How To Set Up ADB/USB Drivers & Fastboot for Android Devices (Updated 09/23/15)(Video)

So most people won’t have to use ADB (Android Debug Bridge) ever, but if you want to learn how or want to get a little more technical with your Android phone, here’s how to get it set up.

What is ADB & Fastboot?

ADB is generally used for development when trying to run applications on the phone from the computer so you can debug (hence the name) issues with your app you are creating. Let’s be real though, most of the time, it’s used for rooting Android devices.

Since ADB allows you to communicate with an attached Android phone on a development level it’s extremely handy when we want to issue commands that allow us to, for example, push files to the device and then execute those files all in an effort to root the phone.

Fastboot is similar to ADB in that it’s used for issuing commands to the attached device, but in fastboot mode it’s really more for flashing different parts of Android (i.e. updating the system with a newer version, erasing all the user data, etc.). This mode is more used for manufacturers to diagnose and fix devices with software issues, but, like with ADB, it can also be pretty instrumental in helping our rooting efforts.

We can use fastboot to flash a new recovery image that then allows us to then gain root access that way.

Long story short, when trying to root your Android device, both ADB and Fastboot are tools you’ll probably need to have all setup.

Because ADB and Fastboot are meant really for developers, they aren’t the most intuitive when it comes to setting them up. Because of this, I’m going to layout the easiest ways to get both working on the two most popular operating systems that you guys might have: Windows and Mac (sorry, Linux).

How to Setup ADB/Fastboot on Windows

I. Download and Install ADB & Fastboot

So, back in the day, you would need to download the entire Android SDK to get ADB and Fastboot to work, but thanks to some clever developers out there, you can get away with just downloading minimal versions that only setup ADB and Fastboot and leave the rest of the SDK out, for, you know, real developers.

1. Head to this developer’s page on XDA and download the 15 Second ADB Installer (download link in the first post, download whichever one he says is stable).

ADB Fastboot Installer for Windows

2. Right click the exe that downloads and select Run As Administrator.

3. When it opens, hit y and enter for each of the questions as it guides you through. (This will install ADB system wide so any user of the computer can access it and also install the drivers, which is a huge help as it can be the hardest part of all this to get to work).

4. When it’s all done, restart the computer to ensure they were installed.

5. On your phone, go to Settings > About Phone and continually tap on Build Number until it tells you you are a developer.

6. Hit Back.

7. Go to Developer Options and turn on USB Debugging.

8. Plug your device in via USB cable and wait for it to install drivers.

9. Now, on the PC, Open File Explorer and head to C: then adb and hold shift on your keyboard and right-click in a blank spot anywhere inside the folder (inside that folder you should see adb and fastboot along with a couple other files) and select Open Command Window Here.

10. Type the following into the command prompt window (hitting enter at the end of every line):

adb devices

11. If it’s a newer Android phone, a popup asking to allow the RSA keys will show up. Check Always Allow and accept it.

After that, you should see a serial number pop up, it’s the serial number of your phone. This means you are all set!

If you do not see a serial number, then we need to reinstall the drivers manually in Section II below.

II. Troubleshooting Driver Issues

Sometimes the drivers don’t install correctly and need a little coaxing to get them to work properly. Here’s common ways to do that.

Manually Tell Windows About the Drivers

1. On your computer, use the search feature (either using the search charm on Windows 8 or the search bar at the bottom of the screen in Windows 10) and search for Device Manager and then open it.

2. In the device manager. you should see an exclamation point on an item (this indicates that the drivers didn’t install for that item). Right-click that item and select Update Driver Software

3. Then select “Browse My Computer…”

4. Then select “Let Me Pick from a List…”

5. Select Android Device > Android ADB Device.

Now, unplug and plug the device back in and run the adb devices command from step 13 above and see if you get a serial number this time. If so, you are all set.

How to Setup ADB/Fastboot on Mac

ADB and Fastboot can also be installed on a Mac relatively easily thanks to another clever developer. Here’s how.

I. Download and Install ADB & Fastboot for Mac

1. Download the developer’s script from my Google Drive and save it to your desktop.

ADB & Fastboot Installer for Mac

2. Extract the newly downloaded zip file to your desktop so it creates a new folder called Android on your desktop.

3. Hit Cmd + Space bar to bring up Spotlight Search and search for Terminal and open it.

4. In Terminal, type the following with hitting enter at the end of each line:

cd Desktop/Android

./ADB-Install-Mac.sh

5. That should run the script so everything is installed and you can issue ABD/Fastboot commands from anywhere in Terminal. Let’s test it out, though.

6. On your phone, go to Settings > About Phone and continually tap on Build Number until it tells you you are a developer.

7. Hit Back.

8. Go to Developer Options and turn on USB Debugging.

9. Plug your device in via USB cable.

10. Type the following into the command prompt window (hitting enter at the end of every line):

cd Desktop/Android/Mac

./adb devices

11. If it’s a newer Android phone, a popup asking to allow the RSA keys will show up. Check Always Allow and accept it.

After that, you should see a serial number pop up, it’s the serial number of your phone. This means you are all set!

Some Common ADB/Fastboot Commands

ADB Commands

*For Mac users, simply add a ./ in front of the commands to get them to work.

adb devices – lists which devices are currently attached to your computer
adb install <packagename.apk> – lets you install an Android application on your phone
adb remount – Remounts your system in write mode – this lets you alter system files on your phone using ADB
adb push <localfile> <location on your phone> – lets you upload files to your phones filesystem
adb pull <location on your phone> <localfile> – lets you download files off your phones filesystem
adb logcat – starts dumping debugging information from your handset to the console – useful for debugging your apps
adb shell <command> – drops you into a basic linux command shell on your phone with no parameters, or lets you run commands directly

adb devices – lists which devices are currently attached to your computer

adb install <packagename.apk> – lets you install an Android application on your phone

adb remount – Remounts your system in write mode – this lets you alter system files on your phone using ADB

adb push <localfile> <location on your phone> – lets you upload files to your phones filesystem

adb pull <location on your phone> <localfile> – lets you download files off your phones filesystem

adb logcat – starts dumping debugging information from your handset to the console – useful for debugging your apps

adb shell <command> – drops you into a basic linux command shell on your phone with no parameters, or lets you run commands directly

Fastboot Commands

fastboot devices – lists which devices in fastboot mode are currently attached to your computer

fastboot boot <filename> – boots a rom stored on your pc specified by the filename

fastboot flash <partition> <filename> – flashes a rom stored on your PC, partition can be one of {boot, recovery, system, userdata}

fastboot update zip <zip filename> – updates the phone with a ROM stored on the PC.

Let me know if this worked for you in the comments below!

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  • Stefan

    Thanks for the latest SDK version

    • Alberto

      I download the usbdeview and when i run as administrator

      all i get is Andriod devise and wen i unistall it , it still doesnt install

  • giovanny55

    Hi unlockr
    just a stupid question from a newbiee is this adb driver help solve the problem from some hero roms that consistantly when youre using a application the phone reboots to the htc screen.

    thanks for your help

    • Hello Giovanny55,

      ADB is for sending and controlling stuff on the phone. It can’t make your phone run better.
      You just need to download the Maxisma ROM from the Downloads section, install it and also make sure to do the How To Speed Up Your Hero ROM and you should get rid of that.

  • first of all THANKS, and what about eclipse ddms and etc? i need help with avd, i dont know why, but i put all the ffiles in the right place (system32 etc) but it just wont work!!!!!!!

  • jerzy

    hello unlockr,

    first of thanks.i been trying to get this working for sometime and thanks to you i finally have.this site is my favorite site for all android help.thanks

  • james

    hey i did this and install the drive but doe not work still i type in the adb device and nothing shows up it just says list of device..no serial or nothing please help thanks

    • Hello James,

      Do the rest of the procedure, use USBDeview uninstall the drivers and replug in.

  • james

    i tried that but when i select it to be uninstalled or even disscnet with that program it does nothing…

    • Hello James

      You need to run the program as administrator, right click it before opening it (I do it in the video)

  • hvrobel

    Tried the same as James and it didn’t work and I ran as administrator too. No driver. I tried several times and uninstalled all the HTC and Android devices. Any help would be awesome.

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  • hvrobel

    Wow! Ok so I figured out how to do this after trying just about everything I can think of for 2 days.

    This is to help anyone who is ready to end their existence.

    1. I’m running Vista Ultimate 64 bit on both my computers (Yes I tried it all on both!)
    2. I have a 32B Sapphire/MyTouch rooted and I’m running Cyanogen’s latest ROM. (If you don’t know what this is you shouldn’t be using this tutorial anyhow.)
    3. I used this tutorial exactly as shown in the video. Tried using USBDeview to uninstall the drivers and still wouldn’t recognize the drivers for my phone. Windows asks for the driver. So I went to the file in the C;/AndroidSDK for usb drivers. Windows tells you that it’s not there and can’t install it.
    4. Found a forum online telling me to edit the registry delete some files. (Think this process is for XP 64 bit operating systems. Either way it didn’t work.)

    This worked.
    1. Make sure first that you turn on USB Debugging on your phone by going to Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging. (Leave phone unplugged from computer)
    2. Use USBDeview right-click to run as administrator. Delete anything labeled Android or HTC.
    3. Next you want to go to this link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=446274
    Download the driver and extract to a location you’ll remember.
    4. The instructions in the link above are kind of vague so this should help for anyone as NOOB as me.

    You want to type “cmd” into your start search bar to bring up the command prompt right-click the cmd program and run as admin.
    5. You need to run Vista in Test Mode (Don’t ask… Pis*es me off too!) right where the the cursor is at the Command Prompt. No need to use cd.. or c:/ type this : “bcdedit /set testsigning on” (without parenthesis of course)
    6. Reboot your computer should have test mode in each corner when it restarts.
    7. Plug in your phone and when prompted let windows search for the driver. When it can’t find it install the driver manually from the file you downloaded and extracted the driver to.
    8. It will give you a brand new red window that tells you how windows doesn’t recognize it. Install it anyhow.
    9. Cha-Ching! Installed! Now do the reverse from the cmd prompt to get your computer out of test mode. And then reboot

    Thanks Unlockr this site has the best tutorials for Android on the Web! Keep up the good work.

    • Hello hvrobel,

      Ha thanks, I appreciate it. I will definitely try 🙂

      And thanks for this, I’ll add it to the reported issues so others can find it easily. Great addition!

  • Andrew

    Hey Unlockr, im using Windows XP, and when i “run” cmd. I get command prompt. Good so far, but then when i press enter it does not double space and i cannot type in cd/ and stuff to get my abd. so yeah plz message me back T_T. i needs abd

    • Hello Andrew,

      The / need to be \ sorry. Try it now.

  • Andrew

    i mean adb

  • mz_lattee

    “I get a message state windows system 32 is either not designed to run on windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using the original installation media or contact your ststem administrator or the software vendor for support” I got all to show ready but the most important one the dream composite abd interface. Any help would be great!

  • I am running XP and when i go to USBDeview and try to run as administrator i dont have that option. I tried selecting the first option but I have 1 HTC driver.dont know how to run as admin, please help. Thanks in advance!

    • @the,

      If you have XP you don’t need to run as admin if you dont have the option just continue from there.

  • ^^^nevermind i figured it out

  • I keep getting the same error for my USB : Code 10: Device Cannot Start. I’ve updated the driver using the location of the usbdriver in the SDK directory. My assumption is that there is something conflicting with the device that’s not letting it start, but I cant figure out what. (I have Project64 & GBA Emulators installed on my laptop as well, maybe that’s it?) In the device manager, there is the yellow exclamation mark. I’ve uninstalled using USBDeview, and my phone is on USB Debugging as well.

    Viewing in USBDeview mode, the serial number of my HTC device & all its informations shows when I click properties. My only problem is that it will not start. This is pretty funny to me, because the only reason I have downloaded Android SDK is so that I can take screenshots of my phone & possibly develop themes for it. Someone please help me!

    I’m using Windows Vista 32bit and I have a Tmobile G1, rooted, running CM4.2.3

  • dcdave63

    You should make sure that you add in the instructions that people need to go into Settings > Applications > Development and select USB Debugging, other wise, this will not work, and no matter how many times you uninstall and reinstall the drivers, it wont take.

  • Barry

    I tried the instructions above and I keep getting this error:

    adb server is out of date. Killing…
    ADB server didn’t ACK
    * failed to start daemon *
    error:

  • nik

    hello unlockr i was wondering if this step was necissary to root the sprint htc hero and get custom ROM?

  • al

    I was wondering if you could help me out i have tried to get adb to work but as the drivers are installing the one that says adb does not install what should i do?

    • Eric

      i have the same issue. and therefore the device is not recognized in the cmd

  • al

    when i search for it i get newdev.exe-bad image also a window pops up saying htc dream composite adb interface driver not intended for this platform

  • jon stanley

    Cant get this working AT ALL
    I tried the first time; no serial numbers appeared
    installed USBDeview ran it
    deleted the HTC files
    plugged it in again

    and the installation wizard says it cant find the necessary software to install the drivers every time. UGH

    what do I do?

  • gopal

    hey unlockr…
    i tried everything but in cmd it is not showing my device number ….after usbdeview when i connect my device it says adb drivers not found….but in devices & printers when i see hardware for android phone it shows me adb….so wat should i do ……i am desparate to have market in my hero

  • Chad

    I cannot get the drivers to install on my HTC Sprint Hero. I am running Windows XP and am stuck at this part. What am I doing wrong?

  • G T

    i hav same prob as jon stanley pls…..help

  • jon stanley

    hey GT Download this driver for your phone
    extract it to C: drive.

    http://www.4shared.com/file/97447244/1851aecc/android_adb_usb_driver.html

    then when u plug in your phone install the driver from that folder by clicking advanced, browse (find the driver folder) then install it.

    then command prompt will show u your serial number :]

    my problem was: when trying to install driver it was searching automatically on the phone but couldnt find it. so I used that driver I found

    adb works great now

  • jon stanley

    forgot to mention. Use this to unzip driver if u dont have any other 3rd party unzippers

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/sevenzip/files/7-Zip/4.65/7z465.exe/download

  • W W

    Ditto Jon Stanley and Chad. I have XP. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled HTC and ADB drivers several times and never get the hardware connected. If I use the installation wizard, I get the can’t find necessary software error. If I try to do the advanced installation HTC device is not available by itself nor will it work if you choose portable device, or USB connection. So have yet to get the serial number in CMD window.

  • W W

    Hey Jon…I hope you check back here. I did the two downloads above you suggest. Then when I go to advanced set up and go to my C drive to choose a folder, I can only choose either amd64 or x86. I can’t choose a folder with sub-folders, i.e. Android_adb_usb_driver or usb_driver. Any suggestions??

  • Ben

    @W W

    I think I just figured it out (yes it’s 2:20am).

    I installed everything as far as it would go, where it successfully installs 3 out of the 4 (the failed install being the “adb”).

    AFTER I do that I go into the device manager, and there is a device with a “!” next to it called “adb”.

    I right click on that, and “update driver”.

    I choose browser for driver and direct it to the correct directory – it installed successfully.

    Now I’m going to try and test it.

  • AD

    Is it working for Galaxy?

  • Thank you very much theunlockr!! I needed a guide like this, I have a Mytouch 3G and I couldn’t “see” it on ADB until now… In my case, Windows XP didn’t detect the drivers for my phone, but I’d previously downloaded from SDK official page and I had just to pointed to that location…

    Thanks again!

