Monday, April 7, 2014

Enable the Nexus 7 to be recognized by the Android Development Toolkit ADT

After connecting a Nexus 7 running stock Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 to a Windows 7 computer, I assumed that the Android Development Toolkit's ADB utility would be able to detect the connected Nexus 7 device. But it wasn't so. I learned later that the Developer's Options on the Nexus 7 is not enabled by default. It needs to be exposed first.

The following steps show how to expose the Developer's Options.

  1. On the Nexus 7, open up the Settings screen. Expand About Tablet.

    Information about the tablet appears.
  2. Touch the Build Number several times.

    The message "Congratulations, you are a developer" or something similar appear.
  3. Close and reopen the Settings screen.

    The setting {} Developer options should be displayed.
  4. Touch the Developer options.
  5. Toggle on USB debugging.

    The Nexus 7 should be recognized by the ADB.

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