Adb is not recognized as an internal or external command operable program or batch file

ADB (Android Debug Bridge) is a versatile command-line tool that allows you to communicate with your device. However, some users reported that they encountered "ADB is not recognized Windows 11" or "ADB is not recognized" errors on Windows 11 when trying to execute ADB commands. So, this article from MiniTool Partition Wizard shows you how to fix this error.

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“The ADB is not recognized” error is common for people trying to set up ADB for the first time. This problem indicates that for some reason you cannot execute ADB commands in the command prompt on a Windows 11, and when you try to execute, you receive the following error message.

""adb" is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file."


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Why Is ADB Not Recognized in Windows 11?

If you are getting this “ADB is not recognized” error on Windows 11. There are many possible causes of this error. Some common reasons include:

ADB driver not installedCorrupted/missing files in ADB installation folderADB driver misconfiguredOutdated ADB driverFaulty USB cable

How to Fix ADB Is Not Recognized Windows 11?

If you get an error saying "ABD is not recognized", following the solutions we mentioned is the better way. However, before that, you"d better update your Windows system. Then, we recommend you try them in order until the issue gets solved.

Solution 1: Add ADB to Environmental Variables

ABD must be an environment variable to execute the command. To do this, first, you need to copy the path of the ABD. So, go to the location where the kit was installed and copy the location of ADB.exe. Typically, it is installed in the following locations:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools

Second, you should add ADB to Environmental Variable. Here is the guide:

Step 1: Type Environment Variables in the Windows Search box, and then click the best-matched result.

Step 2: In the System Properties window, click the Environment Variables button.

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Solution 2: Execute the ADB Command from the Installation Folder

If you still get the error message, you can try executing the command from the path itself. Here is the guide:

Step 1: Open the folder containing the ADB files, and then type CMD in the address bar and press Enter.

Step 2: Right-click on an empty and select the Open PowerShell window here option.

Solution 3: Install or Update ADB Driver

If the ABD driver is missing from your computer, you will most likely see the “ADB is not recognized” error. Therefore, you need to visit this website and download the latest version of the driver.

Solution 4: Enable USB Debugging

USB debugging is a feature that should be enabled before your Android phone is connected to the computer. This “ADB is not recognized” issue may occur if the USB debugging option is not enabled in the Android phone connected to the computer.

To do so, you need to do this:

Step 1: On your Android phone, go to Settings > About Phone and select Software Information.

Step 2: Tap Build Number 7 times to enable Developer Mode, and then go back to Developer option to enable USB debugging.