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  • So i’m trying to root my Behold 2, been following the instructions on THE UNLOCKER, and want to connect it to ADB. I have the Android SDK on my C drive, and where I get stuck is when I put in the code to find the serial it gives me “LIST OF DEVICES:” and the serial is never there.

    I have downloaded the Behold 2 drivers, and it installs every one except the Samsung ADB Interface which it fails on. I use the USBDEVIEW software to uninstall and try again but everytime it’s the same failure, and yes the phone is set to USB debugged, and Samsung Studio.

    I’m running Windows Premium 64bit, I don’t know if running a 64 bit system has anything to do with this. Any help would be great! I thought I was a tech junkie until I ran into this.

  • jae

    not working for me
    can anyone help..!
    i try help search but is like looking for a
    needle in a u know,.,.,

  • mike

    how do you do this on a mac? please and thanks

  • Ncik

    Omg can sumone help me when i try to install the phone the adb won’t install can someone please help me

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  • Karl

    Does not work for me: on Windows bootcamp or in Windows 7 64.

    How come this is so hard??

  • rey

    mannnnn i am so mad it dont work for me……on w7 i did the htc drivers and still nothing

  • Will

    Didnt work at all for me.

    • Will,

      Read the reported issues and check/post in the technical support forums for help.

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  • Solo

    Hey, thanks for the guide. I have one problem though, when I plug in my G1 for it to install it’s own drivers, only its mass storage drivers are installed. Also when in device manager it lists my phone under disk drives.. Any idea whats up?

    • Solo,

      Read the reported issues, should help.

      • vbcoder68

        Solo,

        I’m new to this web site. Is “Reported Issues” the name of a forum on this site?

        I’m experiencing the same issue with my Samsung Vibrant.

        Thanks,

        Mike

  • JGeZau

    Just FYI for those of you using wanting to Ubuntu.

    Since I started doing development in Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) I didn’t wanna do it in Windows, so I did my research and finally I got ADB working on it. Here is what I did

    1. Login as root and create this file: /etc/udev/rules.d/70-android.rules

    For Gusty/Hardy, edit the file to read:
    SUBSYSTEM==”usb”, SYSFS{idVendor}==”0bb4″, MODE=”0666″

    For Dapper, edit the file to read:
    SUBSYSTEM==”usb_device”, SYSFS{idVendor}==”0bb4″, MODE=”0666″

    For Karmic Koala, edit the file to read:
    SUBSYSTEM==”usb”, SYSFS{idVendor}==”0bb4″, MODE=”0666″

    2. Now execute:
    chmod a+rx /etc/udev/rules.d/70-android.rules

    3. reboot

    Reference: http://developer.android.com/guide/developing/device.html#setting-up

    NOTE: For Gusty/Hardy, Dapper use 51-android.rules instead of 70-android.rules.
    NOTE: “0bb4” is the USB vendor ID for HTC, for more vendor IDs refer to http://developer.android.com/guide/developing/device.html#VendorIds

  • PJ0906

    So im a newbie at the whole android thing, and i need help. When i input cmd in the search and try step 6, it always says cdAndroidSDK\tools\ is not recognized as internal or external command

    • PJ0906,

      You need a space between cd and AndroidSDK\tools\
      Then also make sure you renamed the sdk folder to AndroidSDK and it is on your C drive (not in any subfolders).
      Also try doing it step by step like this:
      cd c:\androidsdk
      cd tools

  • im having a problem copying to memory card i’ve been watching this video

    http://theunlockr.com/2009/10/15/how-to-flash-a-new-recovery-image-if-you-are-already-rooted/

    and around 2:05 in the video it says copy to memory card but cant figure out how, ive done everything leading up to it right. any tips would help

    thanks ben c

    • Ben,

      Plug in your phone via USB cable to your computer.
      Pull down the notification bar on the phone and click Mount.
      When you can see the “Removable Disk” on your computer, drag the .img file and drop it onto the Removable Disk. (Same way you would save any music, etc.).

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  • jessica

    when i open the usbdeview folder only the read me and the one with a ? is there. no app

  • jessica

    nvm i found it. my anti virus blocked it

  • jaestoner01

    hey i got and old ibook g4 how can i do this
    or do i need to upgrade to an intel mac .?

  • justin

    hi unlocker, when im in CMD i put in everything like you said but when i put in:

    abd devices

    it says ‘abd’ is not recognized as and internal or external command, operable program, or a batch file. what did i do wrong?

    • Robcimorelli

      ADB not ABD

  • justin

    ^^^ also im using the moto cliq and vista 32-bit

  • justin

    ^^^*facepalm* im such a dumb ass (and a little dyslectic)
    i put in abd, when i should have put in adb. hahahahha.
    sorry for posting 3 comments.

  • victor

    ive tried everything it says bt my adb drive wont install i have a g1 and i cant do the settings thing ur talking about because im trying to activate my fone without a data plan plzz help

  • Lan579

    TheUnlockr
    Hey Everytime I Put
    cd\
    cd AndroidSDK\tools\

    It Says “The System Cannot Find The Path Specified”
    Im running XP and I have a Sprint HTC Hero not rooted but trying
    Please Help

    • Lan579,

      You need to do this process to a T. You need to put the SDK folder in the C drive and rename it to AndroidSDK.

  • Lan579

    Thanks I did that but it had an extra subfolder so i moved files to just AndroidSDK
    Got it rooted

  • billy d

    adb clip and drctns very useful. thanx a million.Its like majic for us nubys. 39yr old that is.ha

  • jae

    I’m having problems, I follow all the steps
    But when I open command pront it says file path
    Not found.now di I open the file androidsdk and hit setup. ?cuz when I do it says can’t installed HTML not found, pls I need help I’ve been trying for 3days now

    • Jae,

      If it cant find the system path it is because you did not rename the folder AndroidSDK and you did not put it on the C drive (not in any folders).
      Also check to make sure there isnt any extra folder inside the SDK folder (i.e. AndroidSDK/androidsdk/tools).
      Good luck!

  • jae

    I do I have tools,androisdk,and two others should I delete it

  • shonan

    Unlockr,
    I keep getting to the driver installation and come up with this message ” The file ‘androidusb.sys’ on ADB interface Installation Disk is needed” Please help man ?

  • Mr.Z

    ok so i got all the way through adb and the device isn’t up….the problem is to begin with im doing all of this because i dont have the data plan so i cant activate it, and it is required to do this to activate…so my question is how to a activate debugging on my phone if i cant get into it??

  • mrjoeyloke

    i have a few questions that i would like to ask! a lil birdy told me that i could use adb to remove unused widgets from my current hero rom? i was told that this would free up internal memory and speed up the rom? if this is so, what commands would i need to input? and if i did this and later decided that i want to switch back to cyanogen, would i ever get them back? any info would help! thanks!
    -unused widgets-
    andriod analog clock
    andriod music
    only need one or two of the htc clocks…
    htc photo album
    htc photo frame
    stocks

  • Matthew

    The window’s 7 ways is super complicated. i dont understand the lingo on that site. could you give me a tutorial? it would help alot.

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  • Dave

    Hello Unlockr,

    Thanks for everything. I followed your instructions and can find my device when I use ADB devices.
    However, when I use command fastboot devices, it does nothing but goes back to the c:\androidSDK\tools.
    Does that mean fastboot is not recognizing my device?

  • Dave

    Never mind. I think I got it. I have to get the phone on fastboot mode (volume down/power) and then connect to the computer via USB and then cmd on Windows, right?

  • ka843517

    I’m trying to register my phone without sim or data plan…..I downloaded the SDK but why is windows only installing it as a USB mass storage how do I get the “HTC dream adb interface” driver to install on my comp when my phone is unregistered or has no sim card? People are saying turn on USB Debugging option but I can’t even go into my phone without being registered first.

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  • manny

    hello Unlockr,

    I cannot seem to get the drivers installed correctly. This is my second phone which I am rooting and didn’t have any issues with the first one. I tryed everything I could think of. Running Windows XP and get the popup window asking if I would like to search for the drivers. It searches, then sais it could not install device……. Any Ideas?

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  • Towoha

    Hi.
    I just get this error message:
    adb server is out of date. killing…
    ADB server didn’t ACK
    * failed to start daemon *
    error:

    Can you provide any help on this?

    • Towoha,

      Try deleting the SDK you have and redownload the latest one from Google.

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  • ADB USB DRIVER

    I’m running windows XP and could not get this thing to install on my laptop. It did install on my work PC however. Anyway I finally got it to work by doing the following:

    1. download http://android-roms.googlecode.com/files/android_usb_windows.zip

    2. unzip to c:\AndroidSDK (files will be unzipped to c:\AndroidSDK\android_usb_windows)

    3. unplug and plug USB from PC

    4. When windows asks for driver location, point it to c:\AndroidSDK\android_usb_windows.

    This is what worked for me.

  • dave

    if someone can help me out please i have did a few steps but i am stuck if i can get someone to be kind enough to maybe help by walking through with me personally helping me the directions here aren’t working for me i can’t get the cmp to recognize my commands please if you yahoo messenger feel free add me supa.dave2k7 or email me at supa.dave2k8@gmail.com i am tryna do it with a mytouch 3g on a windows vista 64bit please help am so fustrated

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  • Kentley

    I just wanted to know if this works to put back on the usb option when you connect to computer

  • Carlos

    Well I done everything said and I still nothing but I had a problem downloading the driver for the Nexus One it says I need a password on the Mega upload website in order for me to download it.

    • Carlos,

      Reuploaded the drivers, shouldnt ask for a password now.

  • Dustin

    unlockr please help me… i have sucessfully loaded the adb and all htc drivers but when i do my commands i make it all the way to the final command adb devices and my command prompt keeps telling me that “adb” is not a recognized internal or external command…lol ive been on this thing for hours no if you could please either email me personally or help me on here either way THX!!! btw….i have rooted completly fine but in order to flash a rom a do have to set this up.. THX AGAIN!!!

    • Dustin,

      That means you are not in the folder where adb is when you type the command. If you saved the sdk as androidsdk on your C: drive, then you need to type the c: \androidsdk\tools command first.

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  • Dustin

    unlockr,

    in my command prompt i type:
    cd
    c: androidsdktools
    adb devices……and this comes up right as i enter
    adb is not recognized as an internal or external command, operal program or batch file.

    man ive been reading for days i appreciate you replying if you can help me it would be greatly apreciated!

  • rudy

    i cannot install the adb.. my g1 is not detecting the driver.. crazy.. i have the sdk and updating now.. how can i get my phone to work. i restarted both pc and phone nothing is still connect.. idk what to do?!

  • Dustin

    unlockr,

    in my command prompt i type:
    cd
    c: androidsdktools
    adb devices……and this comes up right as i enter
    adb is not recognized as an internal or external command, operal program or batch file.

    man ive been reading for days i appreciate you replying if you can help me it would be greatly apreciated!

    • Dustin,

      Go into your C drive in My Computer, then goto AndroidSDK then tools. Do you see a program called adb in there? If not then redo the Setup ADB procedure.
      Also, in your second line “c: \androidsdk\tools\” it should be:
      cd c:\androidsdk\tools
      then hit enter

  • David

    hey i did all this but im a little confused can anyone help me out plz!!!!!

  • David

    i did everything and when i do the cmd
    cd\
    cd c:\AndroidSDK\tools
    the system can not find the path specified

    can you please tell me what went wrong

  • Shant

    i did the cmd but all that came up was “list of devices attached” and no serial number.. what am i doing wrong?

  • Jared

    So any word yet on how to officialy work past the problem with the drivers not installing properly? cause i still cant figure out a way to bring up the serial numbers. USBDeview is telling me that the computer see’s the driver, but of course when i run the comand’s to check for the serial nothing comes up…and still no actuall answer to solve this problem. I think this problem is most apparent with xp users like myself?

    • Jared,

      You need to manually install the drivers. Read this part (if your drivers are not listed there Google them or goto the manufacturer’s website for them, i.e. HTC):

      *Otherwise, if you don’t see an ADB driver for your phone then install the drivers for your specific phone manually.
      Download your phone’s driver’s below then click Update Driver > Browse > Let me pick > Computer > Have Disk > Browse > Then select the driver you downloaded below:

      Motorola Droid Drivers (unzip the file once you download it).

      Motorola CLIQ Drivers (follow the instructions on the page).

      Nexus One Drivers (unzip the file once you download it).

      !!!!You can also goto Device Manager > Right Click Android Phone > Properties > Update Driver > Browse My Computer > Goto the Android SDK Folder > And click USB Driver folder then click ok and it should install the ADB driver.!!!!

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  • Jared

    Hey, thanks for the quick response. I have tried everything in the guide you recommended and I have searched all over Google for my driver. The only driver I could find is the android sdk manager tool which downloads the usb adb drive. I have read on the xda forums that my model of HTC hero is the 130 model. I don’t know if that helps you help me but that’s where Im at now. If you perhaps have a link or can direct me to a link that has the driver for my phone I would love you even more than I do now. 🙂

  • Edward

    I think i did everything correctly , but when i go to CMD it says ” *daemon not running. Starting it now *
    * daemon started succesfully * then it says , List of devices attached , the serial doesnt come up . Im trying to Activate my G1 without Data Plan and im downgraded all the way to RC29 but is still not working .

  • Jared

    its the Telus (canadian) HTC Hero130

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  • Dante

    First of all, great website. I rooted my mt3g using your methods. Here is my scenario, I’m trying to root my nexus but when using the command window I get the following *daemon not running. Stating it now* *daemon started succesfuly* after this no serial number comes up. Using the USBDeview I noticed that while having the phone plugged to the computer it shows me a serial number, my question is, on the commnad promp window, is it neccessary for the serial number to show up or am I good to go given the fact that I’m able to see the number using USBDeview app?

    Thank you very much.

    • Dante,

      Thanks!
      The serial number has to show up in the command prompt (this means that ADB can see the phone, which is necessary).
      Download the Nexus drivers manually on this page and follow the instructions in Section III to install them.

  • Jared

    hey, just wondering if anyone managed to find the driver for the HTC Hero from Telus.

    cheers

  • Jared

    So i guess this is the first HTC Hero that theunlockr can’t crack judging by the lack of a response? hmmmm, i think the only people that know how to root a Hero130 is the xda-developers site.

    They seem pretty quick to responde too, Just an F.Y.I for anyone who has a Telus HTC Hero that theunlockr can’t figure out how to root.

    cheers gl to everyone.

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  • Hi,

    I have a question regarding changing the setting on my HTC Tattoo (Orange UK). I cannot get passed by the either “Insert SIM card to place calls” screen when no sim installed. Or when sim installed passed the “Insert your unlock code” screen.

    Any help would be much appreciated.
    Peter

    • Peter,

      That means your SIM card has a lock code on it. Either put in your passcode to unlock it (you created it if it your SIM card), or use a different SIM card.

  • Mark Moore

    Hi I’m want to repair my droid and I’m trying to learn about adb. The site seems geared towards windows users. I would like to know how do I install android sdk to a mac, and work from there. Thanks.

    • Mark Moore,

      Google Android SDK and on Google’s home page for it download the Mac version instead of Windows and continue just replacing command prompt with terminal.

  • Brailer

    This is not working for me. I have the Samsung Behold 2 and when I plug it in (With USB Debugging on), it shows up but says cannot find the device driver. I try to install this manually but it is still not working. Any help?

    • Brailer,

      What version of windows are you using?

