Nexus 5 Driver (ADB and Fastboot) Installation Guide


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  • John Amadi ReMastered

    So for some reason device manager shows Google nexus 5 adb interface instead of android composite ADB. Also in the fastboot mode device manager shows google 4 nexus adb interface when it should be nexus 5. I tried playing around with the android_winusb.inf file but nothing seems to change. what can i do?

  • Kehlan

    If the installer tells you that it couldn’t find the drivers in the folder you selected when trying to install any drivers using the “Browse for driver software…” option, go back and select the “Let me pick” option, then click “Have Disk…” and navigate to the folder you originally tried to install from and select the .inf file that’s present.

    It worked for me, hope it works for you.

  • Harsha Vardhan

    Need modem port enable (and also COM Port) drivers for windows 7 system when i connect G Nexus 5 device… Please help me out? All the above methods are for enabling ADB Interface, this thing is done on my system.
    Method 3 worked for that after accepting RA key on the phone UI.

  • Harsha Vardhan

    Need modem port enable (and also COM Port) drivers for windows 7 system
    when i connect G Nexus 5 device… Please help me out? All the above
    methods are for enabling ADB Interface, this thing is done on my system.
    Method 2 worked for that.

  • Harsha Vardhan

    Need modem port enable (and also COM Port) drivers for windows 7 system when i connect G Nexus 5 device… Please help me out? All the above methods are for enabling ADB Interface, this thing is done on my system. Method 2 worked for that.

  • Mayur Harkison

    guys my windows 8.1 laptop and connect to my nexus 5.adb detects the device but as soon as im in recovery, adb cant find the device?

    • Shivam

      Try flashing a different recovery on your phone, and see that can help.

      • Mayur Harkison

        im stock.unrooted and no custom recovery.i think i’ve got the update installed by using my windows 7 laptop…windows 8.1 argggggggggggg

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  • pa

    should i uninstall samsung hd ata device? bcz last time i tried to do this my computer restarted… i really searched all over the place to connect my phone to pc and transfer files but i cant do it in any way… no storage options are shown, either in mtp or ptp

  • Pa

    I tried alot… why does it says like this in the second method???? plz help

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  • Pa

    I tried alot… why does it says like this in the second method???? plz help

  • Skelbagz

    For the Universal Naked Driver you could try adding:

    ;LG Nexus 5
    %GoogleNexus5ADBInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_18D1&PID_4EE2&REV_0232&MI_01
    %GoogleNexus5ADBInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_18D1&PID_4EE2&MI_00
    %GoogleNexus5BootLoaderInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_18D1&PID_4EE2&REV_0232
    %GoogleNexus5BootLoaderInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_18D1&PID_4EE2

    to the [Google.NTx86] & [Google.NTamd64] sections in android_winusb.inf

    and also:

    ; Google Nexus 5
    GoogleNexus5BootLoaderInterface = “Google Nexus 5 BootLoader Interface”
    GoogleNexus5ADBInterface = “Google Nexus 5 ADB Interface”

    to the [Strings] section

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  • gela

    thank you!

  • HD

    Method 3. Yep.

  • traallday

    Method 3 worked for me!

  • Dalle

    It’s possible that, with the second method,(Universal Naked Driver), it sees my Nexus 5 how Nexus 4?
    It is the same thing?
    Thank for your listen.

  • rick

    first method joint with troubleshooting tips works great

  • George Munson

    Great stuff, thanks for this. I’m using an oooold XP computer and tried all 3: only the Universal Naked Driver worked for me. Cheers!

  • xstokerx

    a ha deleting all my drivers then auto update driver in device manager good to go :)

  • Sirajuddin

    None of these worked for me as well. I am on Win 8.1 Release Preview. After disabling the driver enforcement, I just clicked “Let me pick a driver from the list” option in both adb and fastboot mode. And selected the “Android ADB interface” and “ADB Bootloader Interface” respectively.

    Worked pretty well and the device got listed in both the adb and fastboot devices command.

    • Musicaloris

      Thank you, finally something that worked for me too. THANK YOU! <3

    • Samer

      Thanks Man ,

      it worked for me in my win7 64bit ,
      1. update driver
      2. “Let me pick a driver from the list”
      3. select Android ADB interface
      4. select LG sooner

  • Matt KEnnedy

    I’m getting “Android bootloader interface” in Device manager. I’ve installed numerous drivers and such and cannot get back to stock

    • Sirajuddin

      One of the other things that has worked for me:
      Uninstall the android bootloader interface (select the “delete the drivers”)
      Uncheck USB debugging in developer options
      Then connect the device and use the latest drivers provided by your manufacturer

      Got the above information while trying to connect my Nexus 5 from xda(?)

  • Anas Azeem

    Method 3 worked for me! :-D
    Thank You

  • David Baldie

    I followed these instructions to no avail. Then I installed the generic LG drivers and it started working

  • Adam Lemmo

    Thanks for posting this guide, however I cannot replicate what you are illustrating in your screen captures…

    Under “Install Universal Naked Driver” you show the “Other devices list with a yellow exclamation mark” part of Device Manager, when I plug my Nexus 5 into the USB port, Windows 7 (I take it your using Windows 8?) Windows just finds the ‘Android Composite ADB Interface’ and I can never see the “yellow exclamation mark” and therefore, can’t follow your instructions to install the “Universal Naked Driver”. Can you turn off auto-updating of drivers in Windows 7? Am I missing something here? Any advice appreciated!

