New Method – Installing ADB and Fastboot Drivers for Galaxy Nexus on Windows 7 & Windows 8

Our earlier tutorial on Installing ADB & Fastboot Drivers for Galaxy Nexus using Galaxy Nexus Root Toolkit was certainly a bit elongated one and most users weren’t successful following it. Now to make it easier, here is a new and 100% working way that neither requires any toolkit nor Android SDK. This step is the most crucial of all tasks if you’re planning to root, update manually or install a custom ROM on your phone. So, carefully follow the guide after the jump and let us know if it works for you or not?

1. Enable USB debugging on your phone. (Settings > Developer options > USB Debugging) and connect the phone to computer.

2. Download USBDeview, extract and open the .exe file (Run as administrator).

3. In USBDeview, carefully look for devices with Vender IDs: ‘18d1’ or ‘04e8’. Select all such devices, right-click and select ‘Uninstall selected devices’ to remove them.

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4. Now disconnect your phone from the computer.

5. Download Galaxy Nexus USB Drivers (GSM & Verizon) / (Sprint L700 Galaxy Nexus) and install the drivers package.

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6. After installation, connect your phone to computer and let it automatically search, download and install rest of the drivers. (Computer should be connected to Internet)

In Windows 7, driver installation will appear like this.

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In Windows 8, driver installation will appear like this.

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Now open Device Manager and your Galaxy Nexus should be listed as ‘Samsung Android ADB Interface’ in USB Debugging mode on both Windows 7 & 8. That means ADB drivers for your phone are working properly.

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Installing Fastboot Drivers for Galaxy Nexus

Boot the phone into fastboot aka Bootloader mode – First power off the phone, then turn it on by ‘Holding down both volume up + volume down buttons and the power button simultaneously.’ While in Fastboot mode, connect the phone to computer.

Windows 7 will automatically recognise and install the right drivers for fastboot. You should see the below message and same will appear in device manager.

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Windows 8 – However, you need to manually install the fastboot drivers in Windows 8, for your phone listed as Android 1.0 in device manager. Follow the steps below:

1. Go to device manager, right-click Android 1.0 and click ‘Update driver software’.

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2. Select the option ‘Browse my computer for driver software’.

3. Click on ‘Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer’.

4. Select device type as ‘ADB Interface’, click Next.

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5. Select Manufacturer as ‘SAMSUNG Electronics’ and model as ‘Samsung Android ADB Interface version:’ as shown below. Then click Next.

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6. ‘Update Driver Warning’ message will appear. Click Yes to install.

7. That’s it. Your Fastboot drivers are now successfully installed on Windows 8.

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To confirm that Fastboot drivers are installed properly, open device manager and it should list your device as ‘Samsung Android ADB Interface’ while in Fastboot mode.

~ We’ve tried the above procedure on 32-bit version of Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Don’t forget to explore our Galaxy Nexus section for quality guides and tips. 🙂


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

48 Responses

  1. fadi says:

    Hello, I have the maguro version, which usb drivers should I install, I want to convert my phone to yakju.(Very new to Android)
    Help will be appreciated.

  2. bcks says:

    Did this on Windows 7 x64. Only difference was my version of windows didn’t automatically install the driver for bootloader. I followed the windows 8 steps but instead of choosing ADB interface I chose Android phone (as ADB interface wasn’t listed). Everything else worked fine. Am hoping Samsung drivers work okay… My country wasn’t list on the list it had when I was installing. Shall see!

  3. Muhammad Hasnain says:

    Are the above mentioned steps same for Windows XP?

  4. Naim says:

    so i only need to download the factory image, usbdeview and samsung usb driver for mobile phones, right?

  5. Abdallah Ouri says:

    You are genius man!!!! very perfect, awesome, easy, helpful …. etc. article and steps 🙂

  6. nagesh says:

    hey, please help, when i installed usbDeview, i could only see ‘04e8′ vendor apps, couldnot see ’18d1’ in any. i deleted whatever 04e8 ports, and closed it. but when i started installing, it first asked, the usg port for samsang mobiles is already installed, want to continue anyway?,……. i clicked yes, it got installed, but when i again connected my mobile, it didnot download any file, and started working directly by connecting my galaxy nexus as media device and debug mode…….
    does that mean i didnt delete some port in usbdeview? is my adb and fastboot drivers correctly installed????? i am very scared to continue? please help at the earliest…

  7. Ehsan says:

    Tried on Windows 8 64-bit.

