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How to Install ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on Windows 10

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How to Install ADB on Windows 10: It is not possible to carry laptops or desktops everywhere you go. Instead, you carry mobile phones which you can use it for various purposes like calling, capturing photos, videos, documents, etc. But the problem with mobile phones is that it comes with limited memory and once the memory starts to fill up, then you need to transfer all or some of its data somewhere safe. And most people transfer their mobile data to their PC as its the only logical step. But the question arises how do you transfer your data from mobile phones to PCs?

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The Answer to this question is ADB (Android Debug Bridge). So, the Windows is provided with ADB  which allows you to connect your PCs to your android phones. Let’s dive in little more to understand what ADB is:

ADB: ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge which is a Software-interface for Android System. Technically, it is used to connect an android device with a computer using a USB cable or using wireless connections like Bluetooth. It also helps in executing commands on your mobile phone through your computers and allows you to transfer data from Android phones to your PC. ADB is part of Android SDK (Software Development Kit).

How To Install ADB On Windows 10

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ADB can be used through Command Line (CMD) for Windows. Its main advantage is it enables to access phone contents like copy files from computer to phones or from phone to computer, install and uninstall any app and more, directly by using a computer without any actual interaction with the phone.

How to Install ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on Windows 10

In order to use ADB command line, you need to first install it on your computer. To install ADB in your computers follow the below steps:

Method 1 – Install Android SDK Command Line Tools

1.Visit the website and navigate to Command line tools only. Click on sdk-tools-windows to download SDK tools for Windows.

Visit website and Click on sdk-tools-windows to download SDK tools for windows

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2.Check the box near to “I have read and agree to the above terms and conditions”. Then click on “Download Android Command Line Tools for Windows”. The download will begin shortly.

Click on “Download Android Command line tools for Windows”. Download will begin

3.When the download completes, unzip the downloaded zip file. The ADB files under the zip are portable so you can extract them wherever you like.

When download complete, unzip the zip file where want to keep the ADB files

4.Open the unzipped folder.

Open the unzipped folder | Install ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on Windows 10

5.Now double-click on the bin folder to open it. Now type cmd in the address bar of File Explorer and hit Enter to open Command Prompt.

Visit inside bin folder and open a command prompt by typing cmd

6.Command prompt will open up at the above path.

Command prompt will open up

7.Run the below command on command prompt to download and install Android SDK Platform-tools:

“platform-tools” “platforms;android-28”

Install SDK Command Line on Windows 10 using CMD | Install ADB on Windows 10

8.You will prompt to type (y/N) for permission. Type y for yes.

Type y to begin installing Android SKD command line tool

9.As soon as you type yes, downloading will start.

10.After downloading is completed, close the command prompt.

All your Android SDK platform tools will be downloaded and installed by now. Now you have successfully install ADB on Windows 10.

Method 2 – Enable USB Debugging on Phone

To use ADB command line tool, first, you need to enable the USB debugging feature of your Android phone. To do so follow the below steps:

1.Open your phone settings and click on About phone.

Under Android Settings tap on About phone

2.Under About phone, look for Build Number or MIUI Version.

3.Tap 7-8 times on the build number and then you will see a pop saying “You are now a developer!” on your screen.

You can enable developer options by tapping 7-8 times on the build number in ‘About phone’ section

4.Again go back to the Settings screen and look for the Additional settings option.

From the Settings screen click on Advanced Settings

5.Under Additional settings, click on Developer options.

Under Additional settings, click on Developer options

6.Under Developer options, look for USB debugging.

Under developer options, look for USB debugging

7.Toggle on the button in front of USB debugging. A confirmation message will appear on the screen, just click OK.

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Enable USB debugging on your Android Phone

8.Your USB debugging is enabled and ready to use.

Enable USB debugging in the developer options on your Mobile | Install ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on Windows 10

Once you have followed the above steps, then connect your Android phone to the PC, it will ask for confirmation to allow using USB Debugging on your Phone, just click OK to allow it.