  • Dustin Covington

    I have an unlocked moto cliq. I have everything installed and everything in the right folders. When I get to

    cd\
    cd c:\AndroidSDK\tools

    C:\AndroidSDK\tools>adb devices

    I get this:

    C:\AndroidSDK\tools>adb devices
    List of devices attached

    C:\AndroidSDK\tools

    Please help

    • Dustin,

      Means the drivers are not installed correctly. Install them manually using the how to setup ADB procedure.

  • The Stumbling Block

    Just not working at all. My laptop refuses to allow the installation of drivers because of some code that says it can’t find the “digital signature” of the drivers, and that’s where it stops with me. I can’t get it to do anything at all, so all my attempts to figure out this confusing, frustrating bunch of bullcrap that I have to go through so that my overpriced, ridiculous piece of crap called a Samsung Behold II, can become tolerable to use, is proving to me that I’d rather just have a goddammed Pong game. What the hell are we blowing all this money on this tiny device that makes us have to go through all this baloney and still not work right anyway?

  • kasey

    I have read through this entire post. I have tried all the things people have suggested. But it still won’t work. Right now I am at the point where I enter it into command prompt but get the system can not find specified path message. it is on the c drive in its own folder with the correct name and the adb program is in the tools folder. please help. thanks!

    • Kasey,

      Try to cd one step at a time. Type:
      cd\
      cd androidsdk\

      (if that is what you renamed your SDK folder like you were supposed to) and see if that brings up C:\ANDROIDSDK\
      Then type:
      cd tools\
      and see if it comes up with C:\ANDROIDSDK\TOOLS\ if not, then you know that it cant find the tools folder. Go look in the androidsdk folder and make sure the tools folder is right in front of you the minute you open that folder (if there is another folder you have to click through to get to it then you did not follow the directions and need to take everything out of that folder and place it in the androidsdk so that the tools folder is visible the minute you open the sdk folder, got it?)
      Good luck

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  • Mr. O

    if internet tethering is an option in settings of your phone/ROM, make sure it is turned off.

  • Spyder

    Ok suppose I try every method on here and my computer still cannot properly install the ADB driver?

  • Dareel

    my question is how do i put my phone on the settings to put it on usb debugging when i have no data plan and stuff all there is are apn settings and there are no applications windows there

    • Dareel,

      Are you talking about a phone you have not activated yet? You need to get past the Welcome screen and get to the actual phone home screen. Then push Settings, and Applications etc.

  • Kevin

    it says i need the disk that comes with the abd

  • greg

    can i get the mt3g fender driver i cannot install it pliss thank u 32 vista is my computer model

  • David

    After typing cd AndroidSDK\tools\
    i just get “the system cannot find the path specified

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  • Ian

    @David this happened me too, check that the tools folder isn’t within another subfolder in the AndroidSDK folder with windows explorer

  • Josh

    For everyone using a Behold 2 and has a 64bit system you can still root! Restart your computer and press R8. After you do that disable Driver Signing. If the drivers were already installed you should be able to see that everything for this device is installed correctly.

  • Josh

    No problem!

  • Mitchell

    Unlockr,

    In the command prompt i’ll type in

    cd C:\
    AndroidSDK\tools
    ADB Devices

    and then it says

    list of devices attached
    (then a blank line underneath and then…)
    C:\ AndroidSDK\tools

    any help? my phone is an HTC Hero (Telus) … The canadian model.

    Thanks in advance

    • Mitchell,

      You need to install the drivers manually.

  • Mitchell

    Also,

    I’ll download the HERO drivers off the web and then when I try and update specifically to that folder it will say it cannot complete the wizard because the wizard cannot find a better match for my hardware than the software i currently have installed

    • Mitchell,

      Follow the part of our procedure that tells you how to USB USBDeview and use that to uninstall all the htc drivers, then unplug and plug the phone back in and reinstall them manually (stop windows from checking windows update for the drivers when it tries).
      Good luck!

  • david

    ok got everything going with this sdk now how do i get it to work to uninstall apps like nascar?

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  • Brandon

    You say this guide is for Mytouch Fender but you don’t have any drivers listed for the Fender? I’ve searched literally over an hour and still can’t find the Fender driver??

    • Brandon,

      The MyTouch 1.2 drivers and Fender Drivers are the same. And those drivers install automatically when you plug the phone in after installing the SDK.

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  • Cameron

    If I am running the 2.1 root on my eris do i download the 2.1 driver or the driver for 1.5?

  • Bryce

    So, after after option 1 failed. I downloaded the drivers from the Workaround site located in Option 1. I then went to Option 3, once the Android driver failed, I installed the driver I downloaded from the Workaround Site.
    I am now able to see my serial number, and adb into my phone. Thanks Unlockr. Love your site. Learned how to root my MT3G from you as well as install my 1st rom.

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  • Mitchell

    Unlockr, I’m running XP and as you said before I need to stop windows from checking windows update for the drivers… how do I do that? Thanks in advance

  • luis

    where can i find the driver for my touch 3g? it wont install automatically. thank you

  • Davonte

    I did everything that you told me to do. When i go on cmd and put cd C:\
    AndroidSDK\tools
    ADB Devices

    and then it says

    list of devices attached
    (then a blank line underneath and then…)
    C:\ AndroidSDK\tools

    I dont give me a Serial Number.
    Im using the Behold 2. and i have all the drivers?
    Do i go to have it on Samsung PC Studio or Mass Storage.
    Can you please email me the full intructions.
    email is: Chippyoung@Hotmail.com Thanks~!

  • I took your guide as a base to create my “How To” using Ubuntu. Hope you don’t mind. By the way, I gave you credit.

    http://esausilva.com/2010/05/13/setting-up-adbusb-drivers-for-android-devices-in-linux-ubuntu/

    • JgeZau,

      No prob! Thanks for giving credit!

  • hi unlocker, my phones comes on but when i try to log into my motoblur account it says “there is a problem with the clock contact costumer service”.please what should i do?

  • John

    obinna,
    That is a normal problem with the 1.3.18 update on the cliq. What all did you do to your phone before you got that message? Root? flash rom? Gonna need more info than that

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  • choccy

    Hi there,

    ON XP trying to get gold card, but when I connect phone to pc, it searches for the ADB driver and finds nothing at all.

    So i’m totally stuck now.

    Any help please would be appreciated.

  • Harris

    when i typed “adb device”
    list of devices attached.

    and i reinstall the driver again, and My HTC is ready to use.
    but.. i get the same result.
    list of devices attached.

    how can i get out of this?

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  • ricky

    the reason why your seeing that is because you dont have debug turned on go to setting and applications and click development and turn it on then try again

  • Ian

    im using htc legend. i still cant install the adb driver after trying all the methods. help!

  • Mebs

    Hi,

    I have tried the following:

    Try to cd one step at a time. Type:
    cd\
    cd androidsdk\

    (if that is what you renamed your SDK folder like you were supposed to) and see if that brings up C:\ANDROIDSDK\
    Then type:
    cd tools\
    and see if it comes up with C:\ANDROIDSDK\TOOLS\ if not, then you know that it cant find the tools folder. Go look in the androidsdk folder and make sure the tools folder is right in front of you the minute you open that folder (if there is another folder you have to click through to get to it then you did not follow the directions and need to take everything out of that folder and place it in the androidsdk so that the tools folder is visible the minute you open the sdk folder, got it?)
    Good luck.

    I can get to cd androidsdk\ but not C:\ANDROIDSDK\TOOLS\.

    I have checked the androidsdk folder in my c drive and the tools folder is present as soon as i open it.

    Any ideas on what is going wrong?

    Thanks.

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  • aryndar

    I have read through all posts on this page, I have tried all instructions and workarounds. My PC will not recognize my N1 (unknown device) and when I try to manually install drivers – “best drivers already installed”

    followed these instruction:
    hit Windows Key + r
    Type in devmgmt.msc
    right click on nexus one
    click update
    update from location on computer.
    select that folder.

    I keep getting: “the best drivers are already installed”

    my device remains unknown…

    please help
    ================================================== ====== update=========================================== 05.23.10========================================== =======
    uninstalled all HTC drivers via USBDview, no luck
    uninstalled ALL drivers at the ‘unknown device’ – no luck

    My PC keeps seeing my N1 as “unknown device”, pointing update drivers to SDK -6, comes up with: “best drivers already installed”

    what is the work around to get my PC to recognize the N1?

  • jay rich

    anybodies know how to setup the gold card using snow leopard 10.6.3. thanks

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  • MISTRDIRT

    i can’t put it in debugging mode, It’s where you set up the phone and idk what to do.

  • William

    Everytime i get to AndroidSDK\tools\
    and i type adb devices all i get is list of devices attached. I’ve reinstalled the drivers and still says the samething. Help please

    I’m also running on windows xp
    Mytouch 3G Fender

  • Rahul

    Trying to setup ADB on a Samsung Behold2. Forums were completely empty for this device.

    The problem I’ve run into is that adb says my device is offline. When I type “adb devices” to the command prompt, I get:

    “List of devices attached”
    ” offline”

    any ideas on how to get this device online?

    running Windows 7 32-bit, device is a Samsung Behold2

  • Rahul

    hmmm, my last post looks funny, let me correct it.

    I meant to say,

    “List of devices attached”
    “(serial #) offline”

    sorry for any confusion.

  • Tony

    Hey unlockr How Do you set the sdk up on a windows 7 64 bit and set the path and what java do i need install im so lost please help me unlockr.

  • teddy

    thx for the tutorial unlockr, but iwant to ask u something.after i hit adb devices, i didnt get the serial number but i get the type of the phone samsung behold2(SGH-T939).did i do wrong? btw im running on window xp.

  • Pao

    Hi Unlockr,

    I followed your steps correctly and manually reinstalled drivers using USB deview program. It works perfectly but when I got in cmd screen it won’t show its serial number. It goes back to C: prompt “access is denied”. Here it is:

    C:\>AndroidSDK\tools>adb devices
    Access is denied.

    Btw, I’m running Microsoft Vista home basic. Your help is greatly appreacited. Thanks.

    • Pao,

      Why are there > in what you typed?

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  • Jonathan Healey

    Can someone rewrite this for me because im in Macbook Pro. and i would love to know how to do this…thanks.

  • @Jonathan Healey – It’s basically the same process for a MacBook Pro, except that you do not have to install anything, just download the latest Android SDK, inside that folder there is a folder named “tools”, open a terminal window, browse to that folder, but instead of typing just “adb devices” type “./adb devices” and the serial number should pop up….and of course the obvious, have USB Debugging is on and yout phone plugged in. Have fun 🙂

  • nessa

    hey unlockr, what if the device’s serial number still doesn’t show up ?
    i have the behold 2

  • Raul

    Unlockr, problem with getting to the home screen on the G1 is that we can’t because we don’t have a data plan so its not possible to do this tutorial.

    • Raul,

      You don’t need to be at the home screen. It’ll connect with it at the touch to activate screen.

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  • kidd_pat

    will a serial # show up for the g1 ?
    and will i need to manually download a driver fr the my touch slide ?

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  • Alex

    I went throw driver installation in my old laptop which is running Windows XP SP2.
    I did install drivers for HTC myTouch 3G and Samsung Behold 2.
    Everything is working properly for both devices, no problem at all. Right now I am ready to root my phones.
    In the order to process and illuminate any kind of potential problem I did install .NET Framework 3.5 and latest JDK. Then I unpack Android SDK and find out it is not usb_drivers folder in there, under folder. When I execute Setup SDK under folder I got an error about HTTPS access which was easy to solve inside by selecting Force HTTPS under Settings section. After that it took a while to get packages and USB drivers for HTC. Anyway I did install as well drivers from the link for Behold 2.
    After all at all my phones I went to Application settings > Development and selected USB debugging and Stay awake. Connected one phone and waited for drivers installation and then for other one the same action.
    Command line execution showed proper information for both phones.
    Thank you guys for your advices and solutions.
    I can tell base on my installation experience – it is working for HTC myTouch 3G and Samsung Behold 2.

  • jtc442

    what am i doing wrong?? i cant get adb to install. keep getting errors saying not specified path not found and some others too when i go to the command prompt and type in the info.

    • cloud1129

      i cant seem to locate my cliq… i reinstalled the program a few times and no luck.. im a newbie im rooting phones… will someone tell what im doing wrong

  • Paul

    hay unlockr the behold 2 drivers link is broken..please fix it

  • Alex

    2Paul, link to driver for Samsung Behold 2 is still okay. It was working before and I did check 5 min ago. Firefox prompted to save ZIP file.
    2jtc442, are you in Android SDK folder? Check if you did install packages at Setup SDK application. If okay, then use CD at CMD to reach Android SDK folder and then tools.

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  • D

    Please help!!
    I’m pulling my hair put trying to figure out how to install all of the htc g1 drivers. I’m in the phone set up, and in order to adb all the drivers need to be activated? idk i’m really stuck. I’m running windows 7 32bit.

  • Duc

    I was setting up the ADB and I got stuck on the cmd part. I typed to the part “adb devices” and instead of a serial number pop up, it was a sentence “List of devices attached”.
    So I skip to Step 3 to check the USBDeview, but there was no HTC driver to delete.
    I don’t know what is wrong with my process, please help!

  • Geneo

    Folks
    I am an old guy 80 Retired Military just bought a Sprint HTC
    Had an old Pearl with ATT. I could turn it on and off accept calls.
    Well this Sprint is really something and my brain is trying to digest
    The features.
    Well I thought I would be cute and try to add to the phone and PC.
    Bought Radio Time so I could access all radio Stations on Sprint HTC.
    No luck in that department. They E-mailed the below file and I have no idea
    What to do to add it to my Sprint HTC.

    rt.201004.apk

    Geneo
    Jacksonville FL

    • TheUnlockr

      Geneo,

      An apk file is a program file for Android (the OS your phone is running, like how your computer is running Windows OS).
      Simply plug you phone in via USB cable to your computer, pull down the notification bar at the top and select the USB notification that came up. Then click mount.
      Now you should be able to transfer files to the sd card folder that just popped up on your computer when you hit mount.
      Transfer that .apk file to the sd card, then unplug the usb cable.
      Now goto the Market on your phone and search for ‘Linda’ (without the quotes). Download and install the Linda File Manager Free program.
      Once that is installed open it from your application list and click on sdcard then click on the .apk file you just saved to the card. If it gives you a warning click on the settings button and check Allow non market apps, then hit back and click on the apk again. Choose install. Once it is done installing, go back to your application list and it’ll be there.

  • Deepak

    damn!!!!
    all these rooting, adb processes etc are way too difficult for me atleast.
    loading iOS is kindda easy. 🙁

  • andy

    hey how come it doesnt get the serial number after i follow all the steps i have a g1 and im using windows xp
    no serial number shown

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  • HTC Desire users should follow the instructions given here:
    http://jamesgiang.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/adb-drivers-for-htc-desire/

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  • harry

    what driver is for the g1

  • harry

    on my usbdeview there is only on htc driver

  • ive tryed to do everything you said and on the cmd it says is not recognised as an internal or external command, operable batch file or batch file. im trying to activate my g1 without a dats plan also but it wont work

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  • Rene

    Great tutorials on this site no doubt!

    Seems like other people were having the same issue as me: the drivers not installing for the htc magic. The magic (and G1, others) are conspicuous in their absence in the list of drivers above. Also in the lack of replys to comments relating to difficulty with those drivers.

    The adb driver was not installing for me, until I installed htc sync – then it worked fine. I was trying to avoid installing htc sync, but no way to do that that was obvious to me.

