Getting access to Android using ADB

ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge and it is a CLI used to communicate with an Android device which is physically connected (through a USB cable for instance) to a computer.

Before continue, check if you have adb installed on your machine typing adb in the CLI. Normally, it is installed together with Android Studio. If it is not installed:

apt-get update
apt install adb

Normally this service is available at the 5555 port of the Android device.

Let’s first check if that port is opened:

nmap <ipAddressOfAndroidDevice> -Pn
root@kali:~# nmap -Pn
Starting Nmap 7.92 ( ) at 2023-07-10 02:17 EDT
Nmap scan report for RedmiNote5-Redmi.station (
Host is up (0.030s latency).
Not shown: 999 closed tcp ports (reset)
5555/tcp open  freeciv
MAC Address: 80:35:C1:52:D8:E3 (Xiaomi Communications)

Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 3.91 seconds

If it is not opened try to restart the usb port:

adb usb
adb tcpip 5555

Once it is opened we can try to connect using the following command:

adb connect <ipAddressOfAndroidDevice>:<port>

Normally the port is 5555 and it is optional

root@kali:~# adb connect
connected to

After a succesful connection type:

adb shell

Then, the result should be:

root@kali:~# adb shell
whyred:/ $

From this moment you can access to the Android device like you do in a normal Linux environment