How-To #0: How to Install Usb Driver on Your Computer
Installing the Android USB Driver is the #1 priority if you ever want to access your Android device through a computer, be it to transfer files or executing commands. Failing to correctly install the usb driver could lead to a lot of confusion and headaches. Thankfully, there is a one-click installation solution that I have included in the Android driver package below.
Also, note that most Android devices are capable of mounting as a "mass storage device" on newer versions of windows(vista, win7, and win8). These operating systems will automatically install them as "mass storage devices"(debug mode must be unchecked - see picture 1.1 below). This is perfectly fine if you are only interested in transferring files. However, you do not want this if you ever want to debug the phone; your computer must be able to recongize them as an "Android Device"!
Hence, continue below to the Android USB Driver installation only if you are grouped in either of the following: 1) You are interested in debug mode, or 2) Your PC fails to recognize the device for whatever reason(older Windows(XP/NT), uncommon Android device, software conflicts, and etc).
Installing Android Drivers Before we start the driver installation, visit the OEM USB Drivers list for your specific Android device. Most manufactures provide the appropriate OEM driver for all of their devices. Installing the drivers using the manufacture's software is the most optimal solution to getting the drivers on your PC. Note: It is highly recommended that the Automatic/Manual USB driver installation is followed(steps below) even if the OEM driver has successfully installed.
For Mac OS X users, no installation is needed as it should work out of the box as soon as the Android device is plugged in, as debugging or mass storage. For Windows 8, you may need to disable Device Driver Signature.
One-Click USB Driver Installation: To make the installation as simple as possible, I have packaged the latest Android drivers along with installation software and adb tools.
Instructions: 1) Unplug every Android Devices from your PC. Then download and unzipAndroid USB driver to any location on your computer(i.e. c:\usb_driver). 2) Run "DPInst.exe" in the usb_driver folder. This program is a Microsoft driver distribution utility that works on any Windows OS. Note: You will need to run it as administrator on win7 -> right click on "DPInst.exe" and select "Run As Administrator" 3) Follow the steps in the "Device Driver Installation Wizard" to complete the process.
*Optional* Test that the driver is correctly installed using adb. 4) With the correct USB cord for your Android Device, connect it to the PC. Open cmd prompt by pressing (WindowsKey + r) and typing - cmd. Note: You can open it directly by going to C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe 5) In cmd - navigate to the folder of the usb driver by typing cd "c:\usb_driver" 6) Plug in any Android device and make sure debugging is checked on the device settings by going into - Settings->Applications->Development->USB debugging. 7) In cmd prompt type: "adb devices" 8) If the installation was successful, you will see a device listed as follows:
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Manual USB Driver Installation: Firstly download the file Android USB driver and unzip to your computer.Then go enable debugging on your phone. (Settings->Applications->Development->USB debugging). Although not all phones require the Android usb debugging checked it doesn't hurt to do so, as it is used for Android developers wanting to debug in usb mode. You can switch it back to Mass Storage device by unchecking the USB debugging option in settings.
1.1 Debugging Mode
For WinXP A window should pop up whenever you plug your phone into your computer, asking for you to install the device. Select "browse my computer to install driver software" option. Follow the steps to update the driver and include the android_usb_windows in your search when given the check box.
For WinVista/Win7 These OS will install Android as a mass storage device. You must uninstall the driver and update to the android driver model.
Instructions: 1) Unplug all removable devices(thumb drive, sdcards, etc) beside the Android phone. 2) Locate "Device Manager", usually under "control panel" 3) Select "Universal Serial Bus Controllers" 4) Select USB Mass Storage Device. Note: to check if you have the correct device, click on the details tab and select "compatible ids" under properties. There should be three items listed under value. 5) Select uninstall driver 6) Close the window. Now in device manager a new "Android Phone USB device" with a yellow! will appear... If not, Unplug your android device or select Action -> Scan. Note: view optional steps below if you still have problem with the your windows automatically installing drivers. 7) Click on the "Android Phone USB device" 8) Select "browse my computer to driver software" 9) Under "search this location for driver", Browse for the location that you have unzip the android_usb_windows and select the corresponding folder for your system(AMD64 for 64bit systems or x86 for 32bit systems. Right click -> properties on "My Computer" to check which OS you have)
The driver is now installed and is ready to use. You can start the process of modding and tweaking using the How To All Guide Listing.
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***Optional. 1. Go to System under Control Pandel. 2. Click on Hardware Tab and Under "Device Installation" select “Never search windows update for drivers”, then OK. 3. Go to Enable debugging on your phone. (Settings->Applications->Development->USB debugging). 4. Run USBDeview and remove all instances of Android Phone 5. Unplug your phone, and plug it in again. 7. Continue on step 7) above. The driver is supported for all:
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