Debug your apps without using the USB cord

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Constantly using your phone while debugging is inconvenient and damaging. I mean, think about it! Carrying all those accessories along while presenting your app? Or for that matter, battery issues that happen when your phone is constantly connected to the USB cord 24/7.

This ‘unhealthy relationship’ between your phone and the USB cord could create ‘unresolved issues’ in the future, which might end up something like this.

 

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We hope not!

Bur guess what? You don’t need the data cable anymore, you can simply do it with WiFi!

We’ll show you how to do it.

Before starting, please make sure that the adb host computer and the android device are on the same WIFI network and choose an access point whose firewall is configured to support adb.

Step 1: Open the Terminal window on Android Studio and fire the below command.

Apps without using usb

 

 

 

 

 

Output: restarting in TCP mode port: 5555

Note: For the next command, your ip address is required, which you can find out in 3 ways.

1) Settings->About Phone -> Status -> IP Address

OR

2) Step 1: adb shell
Step 2: netcfg

OR

3) By writing a small piece of code in java class file

WifiManager wm = (WifiManager) getSystemService(WIFI_SERVICE);
String ip = ;
Formatter.formatIpAddress(wm.getConnectionInfo().getIpAddress());

Step 2: When you go back to the terminal window, fire the following command.

adb connect “your device ip address”:”the port you want to connect to”

That’s it! You can now disconnect the USB and continue with wireless debugging.

If you’re one of those who likes to get things done, instead of putting in the manual work.

You can simply install the Android WiFi ADB plugin. Here’s how to do it.

Go to File -> Settings -> Plugins -> Search ” ADB WIFI ” and install it. You will now see an Android WIFIADB icon on the Toolbar.

Visit: https://plugins.jetbrains.com/plugin/7856-adb-wifi for more details

It is always recommended to avoid using this on UNSAFE public networks as anyone in your network can connect to your device in the debug mode.
Switching back to your normal USB cable mode is easy. All you have to do is type:
adb -s “your device ip address”:”the port you want to connect to”

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