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Do I still need a driver for a phone if Windows recognizes it but Visual Studio 2017 doesn't?

I have a Xamarin.Andorid project in Visual Studio 2017. I want to deploy the project on a real device. I am following the following steps to do it:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/xamarin/android/get-started/installation/set-up-device-for-development

I have done all the steps until "Install USB Drivers". When I connect the device to the computer via USB cable the computer recognizes it, I can transfer files, photoes etc. from the phone to the computer(Windows 7). My question is do I still need to install drivers for my phone(ZTE Blade A452) if the PC recognize it or is the problem in Visual Studio? 2 years ago I remember deploying Xamarin.Android application on the same device from Visual Studio 2017 in Windows 10, and I followed the steps in the link above untill "Install USB Drivers" , I didn't have to install any drivers and it worked.

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  • JarvanJarvan Xamurai
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    Do I still need a driver for a phone if Windows recognizes it but Visual Studio 2017 doesn't

    Yes. The Google USB Driver is required for Windows if you want to perform adb debugging with Google devices. When connecting to a new device on windows, a corresponding driver will be installed to identify the device. This driver is different from Google USB Driver.

    Related tutorial: https://developer.android.com/studio/run/win-usb

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