Install Nexus 5 Drivers

If you have a bright new Nexus 5 then one of the first things you’ll want to do is to install the Windows drivers. This will let Windows recognize you Nexus 5 correctly. This will also be required if you want to do any modifications like rooting which required ADB to recognize. Google did not provide any Nexus 5 specific device but it seems like the generic Google USB drivers are working. Below are instructions on how to install Nexus 5 drivers. 


The first thing you need to do is go to your phone setting >About phone and touch the Build number 7 times till you get the notification that you are now a developer. Now go back into setting and at the bottom you should now have a new >Developer options menu. Go into the menu and check the USB debugging box.

Now you need to get the Google USB drivers. If you have already installed the Android SDK tools then you can download it from there or get it separately from here.  Once you have the drivers then connect your phone to the computer via USB cable. Go to you device manager and you should see a yellow triangle for Nexus 5.

Right-click on the Nexus 5 and choose “Update Driver Software..” from the menu. Choose “Browse my computer for driver software” and point to the folder of the Google USB drivers. After that the driver should install correctly and now will show up under “Android Composite ADB Interface”. That’s it and now ADB will recognize the Nexus 5.


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Arash Soheili

Founder & Chief Editor at Android Cowboy
Arash is the founder of Android Cowboy and all around tech enthusiast. His passion for technology and Android pushed him to start his own blog. He currently carries the Nexus 5, Kindle Fire HDX, and Nexus 7 FHD tablet. He's also a Google Glass explorer!!