How to fix “Waiting for device” error in adb and fastboot

In this guide you will be able to fix the “Waiting for device” issue relating to PC-Smartphone connection in adb-fastboot. This message is pretty annoying while you are about to perform any operation on your device including flashing custom recovery, root or any operation that needs fastboot method. Personally I became victim of this issue multiple times but after hours of Googling i am able to solve the issue then but now i have made it much more simplified for you and mentioned 2 procedures for your ease to solve the “Waiting for device” error in Android ADB & Fastboot.

How to fix “Waiting for device” error on adb and fastboot

Just follow the below simple method to solve the “waiting for device” issue. Enable USB debugging and install latest USB drivers with adb and fastboot properly set up.

Assure you have the latest Android USB drivers for your device should be installed on your PC, or you can download latest USB drivers for your device

Set up adb and fastboot drivers or follow this guide to set up the latest adb and fastboot drivers on your PC.

Enable USB debugging and check the Allow Mock Locations option too. To enable USB debugging in your device go to Setting >> Developer options >> USB debugging. USB debugging is meant for the development purpose hence it will ask you for the confirmation so tap OK to confirm.

Sometimes “Developer options” are not visible in device settings menu, so what you need to do is, go to Settings >> About device >> Software information and there you will see an option build number. Tap it 7 times until a pop up arises with a message that you are now a developer, that’s it now go back and the Developers option is visible in the settings menu.

Disable the Antivirus program and the Windows firewall on your PC and then restart it. After reboot, try any adb command, the”Waiting for device” issue should be fixed now.

That’s it! Still if you have any query or facing any problem please let us know.


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