How To Install ADB Driver On Windows Computer With Android SDK

Android adb driver also called as an Android Debug Bridge driver. This is an essential command line tool which allows user to communicate with an Android device. Before we use this command line, we need to install its driver on our computer.

This is a useful tool for different customization such as installing custom recovery, rooting. Moreover we can install/push apk file on our computer using ADB commands. Sometime when you are connecting or installing your device software, this driver automatically installs on your PC. But it’s better follow this type of special method, because of it ensure that everything installed correctly.

We can install Android Debug Bridge (adb) mainly in two ways.



Download necessary files to computer.

  • Download Android SDK file in here. Recommended “.exe” installer file.
  • Java JDK in here.

This SDK requires to install Java JDK on your computer, so first download and install it on your computer.


SDK and required packages installation

  • If you downloaded exe installer file, install it or if you downloaded zip file, unzip to the “ “C:\Program Files\Android\” directory.
  • After install the SDK manager automatically run, if its not go to the start menu and run the “SDK manager” Or Go to the “C:\Program Files\Android\” directory and run the “SDK Manager” or go to the ““C:\Program Files\Android\tools” directory and run the “android.bat” file.
  • Now you can see “Android SDK manager” available packages. Install following packages.
  • Go to the “Tools” check “Android SDK Tools” and “Android SDK Platform-tools“.
  • Go to the “Extra” and check “Google USB Driver
  • Click on the “Installed 3 Packages..” button.
  • Now on the “Choose Packages to Install” window check “Accept All” and click “Install“.


  • Wait for finished the installation process.
  • After it finished you will receive “Do you want to restart ADB now” Click “Yes” button and wait for few seconds.
  • Again “Android tools updated” confirm window will be appear and click “OK“.
  • Now close the “Android SDK manager” and again run it.
  • Sony device user download this file and copy it in following directory “C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\extras\google\usb_driver”.



Prepare android device.

  • On your android device, now enable USB Debugging. To do that go to “Settings> Applications>Development” and check them ( ICS ROM:- Settings>Development option>USB debugging).
  • Exist all other applications, that can establish a connection with your deices. Such as your phone PC suite.
  • Connect your device to the computer via USB cable.



Confirm installation successfully finished.

  • To check whether everything ok, type following command in your “Command prompt” (CMD):
cd C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools
  • Hit enter key, and again type following command.
adb devices 
  • If it lists your phone’s IMSI number, everything is fine and you are finished. If its display any error or your device not listed again type “adb devices” command and test.
  • If your fails to get IMSI number restart the computer and again try.
[When I’m testing this, my phone listed as “manufacture name”, then i follow, bellow step. Finally i can success. After you install this driver, windows update ]



If your device not listed in there follow these additional methods.

  • Go to the start menu and open the Device Manager.
  • If there is a Unknown Device under the “ADB device listed” with a yellow exclamation mark, right-click on it.
  • If your phone listed with its manufacture name, with “Adb Interface driver” name, like following screen shot, right click on it.
  • In the context menu click on “Update Driver Software“.
  • Click on the “Browse my computer for driver software“.
  • Click on the ” Let me pick from a list of device driver on my computer”.
  • Again click “Have Disk”
  • Click “Browse” button and navigate to the following folder.
C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\extras\google\usb_driver
  • Select the  “android_winusb.inf” file in above folder. (Sony user download this file and replace it in following folder.
C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\extras\google\usb_driver
  • Next window click “OK” and “Next” buttons.
  • Now in the Update  driver warning window click “Yes”.
  • In the “Windows Security” dialog click “Install”.
  • Wait for a few seconds to complete the installation.
  • Sometime windows request to restart your computer, if so restart your PC.
  • After that “Device Manager” will display adb devices like following screenshot.
  • Now again type the following command in the command prompt (CMD) for check adb driver correctly installed or not.
cd C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools
  • Press enter key on your keyboard, and type the following command.
adb devices
  • If you can see some IMSI numbers like following screen shot. You have successfully installed the android adb driver.

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