Error initializing ADB: Unable to create Debug Bridge: Unable to start ADB server


When no other of these questions are helping me, then this means I need to remove and reinstall Android Studio.

Here’s the error:

Error initializing ADB: Unable to create Debug Bridge:
Unable to start ADB server: adb server version (36) doesn’t match this client;
killing… could not read OK from ADB server

  • failed to start daemon error:
    cannot connect to daemon ‘C:\Android\Sdk\platform-tools\adb.exe start-server’ failed — run manually if necessary.


There are a couple of solutions depending on what exactly is causing the problem.

So, just follow the following steps.

Step 1:- Close Android-Studio.
Step 2:- Open Command prompt or win + r, type cmd and press Enter.
Step 3:- Navigate to your platform-tools, in most of the cases the location is:


but in your case, the location is:


For Mac users the path is


Step 4:- Type adb.exe start-server, Press Enter
Step 5:- Open Android Studio again.

For Mac the command is just adb start-server

The problem should be solved!

If the problem persists, then follow these steps-

Step 1:- Close Android Studio.
Step 2:- Press Alt + Ctrl + Del, then choose Start Task Manager.

Windows Task Manager opens.

Step 3:- Go to the processes tab.
Step 4:- Look for adb.exe and select that.
Step 5:- Press End Process.
Step 6:- Open Android Studio again.

That’s it. Now your problem must be solved!

But if the problem is still there (which I don’t think will happen), then there is something wrong (or might be missing) in your platform-tools.

To fix that, delete platform-tools from your computer, then download them again from Official Android Developer website.

Extract the downloaded file.

Now place the extracted file, where platform-tools were located before deleting.

Default Location of platform-tools is


But in your case, the location is


Answered By – Letsintegreat

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