From this guide, you could download and install the latest Android USB drivers for your device. While your Android device itself comes power-packed with tons of useful functionality, there are some tasks for which it needs a helping hand from your PC. Right from the file transfer process between your device and PC to the ability to share your device’s WiFi to your PC via USB Tethering, there are a lot of activists that call for the need for your PC.
Furthermore, if you take it a step ahead, then the need for a PC becomes an absolute necessity in custom development. These include the likes of booting the device to Fastboot or Recovery Mode, installing TWRP Recovery, unlocking the bootloader, and executing tons of other ADB and Fastboot Commands all require you to have a PC nearby. But if you simply connect your device to your PC via USB cable, the latter wouldn’t be able to identify the connected device.
This is where the need for USB Drivers arises. Once you install these drivers, your PC will be able to identify the type of device that has been connected via the USB cable. After that, it may bring up the required menu and would allow you to carry out the desired task. All in all, to establish a successful connection between your Android device and PC, these UDB Drivers are a must. So on that note, let’s start off with the instructions to download and install the latest Android USB drivers for your device.
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How to Download and Install Android USB Drivers
First and foremost, there’s an important point worth discussing. Nowadays, most OEMs place the driver files inside the device. So as soon as you connect your device to the PC via USB cable, the drivers will then be automatically installed on your PC. And you don’t need to carry out any manual installation steps. So it’s better you check beforehand via this method and if the driver gets installed, then you don’t need to proceed to the below instructions.
To verify the same, launch the File Explorer app on your PC and if you see your device there, then you don’t need to manually install any drivers. On the other hand, if your device isn’t listed there, then it means that the drivers weren’t installed, and you would have to manually install them. So follow along for the instructions to download and install the latest Android USB drivers for your device.
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USB Drivers and android_winusb.inf file
You might have come across various sites where they have hosted different driver files for different devices. Truth be told, that isn’t required. This is because as opposed to the general notion, there is just one single USB Driver for all Android devices. Even the OEM specif tools such as Motorola Device Manager for Motorola, Mi Flash Tool for Xiaomi, etc also install the same drivers.
To be a little more specific, it is only the android_winusb.inf that acts as the Android USB Drivers. You could verify the same by installing any driver file from any OEM and upon extraction, all will lead to the android_winusb.inf file itself. With that said, this guide will focus on the official USB drivers provided by Google and we will list out their installation steps. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Download Android USB Drivers
You may now use the below link to download the drivers directly from Google’s Android Developer Forum page.
- Android USB Drivers: Download Link
However, if you are looking for the drivers that are required in ADB and Fastboot environment, then you should install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. On the other hand, if your device is bricked or is booted to EDL Mode, then you would require the Qualcomm HS-USB QDLoader 9008 Drivers.
How to Install Android USB Drivers
- To begin with, extract the contents of the downloaded USB drivers (usb_driver_r13-windows.zip) to any convenient location on your PC. This shall give you the usb_driver folder.
- Now connect your device to the PC via USB. It is recommended that you connect it to USB 2.0 Port and not to USB 3.0 Port.
- Then use the Windows+X shortcut keys to bring up the menu and select Device Manager from there.
- Now expand the Other Devices section and you should see your device listed as Android or by the OEM or model number, but with a yellow exclamation mark. This signifies the absence of USB Drivers. [If you can’t find your device listed under Other Devices, then do check the Ports or the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section as well].
- So right-click on your device name and select Update Drivers.
- Then select Browse my computer for driver software in the menu that appears.
- Browse to the extracted usb_driver folder and select it.
- Finally, click Install and wait for the process to finish. Once done, you shall be notified of the same.
That’s it. These were the steps to download and install the latest Android USB drivers for your device. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest. Furthermore, if the above-mentioned method didn’t work out in your favor, then there’s another method to install these Android USB drivers. Follow along.
Install Android USB Drivers via android_winusb.inf
- To begin with, download the USB drivers from the above Downloads section.
- Extract it to any convenient location on your PC and you should get the usb_driver folder. Within that, there will be the android_winusb.inf file, which we will be using in this section.
- So right-click on the Windows icon and select Device Manager from the menu.
- Within that, go to Other Devices and your device will be listed there with a yellow exclamation mark.
- Right-click on it and select Update Drivers.
- Then click on Browse my computer for driver software.
- After this, select Let me pick from the list of device drivers on my computer.
- Then select Show all devices and hit Next.
- Now click on the Have Disk button, then click on Browse.
- Navigate to the usb_driver folder, select the android_winusb.inf file and click Open > OK.
- Select Android ADB Interface and click Next.
- You will now get an update driver warning, click YES, and finally click Install.
- The installation process will now begin and once completed, you will be notified of the same.
So with this, we conclude this section on how to install Android USB Drivers using the android_winusb.inf. Have any queries? Let us know in the comments below.
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