Grab the NVIDIA Shield Tablet drivers, including ADB and Fastboot drivers

After the release of the NVIDIA Shield portable which got many positive reviews from gamers around the world last year, in 2014 NVIDIA released the Shield in the form of tablet devices, of course, with a better processor (NVIDIA Tegra K1), larger screen (8 inch Full HD display), 4G LTE connection and the latest Android OS (4.4.2 KitKat). Unlike the portable devices. The NVIDIA Shield tablet not only serves as a gaming device, but can also be used like other Android tablets.


We still have access to the Google Play Store to download any apps or games, then play it on this tablet. Therefore, we have the opportunity to mods its software. Currently, the Android development of this tablet has already noticed, with the release of the root method which makes these devices become more powerful, in addition, the unofficial CWM recovery has been successfully ported to the tablet, so it is still possible to flash a custom ROM like CyanogenMod.

One of the important things in Android development is drivers, and it can’t be separated from a Windows computer, especially when mods our tablet, so NVIDIA Shield tablet drivers, including adb and fastboot drivers are required. Unfortunately, there’s no official adb/fastboot drivers for the NVIDIA Shield tablet, it certainly makes this device not recognized when running adb or fastboot via command prompt.

nvidia shield tablet driver usb adb fastboot

Image: Amazon / Nvidia

Download the NVIDIA Shield USB drivers (including adb and fastboot drivers)

When you are connecting your tablet to a computer, your PC might recognize it, but it only works for transferring contents, but not another purpose. If that’s the case, you can try to get the universal driver package below.

No Version Computer OS Android version Download
1 0.72 Windows XP or later Android 4.0+

After grabbing the file above, you might be confused, since there’s no installable file, only *. cat and *. inf files. Actually, those files are the driver that makes your computer recognize our tablets NVIDIA Shield.
Here is a brief guide to install it on a Windows computer.

  1. Extract the driver package you’ve downloaded into your computer hard drive.
  2. Enable USB debugging on your tablet.
  3. Connect your Shield tablet to your computer.
  4. Run the Windows Device Manager, you should notice SHIELD device listed under “Other devices”.
  5. Right click on it and hit “Update Driver Software…” then Browse my computer and point to where you extract the drivers package.
  6. If you’re running Window 8 or 8.1, make sure to disable Driver Signature Enforcement prior to installing.

When the provided drivers doesn’t work for you, you can get the alternative driver officially from NVIDIA site here. However, it’s an image file, but you can take the drivers only, register a developer account might needed. Thanks DrMedSteht.


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2 Responses

  1. DrMedSteht
    August 28, 2014 at 5:36 PMReply

    Hey FYI:

    You can also download the Shield Tablet Windows USB driver from nvidia developer 😉 The thing here did not work for me so I kept looking somewhere else and came found the solution on the Nvidia developer site. When you download the OS image the Drivers come with it!

    March 27, 2015 at 4:47 PMReply

    Neither solution works for me 🙁

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