Fix Empty adb devices -l with Samsung S9 (and S9+)

Posted by in Hardware, IT

TL;DR: Clean up any mobile phone drivers you have and install Samsung’s ones.

I wanted to update to the beta UI package. One method is via ADB sideloading, which I prefer compared to SD Card mounting. I started with:

on my system and everything was nice: I hot my phone in recovery mode. I immediately selected the option to “apply update from ADB”. The phone started with:

Now, I started ADB (most recent version too!) on my PC with:

an I had the unpleasant surprise to see an empty list:

… and my phone soon timed out:

After some digging, I found out that you need to install the Samsung drives for Samsung phones, so I went and installed Smart switch from here.

Listing then yielded something like:



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