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How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android

For Android users, you may see USB debugging mode on many Android forums and websites for developing app, rooting, restoring Android phones. However, do you know what Android USB debugging mode is and why we need it and how to enable USB debugging mode on Android? In this article, we will answer all the questions above in normal language. You can understand all these things even you don’t know anything about technology.

Part 1. Whats is USB debugging mode?

Android USB debugging mode, the same as developer mode in some Android version, is used to build a direct connection between Android device and computer via USB. USB debugging mode enables you to get higher level access to your Android device, such as read internal logs, system-level clearance.

Part 2. How to enable USB debugging mode on Android?

In this part, we will show you how to enable USB debugging mode on Android. Different Android OS versions need different steps to enable the USB debugging mode. So just read the little guide below according to your Android OS version.

1. Enable USB debugging mode on Android 2.3 and before

If you are using Android 2.3 or older version, you just need to go to “Setting” > “Applications” > “Development” > “USB Debugging”. Just check the box next to the “USB Debugging”. You have turned on USB debugging mode on your Android phone. If you want disable USB debugging mode, just un-check it.

usb debugging mode 2.3

2. Enable USB debugging mode on Android 3.0 to 4.1

For Android 3.0 to 4.1 users, you need to go to “Settings” > “Developer Options” > “USB Debugging”. Tap the “USB Debugging” and click “OK” on the pop-up windows when your Android phone asks you if you want to allow the USB debugging mode.

usb debugging mode 4.1

3. Enable USB debugging mode on Android 4.2 and later (5.0)

From Android 4.2, the USB debugging mode is hidden from users. So it is a little more complicated than other version if you want to active USB debugging mode on Android. Please follow the steps below.

Go to “Setting” > “About Phone” or “About Tablet”. Fine the “Build Number” and tap the “Build Number” for 7 times. After that, you will see the messages “You are now a developer”. Go back to the “Settings”, you will see the “Developer Option” here. Enter the “Developer Option”, you can easily enable the “USB Debugging” easily.

usb debugging mode android 4.2

Ok, now you can enable USB debugging mode on any Android phone and tablet.