How To Install And Manage Apps On Google Glass Using ChromeADB

When you’re a new Glass owner, installing and uninstalling applications, as well as handling the new type of software could be a burden. So, to make this step easier for you, we thought that ChromeADB would be a great choice for managing new software and installing apps on your Glass. It is also the easiest at the moment. In the following steps, we will also show you how it basically works.

Android Debug Bridge

The first step to getting Chrome ADB on your Glass is to install the Android Bridge. It won’t take much and you will go through the setup as a knife through a piece of cake. Here’s how you can manually install the Android Debug Bridge.

So, start by downloading and extracting the Android SDK.

  1. The obtained folder must be hosted on C: drive and be named Android-adb.
  2. Next, right click on the computer icon, go to Properties menu, then Advanced, and finally select Environment Variables.
  3. After this, go to the system variables menu, click on path and then edit.
  4. At the end of the text, add the code ;C:\Android-adb and hit OK.

If all the above steps have been proceeded successfully, you can now access and use the Android bridge, meaning that in order to use the ADB, you will no longer have to change directory (CD) in the terminal. Now, all you have to do is open a command prompt and simply type the adb command.

How to Install ChromeADB, the Debug Mode and how to Start ADB

Now that you are all set with the Android Debug Bridge, the next step is to install Chrome ADB.

As soon as the software is downloaded and installed, connect Glass to the PC. Go to Settings, then Device Info and turn on the Debug Mode.

Open chrome://apps and find ChromeADB. As soon as you’ll click to open it up, you will see a prompt message informing you that in order to run the program you have to run adb start-sever. So, open a CD and type the words adb start-server. When the server is running, search your Google Glass by typing in the CD adb device. This is how you know that the device is recognized and everything went well so far.

Basics of ChromeADB

Keep the command prompt open and go in the ChromeADB application and find the connect button, located in the upper right, and after making sure that this port would be managing the CMD port, click connect. In response, a new window will display an ID of your Glass, just as seen in the command prompt when the adb device command was used. Click to access the device.

Once you’ve accessed this command menu, you could easily temper all its software. You will be able to force-stop applications, install or uninstall software or simply clear data. Also, you will be able to see all the active processes and memory information.

In order to install new apps on your Glass, click the option Install Package, located under the package tab. Here you can also perform all the other above-mentioned processes.


Be careful on what you uninstall or erase from your device, as some files may be crucial for the well functioning of Glass. Also be careful on what software you install on it, as some malware programs could really break the device. Glass Apps Source cannot be held responsible in any of these cases.

Overall, this is the basic info you need for installing apps and handling them on your Glass using ChromeADB. . Enjoy the new app and stay tuned for more guides.