Installing proper USB drivers on your PC is very important to connect your Android device for simple tasks like tethering to pro stuff like flashing system images and kernels. It seems like a simple task and it’s true in most cases, but sometimes things become hectic when every device driver provided by your manufacturer fails to connect your device to your PC.
The issue may be either due to incompatible drivers or some conflicting drivers on your PC. Windows 8/8.1 users are further doomed with issues like the Driver Signature Enforcement. In this guide we’ll show you how to install USB drivers for any device using PDANet. But before we proceed, we recommend you to go through the below linked guide to get rid of any previous drivers and making your Windows 8/8.1 PC compatible with unsigned drivers.
PDANet is a free tethering software for Windows PC that allows you to tether connect your Android device to share data on your PC. The software will automatically install suitable drivers for your Android device during the installation. I have used this little software to install drivers for a plethora of devices and it worked almost every single time. So, let’s dive in and see how to install drivers for your Android device on your PC using PDANet.
Install USB Drivers for Any Android Device using PDANet
- Important! Don’t connect your device to the PC until mentioned.
- Download the PdaNet.exe software from the above download link and double-click to run it. It will open the installation dialogue box.
- Now click on Next and accept the licence agreement , then it will ask for installation location just press next to use the default directory. The installation will start automatically after this.
- If PDANet finds any previously installed driver, it will ask for your permission to uninstall them before installing the new drivers. We recommend to click Yes.
- After uninstalling the older drivers, it will ask for the device manufacture. Select your device manufacturer if it’s on the list, else choose Others.
- Windows will ask your permission several times to install digitally unsigned drivers on your PC, accept it every time by clicking “Install this driver software anyway” button.
└ Note: Windows 8/8.1 users must disable driver signature enforcement to install these drivers, follow this guide for that.
- Now you’ll be asked to connect your device to the PC. Enable USB debugging before you connect. For this goto Settings » Developers options » USB Debugging.
- It may also show you a help wizard which guides you to accept always allow USB Debugging for PDANet. If the RSA Key screen popups on your device, click Always and then OK.
- Now it will ask confirmation for the installation of device software from June Fabrics. Click Install.
- Finally, you’ll be greeted with a success message on your PC.
During the installation, PDANet app will be installed on your Android device as well which can be used for tethering purpose. If you’re using your device for tethering purpose, it will be a great help. Else you can simply uninstall it from your device.
To verify if the driver were installed for your Android device on your PC, just open the Device Manager on your PC with your device connected, you should see ADB interface driver or sometimes it’s listed with your manufacturer name.
Note: PDANet might interfere with some ADB/Fastboot services, so exit it from the icon tray before performing any such operations on your PC.
If you’re still facing any issue, try the below troubleshooting tips:
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