    • Rene,

      Reason those devices are missing is because they are included in the USB driver folder of the SDK itself. Just install them from there.

  • carlos

    now its saying to download thee drivers because its missing on my phone….whats the next step????????im so lost…..:(

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  • hamxa

    all usb drivers are installed properly in my pc n ready to use it but the thing is when i connect my samsung galaxy spica in download mode it is not showing any drivers n am not able to root my phone so plz help me out

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  • mike

    i installed the driver but still dosnt work …(mytouch slide)

  • motohack

    I am running windows 7. I can’t get the custom recovery up and running. Tried using RSD lite and Android SDK command prompts to no success. Can you help? I really want to load the custom rom to my phone. thanks

  • jose

    hey guys i need sum help 🙁 when i was unstallin my phone again as a usb drive the I never got the ADB INTERFACE ….. why is that?

  • newser

    It took me forever to find out why I could not find my device, but I finally found that my phone was not set to
    ALLOW USB DEBUGGING. Simple oversight but it must be checked.

  • matt

    this is frustrating me, after deleting devices over and over, still cant get it to install the drivers.
    mytouch3g

  • Detox

    Hey i followed steps and my computer has android phones file and the adb thing so my driver is installed but on the comand prompt the cd AndroidSDK\tools\ comes up not recognized as internal or external command plz help ive tried reinstalling the android sdk and it still doesnt work. and yes i extracted it just like it says

    • Heckwithu

      same things happening to me

  • Paul

    i’m on a mac, and i cant do the command prompt thing
    help???

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  • drew

    I have all usb drives but i keep getting sgh-t939 not the serial number what am i doing wrong?

  • Kris

    I cant set up ADB fully. a box that says ”refresh sources” pops out and in the txt box it says ”Failed to fetch URL https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/repository/repository.xml, reason: HTTPS SSL error. You might want to force download through HTTP in the settings.” I have windows 7 and my phone is an HTC Legend PLEASE HELP!!!!

    • AF

      Hi, same problem as Kris…………..

    • Joshua Servin

      After the message comes up where it says it failed to fetch URL, close the window and then cancel on the next window. And now on the left, click settings. On the bottom, under “Misc” check the box that says “Force https://…”. Close the program and reboot. Hope it helps 😀

  • Muckway

    Ok, So I thought I had done this install the ADB correctly. When I ran the cmd menu and the Serial number is suppoed to show up it came up the t939 and I thought I was set. Now no matter where I plug it in it cannot read the device. on top of that it fails to install the driver (manually or automatically) even if I run SDK setup.. Help? I can no longer access my phone at all unless I take out my memory card and plug it in seperate..

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  • Raf

    I can’t install the drivers for my HTC.
    It is a HTC Desire, and when I plug it in it says i reqiure a disc which should have come with my phone. but no disc came with it, What should I do?

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  • Bilson

    Hey Unlockr,
    I have a Samsung Behold 2 and running on Window Vista 32bit.
    I tried by follow the step by step but the Serial number did not show up, the USB Debugging is on and installed the driver manually and automatically, download the USBDeview and tried….still no luck! Does it matter if I have a data plan or not? Not sure what I did wrong…

    Can you or anyone provide any help on this?
    Thank You

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  • Roxanne

    How can I do all this on linux??
    I’m new to linux so I know NOTHING about it…
    HELP :\

  • Joel

    It still says “List of devices attached” and nothing below it. i followed all the steps, please help me.

  • Erick

    The behold 2 doesn’t have HTC on the USB Files..

    So do we still have to erase something?

    cause im not getting the serial number. :/

  • Erick

    Do one for behold 2 cause i don’t think everything is the same for behold as G1… >.<

  • drivers (android-sdk) for nexus one are available at http://developer.android.com/sdk/win-usb.html

  • HELP ! this doesnt wok on any of my windows. p.s or my macbook. Do you need to do this to have ROMS themes ? and this guy told me not to do this it can screw up your android badly HELPPPPPP!

    • Phil,

      1. This cannot screw up your phone. It doesn’t touch your phone its a tool for developers to communicate with their phone and create applications…
      2. You need to click How Tis at the top of the site, then Android then your phone. Do the How To Root then How To Load a ROM. After that you can change your phones themes etc

  • Devin

    I’ve tried this process three times even after reinstalling the drivers of my phone and also redownloading the sdk file and I can’t get my computer to pull up the serial number. I am using windows xp and I did the “How To: Root my HTC Evo” before this. Will that cause the error I am having or what is it exactly I’m doing wrong? I’m just trying to get the Nand so I can download the Cyanogan ROM.

    • Devin,

      Make sure USB Debugging is checked ON in Settings > Applications > Development.

  • David Bucio

    Hello, I have a MyTouch 3G (the one with the 3.5mm headphone jack, and its running 1.6). I get up to the part where its supposed to show your serial number, but all it displays is nothing (no errors or anything, just a blank line). I’ve tried putting my phone in with USB debugging turned on, but still nothing (Am I supposed to mount it or just plug it into the computer?). By the way I’m running a 32bit Windows XP Professional. Please any help is great.

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  • Devin

    My debug is checked on and I am still having the same issue. When I open my cmd it and type what is prompted it says ‘The system cannot find the path specified.’

  • David Bucio

    Does ANYBODY know where I can get the MyTouch 3G (New 1.2 & fender) drivers for download? At the top they aren’t provided…..

  • Roxanne

    Hi, I was wondering does any one of this site knows how to do this HowTo videos on linux? I REALLY want to root my behold 2 but I have no idea how to do it with linux any help? thanks

  • Tyler

    i did everything didnt get a serial number, did the second step still didnt get a serial number. please help!!

    • Tyler

      i had debugging on as well

  • peaktop

    I also had to reboot my XP machine before ‘adb devices’ would show my Moto Droid.

  • Blanco

    Ok im having a problem.. im trying to do ADB i have a MacBook Pro everytime i use terminal n i get into were i have androidsdk i type adb devices i get this code:

    -bash: adb: command not found

    Anyone know why im getting this code? if you can help that’ll be great.. thanks

  • I have a MyTouch 3G (the one with the 3.5mm headphone jack, and its running 1.6). I get up to the part where its supposed to show your serial number, but all it displays is nothing (no errors or anything, just a blank line). I’ve tried putting my phone in with USB debugging turned on, but still nothing what else should I do? By the way I’m running a 32bit Windows XP Please any help is great

  • Keith

    How am I supposed to turn on the Debugger if my phone isn’t activated and I can’t turn it on?

  • Ares

    Like a few others, I don’t have a service plan for the g1.
    There is no way to reach the home screen, or settings screen to turn on debugging. (or at least that I know of)
    Pretty much can’t do anything to the phone except marvel at our paper weights.

    How can we get the serial number if we can’t debug?

    also only HTC Mass Storage driver appears when I try to reinstall drivers.
    and its the only one there when I uninstall.

    Are we pretty much outta luck?

    • Ares,

      Did you try to connect to the phone through ADB with just leaving the phone on the click to activate screen?

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  • Alex

    I cannot get the ADB to mount the system file

    i am typing

    adb shell mount /system

    and i keep getting back an error that the system is busy, what am i doing wrong?

    i am running MoDaCo r5 ROM with Froyo

    thanks

  • HotToddie

    If you’re trying to support a device that isn’t in the android_winusb.inf file, then you need to add it — there’s a great resource for adding the HTC Incredible information which allowed me to install the ADB.

    http://www.flexjunk.com/2010/05/01/installing-htc-incredible-android-sd-drivers/

  • Hi Mr. Unlockr,

    My Vista 32-bit computer gives the notification, that there is an unknown device, when looking at the Devices selection, i tried the things you wrote above, but nothing helps, i still can’t access my phone via usb, which is kinda shitty because i want to root and set a custom rom on my Htc Hero 2.1.

    And another question, can you root and custom when you’re on fw 2.1update1 (eclair)
    It’s unbranded btw, no sprint or other plans.

    I hope you can help me, because i really want the latest villianrom on my hero 🙁

    Thanks in Advance.

  • mike

    absolutly confused… when you plug in the phone(evo) does it need to be on sync mode… ordisk drive or charge only?

    cannot find any of this stuff confused jesus help

    • Mike,

      Charge only. But if your hear for rooting make sure u follow the how to root the evo procedure has special drivers for hboot.

  • mike

    okay my phones rooted.. i just cant seem to get the adb to pop up… i look in my device manager and it says my HTC… i click on My HTC and i get this “Windows cannot initialize the device driver for this hardware. (Code 37)”
    what should i do?

    • Mike,

      Right click that and click update driver then look for the driver in the sdk and try to install that.
      If that doesn’t work post in our forums.

  • PROD1GY

    How do you do this for the imac

    • Prodigy,

      Download the SDK for mac from Google’s site.

  • Hi Mr. Unlockr,

    My Vista 32-bit computer gives the notification, that there is an unknown device, when looking at the Devices selection, i tried the things you wrote above, but nothing helps, i still can’t access my phone via usb, which is kinda shitty because i want to root and set a custom rom on my Htc Hero 2.1.

    I tried to set up the adb, but it doesn’t give a serial number.
    Also i tried to manually install the drivers and soo on.

    And another question, is it able root and custom when you’re on fw 2.1update1 (eclair)
    It’s unbranded btw, no sprint or other plans.

    I hope you can help me, because i really want the latest villianrom on my hero

    Thanks in Advance.

  • glynn

    when i type in AndroidSDK/tools/ and press enter it says its not recognized as an internal or external command

    • Flynn,

      1. Make sure you named your folders correctly.
      2. Make sure you’re typing it in correctly. Its not a command it should be cd in front of it…

  • sunny

    Hey Unlockr,

    i did the whole thing and my serial number showed up but next to it said “Offline” when yours said Recovery, why is that and when i tryed to root my mytouch slide, it said error phone offline, what did i do wrong or what am i missing!?

  • yennsy

    hey. i tried to run the sdk on my PC, but is not accepting the |Drivers and the G1 android is not is the list of drivers you guys have. How can i get it?

  • yennsy

    Hey Unlocker Great page i’ve lern a lot with it. But i’m having a major Problem i guess! i have a G1 and i’m trying to setup the Gmail account with a data plan (wifi) but my computer is only recognizing the device as a
    >Mass Storage< only . how can i get it Done to have it recognize with all the conponent

  • Mike0001

    OK, this is confusing I only wanted to install a ROM anyway I digress.

    I need to make a goldcard because I can’t unroot my HTC magic, I have followed all the instructions up to this point.

    – After typing the cmd lines in, it doesn’t show the serial number.

    – The HTC MAgic drivers are not included in your list.

    – So I downloaded USB deview, there were only 2 HTC drivers I tried unistalling only 1 would uninstall (Running as administrator)

    – I unplugged the USB and back in, and the updating drivers balloon doesn’t show and the device manager still shows the driver I was unable to uninstall

    – When I plug the phone’s USB cable back in, I get the error message “Windows – No Disk” – Exception Processing Message 0xc000… etc.

    – I have searched the comments you made about the Magic it reads,

    “Reason those devices are missing is because they are included in the USB driver folder of the SDK itself. Just install them from there.”

    What does this mean? I have searched the SDK folder for a USB drive folder I don’t see one. Do I have to put the SDK folder onto my phone’s SD card?

    Also am I receiveing the error message because I deleted the HTC driver and it isn’t re-installing?

    Thanks for your help.

    Much apprecieted.

  • Mike0001

    I have looked some more into it, is the problem with AndroidSDK folder I have downloaded?

    Should there be a USB Drives folder in there? When I open it up there are only 3 folders – addons, platforms and tools. And the SDK Setup.exe

  • Mike0001

    Hey Dave, so I figured it out and just wanna put it up in the comments in case anyone else has the same problem.

    ** Works for HTC Magic users **

    The link in this tutorial for the AndroidSDK.zip is the latest version and has no USB drivers folder.

    If you go to http://android-sdk.en.softonic.com/ it will give you an older version SDK 1.5 with the drivers.

    Continue on from step 2.

    Hope this helps.

    Dave, I dunno if you have any qualms about me linking to another site, if so I apologize. Also could you help me out I posted my problem in the How to Root your MyTouch 3G / Magic (GOLDCARD METHOD)

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  • vicky

    i did everything perfect and it didnt work, then i did the manual driver install and still it didnt detect my phone. then i used the app to delete all htc drivers which didnt make sence but i did, them reinstalled the behold driver all 3 ways you tell us to and an still no detection. so now what??

    • Vicky,

      Do you have a 64 bit system? Because there is a disclaimer that the Behold 2 will NOT work on a x64 bit system. You need to use a 32bit system.

      • vicky

        no i checked my computer first in the windows specs and it says windows vista 32 bit

  • ChrisGui

    Hey, TheUnlockr, when I go into the command prompt and input the commands in the steps, it just says ” A list of devices attached” with no serial. Any help?

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  • vygiz

    USB drivers for Samsung Vibrant doesn’t work (for me atleast) with what comes with the android sdk download. I needed to download a samsung specific set, i found mine here.. http://www.userdrivers.com/url.php?link=aHR0cDovL2Rvd25sb2FkY2VudGVyLnNhbXN1bmcuY29tL2NvbnRlbnQvU1cvMjAxMDA3LzIwMTAwNzI4MDM0NjQwNzk2L1NHSC10OTU5X1ZpYnJhbnRfVVNCX0RyaXZlcnMuemlw

    Hope it helps someone else! 🙂

  • slyzer

    hi David,
    I’m trying to create a “GOLD CARD” I’m following your video step to create it. but now i’m stuck in the middle where i needed to type in the command in the adb shell “$ cat /sys/class/mmc_host/mmc1/mmc1:*/cid”
    it come out with the message ” /sys/class/mmc_host/mmc1/mmc1:*/cid: No such file or directory” what is my problem here?
    I’m using HTC LEGEND.. plz help me~
    Thanks alot

    • Teknql

      replace the mmc1 with “mmc0

  • DustinLeee

    So’ I’ve done ALL the steps. Numerous times. And I can’t get it to work at all on my Cliq. And when I download the USBDeview there are NO HTC titles in there? Please help me! I don’t know what I’m doing wrong!

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  • OK, I had similar issue with adb when I try to list it.
    All you have to do is killing the server and restart it again.

    From the command line in the same tools location type these:

    adb kill-server
    adb start-server
    adb devices

    If you have all the drivers in your computer, these steps should solve that.
    Please update the post, to make easier to those people who are looking for that.

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  • Joseph

    I’ve tried 20 times to get the drivers to install is there a different process i should do if I’m using windows 7 because it’s still not finding the serial to my samsung behold 2?

  • danny

    how do i download the mytouch 3g 1.2 drivers there is no link and i cant find it

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  • danny54

    how do i download a driver for the my touch 3g there is no link and it wont automatically do it please reply and help!!!!

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  • _MCCARD

    Hi Unlockr,

    Great site, keep up the good work!

    I’m having problems loading the adb drivers on an XP machine. I have tried everything above, including USBDeview. Is there anywhere that I could get the INF driver file directly? I am using an HTC Legend.

    thanks
    _mccard

  • theTrashcanMan

    Ok, I’m trying to activate my HTC G1 without a data plan. I’m stuck with the drivers, I know I’ve done everything else right becuase I tried it with a HTC Evo and was able to get the serial number so I know what I’m doing is right. However when I plug my G1 into the computer it always just shows up as a mass storage device. I have tried the usb dev thing, and have even tried to manually install the drivers but, honestly, I don’t really know what to look for, when I use the manual method it says that the driver isn’t the right driver. Any help you can provide would be really appreciated as I am at my wits end. Thanks

    • theTrashcanMan

      p.s. I also used the SDK update tool to fully update the package and usb drivers.

