How to Use Wireless ADB on Your Android Phone or Tablet


The Android Debug Bridge, or ADB, is a utility you can use to debug your Android device, load side apps, and install custom ROMs. One of our favorite uses for ADB is to remove bloatware from Android smartphones to make them run faster and free up storage taken up by unwanted apps. You can use ADB on your Android device using any device running Windows, macOS, or Linux, or even using one of the best Chromebooks. And if your Android smartphone is running Android 11 or higher, you can use ADB wirelessly.

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The best part is that Wireless ADB is simple to set up and use, and you don’t have to be an Android developer to make it work. If you don’t know how to set up wireless ADB on your Android phone, follow this tutorial to learn how to do it.


How to Use Wireless ADB on Your Android Phone

Generally, users use a USB cable to send ADB commands over a USB connection. But wireless ADB has improved a lot, and now you don’t need to use a cable to perform ADB commands on your Android device. However, before continuing, do the following:

  • Connect your computer and your Android phone to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Update your Android device to the latest version and make sure it’s running Android 11 or later.
  • Download the latest Android SDK Platform-Tools to your computer.

You don’t need to install Android Studio unless you are an Android developer and need it to test your apps. After fulfilling the basic requirements, follow the steps below to set up and use Wi-Fi ADB on your Android phone.

If you are using an older Android smartphone running Android 10 or lower, use the older tcpip adb order method. You can check the steps for this method on the official Android developer page.

Enable Developer Options on Your Android Device

Before you can use Wi-Fi ADB on your Android smartphone, you need to configure your Android device to enable Developer Options. Depending on the brand of your smartphone, the steps may be slightly different.

  1. To enable developer options on a Google Pixel, go to Settings > About the phone > Build number. Press the Build number option seven times until you see the message “You are now a developer!”

  2. If you have one of the newer OnePlus devices, go to Settings > About the device > Version.

  3. Faucet Build number seven times until you see the same message.

  4. For Samsung smartphones, go to Settings > About the phone > Software Information.

  5. Faucet Build number repeatedly until you see “You are now in developer mode!”

Enable wireless debugging on your Android device.

Now that you have enabled developer options, you need to enable wireless debugging on your Android device.

  1. To enable wireless debugging on a Google Pixel, go to Settings > System and open Developer Options.

  2. Enable the toggle next to Wireless debugging. Picking out Allow when you see the pop-up window.

  3. For Samsung smartphones, go to Settings > Developer Options and tap the toggle to Wireless debugging.

  4. Faucet Allow in the pop-up window to activate it.

  5. If you have a OnePlus smartphone, go to Settings > Additional parameters and press Developer Options.

  6. Tap the toggle next to Wireless debugging and choose Allow to activate it.

Use Wireless ADB on your Android device

After enabling developer options and wireless debugging, you can use ADB wirelessly on your Android device. It is not necessary to install ADB on your computer, because you can use the Android SDK folder to execute commands. We’ll be using a Mac to show this, but the steps are the same on Windows and Linux devices.

The only difference is that you won’t add “./” before running ADB commands on Windows Command Prompt. For example, on Mac, you would run the ./adb devices command to find the list of devices, but on Windows you will run the adb devices ordered.

  1. Open Wireless debugging setting and press the Pair device with pairing code option.

  2. You will see an IP address, port number, and Wi-Fi pairing code.

  3. If you are using ADB on Mac, open the Terminal app, type CD followed by a space, and drag Android SDK platform-tools folder to add its path.
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  4. Hurry Walk in to open the path in Terminal.
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  5. On Windows, open the Android SDK platform-tools case. Click on the address bar, type orderedand press Walk in to open the folder in the command line tool.
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  6. Type it ./adb pair command in the Terminal window. Add space and type the IP address and port you saw in step 2. Don’t forget to delete ./ from the command if you are using Windows.
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  7. Enter the pairing code and press Walk in to pair your Android device with your computer.
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  8. You will see the successful pairing dialog on your computer and phone as shown in the screenshots below.

  9. On your Android phone, return to the main screen Wireless debugging page. On this page, you will see the IP address of the Android device. You will use it to connect your Android device.

  10. In the terminal window, use the command ./adb connect, followed by the IP address and port. Hurry Walk in to execute the command.
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  11. You will see a successful login notification on your Android device and computer.

You have now set up wireless ADB on your Android device and can run any ADB command you desire. To make sure everything is working properly, run the ./adb devices command to check your connected device.

Wirelessly Debug Your Android Phone

You can use wireless debugging to do everything you can do with USB debugging. Whether you want to install an APK, debug your app, or remove bloatware, wireless debugging can handle it. Since you don’t need to connect your phone via a wire, there is no chance that the connection will drop when you move your devices.