HowTo: Nexus4 is not visible in adb – Stopping EasyTether on a Mac

Normally if you connect your android device to your mac you should be able to see it either in “Eclipse Device Chooser” or under the terminal command “adb devices“. But if you see this evil message below on your screen, you won’t see your Nexus 4. Right ?


Ok don’t worry. The solution is that easy. So the problem is that EasyTether pops up and blocks any other program that is willing to talk to the device. Sneaky EasyTether.


1. Open a Terminal

2. Enter this command:  sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/EasyTetherUSBEthernet.kext

3. Enter you password (because sudo needs SuperUser authentification)

4. Try it out with “adb devices” – it should work now.

5. If not try “adb kill-server” and after that “adb start-server”

Android Device Choose showing Nexus 4


Posted on January 17, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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