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There are lots of different smartphone manufacturers out there, and each one of them has their own way of getting their devices to communicate with the Windows operating system. They manage to do this with the use of USB Drivers.

The USB Drivers offer a universal way of translating everything so the Windows operating system can understand what is being asked of it. It sounds straightforward and it is, but before you can get USB Drivers to work, you need to make sure you’re downloading the right ones.

Each device manufacturer has their own USB Driver which needs to be used to connect any device from that one manufacturer to the computer that’s running on the Windows operating system. There is one known exception to this rule, and that is the Universal ADB Driver.

ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge which is something completely different to just drivers. But the Universal ADB Driver has been purposefully made to package USB Drivers from all the smartphone and tablet manufacturers that run Android, so you don’t have to bother going around and searching for the right driver from your manufacturer.

Thus you can either use the USB Driver package that your mobile manufacturer has created for you to install (which is usually made available from their official website that we will link to in this article) or use the Universal ADB Driver instead and you should find that it will install the correct driver that you’re looking for.

If you’re looking for another reason to give the Universal ADB Driver a shot, then you’ll also be interested in learning that the package you install is quite small, meaning it won’t take up much hard drive space.

Of course, there is also the odd manufacturer that doesn’t have a large presence on the internet and finding the driver for it can prove tricky. If you find the manufacturer that you’re looking for on this page doesn’t have a driver link made available, then you should just try installing the Universal ADB Driver for those times as well, and it should still manage to do the job for you.

How to Download and Install Android USB Drivers

Other Manufacturers: Download the universal ADB driver if your manufacturer is not listed below. The universal ADB driver is one single file that has most mobile device manufacturers USB drivers all bundled into the one file. To install it, just visit the adb.clockworkmod.com joint webpage and click on the “Download” button. When the file finishes downloading and then follow the setup wizard when it pops up on your computer’s display.

Amazon: You can find the Amazon USB Drivers from the Amazon developers webpage. There they list you all the instructions you need to get the drivers installed on your computers.

Asus: You can download the Asus drivers from the official website. To find them, just head to this Asus webpage and type your device’s name into the search box. Click on the device when it shows up in the results, and it’ll direct you to the device’s webpage. Next, look for the Download tab and click on the OS > Android. There will be links at the bottom of the webpage now, one of which is for the Asus USB Driver.

Dell: You can download the USB drivers for all Dell devices from its official website. To find them, head to the Dell official support website and click on the “Mobile phone” or “tablet” links, depending on what mobile device it is that you want the drivers for. Now choose your specific device from the list. Scroll down the webpage until you can see the part where it shows you the download links for the drivers.

Google: You’ll find that the one Google USB Driver will work for all the devices that come under the Google name, including anything that’s related to the Nexus range: Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, etc. To get it, head over to the Google developers webpage and follow the instructions to download the Google USB Driver zip file.

HTC: You can find the HTC USB Drivers available to download and install from the official HTC website. To find them, head over to this HTC webpage (it’ll automatically redirect you to the region you’re visiting from; don’t worry, as you’ll still find the same navigation available) and then  use the search box to find your device by typing in its name. Once you bring up your devices webpage, scroll down to the bottom of the webpage and click on > Product Support > Support > Download > Download HTC Sync. The HTC Sync package, when installed on your computer, comes with the USB Drivers for all HTC devices.

Huawei: You can find the USB Drivers for all HTC devices by installing the HiSuite, an Android Smart Device Manager, available from the official Huawei website. To get yours, just head to this Huawei webpage and click on the big “Download” button.

LG: The LG USB Drivers are up for grabs from the official LG website. To navigate to them, head to this LG webpage and use the search box to search for your smartphone or tablet. When your devices webpage has loaded, click on the “Resources” tab from the top of the webpage and then the links to the drivers will be available on the next page.

Motorola: The Motorola website has a software and drivers webpage made available where you can download the drivers for your Motorola smartphone or tablet. To find it, just head to this Motorola webpage and download the Motorola Device manage for your operating system (you’ll see one made available for Windows and the other for Mac.) If it’s Windows you’re looking for, then make sure you download the Windows version.

Samsung: You can browse the mobile phones part of the Samsung website and find the drivers from there. Visit the official Samsung website and use the search box to type in the name of your device and then click on its landing page. When you’re on the page related to your device, click on the “Support” tab at the top of the webpage and then click on the “Get Downloads” link. You’ll then be directed to the Samsung Download Center. Click on the “Software” link from that page and then you’ll see the link for the USB Drivers available for you to download.

