The USB Driver is generally used by developers for making changes on their devices, or to simply connect their device to the computer for file sharing. In order to do so, the device needs to be connected to the computer, though often times it doesn’t work out the way it was intended. In which cases, an Android Debug Bridge (ADB) USB driver needs to be installed on your device. This software contains all the drivers that provide a platform for your development.
In this article, we are going to guide you as to how you can custom-download an individual driver for various Android devices. Note that whenever you add a new device to your computer, you will be needing to reinstall the driver for that device as well. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the steps.
- Before you download a driver, learn the exact model number of your device. Most times, different phones require a different driver altogether. The ADB required to connect each device to the PC is different and you will need to mention the exact name of the device. Once you have managed to identify the name and model of your device, click on Android USB Drivers.
- Once you have clicked on the link, it will take you to a website where you can navigate your way through a range of Android devices. Select your manufacturer followed by the model number.
- After selecting the device, you will be given the option to download the settings. Click on the download button and your file will begin to download.
- Once the download finished, locate the file and install it. Make sure that you have disconnected all the other mobile devices that were connected to the computer.
- Once you have installed the drivers, restart your computer.
- After that, open up your Android device, go to settings and navigate your way to the Developer Options.
- If there isn’t any such option, don’t panic – you just haven’t activated them yet. In order to activate the Developer Options, go to About Device and tap on the build number five to seven times. It will notify you that you have become a developer.
- Becoming a developer gives you the ability to modify your device in a way that cannot be done conventionally.
- After the Developer Options have appeared, go the USB Debugging option and enable it.
- After you have enabled the USB Debugging, connect your device to the computer. Now it should connect normally to your device.
Follow the next set of steps if the above-mentioned instructions don’t work:
- Uninstall all other drivers that were previously installed on your computer. Go to the control panel and navigate your way to the “Add or Remove” programs. Once there locate your driver and uninstall it.
- Of the drivers weren’t present there, go to start menu and type in “Device Manager”. You will be presented with the list of all the devices that are connected to your computer.
- Locate your driver and right click on it. From the drop-down list select upgrade driver. You can search for a driver online, or you can look for it on your computer. Normally selecting the “Browse my computer for driver software” gives you one or two options to choose from. If it doesn’t show up, try looking for it online.
- If updating the driver doesn’t work, then right click on it and uninstall. Restart your computer since this will remove all traces of the previously installed driver settings. Most times, the outdated driver disrupts the newly installed files and prevents them working properly. Removing them and installing the new and updated version of the USB driver is always a good option.
- You can visit the link given above or you can google the name of your Android device followed by “USB Drivers download” (without quotes). You will be presented with plenty of download links, choose one and download it.
- Install the settings and connect your device to the computer once again. The device should connect automatically.
In most cases, the two solutions above should solve all your problems. In the event that it still persists, you should consider checking your own device.
- Make sure your device is updated and is compatible with the downloaded drivers.
- Go to the settings of your device and check if it’s updated or not. If it is, then reset your device (make sure to back up all your data before resetting). There may have been some kind of bug that was preventing it from connecting it to the PC.
- Uninstall the settings from your computer.
- After resetting the device, update it and connect it to your computer.
- The device itself should install the updated USB driver settings into the computer and you should have no problems working with it.
- In most cases, the Android devices themselves install the required settings. There are some cases where the files of the USB drive may get corrupted and prevent the connection. In such situations, you will need to download the settings and install them separately as mentioned in the above steps.
There may be some devices that cannot be found on the website. In such scenarios, you have to google them and, if you’re not able to find them, visit the website of the manufacturer. The manufacturer’s website usually contains the download links to any and all necessary USB Drivers required for your computer. However, they are not easy to find and may take some time. Googling the name is much faster and you should only visit the original company as a last resort. It can also show up in the search results.
As a reminder, you should remember to repeat the installation process every time you connect a new device to your computer, since one USB driver isn’t compatible with all devices out there.