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  • Neo
    • scorror

      i tried your steps but still get adb server killing,…list of devices, no serial. Curiously, when i used the device manager checking drivers on my HTC desire, it says drivers installed by HTC and the version number of it. The question i want to ask is if the HTC drivers and adb drivers are the same or not.

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  • Dormentor

    hi unlocker, a quick question from a newbie here, you might have answered this already but it’s kinda hard to
    browse and read the post one by one, so heres my dilemma,

    i already followed the steps but i can’t install apps in my phone, i mean 8s saying error on adb composite, and i followed to check for the adb in the cmd prompt, and there were no serial numbers, so i tried to install it manually now, heres the thing, i’m still using WinXP and everytime i click on update drivers it’s prompting me to a choice, and after i downloaded the drivers which should be installed (btw my phone is samsung galaxy spica gt-5700 android v2.1) i has 2 folders, now im not sure what to install or update..

    my supposidly smart phone is as dumb our neighbor and i really really would appreciate it if you help me go through this… heheheh tnx lots….

  • darkan9el

    Just unpacked the latest android sdk by right clicking on the zip file and choosing Extract Files… then typing the name AndroidSDK and it creates an additional folder so, to get to the tools folder the correct address would now be:

    C:\AndroidSDK\android-sdk-windows\tools

    or you can just move all the files and folders in the android-sdk-windows folder iinto the AndroidSDK folder to follow this tut verbatim.

  • gearhead3585

    behold 2 (firmware 1.6)
    vista basic (32-bit OS)
    C:\AndroidSDK <–it is renamed

    ok this has turned out to be an EPIC FAIL!!!
    like i said i have a behold 2. i owned it for a while now and had it loaded with apps. and i decided to do a "master rest" on the phone so it would be all original for all of this…….. basically i seen the videos on youtube of the behold 2 running on galaxy s ROM thanks to BH_Man. and u (theunlocker.com) give a vidoe of uploading this ROM. to do so the behold 2 must be ROOTED. in order to do so…. and in order to ROOT the behold 2 u need to do THIS "adb/usb BULLSHIT!!! i lost count of how many times i have tried to do this!!! i have downloaded ALL the files provided above ( in regards to behold 2) and i follow ALL the instructions exactly as instructed, and when i have the the files extrated to there proper locations: i downloaded "Android SDK" for windows, from the above link. the files were extracted to the Cdrive, and renamed AndroidSDK Ex. C:\ AndroidSDK. my behold 2's USB debugging was enabled.the samsung/android decive drivers were already installed, but were also uninstalled and reinstalled several times, using all metheds from above:manual and with ur drive pack. i tried using all three: samsung pc studio, mass storage, and jus charging. and when i go to the cmd and enter in all the commands i NEVER get a serial number at the end!!!!!

  • noeeBEAST

    behold 2 drivers say that it can harm my computer, do i still install it?

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  • Luis Vagaroso

    Sorry, one question. I have a HTC touch and is bricked… can i make a goldcard for it?
    Is this solution only for android phones? Mine is windows mobile…
    Than’s

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  • Jodie

    Hi, can anyone tell me why I get to the command prompt and get the “list of devices” but nothing is listed? I’m stumped.

    • Jodie

      Anybody? I’m frustrated!

  • David

    Hi i am having problems getting windows virtual pc to put drivers on my phone. I used sdk and updated everything. When I go into cmd and type in the command lines it just says list of devices attached. I get no serial number. I then proceeded to download drivers manually for behold 2. I went in Device Manager and behold 2 isnt listed. There are yellow question marks where it says other devices> virtual pc integration system. If i click on the setup in the drivers folder it says installed successfully but still no recognization that behold 2 is connected. Also for clarification usddeview shows no drivers or devices hooked up to delete. Please help. Is there somewhere specific I am supposed to manually save drivers?

    • David

      windows virtual pc is running xp

  • Benji

    Hi dude.

    I followed your instructions and I couldn’t get my phone’s serial number. When I typed adb devices it just said “list of devices” and there was nothing else. I used USBdeview and uninstalled and plugged my phone back in. All I got was a new driver just like the one I had before. It says HTC Android Phone USB Device. I still don’t have one that says ADB device or anything. I’ve tried over and over and it won’t work. I need to activate my phone but I don’t have a data plan. I also tried updating my driver from the usb drivers folder in the androidsdk folder, but I think that didn’t work because it said it couldn’t find a better match than the one I already had. Please help.

    Thank you,

    Benji

  • ab

    hey i did everythinq as shown, and you c at the end when it says your device is ready to use and it says usb composite ready to use and all of the other stuff mine only saids usb mass storage ready to use, does that matter, and its not giving me a serial number or nothing, can you please help me,

  • jose

    hey just to let people know so they wont make the same mistake i did. it took me a week till i figured it out. those of you who are using tethering, THIS PROCEDURE WILL NOT WORK, YOU MUST DISABLE TETHERING FIRST IN ORDER FOR YOU TO GET YOUR SERIAL NUMBER. do your downloads first then either print this page or just leave it open and dont close it for the instructions. then disable tethering, (reboot your phone if you have to, i noticed i had to with “pdanet tether”) then follow the procedure and you should get your serial number……for xp users, (i dont know about others thou), after you do the procedure your tethering wont work so on your computer press control+alt+delete at the same time, click on task manager, click on “adb” just once, then end task and your tethering will work again. (note you will have to do that everytime you use cmd for your phone in order to get either or working)

  • albert

    hi this is killing me….i still don’t get why i say’s not a registered device when i run it on cmd….please help..
    I’m using windows xp..
    this is what i did…i turn on usb debbuging on my phone then connect it to the comp.then something pops up asking me if i want to install the driver and i click yes but it cannot find the driver and i don’t know why…o and i also did what u said on the video…..

    • jose

      try rebooting your phone and make sure you aint using tethering

  • guys can u help me? i found the super user application but then i dont know how to use it

  • G-ster

    How do I enable USB debugging on my Motorola Cliq

    • Same way on all phones (listed in the procedure).

      Settings > Applications > Development > Check USB Debugging ON.

  • ulise

    I have the code but I can, generate the other on the soaa.They says that the lenght is wrong.Can you help?

  • Pinky

    What If I can’t get into the phone to set it to USBdebugging mode?

    • And why can’t you do that?

      • Ilimaan

        Yeah! exact I have the same problem because my G1 phone is locked, I mean its not yet set up with an google to start working. it show only the welcome to t-mobile g1 and touch the android to begin page , so I cannot get into the phone to set the USbdebugging, in this case how can I do to install the right driver? I want to use the manner your described here (Activating the phone over wifi with a sim but no data plan) to activate it?

        Your quick help will be greatly aperciated?

  • Pinky

    It’s an unlocked t-mobile mytouch 3g (without headphone jack) I tried putting a centennial wireless sim card in it and signing into a gmail account after manually updating the APN settings for Centennial, didn’t work, I have no way to access anything without signing into the phone which I can’t do and I’m at my wit’s end and the really sad thing is I use to work for T-mobile and I can’t get it to work, please SAVE ME FROM THIS HECK!

    • Does the Centennial account have a data plan on it?
      If so, then check to make sure the APN you saved is 100% correct (call Centennial and have them help if need be). Then make sure you select it after you save it (it needs to show it as the selected APN in the APN list). Then try again.

  • Pinky

    It does have a data plan and we got all the apn info from them, I made sure it was selected but it simply would not register data.

  • Ursu Ciprian

    Worked perfectly for me, thanks a lot mate!

  • MrMperfect

    I have the Samsung Transform (Model SPH-M920). I cannot get my computer (Windows XP) to even recognize this phone when plugged into the USB. I have tried everything to find a compatable driver to no avail. Someone, please, HELP me!

  • Suppwendy

    how do i remount using abd its not taking the command when i type adb remount…?

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  • Dcj1213

    device not found. i look in device manager, it shows up in portable devices as a F: Help me please! htc sycn is installed. that dont work either.

  • GabMC

    Hi, this evening i powered off my Galaxy S Vibrant (i9000M) and since then just doesn’t want to start. It gets stuck on the boot logo and then nothing happens and it shuts off. I’m pretty sure I set the phone on USB debugging but since it won’t start I can’t check if I did. I tried installing ADB but my phone’s serial number doesn’t show. Could that be because it’s not in USB debugging mode? and if so is there any way I can get ADB to work despite this?

    Thanks

  • I cant get past the whle CMD thing. I type in the path to the sdk tools file, and wont load. says its not recognized as an operable file. How to I get this part to work to verify the connections?

    • WAIT NVM 😀

      • Mikej

        I’d like to know what you were doing wrong…:(

      • Mikej

        I’d like to know what you were doing wrong…:(

      • Mikej

        I’d like to know what you were doing wrong…:(

  • mj

    after i downloaded all the files that i need then in CMD everytime i type cd AndroidSDKtools then enter it always say “The system cannot find the path specified.” whats happening? i need help. Thanks

    • Omar

      open the zip file downloaded and extract the folder to C:
      then rename that folder to androidSDK
      then when you do the CD command do :
      CDandroidSDKTools
      then you can continue

    • Andy

      Hi. I had this problem with path location too. for me the path was C:AndroidSDKandroid-sdk-windowstools.

      The problem I am running into is on step 6 when i run adb devices command, it gives me some 10 digit alphanumeric code instead of a 15 digit which is what I would expect for a phone serial number

    • Andy

      disregard my previous advice because there is i believe a tools directory in AndroidSDK as well as in AndroidSDK/windows..

      • Mnguyen2903

        I have the same problem with Mj ! can u help me o open the files? and is there anyway u can help me to find the AndroidSDK/windows ?

  • n0m0n

    Starting ADB Server…
    *daemon not running. stating it now on port 5037*
    *daemon started successfully*

    OK

    Waiting for device

    And waiting…
    Something must be wrong becuase I have not gotten past waiting.
    i do have USB debugging connected…

    What might be wrong?

    Thanks

    OK I just opened a CMD prompt and typed adb devices
    This is what I got in return.

    C:usern0m0n>adb devices
    List of devices attached

    C:usern0m0n>

    Does that mean ??? adb is working or isn’t becuase I have my Droid2 and gTablet plugged in?

    I have re-flashed my Droid2 with the stock SBF already so I don’t know why I cant get the root app to work.

    Can anyone advise?

    Thanks

  • Behold 2 trying to download the Samsung Driver (using VISTA 64 bit version) Windows gives an error saving the Driver needs to be digitally signed? Help me plz!

  • JayP-23

    Hey Unlockr….uhm i just go a brand new evo…its not rooted of anything…im wondering if it would still work…

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  • dimas

    i do everything like the instructions, and when i type adb devices, “list of devices attached”,what it’s means?thank you

    • It should show a serial number underneath that. If it doesn’t, start over, your drivers were not installed properly.

  • Sfmcduff

    I followed your instructions and downloaded AndroidSDK to my C:drive. However, when I plugged in my Galaxy Windows could not find the driver in the AndroidSDK directory. I checked under Device Manager and it is recognizing the Samsung Andorid USB Device but there is no driver. Was the driver suppose to download in the tools directory and if so what was the name of the file?

  • Sfmcduff

    I opened the SDK manager and downloaded the USB Driver for Windows to my AndroidSDK directory. I tried to add the driver to my Samsung Android USB device under Device Manager and it still does not find the driver. What gives????? This is so beyond frustrating for something that should be so simple. The USB debugging checked. Could there be other settings on my phone that could be creating the problem. I am assuming that the USB device is OK since it is showing up under the Device Manager.

  • Nwill87

    OMG! i have done everything rite at least twice when cmd abd no device serial number help motorola xt701 unlocked

  • Omarrangel80

    everything goes well until i type adb devices.. its says its not recognized as an internal or external command

  • Matt

    once i download the sdk the icon doesnt look like a stack of books, instead it has teh internet explorer icon and when i right click there is no option to extract…???

    • Abc

      lol u have to have win-rar to extact a file duh

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  • Be

    I’m having the same problems with two different Android.
    First the Samsung Captivate and now the Nexus 1.
    I can get as far as device and it show the device ID.
    None of the command work, ie. if I do adb remount I get: remount failed: Operation not permitted

  • derrick

    i am not getting a serial number, mine just says attachments listed

  • I’ve followed this to the letter. When I reconnect the phone all of the drivers install except ADB. I then point it to the location where the driver is… and Windows can’t find the driver. Am losing the will to live. Have been through this loop several times now. Any help appreciated.

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  • Mr Pnutt

    Dear Mr. Unlockr; I rooted my G1 and now I’m trying to setup the ADB/USB drives. I have the debug box checked off I connected the USB Cable and I was wondering am I supposed to mount the SD card via USB? I’m using Windoows7/64 and the link that u setup that goes to My Digital Life says to extract the into a folder; now my ? is do I type the info that they have. Thx in Advance.

  • I have the AndroidSDK strter kit but how do I download the platform I want plus since I rooted my G1 can I run Android 2.2? thx in Advance.

  • You need to download a custom ROM and do our How To Load a Custom ROM procedure for your phone.

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  • udusilm

    about windows 7 instructions: HTC has released HTC sync ver 3 and its working fine with win7 64bit. just tested!

  • Vincsilver

    The “adb files” download link given upster is down.
    To get adb with r08 release : launch SDK manager and apply the available packages.
    After than the manager has downloaded every packages, it’ll start the deamon.
    Now go on a prompt command
    insert : cd C:path_of_your_installation_of_AndroidSDKplatform-tools
    insert : adb shell (or adb devices)
    –> It’s work !

    20101208 Vincent.

  • Vincsilver

    The “adb files” download link given upster is down.
    To get adb with r08 release : launch SDK manager and apply the available packages.
    After than the manager has downloaded every packages, it’ll start the deamon.
    Now go on a prompt command
    insert : cd C:path_of_your_installation_of_AndroidSDKplatform-tools
    insert : adb shell (or adb devices)
    –> It’s work !

    20101208 Vincent.

  • Vincsilver

    The “adb files” download link given upster is down.
    To get adb with r08 release : launch SDK manager and apply the available packages.
    After than the manager has downloaded every packages, it’ll start the deamon.
    Now go on a prompt command
    insert : cd C:path_of_your_installation_of_AndroidSDKplatform-tools
    insert : adb shell (or adb devices)
    –> It’s work !

    20101208 Vincent.

  • The link is NOT down. It works just fine, but thanks for the alternative method to install the ADB files if people need it!

    • Vincsilver

      Ok, link works today.
      Yesterday : MegaUpload said “Link is not available”
      Strange..

    • Vincsilver

      Ok, link works today.
      Yesterday : MegaUpload said “Link is not available”
      Strange..

  • Maj_hakimi

    Mr.Cogen million million thanks for your good instruction

  • Maj_hakimi

    Mr.Cogen million million thanks for your good instruction

  • Maj_hakimi

    Mr.Cogen million million thanks for your good instruction

  • Beto4u

    alright, i have been trying for 2 days and i finally get it.
    after do the cmd thing i always get stuck in the last line of code so here is the solution:
    after you tipe

    cd
    cd AndroidSDKtools

    u need to copy the adb drivers to

    C:AndroidSDKtools

    and then u can tipe the last line of code

    adb devices and it will work. at least worked for me and im using win7 ultimate 32bit

  • Beto4u

    alright, i have been trying for 2 days and i finally get it.
    after do the cmd thing i always get stuck in the last line of code so here is the solution:
    after you tipe

    cd
    cd AndroidSDKtools

    u need to copy the adb drivers to

    C:AndroidSDKtools

    and then u can tipe the last line of code

    adb devices and it will work. at least worked for me and im using win7 ultimate 32bit

  • Welcome!

