How to Transfer Files to Android Devices with ADB

Here is how users and developers can use Android Debug Bridge (ADB) to transfer over files to their Android device. In tricky situations, ADB always come in handy. ADB is a utility that is maintained by Google and is intended for development purposes. Fortunately, this utility can be utilized to access devices that have otherwise faulty MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) drivers or other issues when transferring files normally. ADB is a command line utility and with the detailed steps ahead, you can find out how to transfer files to your Android smartphone or tablet.

As discussed before, there are multiple scenarios when usual USB drivers and MTP drivers fail to load. This is where ADB comes in with which you can get out of this tricky situation. ADB is a versatile tool with a lot of options but for our purposes, we will use the built-in Push command to transfer files. Further, this procedure can also be utilized when a device is booted into recovery mode.

Transfer Files to Computer using ADB

To send files using ADB from your Computer to your Android Smartphone, you have to go through certain steps which will make it easier for your you to transfer files. We have provided a complete guide through you will be able to use ADB and send files to your Android phone without any problem.

How to Transfer Files from Computer to Android Device with ADB

ADB utility is usually packaged in with the full Android Studio but you can also download it separately, if you require so.

Step 1 – Download the ADB drivers from the given link and complete the setup.

Download: ADB Drives and Fast Boot

Step 2 – Now, go to the directory where you have installed the ADB and Fastboot on your PC then hold down Shift Key + Right Click > Open Command Window here. If you are using new Windows version then it is called “Powershell”.

Step 3 – Now in the opened command window execute the given ADB command on to copy a file from computer to Android: adb push <local file> <remote location>. (Note: <local file> – Full path of the local file on your computer. <remote location> – Path on your Android where you want to place the file. Example: /sdcard/TFX/)

Step 4 – You have the transferred the file from your computer to your Android device through ADB drivers.

It was very simple and easy wasn’t it. If you have any questions, just drop a comment below and we will be happy to help you.

Rohail Khan
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