How to Install ADB (Android Debug Bridge) 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?

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 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 (Android Debug Bridge) on Windows 10

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.

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.

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.

4.Open the unzipped folder.

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.

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

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

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

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

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 do so follow the below steps:

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

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

 pop saying “You are now a developer!” on your screen.

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

5.Under Additional settings, click on Developer options.

6.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.

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

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.

 The command prompt will open up.

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”

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

f 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.

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.

2.From Device Manager click on Portable devices.

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

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

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

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

7.Browse to look 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

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.

2.Switch to the Advanced tab.

3.Click on the Environment Variables button.

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

5.Select it and click on Edit button.

6.A new dialogue box will appear.

7.Click on the 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.

9.Once finished, 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.


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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.