The Google USB Driver is required for Windows only in order to perform adb debugging with any of the Google Nexus devices. The one exception is the Galaxy Nexus: the driver for Galaxy Nexus is distributed by Samsung (listed as model SCH-I515).
Windows drivers for all other devices are provided by the respective hardware
manufacturer, as listed in the OEM USB Drivers
If you’re developing on Mac OS X or Linux, then you do not need to install a USB
driver. To start developing with your device, read
Using Hardware Devices.
Downloading the Google USB Driver
The Google USB Driver for Windows is available for download as an optional SDK
component. You need the driver only if you are developing on Windows and
want to connect a Google Android-powered device (such as a Nexus 7) to your
development environment over USB.
with the Google USB Driver selected.
You can download the Google USB Driver for Windows in one of two ways:
Click here to download the latest Google USB Driver ZIP file.
- Or, use the Android SDK Manager tool that is
included with the Android SDK. Using the SDK Manager
helps you keep the driver up to date by notifying you when your current driver is out of date.
- Launch the Android SDK Manager by double-clicking
at the root of your SDK directory.
- Expand Extras.
- Check Google USB Driver package and click Install.
- Proceed to install the package. When done, the driver files are
downloaded into the
For installation information, read
Installing a USB Driver.