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How To Set Up Android ADB/SDK

Updated on September 20, 2012

How To Setup ADB (Windows XP, 7)

The following guide details how to setup ADB (Android Device Bridge) for terminal interaction with your device. It is advisable to download any manufacturer specific service software to ensure proper functionality of USB drivers.

1) Install the latest copy of SDK from the link at the top of the page.

2) Launch SDK manager, accept and install the updates listed including Android SDK Platform Tools. Ensure that you have selected and installed the Google USB driver package. This may be located under Available Packages/Third Party Add Ons/Google USB driver package.

3) You will need to edit your path variable in system settings in order to utilize adb from command prompt. Right click My Computer. Select Properties.

4) Under Advanced System Settings navigate to System Properties under Advanced tab select Environment Variables.

5) Within the section titled System Variables select and edit Path.

6) Add the following code to the end of the current string listed - ;c:\android-sdk\tools;c:\android-sdk\platform-tools

7) Depending on the directory where you have installed SDK your path may differ. If you have installed to C drive you may utilize string listed above. Otherwise edit string according to Android/Android-SDK/Platform-Tools folder location.

To test if your setup is configured correctly plug device to USB. Under settings on the device ensure "USB Debugging" has been checked.

Open Command Prompt. Type "adb devices"

Message should read "List of devices attached" and include a serial number displaying as well.


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