How to Install Android SDK and ADB Drivers for HTC Evo 4G!

Before you can begin hacking your HTC Evo 4G, you will first want to install the Android SDK and ADB drivers for HTC Evo 4G, so you have all the tools needed for hacking and also your computer recognizes your HTC Evo 4G correctly.

So, let’s get started, it’s not that hard.

First, download the appropriate Android SDK for your platform. (Windows, Mac, or Linux)

Also, you will need Java running on your computer.  If you don’t have Java installed, go to and install the appropriate Java for your platform (not browser!).

Once you’ve downloaded the Android SDK, unzip it into a directory you can remember such as c:\SDK (for Windows).

Run SDK Setup.exe (for Windows, others should be similar), and you will get an option to install the Android SDK.

Once the SDK Setup starts, select Available Packages and check off on the respository.xml and you should see a bunch of options to install.

Select just “SDK Platform for Android 2.1” and “Usb Driver package” as seen here:

If you get an error message with something about HTTPS, you can check out “Force https:// … using http://” under Settings and try the above step again.

Once you’ve got the two stuff installed, you are almost done, just close the SDK Setup program.

Next, we need to install ADB drivers so your computer can talk to your HTC Evo 4G.

How to Install ADB Drivers for HTC Evo 4G! (Windows Only)

Before you can install ADB drivers, you need to put your HTC Evo 4G into “recovery” mode, otherwise your computer won’t recognize your phone as an “ADB” device, which we want.

*Note: I believe Mac users can actually skip this step, ADB drivers just work on the Macs.  Not sure about linux, let me try it on my Ubuntu and will update this post later.

So, first turn off your HTC Evo 4G then hit the power button WHILE holding down the volume down button, like this:

Wait for like 5 seconds, you should come to this menu:

Using the Volume buttons, select “Recovery” then hit the power button.

Shortly, you should see your HTC Evo 4G displaying something like this:
(Congrats, you’ve just learned to put your HTC Evo 4G into “recovery mode”.)

(Optional) There’s another way to put it in ADB recovery mode using ADB command itself but my method is simpler and better, also works if you don’t have it connected to your computer.

Okay, now your HTC Evo 4G is in recovery mode, simply plug it to your computer via USB cable.

For Windows, your computer should recognize it as an “ADB device” like shown here: (Under Control Panel->Device Manager)

Double click on “ADB” then click on “Update Driver”.

Next, select “Browse my computer for driver software”.

Next, choose “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”.

Choose “Mobile devices”.

Choose “Have Disk” and browse to the folder where you installed SDK, where the USB driver lies. (e.g. c:\SDK\usb_driver)

You should be able to now have ADB installed.

If you are using Windows 7 64-bit OS like me, try using these drivers here:

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Download Windows 64-bit drivers here

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*If you are having with 32-bit Windows drivers, try using these drivers here also:
Download Windows 32-bit drivers here

Great, if you’ve installed your ADB drivers correctly, we are ready to hack!

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95 Responses to How to Install Android SDK and ADB Drivers for HTC Evo 4G!

  1. Michael says:

    The 32 bit file is not avaible anymore at depositfiles

  2. Michael says:

    Oops, i was wrong i can download it!

  3. Michael says:

    I’ve installed on my computer, have me HTC Desire in Recovery mode but when I connect it says nowhere that there is a ABD in the Device manager

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  5. Colahtc says:

    How to Install ADB Drivers for HTC Evo 4G! (Windows Only)

    I am having problem at choose “Mobile Device”
    This is not listed so I can’t pick this as one of my choices.
    Everthing is good untill this point and yes I have my phone connected in recovery mode
    Can anyone shed some light….HELP……SOS
    I am running Windows XP

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  8. regaw_leinad says:

    Hey thanks man, been looking all over for the x64 drivers. Off to rooting more phones 😛

  9. jd31068 says:

    Thanks for this; helped with rooting the shift.

  10. BG says:

    After installing SDK & Drivers there is no Vista 64 bit recognized. In device manager I have Android Phone under “Other Devices”. No drivers seem to work. Can you advise, I’m stuck here. Thanks.

  11. KAT says:

    Im on the same page what the hell need help here

  12. KAT says:

    There is no ADB what the hell am i supposed to do

  13. Art says:

    Hey I downloaded SDK…
    windows XP does not detect ADB device
    I have the drivers here but does not seem to work.

    What am I missing here

  14. WhatTheFudge says:

    Why are the driver files hosted by

  15. Daniel Sams says:

    Im currently using Windows XP and have Android SDK and ADB drivers downloaded. I purchased a Evo 3d guide
    it’s a guide so you don’t have to run esn and meid scan’s. I purchased this from a individual and it worked on zeroing out my Htc Evo 4g he showed me thru Teamviewer.But I tried to do it on my Htc Evo 3D but the daemon server isn’t running after I type and enter command adb reboot. I even called this individual back up so he could get back on Teamviewer and see if he could fix it but he was unsuccessful. When I type adb devices it shows HT165HX11041device and port 5037. But after I type command adb reboot the server isn’t running, this individual I couldn’nt make out half of what he said cause of his english. I even tried to uninstall it from the command prompt and reinstall if you could help me in my desperate time of need I can make an donation.

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  17. Rodney Beede says:

    Doesn’t seem to work with HTC Evo (not 3d) with latest phone rom.

    I had better luck not booting into recovery mode.

    Instead I set the USB Connection type to HTC Sync

    I installed latest HTC Sync on Windows 7 64-bit to get drivers.


  18. Marijke says:

    Thanks. Installing the drivers (Windows 32-bit drivers ) worked for my Sensation XE on Windows 7 32-bit

  19. edgar says:

    hi i have a mac and my evo 4g has no usb driver and i have download the problem that sprint told me to download and no luck i have be all day breaking my head trying to see if this will work but no luck. please someone help me out with this because i totally i need my phone to work that the leave thing i have to sent file though the computer and the phone .. please help me asap

  20. Valentina says:

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