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How to Set Up ADB and Fastboot with Android SDK on Windows PC

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2. Installing and Setting Up ADB and Google USB Drivers

Now that we have everything set up — Android Studio, Android SDK files, drivers etc. we can proceed with setting up ADB with the Nexus 6P phone. In this part, we will tell you how to use the downloaded USB drivers to set up ADB.

NOTE: USB drivers may be different for other OEM Android phones.

Step 21 – Make sure USB debugging is enabled on your phone. How? Read this: How to Enable USB Debugging.

Enable USB Debugging

Step 22 – Connect your Android phone to the computer and wait till Windows install all the drivers it could. Once completed, your phone should have a similar screen in your notifications panel.

USB Debugging Mode

Step 23 – Go to Start -> Settings -> Devices -> Connected devices -> Device manager. In the list, you will see your phone.

Device Manager - Windows 10

Step 24 – Right-click on it, and select Update Driver Software…

Device Manager - Windows 10

Step 25 – Select the second option from the following screen: Browse my computer for driver software

Install ADB Driver

Step 26 – Again, select the second option from the next screen as shown below.

Install ADB Driver

Step 27 – Click the Have Disk… button.

Install ADB Driver

Step 28 – Now browse to the location of your Android SDK and the exact path where Google USB drivers have been downloaded in Step 18 or you can copy/paste the given path below:


Then click on OK.

NOTE: Please make sure you have enabled to view hidden files and folders in your PC. If you have not, please Google that first or else you will not be able to ‘see’ the AppData folder.

Install ADB Driver

Step 29 – You will be show a list of Android model drivers. Select Android Composite ADB Interface and click Next.

Install ADB Driver

Step 30 – Click the ‘Install’ button if you see the following warning message.

Install ADB Driver

Step 31 – Do you see the following screen now? Congratulations! ADB drivers are now successfully installed on your computer!

Install ADB Driver

Step 32 – Now to verify ADB is working fine, go to the platform-tools directory in your Android SDK folder:


Android SDK Platform Tools

Step 33 – Open Command Prompt in this folder. Hold Shift key + right-click anywhere in the folder and select Open command prompt here.

Android SDK - Open Command Prompt
Android SDK - Command Prompt

Step 34 – Type the following command in the Command Prompt window and press Enter.

adb devices

ADB Devices

Step 35 – If you see the screen as in the screenshot above, you have successfully set up ADB on your computer for your Android phone.

NOTE: You may have to allow USB debugging on your Android phone when using it on this computer. Tap OK on your phone screen.

Allow USB Debugging

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Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.