Download ADB Driver for Windows, Linux & Mac iOS

There was a time when people used to get USB not recognized errors when they try to establish a connection between a computer and an external smartphone device. Just like that, today Android users are tired of facing this USB not recognized error whenever they try to connect Android device with their computer (PC). TheADBDriver.com is here to help the Android community to get rid of USB not recognized error forever. In this article, we have discussed Android Debug Bridge (ADB) thoroughly and how one can be able to install proper driver setup on their computer to fix USB problems completely.

Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is a tool that Google offers to its developers to debug their applications and the system. Well, we know that command line (CMD prompt) is not something that you can get comfortable with so easily, it requires special skills. I remember CMD prompt was one of my nightmares. To set up the Android debug bridge (ADB) on your computer, you have read the rest of the article.

You will be able to install and set up ADB on your computer no matter what operating system you use. ADB can be used on a variety of OS, but for this article, we will help you set up Android Debug Bridge for Windows, macOS and Linux OS.

Setting up the Android Debug Bridge (ADB)

Some things need to be done on Android smartphone and tablets (to accept the ADB commands) and then we have to follow specific step by step guide for different operating systems. We have described first phone setup (must be done) and the second part separately for other operating systems i.e., Windows, macOS and Linux OS.

Phone Setup

  • Go to Settings on your Android smartphone/tablet
  • Now, scroll down to the bottom
  • Tap on About Phone option (This might be hidden behind the “System” option, for some OREO devices).
  • Then tap Build Number 7 times to enable Developer Mode
  • Congratulations, ‘you are now a developer’ (this message will pop-up)
  • Now, You will see new option i.e., Developer Options in the settings menu
  • Simply, go in there and enable the USB Debugging mode option
  • The first setup is done i.e., Phone Setup

Note: Next, just follow any one of the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) instructions as per as your computer’s operating system. We guarantee you that you will be able to install Android Debug Bridge on your PC after following this tutorial. In fact, you will also be able to fix USB not recognized issue if you do this.

Microsoft Windows ADB Setup

  • Download the zip file above, extract the contents of this ZIP file (where you can access easily)
  • Access the zip file contents through Windows File Explorer
  • Hold Shift + Right-click on the folder and click “open command prompt here” option (Some Windows 10 users might see “PowerShell” instead of “command prompt”)
  • Now, make sure to connect your Android smartphone with Windows PC with a USB cord
  • Do make sure to choose the USB mode to “file transfer (MTP)” mode (OEMs might and might not need this)
  • In the Command Prompt window, enter the following command to launch the ADB daemon: adb devices
  • Now, when you do this command above, you will have to allow USB debugging access on your phone’s screen. You will want to grant USB Debugging access when prompted (Tap the always allow checkbox, if you never want to see that prompt again).
  • All good, just go back to step #6 and re-enter the command and if everything was successful, you should now see your device’s serial number in the command prompt.
  • Congrats, you can run any ADB command on your device now, start modding and have fun as a developer.

How to Install ADB on macOS

  • Download the zip file above, extract the contents of this ZIP file (where you can access easily)
  • Open Terminal
  • Now, inside the terminal to browse to the folder you extracted ADB into, enter the following command: cd /path/to/extracted/folder/
  • For instance, on my Mac it was this: cd /Users/Doug/Desktop/platform-tools/
  • Make sure to connect your Android smartphone with Windows PC with a USB cord
  • Do make sure to choose the USB mode to “file transfer (MTP)” mode (OEMs might and might not need this)
  • Once the Terminal is in the same folder your ADB tools are in, you can execute the following command to launch the ADB daemon: adb devices
  • Simply, allow USB debugging to always to not see this dialogue ever again.
  • After allowing debugging from the smartphone, try re-entering the command line i.e., adb devices if everything was successful, you should see your device’s serial number in macOS’s Terminal window
  • Relax, and enjoy running any ADB command on your device.

How to Install ADB on Linux

  • Download the zip file above, extract the contents of this ZIP file (where you can access easily)
  • Open a Terminal window
  • Enter the following command: cd /path/to/extracted/folder/
  • This will change the directory to where you extracted the ADB files.
  • For instance, mine is cd /Users/Doug/Desktop/platform-tools/
  • Make sure to connect your Android smartphone with Windows PC with a USB cord
  • Do make sure to choose the USB mode to “file transfer (MTP)” mode (OEMs might and might not need this)
  • Once the Terminal is in the same folder your ADB tools are in, you can execute the following command to launch the ADB daemon: adb devices
  • Back on your smartphone or tablet device, you’ll see a prompt asking you to allow USB debugging. Go ahead and grant it.
  • After allowing debugging from the smartphone, try re-entering the command line i.e., adb devices if everything was successful, you should see your device’s serial number in your Linux OS Terminal window
  • Enjoy running any ADB command on your device!

Some Linux users should be aware that there can be an easier way to install ADB on their computer. The guide above will certainly work for you, but those own a Debian or Fedora/SUSE-based distro of Linux can skip steps 1 and 2 of the guide above and use one of the following commands.

  • Debian-based Linux users can type the following command to install ADB: sudo apt-get install adb
  • Fedora/SUSE-based Linux users can type the following command to install ADB: sudo yum install android-tools

You have given Windows, Mac iOS, and Linux Android Bridge Setup tutorials above, we hope you like it. Make sure you share this on your social media profiles if you benefit from our guide. Thanks.