  • Ash90

    Thanks for the adb upload. Really helped me 😀

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  • Mnguyen2903

    I type in C:>AndroidSDKtoolsadb devices and it says Access Denied ! SOMEONE HELPS ME !

  • Mnguyen2903

    Do i have to extract adb too? !

  • Just follow the written procedure. Download the sdksupport and unzip it. Then copy the sdksupport folder inside to the c drive and rename it to androidsdk. Open that folder and make sure that the tools folder can be seen immediately (and there isn’t another folder in between). Then read the update in the procedure and download the ADB files and put them into the tools folder. Done.

    • Mikej Mcclendon

      I don’t know if they changed the app since you made this update but there is no “adb devices” bat file or application in that path. Am I doing some thing stupid? I have followed your directions to a tee, but I cannot get this command to run at prompt. I do as you say I browse to the the tools folder and the attempt to execute the command but just get the typical bad command error

      C:androidSDKtools>adb devices
      ‘adb’ is not recognized as an inoperable program or batch file.

      as you can see it does not even recognize the second word as is always the case when you put it with out quotes at prompt. This leaves me to believe that I am doing something fundamentally wrong…what is it???

    • Mikej Mcclendon

      I don’t know if they changed the app since you made this update but there is no “adb devices” bat file or application in that path. Am I doing some thing stupid? I have followed your directions to a tee, but I cannot get this command to run at prompt. I do as you say I browse to the the tools folder and the attempt to execute the command but just get the typical bad command error

      C:androidSDKtools>adb devices
      ‘adb’ is not recognized as an inoperable program or batch file.

      as you can see it does not even recognize the second word as is always the case when you put it with out quotes at prompt. This leaves me to believe that I am doing something fundamentally wrong…what is it???

    • Mikej Mcclendon

      I don’t know if they changed the app since you made this update but there is no “adb devices” bat file or application in that path. Am I doing some thing stupid? I have followed your directions to a tee, but I cannot get this command to run at prompt. I do as you say I browse to the the tools folder and the attempt to execute the command but just get the typical bad command error

      C:androidSDKtools>adb devices
      ‘adb’ is not recognized as an inoperable program or batch file.

      as you can see it does not even recognize the second word as is always the case when you put it with out quotes at prompt. This leaves me to believe that I am doing something fundamentally wrong…what is it???

    • Jose_tenorplayer

      idk if it might help but i would but the adb thing in bold first, you know?? so everybody reads that first before setting that up, and then have it the second time in the instructions, just a suggestion

  • Why is there a > in there?

  • Why is there a > in there?

  • Qab4ever

    cant uninstall the mt3g slide drivers from usb deview

  • Qab4ever

    cant uninstall the mt3g slide drivers from usb deview

  • it jus says adb is not a internal commond or something i need help

  • it jus says adb is not a internal commond or something i need help

  • bendito

    Thank you THANK YOU! As soon as I reinstalled the driver in part II I did everything it said on the screen and kablamo! I’m in business. I have a Droid Incredible btw

  • Glad to help! Always nice to see someone post that it worked too, thanks!

  • Headsh0tshurt

    ok i cant even install the android sdk. I installed the latest java SE development kit and when i run the windows installer for the Android SDK it says it does not detect the JDK. i’ve uninstalled/rebooted/reinstalled but it does not detect it. is this b/c i’m running in a Win64bit environment?

    • Why don’t you follow the instructions written here? Where in them does it say to use the Windows installer?

    • Why don’t you follow the instructions written here? Where in them does it say to use the Windows installer?

  • Headsh0tshurt

    ok i cant even install the android sdk. I installed the latest java SE development kit and when i run the windows installer for the Android SDK it says it does not detect the JDK. i’ve uninstalled/rebooted/reinstalled but it does not detect it. is this b/c i’m running in a Win64bit environment?

  • Amldc

    in r08 the ADB and some other tool have been moved to platform-tools folder

  • Everst Deth

    Hey man, my CMD does not recognizes adb as a command 🙁

  • Everst Deth

    Hey man, my CMD does not recognizes adb as a command 🙁

  • Everst Deth

    Hey man, my CMD does not recognizes adb as a command 🙁

  • Telecompays

    I was going to take a short cut and just ask for a solution to the problem I was having. Instead I did something crazy and ….read the entire “How to”. I kept receiving an error at the CMD prompt ADB not an internal or external command. I needed to download the ADB files just as written in the update. Thank you very much for the clear and detailed steps

  • Telecompays

    I was going to take a short cut and just ask for a solution to the problem I was having. Instead I did something crazy and ….read the entire “How to”. I kept receiving an error at the CMD prompt ADB not an internal or external command. I needed to download the ADB files just as written in the update. Thank you very much for the clear and detailed steps

  • Telecompays

    I was going to take a short cut and just ask for a solution to the problem I was having. Instead I did something crazy and ….read the entire “How to”. I kept receiving an error at the CMD prompt ADB not an internal or external command. I needed to download the ADB files just as written in the update. Thank you very much for the clear and detailed steps

  • will

    Hi Unlockr! i would like to ask. i kinda did everything until i downloaded the adb files and extracted it in the tools, when i did the CMD thing it says list of devices attached. does this mean anything? thanks!

  • PIMPJUICEX404

    I got stuck on the “cmd” part also and so started the procedure to reinstall the drivers thinking that was the problem so i downloaded and opened “USBDEVIEW” I saw that one of the items said “currently connected” and next to it “yes” and in another column named “serial” THERE WAS THE SERIAL NUMBER FOR MY PHONE!!! HOPE THIS HELPS SOME1 ALSO. =)

    • Sovius

      Mate, Your are a genius, this think was driving me crazy and there it was the answer.
      cheers

      • Cerxy

        Can somone help me get to the command part.. I tried everything.. But I need fat32 files.. please help..

  • Nkratz2002

    i can’t download anything it says cannot download content is not supported on this phone..

  • Hussin Ali

    Please reply to this message!! I’ve been on your site for more than 12 hours now!
    I have a mytouch 3g 32A, tried to root it but did something wrong, and now all I get is HTC Magic boot logo!!
    I can’t make a gold card or setup ADB. When I try to setup ADB, I get a list of devices attached.
    Please give me some steps to getting rid of this!!
    I believe in you guys, and keep up the good work.
    Thanks

  • mi g1

    i have a g1 and i also get stuck on the part where i put adb devices on the cmd it says The system cannot find the path specified

  • mi g1

    i have a g1 and i also get stuck on the part where i put adb devices on the cmd it says The system cannot find the path specified

  • Nmirandez

    having problems with my drivers it keeps telling me to insert disk to download them wtf do i do

  • Nmirandez

    having problems with my drivers it keeps telling me to insert disk to download them wtf do i do

  • Robykaren2008

    hi im having a problem wen i type adb shell chomd 0755 /data/local/try3 it says error device ofline how do i get it online wen its already plugged into my computer?

  • Silence

    sweet deal tanx bro-hon

  • Silence

    sweet deal tanx bro-hon

  • Silence

    sweet deal tanx bro-hon

  • Mra_braceros

    when i type adb devices, here’s wat it says:
    ‘adb’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or a batch file.
    what shall i do?i need help really…
    my android device is an ipad…its not a phone…i had a hard time looking for a usb driver for my deice..pls help..

  • Theunlockr,
    Got the ADB loaded and it seems to be running but when I plug in my G1 I get the “serial number” some space then it says “device” but when I plug in my Behold 2 it gives me “SGS-T939” some space then it says “offline” It won’t let me enter the next step because of the offline thingy, any ideas?

  • Daniel

    How do you delete the HTC drivers on Usbdeview?

  • Daniel

    Im doign the activation without a data plan and i am not able to go on the phone and click settings and application (3). What should i do?

  • Jelly

    Thanks so much. Filled in the gaps every other site left gaping.

  • Mikej Mcclendon

    My GOD what a gigantic pain in the butt that was to figure out, it seems they have updated SDK since this tutorial was created.

    After clicking on the link Unlockr provided and picking my platform in .zip format, I extracted as directed to the root of C: drive.

    Then went to DOS prompt; (I know it’s not really DOS any more but I digress) I should say COMMAND prompt and browsed to the c:androidSDKTools and proceeded to type in the command adb devices…and got the response:

    ‘adb’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    This is because I was in the wrong directory, it seems they have changed the file structure of SDK. You now need to browse to: C:androidsdkplatform-tools and enter the same command….and PRESTO it works.

    I think this is relevant also; before I did any of this I browsed to C:androidsdk in file explorer and executed the application SDK Manager.exe and did all the updating.

    • Thanks for the info, but you could have just done the procedure exactly as written and that would have worked too 🙂 (If you read step 6 it gives you the ADB files to download and just extract to the tools folder and your all set).

      • Mikej

        I did the procedure exactly as written 3 times, the “adb” command was not in that path. Is a matter of fact until I updated with the manager it didn’t exist.

        I don’t claim to be any kind of expert but I know just enough to be dangerous, and I am telling you I couldn’t get any thing but an unrecognizable command echo.

        Do me a favor double check that some thing hasn’t changed using your link here, and see if the “adb” command is in the path you specify or in the folders at all before you update with the manager.

        • Ssunatzu

          I am also “dangerous” when it comes to these things. Follow the video carefully and it does work, I can testify to that. I had to go a different route(path) than the above and I still got the adb to work. I spent alot of time the day before reading stuff on the internet. My suggestion is to let this simmer for a day or so, then come back to this post. All I can say is make sure you have all the ingredients….whatever they may be.

      • Mikej

        I did the procedure exactly as written 3 times, the “adb” command was not in that path. Is a matter of fact until I updated with the manager it didn’t exist.

        I don’t claim to be any kind of expert but I know just enough to be dangerous, and I am telling you I couldn’t get any thing but an unrecognizable command echo.

        Do me a favor double check that some thing hasn’t changed using your link here, and see if the “adb” command is in the path you specify or in the folders at all before you update with the manager.

      • Mikej

        Oh shite!!!! SORRY…you are absolutely correct!!!

        It’s amazing what a little reading ahead will do isn’t it.

        I’ll just back out of the room quietly now, Hey by the way awesome, well written, complete, and easy to follow How To.

        Thanks 🙂

      • Mikej

        Oh shite!!!! SORRY…you are absolutely correct!!!

        It’s amazing what a little reading ahead will do isn’t it.

        I’ll just back out of the room quietly now, Hey by the way awesome, well written, complete, and easy to follow How To.

        Thanks 🙂

      • Lid

        Hey, thanks for all the info. I tried to download the file from step 6 but my country has it blocked. I tried to do it through a proxy and ended up downloading a php file. I am trying now to do what Mike suggested. I hope it works. Again, thanks for the instructions.

      • SCAANDLE

        I AM DOING THAT AND IS NOT WORKING FOR ME IS DRIVING ME NUTS

    • Thanks for the info, but you could have just done the procedure exactly as written and that would have worked too 🙂 (If you read step 6 it gives you the ADB files to download and just extract to the tools folder and your all set).

    • Thanks for the info, but you could have just done the procedure exactly as written and that would have worked too 🙂 (If you read step 6 it gives you the ADB files to download and just extract to the tools folder and your all set).

    • Thanks for the info, but you could have just done the procedure exactly as written and that would have worked too 🙂 (If you read step 6 it gives you the ADB files to download and just extract to the tools folder and your all set).

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for this tip. After weeks of trying this did the trick.

  • Mikej Mcclendon

    My GOD what a gigantic pain in the butt that was to figure out, it seems they have updated SDK since this tutorial was created.

    After clicking on the link Unlockr provided and picking my platform in .zip format, I extracted as directed to the root of C: drive.

    Then went to DOS prompt; (I know it’s not really DOS any more but I digress) I should say COMMAND prompt and browsed to the c:androidSDKTools and proceeded to type in the command adb devices…and got the response:

    ‘adb’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    This is because I was in the wrong directory, it seems they have changed the file structure of SDK. You now need to browse to: C:androidsdkplatform-tools and enter the same command….and PRESTO it works.

    I think this is relevant also; before I did any of this I browsed to C:androidsdk in file explorer and executed the application SDK Manager.exe and did all the updating.

  • Dapepe95

    help, when i type in everything all it gives me is my behold 2 name only…ps i downloaded everything correctly

  • Dapepe95

    help, when i type in everything all it gives me is my behold 2 name only…ps i downloaded everything correctly

  • Dapepe95

    help, when i type in everything all it gives me is my behold 2 name only…ps i downloaded everything correctly

  • Dapepe95

    help, when i type in everything all it gives me is my behold 2 name only…ps i downloaded everything correctly

  • Esteban_sweet

    i have a question what if i need this to activated without a data plan…??
    and im not sure USB debugging is on?
    what do i do??

  • Anonymous

    Thank you very much, you really helped me!
    The ADB files were missing in the SDK, and I was really stuck until I came across your site. So thank you!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you very much, you really helped me!
    The ADB files were missing in the SDK, and I was really stuck until I came across your site. So thank you!

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  • Alain_dale10

    i cannot see the serial number of my phone..could you help me?

  • Alain_dale10

    i cannot see the serial number of my phone..could you help me?

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  • Gpandis23

    Thank you ever so much dude! Had problem installing my adb driver from my htc desire HD and it finally works.
    Cheers Bro 😉

  • Ndejesus1227

    Ok, I been trying this, and I have a different problem, when I go to install the driver, it reads as a Remote NDIS.. correct me if I’m wrong but I feel like this is HEAVILY interfering with my ability to get the correct drivers. I followed all the steps thoroughly, my phone just WON’T connect. Any thoughts on this?

  • Jones Jarellp

    i have the htc evo shift. im stuck at deleting everything from usbdeview, nothing will delete. i tried using unrevoked anyway and it says device speedy is not supported

  • Edwaabi22

    shit fuckin sucks. they make it seem easy, but you gotta be some cock blowin nerd i guess

    • Proudnerd

      You can only blame yourself if you’re an idiot and a moron. You should have paid attention in school, you would have learned something other than cuss words…

  • Kozmo960

    I too keep getting the same “‘adb’ is not recognized as an internal or external command” for the last 2-3weeks and i’ve copied/pasted from the above instructions…i do think i have a clue to things, but this is making me rethink things LOL all I want to do is root my damn motofail cliq xt and get it running smoother and better and i hear that once you do around here its all GOOD…..anyone can IM me on Y-IM Kozmo960
    Thanks in advance!

  • kaka

    ineed help, after downloading the android sdk, where do ifind it?? where do i go to extract it?? what folder??

  • i did everything as followed and when the serial number was suppose 2 pop up it says “list of devices attached’ what am i supposed 2 do??

  • Luany8189

    i did everything and works except that i cant get the serial number to appear is it because im trying to root a htc hero without the sprint service?

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  • hey i got stuck at d cmd part after downloading all the drivers i plugged in my Motorola c liq xt to my pc and turned on usb debugging but still i did’nt c any serial number on the command prompt after typing the code
    I even tried the usb deview application but what i noticed is that on the only the usb composite device is stated connected the android adb interface is not pls help me out

  • Djo231

    Getting the line: ”No such file in directory” what now?

