam

    Hey,
    Does this work using an Apple Mac running OS X?

  • http://Website yudee

    I ve followed evry instruction but still not working.I use vista before but now windows 7…help pls.I feel I shud throw away my desire…

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    Better still can sb help me root my fine…I need help

  • http://Website People

    Thx a lot!!!

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  • http://http://apachetechnology.net/KC/AndroidInstall.aspx [email protected]

    pleasae share here direct link i downloaded the setup there is SDK MANAGER not SDK setup any way its installing now i wonder this work or not thanks

  • http://Website Mikey

    You’ll find the USB folder hidden in the extras folder under google.

  • http://Website Matt

    I get to step 8 but the long URL isn’t available :s does anyone know where i’m going wrong?

  • http://Website Hatt

    Dosent work….
    Have the same error as Matt…

  • Ian

    I’ve done everything required but when I select the either driver, it says “The specified location does not contain any information about your driver”

    Please help…

    Love my desire but need more space… shouldn’t have to keep deleting apps I like :(

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  • Navin

    Hi,

    What about Google maps. Can’t I move it to SD as well.

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  • Paul

    File not found: C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\temp\usb_driver_r04-windows.zip (Access is denied) Starting to get frustrated
    need help

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  • Adrian

    Help!
    I cannot even find the android-sdk-windows folder!

  • Dimitris

    I have the same problem with Steven:
    There is “Android USB Device” under device manager but only “My HTC” is present but no “Android Composite ADB Interface”. I did try updating the driver there but it didn’t work..
    How can I solve this problem?

  • mohd

    Oh my God are there any one help us to solve this problem, i hate HTC, it’s not connect with computer … no usb driver, what kind of mobile.
    help me with driver or i will sell it or distroy it.

  • jagpreet

    please tell me where can I get the ADG driver for windows 7 64bit
    mentioned in the step one?

  • junk27

    Hi there,
    The new sdk no longer has the folder you are talking about. Do you know how to manage to install these drivers anyway? I’ve been trying to install an ICS update on my phone, and I have to say this issue is a HUGE time waster…
    Thanks for anyone trying to help…

  • saleem

    my htc desire v was operating automatically what can i do