Fix Waiting for Device Error in ADB or Fastboot Commands


When it comes to customizing, Android’s open-source ecosystem clearly comes out on top. Whether it is for flashing custom ROMs or for custom recoveries like TWRP, there is a lot that you can try out. For carrying out all these tasks, you will have to use ADB and/or Fastboot Commands. Even the first step of flashing custom ROMs will require you to unlock the device’s bootloader, which can only be done via Fastboot Commands.

However, there are some errors that can pop up every now and then. Out of all the errors, the Waiting for Device error when entering the ADB or Fastboot Commands is the most common. In this article, you’ll get to know a couple of ways you can fix this error easily.

How to resolve Waiting for Device Error in ADB or Fastboot Commands

Method 1: Use USB 2.0 Ports

It might seem strange but using the USB 3.0 Ports on your desktop or laptop is one of the biggest culprits of this issue. You must always connect your desktop or laptop to the USB 2.0 Port. Moreover, it is recommended that you should use the USB cable that comes with the device. If that isn’t possible, try using the cables shipped with any other Android device. It isn’t recommended that you should use standalone USB cables as many of them are designed for charging purposes. These aren’t manufactured to be used for file transfer or for entering commands.

Method 2: Install the right Android SDK Platform Tools

fix and resolve the Waiting for Device error in ADB or Fastboot commands

Next, you should check if the proper ADB/Fastboot drivers are installed on your desktop. In that regard, there are many ADB tools across the internet. However, you should keep a safe distance from these tools. You should only install the official tools provided by Google, and they’ll be in the form of Android SDK Platform Tools.

Once they’re downloaded, simply extract them to any convenient location on your PC and you will get the platform-tools folder. You should go to the folder’s address bar, type the CMD, and then hit Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt. You can then try and enter the ADB or Fastboot Commands and check if the error has been resolved.

Aviral Sharma
Aviral Sharma
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Aviral Sharma is a talented and passionate writer who has been using words to express his thoughts ever since he learned how to hold a pen. He is passionate about outer space, history, sports, and most importantly, technology. Aviral has been a regular writer for rootmygalaxy for over 6 years and has been covering games and Android guides. He currently owns a Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, an iPhone 13, and a HP Pavilion laptop.

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