Every time I want to connect my phone to adb via USB I need to turn it off, plug the cable and turn it back on.

Is this the right way to go or am I missing something?

Documentation doesn't seem to explicitly state that.

Some details:

  • Samsung GT-B5510 Galaxy Y Pro (Android 2.3.6)
  • Android Debug Bridge version 1.0.29
  • Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 (wheezy)
  • Hi cYrus, some more info on make/model and Android version would be helpful. You're right, your phone's behaviour is not standard.
    – ce4
    Jan 4, 2013 at 13:05
  • Is USB debugging enabled?
    – Liam W
    Jan 4, 2013 at 14:13
  • @ce4: Added some more infos.
    – cYrus
    Jan 4, 2013 at 14:21
  • @LiamW: Sure, as I said, I manage to get it working if I turn on the device with the USB cable plugged.
    – cYrus
    Jan 4, 2013 at 14:24
  • Ok, as a start you could see if adb is running from within Android. Install terminal emulator and run ps | grep adb (you should see somthing like: shell 2818 1 4496 200 ffffffff 00000000 S /sbin/adbd if it runs). If it does only run after you booted it with usb plugged in, it's a problem with your device. It's probably fixable, but that requires root. Ping me in the chat it's probably faster to discuss there.
    – ce4
    Jan 4, 2013 at 14:39

2 Answers 2


This is the real issue cYrus had (we tracked it down via interactive chat):

The phone has obviously some race condition between plugging USB in and USB ready. Plugging in basically gives 2 events:

  • Power connected event (start charging battery)
  • USB connected event (enumerate devices etc.)

If the Host system asks for USB enumeration too quickly (before the power-connected event has settled probably), then that operation fails and the device stays invisible.

The workaround is to slowly insert the USB cable.

Reason: USB has 4 pins, the 2 outer ones are +/- and protrude longer than the inner 2 data pins. If inserted slowly, there's a time gap between the power-connected event and the data-connected event

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    You need to be nice to your phone, hehe. Open a can of jokes now... :-)
    – ce4
    Jan 4, 2013 at 15:56

I have had similar trouble with a different device. After you plug you device in try:

adb devices

If your phone is not listed, try restarting ADB:

adb kill-server
adb start-server

Lastly, check if there are any driver updates for your phone. A good place to start looking for drivers is Google's OEM page and Samsung's support page. Additional tips might be found on this SO question.

  • Restarting adb makes no difference, I'll check for driver updates, stay tuned...
    – cYrus
    Jan 4, 2013 at 14:38
  • Forgot to mention: I'm using Linux.
    – cYrus
    Jan 4, 2013 at 14:41

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