    Whats also interesting with my current setup is that while plugged into USB, switching to Camera (PTP) shows the device in explorer, and I can browse DCIM and Pictures folders, but when I switch back to Media device (MTP) it disappears again!

    • Shivam

      Do this:

      1. Right click on the ‘*Android Composite ADB Interface*’ entry and select uninstall
      2. In the uninstall pop-up that appears, tick ‘*Delete the driver software for this device*’ checkbox and press the ‘Ok’ button.
      3. Disconnect your phone from your computer
      4. *Disable USB debugging* on your Nexus 5 from your phones Settings > Developer options > un-tick ‘USB debugging’ checkbox
      5. Put your phone in MTP mode
      6. And connect it back to your computer, it should resolve the issue by itself, if not, follow the drivers installation guide above

      Let me know if that helps.

      • Adam Lemmo

        Thanks for the steps to follow, the only thing I did differently was after all the steps you mention (because it didnt do a driver search immediately after reconnecting the device), was that I turned on ‘USB debugging’ again, Windows got the hint, and searched for drivers, found two out of three of them, the one it couldn’t find was a duplicate of “Nexus 5″ and I was finally able to see the “yellow exclamation mark” in Device Manager, then as you mentioned, I just followed the steps in the post above, to install the “Universal Naked Driver”, I can now see my Nexus 5 in explorer and navigate through the files on the device with Media device (MTP) selected, *awesome*. The only thing that’s an issue here, is that Device Manager shows the Nexus 5 as a “Google Nexus 4 ADB Interface”, so I’m assuming a driver update will have to happen in the future… Thanks Again Shivam!

  • anonumous

    Sorry all, this will NOT be fixed until March 2014. This phone is supported exclusively by LGE. Contrary to the marketing hype and other preconceptions, the Nexus 5 is NOT Google’s product. It is merely marketed and sold by Google. The Nexus 5 is 100% LG. We will have to wait for March next year when LG releases the SDK package to the developers for LG model D820.

  • Sheepsies

    Didn’t work for me. Then I right clicked and uninstalled the ‘Android Composite ADB Interface’ reconnected my nexus 5 to PC and it successfully installed the drivers. So all working now :S

  • cabbiebot

    This doesn’t work…Windows claims it can’t find the driver.

  • Simon Cousins

    I think Google may have removed the Nexus 5 driver from the latest kit. The URL you’ve listed links to Google USB Driver including:

    The Google USB Driver is for Windows only and provides the necessary drivers for the following devices:

    ADP1 / T-Mobile G1*

    ADP2 / Google Ion / T-Mobile myTouch 3G*

    Verizon Droid*

    Nexus One

    Nexus S

    Nexus 4

    Nexus 7

    Nexus 10

    I’ve tried to install the driver package into the USB-connected Nexus 5 on a Win 7 and a Win 8.1 machine, and on both, have been unsuccessful as there is no N5 driver in the package.

    Thanks for the guide all the same. Would be interested in your comments.

    • Marvin

      Same here… there is no driver for nexus 5 ? how come !

      • Whyzor

        Same here. Nexus 4 drivers used to work, now disappeared and broken just like Nexus 5. Tried official Google USB Drivers and universal driver. Both report “Windows could not find driver software for your device”. Is there a way to clean Windows registry or drivers manually? I think it’s corrupted somehow.

        • Adam Lemmo

          Thanks for posting this comment, I was starting to give up on this issue when I tried to switch to Camera (PTP) while the Nexus 5 is connected to USB and I get the device appearing in explorer, which up until now, has not been working, HOORAY! Only thing is, unlike what I think you mention in your comment, switching back to Media device (MTP) just makes the Nexus 5 disappear from explorer again! So as it stands, I can only access DCIM and Pictures folders if I connect to USB!

          • Whyzor

            I don’t remember the exact order. But I switched to PTP, it showed up on my PC, I enabled debugging mode again, went into adb to unlock bootloader (original goal), then switched back to MTP. So try toggling debugging mode in addition to the MTP & PTP above.

          • Adam Lemmo

            Yeah I think toggling ‘USB debugging’ is the key here, it’s one of the things that got it working for me based on Shivams answer to my comment, it all seems cool for me now.

            If anyone else is still having problems, check out Shivams excellent 6 step answer to my comment here.

          • Shivam

            Great. I’ll update the post with this.

            Thanks for reporting :)

          • Josh Schaeffer

            Disabling the driver enforcement for windows eight worked for me.. Thanks for the help

    • Shivam

      @simoncousins:disqus @c9643183a9d4cd46b8f9770a6a0ba1cf:disqus @cabbiebot:disqus Looks like Google USB driver isn’t supporting Nexus 5 at the moment. Anyway, I’ve updated the post with another method (Universal naked driver). Let me know if that resolves your issue.

      And thanks for notifying.

      • T S

        i just tried and it’s recognizing my device as a Nexus 4.

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