Installing proper device drivers on your PC can be either a piece of cake or it can be annoying as hell. Sometimes, everything seems to be working just fine but then you’ll see a warning on your PC that the device is not connected. However, with your perfectly clear vision you can see that the device is well-connected to the PC with a USB cable. But the problem lies with the PC detecting your device, so you need to feed it with the compatible for your device.
A device driver is a program that interfaces between your Android device and the PC via the USB cable. You’ll need to install the device drivers in order to communicate to your device via the ADB commands or flashing factory images from Fastboot mode when your device has decided to go into a deep sleep. Sometimes, you’ll need drivers just to transfer files between your PC and the smart phone. So, as you might have understood, installing device drivers on your PC is as important as your morning walk.
Google provides USB drivers for its Nexus line of devices along with the Android SDK for the developers to get their hands dirty without any issues. The Google USB driver works perfectly for any Nexus device except for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which needs drivers from the Samsung to work with your PC. These drivers are enough for Nexus devices to connect in ADB, MTP and Fastboot modes but as a pre-math we are throwing few other techniques that will make sure you have a working driver on your PC before you reach the end of this page.
However, it may happen that you’ve installed the drivers properly but still you’re facing issues. So, as an aftermath we have laid down few troubleshooting methods which should get you out of this misery, so check them as well. Before you begin, we recommend you to check the below link for getting your PC ready for driver installation.
How to Download and Install Drivers for Google Nexus Devices
We will guide you through the installation of Google USB driver on your PC (won’t work for Galaxy Nexus), then we will also see the installation of the Universal Naked drivers, LG Mobile drivers for Nexus 5, Galaxy Nexus drivers installation and finally the troubleshooting tips. You can skip the modules that are not applicable to your device.
Method 1: Google USB Driver Installation
This method is the official driver installation method prescribed by Google and works on all the Nexus devices except the Galaxy Nexus. Grab the Google USB driver file from the below link and follow the simple instructions.
- Download the Google USB driver zip file on your PC and extract it to any place on your PC.
- Connect your Google Nexus device to the PC using a good quality USB cable.
- Open Device manager on your PC. To do this, you can search for the Device manager from the Start and click to open.
- In the device manager, you will see a list of all devices attached to your computer. Find your Nexus device (most probably listed in Other devices with Yellow exclamation mark) and Right-click and select Update Driver Software…
- Select Browse my computer for driver software in the next window.
- Now click the Browse… button and select the folder where you extracted the downloaded Google USB Driver zip file. Make sure you’ve checked the Include sub folders box.
- Windows may ask your permission to install the device drivers during the installation. Confirm the installation by clicking on the Install button.
- Once the installation is complete, the list of devices will be refreshed in the Device manager. Now you should see your Nexus device listed. It will be either be listed with your Nexus device name or as Android Composite ADB Interface.
METHOD 2: Universal Naked Driver
Universal Naked driver, as the name suggests it is a universal driver which should work on most of the devices. As per the user feedback, these drivers are working well with the Nexus devices. So, let’s see how we can install them.
Extract the downloaded driver file to a safe location on your PC and follow the same procedure as the Google USB driver to install the Universal Naked drivers on your PC.
LG United Mobile Driver for Nexus 5
If you’re facing issues with the installation of device drivers for your Nexus 5 even after following the above two methods, here’s another one. Since Nexus 5 was manufactured by LG, many users had tried and reported success with the LG United Mobile drivers. So, just grab the driver file from below and follow the simple instructions.
LG United Mobile Driver v3.10.1 → Download
- Disconnect your Nexus 5 from your computer if it’s already connected.
- Double click on the LG United Mobile Driver (.exe) file that you downloaded from above.
- Follow the on-screen instructions that the software provides you while installing drivers.
- Once LG United Mobile Drivers has finished installing, connect your Nexus 5 to the computer. Your PC should detect your Nexus 5 now.
Drivers for Galaxy Nexus
As mentioned previously, the Google USB drivers won’t work for the Galaxy Nexus. So, here are two options to get your Galaxy Nexus connected to the PC.
- Download the Verizon driver file for Galaxy Nexus (both GSM and CDMA) and simply install it. Click here to download
- If the above file didn’t work for you, try installing the Samsung installer file on your PC → Follow Method 1 from here
If you’re still facing any issue, try the below troubleshooting tips:
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