  • Kurtisrc

    Hello. I Have A LG OPtimus GT540. And I’m Trying To Install A ADB. And I Flowed You Instruction. And It Wasn’t Coming Up With My Device. And When I unInstall. The Driver In The USBDeview. And Plug My Phone Back In. There Wasn’t One For ADB When It Was Installing The New Drivers. How Do I Get It To Work
    Thanks

  • Amir

    Everytime I go in to the safe mode and run apply sdcard: update.zip

    It shows an error , which is :

    [CODE]E:Can’t open /cache/recovery/command

    — Install from sdcard…
    Finding update package…
    Opening update package…
    Verifying update package…
    E:EOCD marker occurs after start of EOCD
    E:signature verification failed.
    Installation Aborted.
    [/CODE]

    What am i suppose to do in order to surpass this abort failure?

    • Larry Brown

      Send the update.zip to wordpad and I think you will find that you have downloaded a web page as update.zip instead of the appropriate file. Try downloading again and this time click into the web page before you “save as.”

  • joe

    when i type in adb devices my device shows up but it says it is offline. what should I do?

  • Legoobeatsyo

    im only getting APN settings not regular settings to get to the applications

  • unknown

    Can someone please help me!!
    I downloaded the SDK on my phone and I don’t understand how to extract the zip files so I can change to :C/……was I suppose to download it on my phone or computer? I don’t have internet on my computer so I don’t know how I would do that (hence the reason for trying to connect my phone) I have an HTC desire btw.

    C

  • Davedave

    Great how to, so much easier to follow than any other site I’ve been to today.
    Just one issue – Windows won’t install the ADB Device driver – says “Not Found.” And your list of links doesn’t mention HTC. Do you know of any available for the Hero? (Android 2.1)

    • Davedave

      Weirdly, PDANet got it all working, but its own install failed… It provided the ADB driver just before it fell over though >:}
      And it’s also fixed HTC Sync, which wasn’t working for me for the same driver problem.

  • Devindinapoli

    I still did everything….I have windows 7, so do I REALLY need to download the HTC sync to make it work? Because i’m getting the “cannot find abd” or whatever it normally says. I did what MJ said, still nada.

  • Devindinapoli

    Do I really have to do the HTC Sync? I mean, I have windows 7, but I have the Cliq XT, and none of this is working, so i’m starting all over again…

  • Anonymous

    Do I really have to use the HTC Sync? I mean, I have windows 7, but I have a cliq xt…and nothing worked so I’m starting all over again…

  • HP321

    Hi David,

    I followed the directions exactly and added adb back into the SDK R09 folder and it worked on the first try. BTW, Windows 7 & cliq xt… Thanks!

    • CliqXT

      man i cant mind if u help me? i have windows 7 too

  • Richharddeneenja

    I have a my touch fender and its rooted but the memorycard is gone im trying to download and root the phone again but it wont pop up a serial number ! please help .

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  • CliqXT

    I have windows 7 and i dont get how this works with it because after procedure 4 it says go to a different link and skip 4 and 5 and from there im lost. help?

  • papi

    thank you! great guide, works perfectly!

  • papi

    thank you! great guide, works perfectly!

  • Beka

    I have a great proglem how to log in with Andrioid USB device when it is not activated?? it does not appear at all in my PC

  • Beka

    I have a great proglem how to log in with Andrioid USB device when it is not activated?? it does not appear at all in my PC

  • Abusalehalmamun

    i cant download the android sdk coz of add

    • Larry Brown

      LOL. You clown.

  • Thanks for the assistance with getting old phone wi-fi enabled.

  • Ifret

    I’m almost giving up, please, can someone save me?
    I have a Nokia E71 and it just don’t connect.
    It always show the error: device bot found when I try the adb shell command ou don’t show anything with the adb devices… I just can’t find the problem…

    I use Windows 7 x64, if someone can help I would be very, but VERY happy.

    Thanks!!

  • Hawk3

    Uh, correct me if I’m wrong but can’t you just remove the battery and the serial number and IMEI is right there on a sticker…

  • Blaska

    thanx a lot dude for this ultra-usefull how-to.
    Finaly i see the fucking serial number.

  • Albin

    I had to USBDiview option (uninstall drivers), then reboot, and then attach the phone again. After doing that I was able to do the adb device and see the attached device

  • Smoke3m

    when i type adb devices it only shows “list of devices attached” ive done everything it says

    • Albin

      I had the same thing happen. I ended up going to HTC site and downloading the device drivers exe file. Then I executed the file waited for it to install, then I powered down unplugged the phone from the computer, then powered up, and then plugged the phone back in. (make sure that you enable usb mass storage on the phone, if you have rooted, and installed the latest android operating system)

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  • Sitl

    Thanks for the help. It’s very clear and informative. I had a little problem, but in the end, adb didn’t work as intended because my firewall blocked it. I hope you’ll add it in the instruction.

  • Joshcfc

    Could someone please tell me how to download a driver for android usb device for phone nothing works

  • Anonymous

    @theunlockr The procedure has changed. adb has moved in the latest SDK to /platform-tools, and the myroot must be copied in the /platform-tools folder to work correctly. Took me several adb tries before I figured that one out.

    • If you read the above procedure, we have how to get around that. We give you adb to download and extract to the regular tools directory and everything works fine.

  • Kaare Lundgren

    When i’ve installed the AndroidSDK, then when i go into the cmd and type all i have to, then after i type adb devices it says “adb server is out of date. killing…” what should i do? I’ve tried to use the USBDeview to unstill the drivers, and then connect the phone but nothing is helping 🙁 trying to do this so i can make the goldcard, and then downgrade my Legend from 2.2 so i can root it.

  • Sean

    I’ve been trying to get adb set up for my thunderbolt for a few hours now and have only gotten the response that adb is not a recognized internal or external file or batch. i tried to reinstall the drivers automaticaly and manualy and it works for all but the adb driver am I missing something?

  • Ella Solero

    damn cant get to show my serial number

  • Siiiver

    lol, the adb thing don’t work

  • Icenagrom

    I feel like I am banging my head against the wall here…

    I have installed and followed the directions to a T, but no matter what I do, every time I type in that last “adb devices” command, I get “List of Devices Attached” and….nothing. No error messages, no serial number, nada.

    I’ve followed every “if you didn’t see the serial number” direction, I’ve uninstalled drivers I’ve reinstalled drivers I’ve done a little dance on my head, nothing seems to make a difference….This might be a problem that was answered previously but I can’t seem to figure out where, If anyone has ANY ides, I’d greatly appreciate it…Thank you

    (PS. Running XP, trying to root a Behold 2)

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  • Samsung Behold II

    SETTING > PHONE SETTING > USB > SELECT ANYTHING BUT [MASS STORAGE]. Have fun. Took me 2 hours -_- trying to install and reinstall driver and keep getting empty List of Attached Devices…

    • I got the serial to show by typing the command ADB wait-for-device and then rebooting the Behold II and it would connect and then DIsconnect!!! I been pulling my hair out… then I finally figured that you got to set it to automatically connect to PC Studio not mass storage when it is connected!!

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  • Yoonzor

    Thank you for the thorough, up-to-date instruction. I was ready to return all the HTC phones this afternoon after about a week of struggling and HTC being no help. Both HTC and AT&T should pay you for having me keep all the HTC Inspire phones I purchased from them.

    There were a few variations that I had to figure out, but essentially it is your instruction and several additional comments that solved the problem. I did not log the variations, but I’m sure those who’re “dangerous enough” to try this out themselves will know how to figure them out. I will highly recommend this site to others.

  • ilimaan

    Thanks guy for your great job. very helpful.
    But I’ve a probleme installing the driver because my G1 phone is locked, I mean its not yet set up with an google to start working. it show only the welcome to t-mobile g1 and touch the android to begin, so I cannot get into the phone to set the USbdebugging, so, in this case how can I do to install the right driver? I want to use the manner your described here (Activating the phone over wifi with a sim but no data plan) to activate it?

    Your quick help will be greatly aperciated?

  • Vikky Kv

    hay i installed the sdk as mentioned above but if i type those commands in the command prompt after typing adb devices it is telling “list of adb devices attached” and nothing else , i’m not getting the serial no. i updated the drivers manually. it is saying device drivers are up to date, what to do now? please help..
    please give me some suggestions – vikky.kv@gmail.com

  • Where do I get the G1 drivers?

    • mimzy98

      this is how you do it!! on a new tab write how to activate G1 without a simplan!! its another ulocker page!! on 1 of the steps he says write setprop persist etc. on your keyboard!! when uve done dat, connect ur phone to the pc and it should download!!

  • when i try to extract the files from the andriod sdk, when i right click it, it only says extract all?

    • Paulbrunache

      thats what its suppose to say

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  • fozzy501

    what if i accidently deleted 2 drivers??

  • Jpbebien

    I had some trouble trying to install Android Commander due to ADB issues
    Android SDK file system has changed – Now (, ADB files are located in “platform-tools” directory.
    I did copy the three files (Adb.exe, AdbWinApi.dll and AdbWinUsbApi.dll) in the “old” tools directory
    and Voila …

  • vnshetty

    same step will apply for sony xperia android devices

  • vnshetty

    i followed above step to connect my sony xperia. but im not able to connect . pls help…

  • Slade752

    i did everything the directions say to do but it still wont show my serial number

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  • Patrick

    for whatever reason, when I plug my tablet into my PC it says it’s unable to find the drivers to download ,, any tips??

  • Rob

    Im having some issues installing the driver. Every time I plug in my G1 via usb a window pops up saying “found new hardware – windows needs to install driver software for your android phone” I click the locate and install driver software option. It starts the installation, but then a screen always pops up saying “Insert the disc that came with your android Phone” I don’t have that disc. can anyone help me out???

    (Im running on vista, 64 bit)

    Thanks

  • Fynn

     @TheUnlockr All these steps have been very frustrating and after starting all over but installing instead of downloading a zip file I did the command line thing and got a serial number. However whenever I plug in my phone it never successfully installs. I’ve pretty much exhausted any option I can think of and any that have been provided here. Help?

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  • Tom

    i tried to do all the steps it told me and all i get is error messages on cmd

  • Rjose56

    Okay, so I have my G1 (HTC Dream) plugged in with all the drivers successfully installed (I even installed with PDANET method). I check to see if everything’s plugged in and showing up on my PC and it’s working fine. But when I type in the commands, it just gives me: “List of devices attatched” and nothing else after that line. What should I do to solve this?

    Nobody ever responds to these comments anymore…

    • Greg Tapo

      Hey, just letting you know that if you have installed PDA net, and connected it, all you have to do is disconnect reopen the command prompt repeat the steps and your serial number should show up. It worked for me!

      • Ryan Jose

        Oh yeah I fixed this problem weeks ago, and I’m not running an Android 2.2 ROM and all. I simply plugged my G1 into a different USB port on my PC.

      • I did,but it stopped at “List of devices attached” and it didnt show my phone serial number…do u think it’s fine?

    • And1prodigy_baller

      im having this same prob help

  • guest

     when i do this no HTC drivers show up and also when i plug my phone in it comes up as a unknown device. help please

  • Ephraim Hirschfeld

     IF YOU CAN’T FIND THE NUMBER IN THE CMDYOU MIGHT TRY THIS.I did all the steps but could not get the serial number to appear in the cdm window, also when I went to the device manager (right click on my computer propertieshardware tabdevise manager) I found the device whit a big yellow question mark then I downloaded the driver for my phone in my case Motorola by signing in to http://developer.motorola.com/docstools/USB_Drivers/Handset_USB_Driver/ and then download the driver in my case for windows 32 bit, then everything got set up well, so try out to search for a driver for your manufacturer and model in my case I searched “install motorola cliq to windows xp” in google

  • noah123

    IF YOU DON’T FIND THE SERIAL NUMBER IN THE CMD OR YOUR PC DOES NOT INSTALL THE DEVICE CORRECTLY  try to search forur device installation driver in my case I searched for “install motorola cliq to windows xp” in google and found http://developer.motorola.com/docstools/USB_Drivers/Handset_USB_Driver/ then everything went good

  • Bryanqjx

     Hi unlockr, I encountered a problem as I was about to install the ADB drivers on my htc legends. Ok firstly, I downloaded the SDK android.zip and the ADB as it wasn’t in the Android SDK folder. So when downloaded those, I checked my usb debugging and I plugged in. But it can’t seem to find the ADB installer. It was under C:/AndroidSDK/tools. But it kept telling me that it cannot be found! I tried on both XP and vista but they didn’t work at all. I need some help here. Thank you.:)

  • OdinTexas2003

     Im stuck at the USBDeview with my Samsung Intercept, I dont know what to uninstall?…

  • Larry Brown

    Too many people are confused by the command line steps in step 6. If those steps don’t work for you, just move on…they don’t do anything other than confirm that things are working or not. You can confirm this some other way. Just continue with the procedure and if it works, then things are working. If it doesn’t work, then assume things are not working and start reinstalling the drivers at step 7. There’s no reason to kill yourself over step 6, if you’re having trouble with those command line commands just move on.

    Also in step 6, if it works as expected you will get a device list that includes the serial number of connected devices. If it doesn’t work, then it will just say “list of devices” and nothing else. That means it didn’t find any connected devices, in other words the “list of devices” is empty.

    • yeah..I got the list of devices attached and didnt show any serial number..so i guessed it cant be helped then? T_T

  • moe moe

    i have tried 2 of section 1 and i keep getting ‘adb is not recognized as an internal or external command operable program or a patch file”  i have tried the whole erase the usb port thing with “USBDeview” i dont understand what am doing wrong. i have a moto cliq xt 1.5 firmware t-mobile….  plz help someone…

  • Lotfi_abdallah

    Hi David, thanks for helping so many people like me 🙂
    My initial problem is that my HTC Desire is stuck to the htc log on white screen, when i try to use recovery command, it goes on to htc logo ant stuck there.
    I read many threads and still nothing goes on.
    My hope was to make a gold card so I followed your guide, when i type devices, it does not show my device, eventhough it says that it is connected and show its serial number on USBDeview!
    same when typing abd shell, device not found.
    Please help me
    Thanks.

  • Adio2him14

    how do i do it on a mac?

  • Eric281980

    ok im stuck i have done every thing step by step up to here cd AndroidSDKtools and when i go to type in adb devices i get ‘adb’ is not recognized as a internal or external command, operable program or batch file any help would be fantastic

  • Ujean_09

    hi i still cant get the serial number to pop up what did i do wrong because were u said to go to the usbdeview folder and right click it i didnt have no htc etc… and i would plug it back in but my phone wont have a check i dont know if its cause its a nexus s or does that not matter??? please help

  • Ed

    Real easy to follow, and helped me get my phone rooted successfully !

    Thanks for making it such easy for us  😉

    Best Regards

    Ed

  • Bobby

    After step 3 it says ready to use for usb composite device, usb mass storage device, my htc and htc android phone and usb device but says “unknown device” failed. I have been getting usb errors forever and don’t know what to do. It doesn’t show adb driver installed but I found the serial number in the command prompt of my phone. Please help.

