I recently received Google Nexus 4 (LG E960) for research and testing. So, I decided to hook it up with my Windows 7 desktop for development. I also wanted to check out new Android Studio so I decided to install it as well.
Installing Android Studio was very straightforward. Please see some screenshots of the installation process below.
However, Windows 7 didn’t recognize Google Nexus 4 out of the box. I assumed that since I have installed Android Studio I should have latest Google USB Drivers but I was wrong. It took me a couple of hours to get it to work.
I ran into two problems:
I was not able to find developer options under settings on Nexus 4.
Instead, to enable Developer Options on Nexus 4 go to
About Phone-> Click 7 times on Build Number
and it will then show Developer Options under settings.
You will see following screen while clicking on build number:-
Under Developer options make sure Stay Awake and USB Debugging options are checked.
Google Nexus not getting recognized by Windows & ADB
No devices were listed when I did
So, before you start, make sure you have right software and driver version
- ADB – 1.0.31
- Google USB Drivers – 7.0.0
- Android SDK Tools Rev 22.0.1
- Android platform Tools Rev. 17
- Android SDK Build Tools Rev. 17
You should use SDK manager to install all the updates. For Google USB Drivers first uninstall/delete old drivers using SDK manager and then install latest version.
Once you have updated everything SDK Manager should look like following:
Once you have the latest Google USB Driver. Connect your Nexus 4 to your PC via USB.
My Computer->Properties->Device Manager->Right Click Nexus 4-> Select Driver Tab -> Update Driver
Now locate and install latest Google USB Driver manualy. In my case it was located under
Once installation is complete you should see:
After driver is installed you might have to reboot your Nexus 4.
Make sure you are running latest platform tool by running adb version.
After reboot and version check you should do:
As soon as ADB server starts you will get a pop on your phone to accept RSA fingerprint of the PC. Once you accept the RSA fingerprint you are all set to debug Nexus 4.