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android – adb doesn't recognize samsung gear live or lg g watch

Posted by: admin May 14, 2020 Leave a comment


I am trying to execute adb on samsung gear live watch on windows 7. I don’t seem to find device drivers to get it recognized by adb. This is what I already have –

  1. I have enabled adb debugging in gear live already
  2. I went to device manager and pointed device driver location for gear live to sdk\extras\google\usb_driver
  3. No luck. adb devices yields no results.
  4. I don’t seem to find device driver elsewhere for windows 7.
How to&Answers:

I’m running Windows 8.1 and this method worked perfectly fine:

Open your device manager and select “Update Driver Software…” on your Gear Live:
Device Manager

Select “Browse My Computer for driver software”:

Select “Let me pick from a list of drivers on my computer”:
manually pick

Select “Android Device”. If not available, it may have been renamed to “Samsung Android Device”, “Asus Android Device”, and so on.
pick Android Device

Then, choose the “Android Composite ADB interface” from Google, Samsung or in fact almost any other Android devices vendor:
pick Composite ADB interface

This works because usually, the only differences between all these composite ADB Windows drivers are the usb_id and the signature.

Now adb devices should return your device and a popup will appear on your Android device, to authorize your computer.


On Win 7, the way I found is to make a copy of “…\sdk\extras\google\usb_driver” on desktop or elsewhere, then edit file “android_winusb.inf” to add Gear Live description :

  • First open Device Manager and right click “Gear Live” in “Other devices” and choose Properties. In “Details” folder, choose “material identification numbers” and copy the second one (My os is in french, so i try to translate names correctly…). The number to copy must look like (or be): “USB\VID_18D1&PID_D002”

  • Then edit “android_winusb.inf” (the one in the folder previously copied, in case of…) and add under “[Google.NTx86]”, at the end, these lines :

    ;Gear Live

    %SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_18D1&PID_D002

    %CompositeAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_18D1&PID_D002&MI_01

Be careful to change “USB\VID_18D1&PID_D002” with your material number if needed (but let “&MI_01” on second line.

  • Make the same under [Google.NTamd64].

  • Now you can go back to “device manager”, right click on “Gear Live”, choose “Update driver software” then “Browse my computer…” and choose the folder where you just edit “android_winusb.inf”.


You need to be paired to a phone and it will pop up a messaged to approve your computer to connect to adb just like connecting a phone regularly.