Hey Android users, how’s your life going during this covid-19? Are you fed up with regularly facing the ADB vendor keys not set error, and are curious to know the reason behind it along with the working solution, then HackerGiraffe is the place where you need to be?
This is a very common error faced when you are trying to use the USB debugging feature of Android. The reason behind this issue is also as common as the issue itself. Keep reading further to find out the reason behind ADB vendor keys not set issue along with its 100% working solution.
Reason Behind ADB Vendor Keys Not Set
Before we directly get into solving this very common Android problem, it’s better to find out the reasons that are responsible for it, so that you can explain anyone else about this issue in detail. ADB vendor keys not set problem mainly occurs while you are manually trying to transfer images, videos, documents, or other media files via a USB cable, using the Android USB debugging feature.
So whenever you are trying to transfer any media file, your Android device throws a prompt message, asking you to allow USB debugging permission, biometric permission like fingerprint or password. You need to allow all this permission to make the transfer possible from your Android device to your PC.
So when you have allowed all the permissions asked, a particular ADB Vendor Key will be saved in your PC, so that you don’t have to again give permissions to connect your Android device with the PC, while using the USB debugging feature.
The ADB vendor key is stored at a safe location on your PC. But in any case, if the ADB vendor key gets corrupted or deleted by you by mistake, then you will face this problem. Luckily, we are here to tell you how you can solve this problem just by following some simple steps mentioned below.
How to Fix ADB Vendor Keys Not Set Error?
Now that you have known the reason behind the ADB vendor keys issue, it’s time to find out its working solution that will help you to again transfer your media files through your Android device to your PC. Keep in mind, there isn’t any official way to solve this issue, the solution may vary from device to device.
Hence, we recommend you try all the below-mentioned fixes one by one and stick with the one that works with your device.
1. Update ADB Keys
ADB and Fastboot are two essential items that are required to make a bridge between your Android device and computer. Both these things work on the specific drivers too smoothly. As these two are the most important things, you need to make sure that you have the most updated ADB drivers installed on your Android device.
For your convenience, here’s the direct download link of the Google USB driver. This link will take you to the developer Android studio from where you can download the driver according to your Android device.
2. Enable USB Debugging Feature On Your Device
For enabling the USB debugging feature you need to first enable the developer mode feature on your Android device. For your convenience, let’s provide this section in two-part, first, enabling the developer mode feature of your device, second, enabling the USB debugging feature.
1. Enable Developer Mode
It’s quite easy to enable the developer mode feature on your device. Enabling the developer mode feature gives you access to many hidden features of the device. The procedure of enabling the developer mode is almost the same on every Android device.
- Go to settings, and then open About phone.
- Now click on Version, and then tap on Build Number for the Developer Mode.
- You will get a pop-up “You are now in Developer Mode!
2. Enable USB Debugging
Once you enable developer mode, it’s a cakewalk to enable the USB dubbing feature of your Android device. Here’s what you need to do.
- Go to settings, and then Additional settings.
- Open the Developer option, scroll down, and under the debugging tag, you will get the USB debugging option.
- Enable it, to start USB debugging.
3. Regenerate ADB Vendor Key
Regenerating the ADB vendor key is one of the most effective ways to solve the vendor key issue, but before trying this method we recommend you first try the above two mentioned fixes. This method works in Windows, Mac, as well as Linux. You will have to open the command shell of your respective operating system. Here’s how you can open the command shell of your respective operating system.
Windows : > Windows+ R > CMD > Enter
Mac : > Open launchpad > Search Terminal > Enter
Linux : > Ctrl + Alt+ T
Now you will have to regenerate the ADB vendor key. Here’s what you need to do.
- Enter “ADB Devices” on your terminal.
- Enter “rm -v .android/adbkey* .android/adbkey .android/adbkey.pub” command to remove the pre-existing ADB key.
- Now manually create the ADB key by entering this command “adb keygen .android/adbkey adb I 47453 711886 adb_auth_host.cpp:220] generate_key ‘.android/adbkey’ adb I 47453 711886 adb_auth_host.cpp:173] Writing public key to ‘.android/adbkey.pub“.
That’s it. Now restart your device, and check whether the problem is solved or not.
These were some of the working methods to solve ADB vendor keys not set problems. You can also try running a virus scan or re-entering the USB cable to solve the problem if any of the above-mentioned methods don’t work with your device. Moreover, let us know if you are aware of any other method to solve this issue, and don’t forget to share your feedback and doubts regarding this post in the comment section.