You probably won’t need to know anything about Android USB drivers until you need to plug in your phone to PC and do something handy – such as recover an important deleted SMS. USB drivers are the pieces of software that make it possible for your device to communicate with the PC. If you want to use your phone as a storage device or intend to transfer files to and from the gadget to the PC, USB drivers are needed.

Here’s why you probably never had to worry about this

Obviously, you have connected your smartphone to the PC and done a lot of file-related things. But how was this possible without you being required to install USB drivers? Immediately you first connect your device to the PC via USB cable, the computer automatically searches for drivers and installs them without bothering you. A notification bar appears on the computer’s taskbar informing you that the necessary drivers are being installed.

If you don’t see this message, you’ll have to install these drivers manually to make sure that everything runs fine.

How to manually find Android USB drivers

It’s easy to locate the right drivers needed for your particular Smartphone model. In fact, this can be as easy as clicking on a link, depending on what method you use. The first option is to visit your phone manufacturer’s website or Google your device name with “driver”. You may also go the easy way and navigate to the Android Developers OEM drivers page, which is loaded with device drivers from all major manufacturers. Just wade through the list and make sure that you get the right driver for your phone and computer operating system (mostly, Mac and Linux users can get away without needing any drivers).

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How to install the drivers

Once you’ve found the relevant USB drivers for your smartphone or tablet model, go right ahead and click to install them on your PC. This is usually a simple process and takes just a couple of seconds at most.

Once you have successfully installed the right drivers, you’ll be able to connect your device and do all sorts of things. You can transfer any data to and from your phone and PC. Some PC tools for PC also require that you install the right drivers for them to work properly!

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