Download and Install Google Nexus 5 USB Drivers (ADB / Fastboot)

Download and install Google Nexus 5 USB Drivers

Google Nexus 5 was launched and now users who want to unlock its bootloader, root it and flash custom ROMs can read this tutorial and learn how to flash the Nexus USB Drivers.

Also, the same USB Drivers will allow you to connect your smartphone with your computer, so that you’ll be able to copy and paste files between them. Use this tutorial and learn how to flash all the required files easily on your computer.

These drivers can be installed on all Windows editions without problems. If you cannot complete the installation, then you can ask for more help in comments.

Google Nexus 5 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat, a locked bootloader, un-rooted. USB Drivers are essential for connecting Nexus 5 with computers to transfer files back and forth, but also for flashing custom ROMs, kernels, files, unlocking bootloaders and others more.

Make sure to enable the USB Debugging for your Google Nexus 5 from the Developer Options first.

  • Open Settings, then About Phone.
  • Tap the Build Number seven times to unlock Developer Options.

Now you can continue to the tutorial.

How to install Google Nexus 5 USB / ADB / Fasboot / Bootloader drivers:

  1. Download the Nexus 5 Drivers from here.
  2. Extract the zip contents and place all files in a single folder on your desktop.
  3. Connect your device to your computer.
  4. Launch the Device Manager on your PC.
  5. Now you should see the Nexus 5 listed in the hardware list.
  6. Right-click the ‘Nexus 5′ line and then click on Update Driver Software.
  7. Next, click the ‘browse my computer’ option.
  8. In the new window click on ‘Browse…’ button.
  9. Go to folder unzipped at step 2. Select the folder where you extract the USB Drivers. Click Next.
    – make sure to tick the subfolder box too.
  10. Now, the Windows installer will search for Nexus 5 drivers, click Install when asked for permission.
  11. Wait for the process to complete and then check the Device Manager list to confirm that the installation was successful.

Also, you should launch the device in Bootloader Mode to check and see if the device is connected by your computer. If not, then you should stay in Bootloader Mode menu and then repeat the entire tutorial listed above. Eventually, the Google Nexus 5 will be recognized by your PC.

Google Nexus 5 Download Mode can be launched like this:

  • power off your phone.
  • press and hold Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously
    – an Android robot will show up and the Fastboot Mode text is listed.
  • connect the Nexus 5 to your PC via USB Cable.
  • from this menu you can access Recovery and all the other

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the installation. For more questions, use the comments field below.

Google Nexus 5 Articles

  • Jo

    The latest usb_driver from Google IN FACT does NOT include support for the “Nexus 5″. (I wrote this on the morning of Wednesday 05-Nov-2013.)

  • Bo

    Doesnt work. The usb driver doesnt not work with the nexus 5.

    • Utkarsh Gupta

      If anyone is trying to connect Nexus 5 to a formatted Windows XP then follow these steps:
      Download and install media transfer protocol porting kit: MTP porting kit
      Download and install WMFDistributable-11 for XP
      Download and install LG United Mobile Driver v3.10.1
      Connect your device.
      Go to Device Management
      Right click on Nexus 5 and click Update Driver
      Select Yes this time only
      Select Install Software Automatically
      Wait for sometime.. and enjoy transferring files

  • Spi

    This would be nice not to post without knowing. Please remove this.

  • machochild

    well I just tried it sand it worked….

  • Jesse

    Thank you for this. For whatever reason my computer was putting up a huge fuss, but this helped me “debug” my issue. I appreciate it.

  • Nicholas Chu

    It wasn’t working for me before, BUT after toggling “USB computer connection” to Camera (PTP), it works with the downloaded file.

    Settings -> Storage -> Options (…) -> USB computer connection -> Camera (PTP)

    • Nexus 5

      Thanks lot….it really worked awesome.

      • Odin

        At F*k1ng last !!! Thx dude.