Method 3 – Test ADB (Android Debug Bridge)

Now you need to test the SDK platform tools and see if it is working properly & compatible with your device.

1.Open the folder where you have downloaded and installed the SDK platform tools.

Open the downloaded folder and installed SDK platform tools

2.Open Command Prompt by typing cmd in the address bar and hit Enter. The command prompt will open up.

Open a command prompt by typing cmd in path box and hit enter | Install ADB on Windows 10

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3.Now connect your Android phone to Computer using the USB cable to test whether or not ADB is working properly. To test it, run the following command into cmd and hit Enter:

“adb devices”

ADB is working properly or not and run the command in command prompt

4.List of all the devices connected to your computer will appear and your Android device will be one of them.

All the devices connected to your computer and your device one of them

Now you have install ADB on Windows 10, enabled the USB debugging option on Android and have tested ADB on your device. But, if you did not find your device in the above list then you will need to install the appropriate driver for your device.

Method 4 – Install Appropriate Driver

Note: This step is only needed if you did not find your device in the above list when you ran the command “adb devices”. If you already found your device on the above list then skip this step and proceed to the next one.

First, download the driver package for your device from your phone’s manufacturer. So head to their website and find the drivers for your device. You can also search the XDA Developers for driver downloads without the extra software. Once you have downloaded the driver, you need to install them using the following guide:

1.Press Windows Key + R then type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter to open Device Manager.

devmgmt.msc device manager

2.From Device Manager click on Portable devices.

Click on Portable devices

3.You will find your Android phone under Portable Devices. Right-click on it and then click on Properties.

Right click on your android phone and then click on Properties

4.Switch to the Driver tab under your Phone Properties window.

Install ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on Windows 10

5.Under the Driver tab, click on Update driver.

Under driver tab, click on Update driver

6.A dialogue box will appear. Click on Browse my computer for driver software.

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Click on Browse my computer for driver software | Install ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on Windows 10

7.Browse to look for driver software on your computer and click Next.

Browse for driver software on your computer and click next

8.List of available drivers will appear and click on Install to install them.

After completing the above process, follow Method 3 again and now you will find your device in the list of devices attached.

Method 5 – Add ADB to System Path

This step is optional as the only advantage of this step is that you won’t need to visit the whole ADB folder to open the Command Prompt. You will be able to open the Command Prompt whenever you want to use after adding the ADB to the Windows System Path. Once you have added it, you can simply type adb from the Command Prompt window whenever you want to use it and no matter which folder you are in. To add ADB to Windows System Path follow below steps:

1.Press Windows Key + R then type sysdm.cpl and hit Enter to open System Properties.

system properties sysdm

2.Switch to the Advanced tab.

Open advanced system settings by searching in search bar | Install ADB on Windows 10

3.Click on the Environment Variables button.

Switch to Advanced tab then click on Environment Variables button

4.Under System Variables, look for a variable PATH.

Under System Variables, look for a variable PATH

5.Select it and click on Edit button.

Select it and click on edit

6.A new dialogue box will appear.

New dialogue box will appear and click on OK.

7.Click on the New button. It will add a new line at the end of the list.

Click on New button. It will add a new line at the end of the list

8.Enter the whole path (address) where you have downloaded and installed the SDK platform tools.

Enter the whole path where you have downloaded and installed platform tools

9.Once finished, click on the Ok button.

Click on the Ok button

10.After completing the above process, now ADB can be accessed from the command prompt anywhere without needing to mention the whole path or directory.

Now ADB can be accessed from any command prompt | Install ADB on Windows 10

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I hope this article was helpful and you can now easily Install ADB on Windows 10, but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

2 thoughts on “How to Install ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on Windows 10”

  1. in the first method step seven an error is reported:

    “ERROR: JAVA_HOME is not set and no ‘java’ command could be found in your PATH.

    Please set the JAVA_HOME variable in your environment to match the
    location of your Java installation.”

    Can’t continue ……..

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