Debugging with Android Studio stuck at “Waiting For Debugger” forever


UPDATE The supposed duplicate is a question on being stucking in “Waiting For Debugger” when executing Run, while this question is on being stucking in “Waiting For Debugger” when executing Debug, the steps to produce the problem is different, and the solution(s) are different as well.

Whenever I try to use Android Studio’s Debug function, the Run status would always stuck at:

Launching application: com.astrotek.parashoot.debug/com.astrotek.ptpviewer.StarterActivity.
DEVICE SHELL COMMAND: am start -n "com.astrotek.parashoot.debug/com.astrotek.ptpviewer.StarterActivity" -a android.intent.action.MAIN -c android.intent.category.LAUNCHER
Starting: Intent { actandroid.intent.action.MAIN cat[android.intent.category.LAUNCHER] cmpcom.astrotek.parashoot.debug/com.astrotek.ptpviewer.StarterActivity }

While the device (Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3) I’m debugging would display

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This has being the case from Android Studio 0.8.8 all the way to 1.0. And on the same computer I can perform debugging using Eclipse on the same device without any issues.

So the question is what can I do to make Android Studio debugging work?

Update: The same thing happens when debugging on Nexus 7 (2013) running Android 5.0; and testing on another machine rendered the same result. I can’t be the only one encountering this issue :-/

Update: Opened a bounty since this issue is so annoying. Even re-installing the app doesn’t solve. Nexus 5 running Cyano, Win7 64. The ADB log is telling:

8568-8568/it.myapp:myprocess W/ActivityThread﹕ Application it.myapp is waiting for the debugger on port 8100...
8568-8568/it.myapp:myprocess I/System.out﹕ Sending WAIT chunk

Also, I can’t find an easy way to disconnect nor reset ADB connection in Android Studio.


Both of my dev machines have JDK 8 installed, the debugging function is restored once JDK 7.0.71 was installed and JAVA_HOME environmental variable was set to point to the new JDK.

Guess there’s some compatibility issue between Android Studio + ADB + JDK8 (Eclipse + ADB + JDK8 works fine).

Answered By – Kai

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