Install Motorola's ADB drivers for Microsoft Windows


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For computers running Windows 7 and 8, the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) drivers install automatically when a Moto phone has USB debugging enabled and is connected via USB. Other Windows versions need some help. Here’s how to verify whether the drivers are installed and add them as needed.

  • Check whether the drivers are installed
  • Install the Drivers

Check whether the drivers are installed

After you’ve enabled Developer options and USB debugging on your Moto phone and connected it to a computer with a USB cable, you can see whether ADB drivers are installed by using Device Manager, as follows:

Windows XP: Click Start, then Run, and type “devmgmt.msc” without quotes, and click OK.

Windows Vista / 7: Click Start, then in the search box type "device manager " without quotes, and click on Device Manager at the top of the start menu.

Windows 8 / 8.1: Move the mouse to the lower left corner of the screen. Right-click the mouse, and then click Device Manager from the menu.

Now in Device Manager, check for the Motorola ADB Interface device as shown in the sample pictures below - when it appears under the Other Devices category, the drivers need to be installed. When it appears in the Android Device category, the drivers are installed.

Drivers Not Installed
Drivers Installed

Install the Drivers

If the drivers aren’t installed, download and install Motorola’s Device Manager on the computer. Once that has completed, re-check Device Manager to confirm that the drivers have installed.