What is ADB (Android Debug Bridge) and How To Setup ADB on Windows [USB Driver v3]

Written By Sam on 22 July 2010

If you are an Android developer then you must have heard about ADB. But if you are a novice user and are looking to mod your Android mobile then you must have come across ADB. ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge and it is a versatile tool that lets you manage the state of an emulator instance or Android-powered device. It is basically a client-server program that includes three components:

  • A client, which runs on your development machine. You can invoke a client from a shell by issuing an adb command. Other Android tools such as the ADT plugin and DDMS also create adb clients.
  • A server, which runs as a background process on your development machine. The server manages communication between the client and the adb daemon running on an emulator or device.
  • A daemon, which runs as a background process on each emulator or device instance.

ADB provides a terminal for interacting with your Android mobile file system. ADB basically works as a bridge between your computer and mobile and helps you in modding your device.

How to Setup ADB on Windows

  1. Download ADBDriver_v3.zip and extract it to some folder say C:\ADBDrivers_v3
  2. Plug your Android mobile via USB. Now Windows will either install few drivers and you wont be prompted or you will be prompted for the location of the ADB driver.
  3. If you don’t see any messages then open device manager and look for devices with a yellow exclamation mark.
  4. Now right-click the device and then click “Update Driver”
  5. Click “Browse my computer …”, then select “Let me pick from …”, then click “Have Disk…” and finally click “Browse…”
  6. Browse to the folder where you extracted the drivers, click “Open” and then “OK”.
  7. From the list select “Android Composite ADB Interface” and then click “Next”
  8. You might get a dialog saying “Installing this device driver is not recommended…”. If so, click Yes.
  9. If everything went well you should see “Windows has successfully updated your driver software”

Download ADBDriver_v3_Google.zip

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