ABD or Android Debug Bridge is one of the most interesting tools. It allows your system to communicate with an Android device connected via USB or emulator. However, a lot of users have started complaining that when they try to execute the ABD command, they see the following error message.
‘abd’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
In this article, we are going to talk about this in detail. So, if ABD is not recognized on your computer, check out the solutions mentioned in this article.
Why is ABD not working?
Before talking about ABD Command, there is something you need to know. Android apps can not be installed directly on a Windows computer, for that, you need an emulator. Now since that is clear, let us talk about why the command is failing to run on your computer.
ABD Command will only work if you have installed its drivers. So, you have to download the drivers before executing the command. Also, ABD’s path should be in the Environmental Variable list, otherwise, cmd won’t recognize it and you will see the error message in question. We will see how to do the same hereinafter.
There are some workarounds as well that we are going to see in this later. So, without wasting any time, let us hop into it.
How do I fix the ADB device is not recognized?
If you are getting an error message that says “ABD is not recognized”, following the solutions that we have mentioned is the best thing you can do. However, before that, it is better to update your system, you can open Settings, go to Windows Update for Windows 11, and Update & Security for Windows 10 and check if there are any available resources. After updating the system, check if there are any Optional Updates, if there, are install them.
After following all the prerequisite solutions, move to the troubleshooting guide and resolve your issue. The solutions are in a particular order, so, make sure to follow them.
Fix ADB is not recognized in Windows 11
If ADB is not recognized as an internal or external command, then check out the following solutions to get it recognized.
- Add ABD to Environmental Variables
- Execute from the location
- Install or Update ABD Driver
- Enable USB Debugging
Let us talk about them in detail.
1] Add ABD to Environmental Variables
As mentioned earlier, ABD must be an Environmental Variable in order for that command to be executed. To do that, first of all, we have to copy the path of ABD. So, go to the location where you have installed the toolkit and copy the location of ABD.exe. Usually, it is installed at the following location, but if you have changed the path, go there and copy it.
C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools
Now, search out “Environmental Variables” from the Start Menu. Select Path and click Edit. Then click New, paste the copied address and click Ok.
Finally, close the window and the Command Prompt. Restart your computer, open Command Prompt, and run the command. Hopefully, it will do the job for you.
2] Execute from the location
If you are still getting the error message, you can try executing the command from the Path itself. To do that, go to the location of ABD.exe, click on the address bar, type “cmd”, and hit Enter.
This will open a Command Prompt screen for you. Just type ABD and you will be good to go. If you want to use Windows PowerShell, instead of typing “cmd”, type “PowerShell” and hit Enter.
3] Install or Update ABD Driver
If the ABD Driver is missing from your computer, chances are you will see the error in question. That is why it is important to install the driver before doing your job. You need to go to abddriver.com and download the latest version of the driver.
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4] Enable USB Debugging
USB Debugging is a feature that should be enabled on your Android Phone before you connect it to your computer. However, first of all, you need to enable Developer Options on your phone. Every manufacturer has its own way of doing things, so, the setting can be different, but usually, you need to go to About Phone, tap on Build number 4-5 times and you will become a developer.
Now, open Developer Options, you can also use the Settings search bar. Then, use the toggle to enable Developer Options. Finally, connect it to your computer and hopefully, your issue will be resolved.
Hopefully, you are able to resolve the issue with our solutions.