How To Install Nexus 7 Drivers – Tutorial

Do you want to install Nexus 7 drivers? You’re here because you’ve run into a driver’s issue on your Nexus 7 while working with either adb fastboot or simply connecting your device to a computer for moving files. It’s irritating or boring to know that you have a driver’s problem on your computer. Also, it gets even irritating when you can’t get it installed right.

Anyway, Google offers USB drivers for all Nexus devices. And in some cases, they work just fine. But however, it’s not a .exe file that an inexperienced user could install without any help. So follow the steps below to get the proper driver installation for your Nexus 7.

Note: The drivers are given below also work perfectly for the following devices:

  • LG Nexus 4
  • LG Nexus 5
  • Asus Nexus 7
  • Asus Nexus 7 2013

Download driver

Simply download the Google USB Driver from this → link.

Once you successfully download the drivers. Unzip the downloaded “.zip” file to your PC and make sure the folder location of unzipped contents of the zip file.

Also See: Samsung Galaxy Latest Drivers Installation

How To Install Nexus 7 Drivers


Follow the steps to install the Nexus Drivers:

  • Initially, connect your device Nexus 7 to your computer
  • Then successfully open the device manager on your computer
    • Windows 7 & 8 users → look for Device Manager from Start (or Start screen) and then tap to open.
    • Windows XP users → link.
  • You will then view a list of all devices connected to your PC in the device manager. Simply find Nexus 7 (maybe it is in the Other devices list with a yellow exclamation mark) and Right-tap and choose Update Driver Software…
  • Then choose ‘Browse my computer for driver software’ from the other window
  • Now tap the Browse… button and choose the folder where you unzipped the downloaded Google USB Driver zip file (filename: Don’t choose the zip file. Just choose the folder where the zip file contents are extracted. And keep the Include subfolders box marked
  • While installation (as a security check) Windows might ask your permission to install the drivers published by Google Inc. Tap Install
  • When the installation is successfully complete you’ll then view a refreshed list of devices on your Device manager screen displaying Nexus 7 driver installed successfully

Nexus 7 ADB & Bootloader Drivers:

ADB & Bootloader Drivers

Well, the article above is the same for the installation of ADB drivers or Bootloader as well. However, the Google USB Drivers file is universal. So if you’re executing or moving into Bootloader or ADB specific driver problem, simply try the article above and your PC would be fine. And make sure you attach your Nexus 7 in that specific mode to install drivers for it.

For ADB driver

  1. Initially, turn on USB Debugging on your Nexus 7
  2. Now simply connect your device to your PC through a USB cable and follow then drivers installation guide above

For Bootloader/Fastboot driver

  • Add your Nexus 7 in bootloader/fastboot mode:
    • Power off your Nexus 7
    • Then simply hold Volume Up Key + Volume Down Key and then hit the Power button
    • You’ll then view an Android robot. And the first line under the left corner would read FASTBOOT MODE in red
  • Now attach your Nexus 7 to your PC with a USB cable and follow then drivers installation guide above

Also See: How to Download HTC M8 Drivers for Windows (USB + ADB)


Maybe it happens that drivers get successfully installed on your PC. But you are unable to get your Nexus 5 attached to your PC. It can be easily fixed, follow the instructions below:

  • Connect your mobile to the PC with a USB cable and then open the Device Manager on your PC
  • Right-tap on the ‘Android Composite ADB Interface‘ entry and choose the ‘uninstall’ tab.
  • From the uninstall pop-up that appears, mark the tab ‘Delete the driver software for this device‘ checkbox and then hit the ‘Ok’ button.
  • Disconnect your mobile from your PC
  • Turn Off USB debugging on your mobile device Nexus 7 from your phone’s Settings> Developer options > un-mark ‘USB debugging’ checkbox
  • Put your mobile in MTP mode
  • Now again connect it to your PC, and allow the PC to re-install drivers automatically. If it doesn’t re-installs the driver, try to toggle the ‘USB debugging’ option on your mobile
  • If still, it fails to fully recognize your mobile device in all three modes — MTP, ADB, and Fastboot. Then try to install the drivers again following the guide above

Additional tips:

  • Connect your mobile devices to other USB ports on the PC
  • Try other USB cables. The real cable that came with your Nexus 7 should work best, if not — try another cable that’s in a good quality
  • Reboot your PC
  • Try on a different PC


I hope you understand the Nexus 7 driver installation. If you need any help then let us know below. Also, if you find it helpful then share it with others!

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