  8. Kerfill says:

    Hi I’m having problems. I have followed the instructions, deleted the files as instructed, disconnected, downloaded the “GSM & Verizone file” to my PC and installed it and I’m now on instr. 6.
    But nothing happens when I reconnect my phone to the PC, i.e. it does not search for drivers and I cant find out how to make it search. No use to try to force system update on the phone. How can I make it search and install the driver?? Pls. advice!

    (using W7 64bit PC) phone GNexus yakjuxw – maguro

  9. chaitanya says:

    Should i download the usb drivers package named as verizon for gsm galaxy nexus???? Pls reply

  10. Yash says:

    when i select the things you have mentioned to uninstall in step 3,they don’t get removed from the list. Are they still there or removed?

  11. Yash says:

    Sorted..i didnt use usbdeview as an administrator

  12. Yash says:

    HI Mayur,
    There’s some issue while Installing Fastboot Drivers..Could you pls add me in Gtalk and help me with the process?

  13. azlan says:

    After the UAC popup for the Samsung Drivers, nothing happens… can anyone help me? I am on Windows 8 64bit

  14. Deepak says:

    I have tried this in Windows 7 64bit.
    Everything was going as per given. When i switch on phone in FASTBOOT MODE and connected the phone to PC.. Its say driver not found. I tried the steps of Windows 8 but coudnt find ADB interface option is not there in the list

  15. Ashutosh says:

    Hey guys, need a little help.

    My GSM Galaxy Nexus is running 4.2.1. It’s got an unlocked bootloader and flashed with stock Android – yakju. Yesterday my device got stuck in a boot-loop. Unfortunately, my computer was formatted and I don’t have all the drivers installed on the computer anymore.

    Since this tutorial requires enabling USB-debugging, which I can’t do, since the phone won’t boot up, how do I install the drivers for my Galaxy Nexus??

    Thanks for the help.

    • Mayur says:

      You don’t need to enable USB debugging for fastboot mode, that’s only required for ADB interface. Just follow up with the fastboot drivers installation.

  16. Ashutosh says:

    Done. Thanks!

  17. garth says:

    i just ran the driver update and while Windows 7 was automatically retrieving drivers, an error came back saying device not recognized (disappeared before i could open it but it said something about contacting manufacturer). the update continued and then i got a confirmation but it only listed:

    Mobile USB Composite Device
    Android ADB Interface

    It didn’t include Galaxy Nexus. Is it okay to continue or is there a something i should do to start over?

  18. joz says:

    After Completed Step 6, before Installing Fastboot Drivers for Galaxy Nexus…

    i turned off my GN. then it can’t be turn on anymore.

    what can I do??? Please help…

  19. Avengerat says:

    I’m on Windows 7 64 bit and when I want to install the fastboot drivers it tells me Android 1.0 like on Windows 8, so I followed the steps until step 5: I can’t find ‘’
    What shall I do?

  20. RondaB says:

    I love you. Mere words can not express the gratitude I am feeling right now. Thank you so much. The crazy thing is that I’d just installed the Samsung updates a few weeks ago and still had to go through this. Many, many thanks!!!!

  21. Sukhwinder says:

    I have faced a problem in installing Fastboot drivers… when computer automatically searched them it has shown that your device is locked… how to overcome it

  22. Angus says:

    Thank you for this, it was very helpful for me.

  23. Shahrukh says:

    I deleted all existing drivers with those 2 id’s but then after I disconnect my phone and run the new drivers from the download file you provided(GSM Nexus) then the program fails to run. The first time I ran it it said that ‘the program might have not installed correctly due to compatibility issues’. This might be cause I’m running Windows 8.1. What should I do?

  24. jelani brown says:

    downloaded drivers. All was well. booted into fastboot and connected to cpu but there were no drivers found for phone while in fastboot mode. please help!

  25. massima says:

    thanks guy, it’s working with win7 64bit an nexus2 maguro with android 4.3.

  26. vargil000 says:

    please help .. i’ve done every step perfectly until i fastboot my phone .. instead of automatically recognising and installing the right drivers for fastboot .. it told no driver was found or something like that .. i unplugged the usb then replugged it .. and now it says the device is not recognizable .. please help me what should i do ?

    • vargil000 says:

      ok i was able to turn off the fastboot mode .. tried the last step again (turning on fastboot mode) i waited for it to automatically recognise and install the right drivers for it .. but then it says it couldn’t install drivers.. how can i fix that? i’m using windows 7.

  27. Kevin says:

    I tried for hours to get the fastboot driver to work. No luck. the common theme seems to be that this is a problem for 64-bit win7.

    Finally, I found this, and it worked immediately. It\’s usually not a good idea to download stuff from un-trusted sources, but it was desperate times.

  28. goncalo says:

    It also works for windows 10 64 bit! Great!!!

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