How to Fix "Nexus 5X Not Showing Up on Computer" Issue Quickly

Are you having trouble with your Nexus 5X unable to be detected by your computer? The issue isn't necessarily a difficult one to fix if you follow the right steps. Luckily, this guide outlines a few solutions that should do the trick!

Steps to Follow

Power cycle your device. If your computer can't recognize your Nexus 5X, restart it and then try to plug the device in again.

Check for driver issues. Go to your computer's device manager and search for your Nexus 5X. If it is not there, you may need to install a driver in order to get the device recognized. This driver page will guide you.

Test the device cable. Make sure the device cable you are using is fully functional. Test it out on another device to check if you are having issues with the cable.

Enable Debugging Mode. If these steps don't work for you, try enabling debugging mode. Enabling debugging mode will allow your computer to recognize your device and transfer files between the two. You can learn more about this mode here: How To Enable USB Debugging on Android.

Finally, if all else fails, back up your data, factory reset your device, and try all of the steps again.


Q: What kind of issues can cause my Nexus 5X not to be detected?

A: Common issues that can arise include incompatible device cables, driver issues, and Debugging Mode not activated.

Q: How can I power cycle my device?

A: To power cycle your device, hold down the power button of the device and select the option “restart”.

Q: What do I do if my device manager is not detecting my device?

A: In this case, try installing a driver. You can find a driver from this driver page and install it onto your computer.

Q: My device cable is not working. How can I test it?

A: If you suspect that your device cable is the problem, try testing it on another device to make sure it’s fully functioning.

Q: What is Debugging Mode?

A: Debugging Mode is a special mode that allows your computer to recognize your device and transfer files between the two. To enable it on your device, go to Settings > About Phone > Developer Options and turn on USB Debugging.

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