Sony: The official Sony website has a section with all Sony devices listed and links available to download the drivers for each next to them. You can see what I mean by visiting this Sony developers webpage and then using the arrow at the bottom to continue browsing more devices that aren’t yet listed on the front page.

ZTE: You can find the ZTE USB Drivers that will work for all ZTE related smartphones and tablets, from the official website. The support section of the ZTE website has a ZTE Android USB Driver for Microsoft PC link set up that you can download.

How to Install Drivers After Downloading Them

Windows 10

If you’ve downloaded an executable file and want to get it installed on the Windows PC, just download the file, extract the file if need be, and then just double-click on the executable file and it’ll install the drivers. You can then connect your Android device to the computer and start using it.

To install all the other driver files on the computer for the first time, just follow the steps below:

1. Connect the device to the computer using its USB port.

2. Navigate to the Control Panel, click “Administrative Tools” from the list of small icons, and then double-click on the “Computer Management” link.

3. Select “Device Manager” from the Computer management left side pane. (You can also get to Device Manager by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting it from the Win+X menu.)

4. From the right side pane of Device Manager, expand “Portable Devices” or “Other Devices” depending on what is available from your particular version of Windows 10.

5. Right-click on the name of the Android device that is connected to the computers USB port and then select the “Update Driver Software” from the menu.

6. From the Hardware Update wizard, choose the “Browse my computer for driver software” option and then click “Next.”

7. Click on the “Browse” button and then navigate to the path where your drivers were downloaded in File Explorer. For examples, you might find the driver package in your downloads folder.

8. Click on the “Next” button to then install the driver.

Windows 8.1

If you’ve downloaded an executable file and want to get it installed on the Windows PC, just download the file, extract the file if need be, and then just double-click on the executable file and it’ll install the drivers. You can then connect your Android device to the computer and start using it.

To install all the other driver files on the computer for the first time, just follow the steps below:

1. Connect the device to the computer using its USB port.

Open the search box by moving the mouse pointer to the right side of the computer’s display, scrolling up and then clicking in the search box.

Type “Device manager” into the search box and then click on the results under the same name.

Click on the “Driver” tab, followed by “Update Driver” and then follow the rest of the on-screen instructions to get the drivers installed.

Windows 8

If you’ve downloaded an executable file and want to get it installed on the Windows PC, just download the file, extract the file if need be, and then just double-click on the executable file and it’ll install the drivers. You can then connect your Android device to the computer and start using it.

To install all the other driver files on the computer for the first time, just follow the steps below:

1. Connect the device to the computer using its USB port.

2. Open the search box by moving the mouse pointer to the right side of the computer’s display, scrolling up and then clicking in the search box.

Type “Device Manager” into the search box and then click on the results under the same name.

4. Click on the “Driver” tab, followed by “Update Driver” and then follow the rest of the on-screen instructions to get the drivers installed.

Windows 7

If you’ve downloaded an executable file and want to get it installed on the Windows PC, just download the file, extract the file if need be, and then just double-click on the executable file and it’ll install the drivers. You can then connect your Android device to the computer and start using it.

To install all the other driver files on the computer for the first time, just follow the steps below:

1. Connect the device to the computer using its USB port.

2. Open Windows Explorer and then right-click on “My computer/Computer” and select “Manage” from the menu.

3. Click on the “Devices” link in the left side pane.

4. Expand where it says “other device” in the right side pane.

5. Look for your device name and then right-click the mouse pointer on it, and then select the “Update driver software” link from the menu.

6. Choose the option that says “Browse my computer for driver software,” followed by the “Next” button.

7. Click on the “Browse” button and then navigate through to where you driver file has ended up on the hard drive. For instance, the Downloads folder in Windows Explorer.

8. Once you’ve uploaded the driver file, click on the “Next” button to install it.

How to Upgrade Existing Android USB Driver on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

1. Connect the device to the computer using its USB port.

2. Open the Device Manager (the steps will vary depending on your version of Windows, so use the guides above for reference.)

3. Locate and expand your Android device from the list.

4. Right-click the mouse pointer on “Android Composite ADB Interface” and select the “Update Driver” option. Doing so then launches the Hardware Update Wizard.

5. Choose the “Install from a list or specific location” and click “Next.”

6. Select “Search for the best driver in these locations.” Next, uncheck “Search removable media” and check “Include this location in the search.”

7. Click on the “Browse” button, and find the driver file on your hard drive. For example, it might be in your Downloads folder of File Explorer/Windows Explorer.

8. Click on the “Next” button to have the driver updated.

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