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android – Nexus 10 – not visible to adb on Windows 7 or Linux

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


adb doesn’t recognize my Nexus 10 on Windows 7. Here’s what I’ve done:

  1. Installed the SDK and USB driver from Google. Windows 7 sees the tablet as an ‘Android ADB Interface.’
  2. Put the tablet in developer mode by clicking on ‘About tablet’ and clicking the build number seven times
  3. Put the tablet in Camera (PTP) mode by going to Storage > USB Computer Connection.
  4. Started and restarted the tablet, my computer, and the adb server repeatedly.

None of this helps. When I run ‘adb devices,’ it gives me an empty list. What else can I do?


How to&Answers:

I had the same problem on Windows 7.

First make sure the Nexus 10 developer mode and USB debugging is on ( if you dont see developer options, tap on About Settings -> Tablet -> Build Number a several time and it should activate developer mode)

Check if your ADB driver is in good shape by going into the Device Manager. If not un-install the ADB device manager and re-install it by pointing Windows to Android SDK location (It should pick up the driver automatically).

Once it is installed and still it does not work. Go into Settings-> Storage -> USB Computer Connection and select PTP option. Reconnect tablet to the USB.

Hope it helps!.


I had some problems with this as well. I was on win 8.

  1. Install the SDK and USB driver from Google. USB driver is available in ‘Android SDK Manager’ in eclipse.
  2. Put the tablet in developer mode by clicking on ‘About tablet’ and clicking the build number seven times (crazy)
  3. Open Windows Device Manager and right click ‘Android ADB Interface’
  4. Click Properties
  5. Driver Tab
  6. Update Driver
  7. Select ‘Browse my computer for driver software’ Select the ‘sdk’ folder under the location you installed your sdk in step 1 (e.g. D:\Dev\Software\adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20130219\sdk)

Not sure why windows didn’t auto-detect it but it didn’t. Could have been because google doesn’t actually ‘install’ the driver into windows or perhaps it was because I had the HTC USB drivers installed because of my old phone.


I started with the same problem as you, but managed to get my adb connection working on a Fedora 16 system as follows:

  1. Inserted 0x18d1 into adb_usb.ini (I do not bother with the device ID)

  2. Inserted the following extra line into 99-android.rules. It’s not the quite the same as yours but I leave you to experiment.

    SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="18d1", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev", OWNER="johnp"
  3. Pressed the settings->about->version number 7 times.

  4. Rebooted tablet and noticed that a new section is created in settings called “developer options”.

  5. Enabled USB debugging in settings->about->developer options.

  6. On Fedora performed adb kill-server.

  7. On Fedora performed adb start-server.

  8. On Fedora performed adb devices.

I now see a new USB device in the list. When I go to my development environment (Eclipse) I see the device there as well.


For those who are still stuck after following the other good answers, try a different USB port …plus adb restarts just to make sure. That had me stalled for ages.


I had the same issue, but I downloaded the drivers from this application and it started working. I used this same technique on Windows 7 and Windows 8


Followed these instruction installed the correct ADB-drivers for me on Windows 7 http://developer.android.com/tools/extras/oem-usb.html


I have been struggling with the same problem for a month. I tried other Nexus 10’s, other ports, other computers … everything. I thought I tried other USB cables too, but maybe not enough, as when a friend gave me yet another cable debugging worked.

It turns out the problem for me was that the EMI protection of the PC fires off when Nexus 10 is connected via a bad cable to a bad (front-case) port. It is a big tablet, so my guess is it draws a lot of current, and this combined with a badly shielded cable makes the PC freak out.

So my suggestion to people who couldn’t solve the problem in any other way is: get a good USB cable (one where the connectors are bulky – means better shielding), rather than a cheap one.

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On the picture: the red cable is bad, the black one is good.

Have fun,



All I had to do was restart the tablet.


You should have done at least two things to get your device recognized on Linux:

  1. specify USB manufacturer and device ID in your hot-plug manager
  2. add an entry to ~/.android/adb_usb.ini using USB manuacturer ID

You may find manufacturer and device IDs with ‘lsusb’ command (that’s LSUSB in lower case).


As strange as it sounds, try switching the tablet between media device and camera mode. On the 10 ADB only works for me in camera mode, while on the 7 it only works in media device mode.


Try a different usb port. Worked for me on windows 8.1 with Nexus5/10.