  • Been up for hours trying to root it. Iv been trying to install FaceNiff and i followed all the steps but at the end it just says 
    C:adbtools>adb install FaceNiff-1.9.2.apk
    411 KB/s (971712 bytes in 2.307s)
            pkg: /data/local/tmp/FaceNiff-1.9.2.apk
    Failure [INSTALL_FAILED_OLDER_SDK]
    Can anyone help me out? Im doing this on the Motorola Backflip

  • Mikespider007

    I have installed ADk and now putting those commands in command prompt but ti says “List of devices attatched”. someone help me out please. I have samsung galaxy s

  • When I get to USBDeview and right click to uninstall the htc drivers from my computer nothing happens, the drivers are not removed.  Is there any other way to remove the drivers, maybe from the htc driver file on my computer?  Any help will be greatly appreciated.

  • Roan876

    thnkssssssss man finallllly got this to work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOUUUUU!!!!!!! I HAD TO DOO ALL THE STEPS THO!!!!! USBDEVIEW…..D/L PDANET file and follow instructions AND EXTRACT THE ADB FILES TO SDK/TOOLS FOLDER and then it finally worked!!!!:-)

  • Roan876

    for my MT4G!!!!

  • i can’t download the ADB files.The web site shows “This service is temporarily not available from your service area.” .Can anyone send the ADB files to my email??> yuen25_25@hotmail.com <Thank you so much!!!!!!!

  • Byronfer

    i cant find the adb devices program in the folder….  what can i do?

  • Asdjkh

    it needs me to download some fucking java shit ! my windows is a 32 bit and there is no fucking link for that!!!!!:@@@@@@@@@@@@

  • Italwaysmattertoyou209

    For me it still says ” ‘adb’ is not recognized and an internal or external command operable program or batch file. ” I’ve been trying all day reinstall the driver back and forth. And still nothing.. Can someone please help my problem. lol

  • Saurabh

    when I run command prompt for running these commands:
    cd
    cd AndroidSDKtools
    adb devices

    It shows me invalid directory for AndroidSDK which I had created in disk C; what should I do???please help……

    • Natsumijang

      it’s been move to “platform-tools” folder

  • Coco

    ADB tool is now:
    C:Androidandroid-sdkplatform-tools

    • Read the procedure and we actually have you put it in the normal tools folder just to keep it consistent with older procedures…

  • Ceddyced_99

    doesn’t work for Samsung Transform..

  • Godsey

    Thank you SIR, excellent tutorial .

  • cody

    Sweet got it all working next problem how do i get it to work on msn messenger

  • Dreezyjuice08

    i thought i had done everything correct a few weeks ago.. wrong… i say delete everything and try again. In the command prompt typing in adb devices did not work.. well here was my solution..
    i failed to see the ” If using Windows 7 skip steps 4 and 5 and use this procedure instead” click procedure and follow steps after that. then install the adb drivers and put in in the tools folder  in the sdk folder.. you should be good.. hope it helps

  • Guest

    I did all of this….nothing. Sigh.

  • Hey David! thx for the instructions~
    I just tried the 1st section but it didnt work,then tried again with PDAnet,it works..(I think),.when I re-type the no.6 on the 1section as u said, it popped up exactly the same as yours but it only stopped at “List of devices attached” dont have any serial number at all…

    Do you think it’s correct?
    I was just scrolling again until it stopped at “USB deview instructions” and I tried to checked on the Device Manager…the “Android phone” popped up and I got the ADB interface as well…

    so,do u think Im doin the rite one?

    Im using Nexus S anyway,,..
    Highly appreciated if u can email me at kath2505@gmail.com for the reply..^^

  • Hey David! thx for the instructions~
    I just tried the 1st section but it didnt work,then tried again with PDAnet,it works..(I think),.when I re-type the no.6 on the 1section as u said, it popped up exactly the same as yours but it only stopped at “List of devices attached” dont have any serial number at all…

    Do you think it’s correct?
    I was just scrolling again until it stopped at “USB deview instructions” and I tried to checked on the Device Manager…the “Android phone” popped up and I got the ADB interface as well…

    so,do u think Im doin the rite one?

    Im using Nexus S anyway,,..
    Highly appreciated if u can email me at kath2505@gmail.com for the reply..^^

  • Usa11

    Hi, is there anyone to help me, please. I have G1 and I restarted it factory, now I do not have sim with data plan, how can I do it working again?
    What ever I try without help, do you have solution for my G1, thanks.

  • Michael Yav

    I can not see my real number. He runs everything but he gets to the point of it is supposed to give me the real number is not showing it to me He writes me that he runs a Port 5037 . I did everything you said Please Help

  • Guddgus

    HOW AM I SUPOSE TI DO THIS IF MY PHONE IS NOT ACTIVATED . G1 wothout data plan SENT ME HERE

  • Kiddrosiee

    I give up, none of this stuff works for HTC hero. i’ve followed instructions step by step !

  • Ronald Villanueva

    WHen i USBDeview when i uninstall the devices it wont uninstall

  • hey its not working for me the adb has been moved to the platform-tools and ive been up for 24hrs trying to get it to work

  • JusTiiz

    What is the purpose of these instructions?

  • Syravi

    I came across a simple solution to solve this and it is a no brainer. Just download 

    PDANet.exe from the internet. 

    You can find it here or any other source you can search.
    http://junefabrics.com/android/download.php

    When you run this program it loads all the drivers you need for USB and PDA device 

    connectivity and when you connect your Andriod phone, it installs the drivers it needs for 

    connectivity.

    I tried many solutions, none of them worked, but this gave me the break. Now I can connect 

    my Galaxy phone to my PC.

    Happy connectivity! 

  • Adam

    This is by far the best source of information to address this subject I have been able to find! I ran into nearly every problem covered, and then some. (Also I really like the pdanet. I’m using it to write this message) A few things to mention: adb was just moved to “platform-tools” saves a little time to just go there instead of manually moving the files. adb will not connect while you have an active tether with pdanet so you will have to disconnect using the status bar icon before you can successfully connect adb. Also, I’m not sure how common this problem is, but I had to replace my (defective/broken) usb cord before I could get windows to recognize my device. It took me a little over a day to isolate this issue, turns out not any usb (standard to micro type b) will work only specific manufacturer (saumsung) will work with my phone. So much for the U in Usb huh?

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  • Saad9502

    Do I need to do the HTCSync detour thing if I have a G2 and Windows 7????

  • Its not working for me, I followed every step, I am using windows XP with Samsung Galaxy Pro, Android 2.2.2. how do install adb usb drivers . please help

  • Its not working for me, I followed every step, I am using windows XP with Samsung Galaxy Pro, Android 2.2.2. how do install adb usb drivers . please help

  • Sela An

    i got to the cmd part and then i typed everything in, and it says ” ‘abd’ is not recognize as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. ”

    what do i do?

    • Adam Phelps

      You need to be sure to navigate to the “platform-tools” folder, adb is now located in that folder.

    • Adam Phelps

      You need to be sure to navigate to the “platform-tools” folder, adb is now located in that folder.

    • Adam Phelps

      I just noticed that you said a-b-d not recognized etc. It’s Android Debug Bridge. Make sure you are typing a-d-b

  • Wiz_Khalifa Man-24

    man this do NOT work

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  • Salvador Nunez

    I am still having problems getting my drive to work.

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  • Katleen Rousseau

    ça ne fonctionne pas! 

    …j’ai beau tout réinstaller, (étapes I et II…) j’ai toujours ce message d’erreur dans la boîte de commande:

    «adb n’est pas reconnu en tant que commande interne ou externe, un programme exécutable ou un fichier de commande»

    🙁

  • Katleen Rousseau

    ok! relire étape #6!!

    UPDATE: If it says adb not found or something similar, download the ADB files and extract them into the Tools folder of the SDK (they were taken out by Google in the R08 version for some reason and need to be put back).You should see a serial number pop up, it’s the serial number of your phone. This means you are all set.If you do NOT see a serial number, then we need to reinstall the drivers.

  • thank you very much u was able to get adb devices to work! Now to get s-off

  • Izza Derkaiser

    im stuck at adb not recognized as an internal storage thing, help

  • James Williams

    When skipping steps 4 and 5 and use this instead it pulls up a totally different phone is this correct?

  • Densands

    mine does not work.. from the cmd screen, it keeps saying – (‘adb’ is not recognised as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file)… after uninstalling the drivers using usbdeview and reconnecting my device, no adb driver is available..what should I do?

  • bickleigh

    If all else fails and you can not install usb drivers (Flytouch tablet for example), adb supports wifi or ethernet connections.
    Connect your android device to a local network (ethernet or wifi) then us the  command: “adb connect 192.168.x.xxx:5555”, replacing the x’s with the appropriate net address.

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  • Eric Kogan

    when i typed cd AndroidSDKtools i got “the system cannot find the path specified”.  i downloaded the adb files but i didnt even get to type the 3rd command yet.

  • Wickedwiggles

    What does it mean if instead of giving me a serial # it just says “List of Devices Attached”?

  • zeek

    Excellent instructions, led to getting an old droid moving forward.  Sure wish I could find some source for Acer Iconia-A500 tablets .. seems like there’d be an advantage to Acer having a adb-driver.

  • Prico Pinpin

    I did the extraction according to what was said   c:AndroidSDK and when i try to write the command it says “the system cannot find the path specified…. Somebody help

    • Alexander

      They “updated” the guide and it completely ruined everything.

  • Prico Pinpin

    fastboot oem unlock on cmd says that is not recognized as internal or external  command

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  • Daniel Reynolds

    Thanks a lot for posting this. This is the only thread on Google that I found all the information. Mainly needed the drivers on a new PC and couldn’t find the information anywhere. Thanks again for posting. 

  • Kevin

    What am i doing wrong

  • Yasir Aziz

    Can i install Android SDK in Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc s with same procedure????

  • Muspekare

    Prico Pinpin:
    If you used the Windows installer (like I did) use the path:
    C:ProgramAndroidandroid-sdkplatform-tools
    (or ‘Program files’)

    (But there are no working driver for Samsung Galaxy 5 – I had to install Samsung “Kies” to get a driver)
    If anybody wants to factory reset a Samsung Galaxy 5 – mail me..
    muspekare@yahoo:disqus .se
    (muspekare AT yahoo DOT se)

  • faruk

    tahks for every thing

  • Hassan2ray

    this ain’t doing it for (downgrade) did everything according to instructions after three weeks still the same.

  • Pawel Fadrowski

    It could be in another director e.g. C:Program FilesAndroid… and also different name e.g. android-sdk

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  • Aaron344870

    So whats the end result?? Did all the people that were having issues get it resolved. Because Im pretty much having the same issue with the permission denied.

  • Aaron344870

    I need a professional to do this.. Wish me luck on finding one!!!

  • Budols03

    hi.. i tried it. but when i tried fastboot i didnt work. it says “‘fastboot’ is not recognized as a internal or external command..” what should i do to fix this.? please help me. thanks.  btw im using htc magic 32B..

  • Budols03

    i did the instruction and it worked.. now my problem is i cant fastboot. it says “‘fastboot’ is not recognized as a internal or external command…” how to fix it.? please help. and thanks again man.

  • Harry2unique

    Thanks a lot!!

  • Lucas

    hey it shows a serial umber but when I type a comand  it says “error: device offline”. what am I doing wrong ? should I enter the phone in the bootloader or something  like that ?

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  • Lucy

    Hi, I want to install the abd drivers for samsung galaxy 2,how do I do this? Sorry confused, use the htc files??

    Thanks

  • adb is not in tools anymore, but in platform-tools. See tools/adb_has_moved.txt in the latest version.

  • ivan

    Hello there,
    I have followed all the steps and made it until listing my device serial. It doesn’t show up at all.
    My following problem is :
    I have an HTC FLYER and I tried to flash a new hboot but mistakenly it was from another device, now my FLYER wont turn on at all. I did all what was supposed to be done here, and the PDA shows that my device is connected but the “adb devices” command doesnt show my serial at all and I do not know what to do next. Can someone help me how to flash a new hboot so my device can finally power up ? Please I really need my HTC FLYER to start working.. 

  • Duc

    What driver does the Mytouch 4G need? in the list, there were only motorola and samsung driver, I tried to google and got the HTC driver, but when it update, it said: “your driver has been updated to date”, but the ADB couldn’t recognize it, I need help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Check out the second to last section and use the PDANet program listed there. Good luck!

  • KOKO

    Man I followed the steps but I got stuck at step 7. When I go into C:android-sdkplatform-tools, I hold down shift and then right click as you said but I don’t get the command prompt
    option, I just get the standard options. What am I doing wrong?

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  • Reflux

    Thanks a lot, got it working with Kies 2

  • nickname

    my os verion is 4.0.2 what packege should i choose in the sdk file manager (4.0 or 4.0.3)

  • nickname

    My os verion on my Galaxy Nexus is 4.0.2.  What packege should i choose in the sdk file manager (4.0 or 4.0.3)?

  • nickname

    my os verion is 4.0.2 what packege should i choose in the sdk file manager (4.0 or 4.0.3)

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  • Alexander

    Whoever updated this guide COMPLETELY RUINED IT, Used to work but now its all retatarded about ” Shell Cat?” and why are we using platform tools? ive used this guide three times on different my touches and now its just pointless thanks to some bitch who decided the guide would be much better with platform tools. Never using The UN-Locker ever again.

  • Sean

    I’m using this process to activate the G1 without a data plan.  Therefore the phone is stuck in the setup screen.  How can I activate USB Debugging (step 5a) if I can’t get to the phone settings?

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  • Skdhbsk

    where do i get mytouch 4g drivers

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  • Just Guest

    I’ve got my transformer rooted, but i certainly would not make it without your tutorial!
    Thank you very, very, VERY MUCH!

  • Alexjolliffbush

    gotz any thing for my coby mid 7125 adb not runnig i try rooting it with super one click wasent happining tryed sufering the web in her is were it lead me so if you could please help me root my TABLET i wo uld be forever greatful 😉

  • Guest

    So there are only usb drivers for a very small percentage of phones?

  • Rafiq

    Thank you very much! You’ve settled my android connection problem. I’ve spent 2 weeks trying.. untill now.

    Thank you again.

  • Ponce21 Ep

    I did everything as said and sdk manager won’t even open it just flashed a comand prompt and blanks out anybody know?? E mail me??
    Ponce21.ep@gmail.com

  • etp23

    Ok can someone please help me I try and start up sdk manager and it just flashes a comand prompt and then does nothing I have followed all the steps exactly as said please someone help me

  • etp23

    Ok so I followed the steps as shown and still nothing I try and open sdk manager and it just flashed a comand prompt and nothing else pops up after will someone please help me! 🙁

  • 845user

    Just FYI, if you want to do this with the Vodafone 845, a shortcut is to plug in the phone and install the drivers from the virtual CD it creates. Then superoneclick works without installing all that Java and Android SDK crap.

  • HEEELLLPPP!!! I CAN’T INSTALL THE F*** DRIVERS!!! I’VE BEEN TRYING SONCE 9:00PM AND IT’S 3:04PM OF THE NEXT DAY AND STILL NO LUCK!!!!!!

  • tamarapl94

    HELP! I’m on the first step and feel very unlucky. I have a One Plus 2 and when I put “./adb devices” on the terminal it doesn’t show my device. Please, I need it. Thanks

  • Try a different USB cable, different port, try to make sure that the Mac sdk was installed properly etc and try again. Also make sure the when the phone asks for you to accept the RSAkey you do that on the phone.

  • Eric

    please how can i install a custom os to a device that has crashed using adb?

  • Not sure what you are asking. You want to install a custom ROM? You do that through recovery not adb (see this – http://theunlockr.com/2012/08/29/how-to-load-a-custom-rom-on-an-android-device/)
    Otherwise not sure what you mean.