How to Run ADB Commands on Android Without a Computer

While ADB is generally built for developers to test apps, it’s also quite helpful to the average consumer. For example, it allows you to uninstall bloatware from Android devices without root. Similarly, you can block Android apps from accessing the clipboard. Simply put, ADB has many utilities and now that you can run ADB from a web browser, it has become easier for users to run commands. That said, some users might be looking for ways to make this process more hassle-free. What if you could run ADB commands on an Android device without a computer? Well, you can do that, and in this guide, I will show you how to run ADB commands without a PC.

Run ADB Commands on Android Without a Computer (2021)

Before we begin, keep in mind, you must be on Android 11 or above to be able to use this Wireless ADB Debugging feature. The feature allows you to access the ADB shell locally without a computer. Now having said all of that, let’s jump in.

1. To run ADB commands on Android without a computer, you need to install the LADB app ($2.99) from the Play Store. It is a paid app but absolutely worth it.

Run ADB Commands on Android Without a Computer (2021)

2. Next, you need to enable Wireless debugging. To do so, open Settings and go to the About phone section. Here, tap on the “Build number” 7-8 times continuously. You will get a toast notification saying “You are now a developer”. Now, go back and open “System” settings. Here, you will find “Developer options.”

developer options

3. Under Developer Options, scroll down and enable “Wireless debugging“. Make sure to check the “Always allow” option in the dialog box. In case you are using a OnePlus device, you should also enable “Wireless ADB Debugging”.

Run ADB Commands on Android Without a Computer (2021)

4. Now, open the LADB app and put it into the split-screen mode with the Developer Options page. You can tap and hold the LADB app in the overview menu and choose the “Split screen” option.

split screen

5. Once you are in the Split-screen mode, tap on “Wireless debugging” (not the toggle) and then select the “Pair device with pairing code” option.

Run ADB Commands on Android Without a Computer (2021)

6. Here, note down the pairing code and port number that is next to the IP address. Enter these details in the LADB app just above. Now, tap on “Okay”. Do keep in mind, this process must be done in Split-screen mode so that the pairing information does not change.

Run ADB Commands on Android Without a Computer (2021)

7. Now, wait for the LADB app to establish a local ADB connection. You can exit the Split-screen mode. Once the connection is made, you will get a notification saying “Wireless debugging connected” and “Hello world” output within the LADB app.

wireless debugging

8. Finally, you can run ADB commands on your Android device without any computer. You don’t need to add adb or adb shell initializers in this app as you are already within the local ADB shell. Just run the operative part of the command and then tap the “Enter” button on the keyboard. For example, here I am granting Write Secure Settings to Tasker with an ADB command.

Run ADB Commands on Android Without a Computer (2021)

Run ADB Commands on Android Phone Without a PC

So that is how you can send ADB commands on Android phones without requiring a computer. The best part about this method is that you don’t need to pair the LADB app every time you want to use it. Just open the LADB app, and it will re-establish the connection automatically. Anyway, that is all from us. In case you want to learn more cool things that you can do with ADB, go through our linked article. If are run into any issues, let us know in the comment section, and we will help you out.

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  • D2me says:

    I was having some trouble with this on my own phone, but I figured it out. Here’s how:
    1. Download the LADB app apk from a non-Google source. I used APKpure. Install it. (You’ll have to have install from unknown sources enabled)
    2. Follow the typical steps outlined above regarding enabling the needed settings, but wait for the port and code numbers until later.
    3. Open the Wireless Debugging section in the developer settings.
    4. Open the Ladb app.
    5. Open the recent apps list.
    6. Press and hold the settings window until it turns into a popup window. (Every time I left the settings page, the numbers would change, so until the LADB app is paired correctly, both apps must run simultaneously.)
    7. Tap on the pair with code section in the settings window. (Now you’ll see the numbers you need to pair the app to the ADB shell.)
    8. Move the settings window up so you can type the relevant numbers into the LADB app, then tap pair.
    Wait for it to connect.
    9. Once connected, you can remove the settings window and won’t have to worry about the pairing numbers again.
    10. Now that any ADB commands you intend to use need to have the “adb shell” portion removed.

    For me, I was enabling Tasker secure settings. So I used the command:

    pm grant android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS

    It didn’t show any reaction when I tapped the submit button, but Tasker now had that permission on my phone.

    How this helps someone save some time.

  • Onencan Alex says:

    how can i unlock an android phone 4gotten password..?

  • Vedavyawhss says:

    Thank You Sir 🙏🙏🙏❤️ 😍
    This is the feature I wanted in my Galaxy M51.

  • R VanSyckel says:

    I have everything setup and have a connection with; Enter pairing code: Successfully paired to localhost:36299 [guid=adb-R52R80LPMRT-BblRnd]

    But I’m never able to type any commands , the keyboard never opens just a blue line running across the top of the screen

    • Bart Davis says:

      Same here.

    • Banned says:

      Same here

  • Maxxii says:

    Hey I can’t find wireless debugging in dev opts

  • Secret Disciple says:

    Is it possible to use one tablet as an adb server/run the adb terminal to debug another tablet connected through a micro USB cable? I attached a Jellybean tablet to a Lollipop tablet and had the notifications window give me a connected as an installer message, but the second tablet seemed “deaf” and didn’t communicate back. Any guidance is appreciated.

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