        • User

          F*cking hidden setting… i’ve uninstalled and re-installed my usp ports drivers for no results!
          now it works perfectly for me! Thx

    • jvoelkel

      Dude, thank you. I’ve been at this for hours and this is the only thing that eventually worked.

    • Shanon Coleman

      Wow its april in 2014 and this method still works thanks so much dumb damn settings

    • Sam

      This was pure magic.. i had been idiotically scouring web for some Godly driver to help me install the device in media transfer mode.. had opened up debugging options and all the geeky stuff.. still helpless. Silly me to have forgotten this setting is there in Storage option which i had totally ignored till now. Bloody hidden setting this!

      • vinay

        Thank you very much friend that I changed setting at storage and able to tranfer media now.

    • kishore cherukuri

      Thanks dear…Its working for me…

    • Maayan

      Thanks!

    • Anh HT

      Oh dude, thank you a lot, it works like a charm :))… Thanks again !!!!

    • Noah Gekiere

      THANK YOU!!!

  • Jeet Dholakia

    thanks for this, im an app developer and eclipse was driving me crazy by not detecting the phone!

  • PRIYANSHU SRIVASTAVA

    Last week I factory reset my brand new Nexus 5 from setting menu…and it got stuck on “ERASING…” step. From that moment, I tried all hard reset method found on internet…nothing got changed…each time every process proceed to same “ERASING…” thing.
    And when I tried to hard reset by connecting it with PC…it never connected…shows…Device not found while putting command in Command Prompt.
    Please help…I’m fed up…by seeing that ANDROID LOGO with ERASING…

  • Alex K

    Still not working for me (Win 7, Nexus 5).. I tried the sdk version, the standalone driver provided by Google. When I’m setting it to Camera (only get pictures to transfer) it installs the driver but as soon as I switch back to MTP Win7 won’t recognise it… Arg!

  • Richard Brogdon

    People, follow the directions step by step and it’ll work. Helped me a lot, thanks!

    What he means when he says “Look for Nexus 5″ is in your device manager, right click, update drivers and then browse directory and pinpoint towards your SDK folder location, It’lll find the driver install and bam, done.

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  • Nick

    Awesome! Works like a charm! It’s March so the errors that others were having may have been fixed (potentially)!

  • Utkarsh Gupta

    Many people are facing problems due to MTP driver and WMF-Dist-11 Runtime library:
    Follow these steps to successfully transfer files from Nexus 5 to PC vice-versa:

    If anyone is trying to connect Nexus 5 to a formatted Windows XP then follow these steps:

    Download and install media transfer protocol porting kit: MTP porting kit

    Download and install WMFDistributable-11 for XP: WMFDist-11 XP

    Download and install LG United Mobile Driver v3.10.1

    Connect your device.

    Go to Device Management

    Right click on Nexus 5 and click Update Driver

    Select Yes this time only

    Select Install Software Automatically

    Wait for sometime.. and enjoy transferring files

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  • thedrs

    doesnt work can’t see the nexus 5 device in device manager – tried everything.

  • Eric

    This doesn’t work for me. :( It just shows h5321 gw under “other devices” when I tell him to apply the downloaded drivers he tells me that he cant find drivers. I tried it with usb debugging, in mtp mode, in ptp mode and I also unchecked both and tried again in usb debugging. Do you have any suggestions?

  • Abhishek Jain

    Thanx guys for this. Awesome explanation. Can you please help me for how to move back on stock?…..pls email me

  • http://trackmyphones.com Srihari K

    Thanks buddy. it worked!

  • Boris

    How can I find Device Manager at the first place?

    • Kaieteur_Canada

      Right click > my computer >properties >Hardware >device manager

  • Mayank Manjul

    You guys are really genius…

  • Parth Pandya

    Thanks

  • Chris M

    Nice to see that it’s working for all of you guys. Still not working for me. I get “The best driver software for your device is already installed” message and windows REFUSES to install the driver.

  • Vikram

    Amazing Post!!!
    Was trying to connect my nexus 5 since weeks!!!
    Amazing help…
    !!!!

  • Insiya

    This worked for me! thank you so much