Remote Debugging on Android with Chrome

Remote Debugging on Android with Chrome


In projects that target mobile phones, it's important to be able to debug and inspect the mobile web browser or a webview in an hibrid application.

Following these steps you should be able to remote debug on Android with Chrome.

This feature for Android allow to remote debugging with Chrome DevTools, to debug live content from the Android device in your development machine.

The most useful features are:
  • Debugging websites in browser tabs.
  • Debugging WebViews in native Android apps (suitable for OutSystems Now).
  • Screencasting live to your development machine from your Android device.
The official Google Chrome reference:

Setup Android Device

  1. Setup on your android phone the USB debugging to ON.
 Follow the link: and the detailed instructions in chapter 1. Enable USB debugging

Setup PC Drivers

  1. Connect the Android device to your PC with an USB Cable
After the instalation it should fail:
  1. Download the OEM Driver for your Android device
The list of website to download the drivers:

  1. Check on Device Manager to check the driver is correctly installed:

Install Android SDK

  1. Download and install Android SDK from

  1.  After the installation run the SDK Manager, select From Extras > Google USB Driver and Install


Update the ADB Driver (only for Samsung Equipment)

  1.  Open Device Manager and search for Android ADB Interface

  1. Right Click and Select Update Driver
  2. Then pick the driver: Browse my computer for driver software > Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer > Have Disk…
  3. Select C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\extras\google\usb_driver and select the Android ADB Interface driver

Connect the mobile phone and set for debug

  1. Connect the mobile phone to the PC with the USB Cable
  2. Open a command prompt on C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools and execute the command adb start-server (mobile shouldn't be in lock screen)

If necessary execute first adb kill-server and then adb start-server

  1. In the Mobile screen a message will appear saying “Allow USB Debugging? The computer’s RSA key fingerprint is: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”. Select OK

Discovering devices in Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome and write in the URL: chrome://inspect/#devices
  2. The device will appear and one line for each Chrome tab or webview open in your mobile

  1. Select Inspect and you can use developers tools just like if you were using regular Google Chrome:
And that's it! If you follow these steps you should be able to debug and inspect the mobile browser or webview like if you were using the regular web browser.

Best of luck to all!