connect to your android phone using adb on Mac OS X

  1. Download and install Android SDK. adb (Android Debugging Bridge) is located at platform-tools/ directory.
  2. Connect to your android phone using adb.
    1. On your android phone, turn on USB debugging: Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB Debugging
    2. Connect the phone to your Mac using the USB cable.
  3. Now you can run following adb commands to connect to your phone:
    /opt/android-sdk-macosx/platform-tools/adb devices
    It should return something like below:
    $ /opt/android-sdk-macosx/platform-tools/adb devices
    * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
    * daemon started successfully *
    List of devices attached 
    352810040135572 device
  4. You then using adb commands on your android device, e.g. adb shell to browse the phone's file system.
    /opt/android-sdk-macosx/platform-tools/adb -s 352810040135572 shell
  5. More detail about adb commands.
  6. NOTE: remember to turn off USB debugging on your phone.

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