The ESP32-S2/S3 bootloader does not have USB serial support for Windows 7 or 8. (See please update to version 10 which is supported by espressif! Alternatively you can try this community-crafted Windows 7 driver (

The first thing you will need to do is to download the latest release of the Arduino IDE. You will need to be using version 1.8 or higher for this guide

To use the ESP32-S2/S3 with Arduino, you'll need to follow the steps below for your operating system. You can also check out the Espressif Arduino repository for the most up to date details on how to install it.

After you have downloaded and installed the latest version of Arduino IDE, you will need to start the IDE and navigate to the Preferences menu. You can access it from the File menu in Windows or Linux, or the Arduino menu on OS X.

A dialog will pop up just like the one shown below.

We will be adding a URL to the new Additional Boards Manager URLs option. The list of URLs is comma separated, and you will only have to add each URL once. New Adafruit boards and updates to existing boards will automatically be picked up by the Board Manager each time it is opened. The URLs point to index files that the Board Manager uses to build the list of available & installed boards.

To find the most up to date list of URLs you can add, you can visit the list of third party board URLs on the Arduino IDE wiki. We will only need to add one URL to the IDE in this example, but you can add multiple URLS by separating them with commas. Copy and paste the link below into the Additional Boards Manager URLs option in the Arduino IDE preferences.

If you have multiple boards you want to support, say ESP8266 and Adafruit, have both URLs in the text box separated by a comma (,)

Once done click OK to save the new preference settings.

The next step is to actually install the Board Support Package (BSP). Go to the Tools → Board → Board Manager submenu. A dialog should come up with various BSPs. Search for esp32.

Click the Install button and wait for it to finish. Once it is finished, you can close the dialog.

In the Tools → Board submenu you should see ESP32 Arduino and in that dropdown it should contain the ESP32 boards along with all the latest ESP32-S2/S3 boards.

In the Tools > Boards menu you should see the ESP32 Arduino menu. In the expanded menu, look for the menu option for the Adafruit QT Py ESP32-S3 No PSRAM, and click on it to choose it.

Manually Resetting ESP32-S3 Boards

Due to an issue in the Espressif code base, boards with an ESP32-S3 need to be manually reset after uploading code from the Arduino IDE. After your code has been uploaded to the ESP32-S3, press the reset button. After pressing the reset button, your code will begin running.

For additional information, you can track the issue on GitHub in the arduino-esp32 repository.

Make sure to press the reset button after uploading code from the Arduino IDE to the ESP32-S3.

This guide was first published on Jun 15, 2022. It was last updated on May 31, 2022.

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