If you are just about to install a custom ROM, unlock the bootloader of your Android device, or root the same and need the Android SDK installed on your Windows running computer, then you should first complete this guid of installation of sdk on windows. I will try to teach you how to easily install the Android Software Developer Kit on any Windows based PC. This guide will work on all the versions of Windows (XP, Vista, 7, or 8), so you have nothing to worry about.


The Android Software Developer Kit(SDK), simply named as Android SDK, or ADB is what all the advance users of Android should have installed on their Windows running computers. In fact this tool stands behind each developer who is working in developing and testing new apps for improving, updating or unchaining different version of the Android OS. Basically, you are dealing with some codes that will be inserted in the command prompt window and through which you will be able to interact and access the system and in built programs from your handset.



  1. In order to get used with the Android SDK, download and install SDK lite edition.
  2. So, download the starter package and save the file on the desktop.
  3. Extract the file and place it to the root of the C driver. You should get something like “C:\ android-sdk-windows”.
  4. Go to the mentioned folder (C:\ android-sdk-windows) and open SDK manager.
  5. From there select “Android SDK Platform-tools, revision 6” along with anything else you want and start the installation procedure.
  6. Then, go to path “Available Packages > Third party Add-ons > Google Inc. add-ons > check Google USB Driver package, revision 4? and install this too.
  7. You can close the manager now.
  8. Up next, on your computer click on “Start / Windows button > Control Panel > System proprieties”.
  9. Choose “Advance System settings” followed by “Environment Variables”.
  10. Now we will set down the variables; in order to do so, scroll down until you see “Path” – click on the same.
  11. Into the Value field, on the end of the line add the following “;C:\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools;C:\android-sdk-windows\tools”.
  12. Click “OK” and exit.
  13. Now, take your Android based device and enable the USB debugging option on it:
    Settings > Applications > Development.
  14. Connect your handset with the computer by using its USB cable.
  15. Install the proper drivers for your phone / tablet.
  16. Open command prompt on your computer (“Start > run > cmd”).
  17. On the cmd window type “adb devices”.
  18. Your device should now be listed in cmd meaning that you are done.
In case you are not getting the expected results, then something wrong might had happened. Anyway, try to do the following in order to resolve the issues:
  • Right click on the “My computer” icon and then open the Device manager.
  • A yellow exclamation mark should be near the Unknown Device group.
  • Right click on ADB and select “Update Driver Software > Browse > Let me pick”.
  • Click on “Have disk > browse”.
  • Head to path “C:\android-sdk-windows\extras\google\usb_driver and choose android_winusb.inf.” and click on the Android ADB Interface.
  • Ignore the warnings if such is displayed.
  • When the installation procedure is over, re-open the cmd on your computer, type command “adb devices” once more; this time everything should be working as expected.

So, there you have it; now you know how to install Android SDK / ADB on your Windows running computer. You can now install a custom ROM on your device, root or unlock its bootloader. Use the comments area from below for sharing your impressions and thoughts with us.

You have successfully install sdk on windows.


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