January 17, 2018

Enable Developer Options and USB Debugging Mode in Android


What is 'Developer Options' in Android?

Developer Options is an essential option for any Android device owner, and the "USB debugging" mode too. Developer Options allows you to access the advanced option on your Android device, including USB Debugging mode. After enabling the 'Developer Options' you can access the advanced options of your Android phone such as, take bug reports, OEM unlocking, Enable Demo mode, View and control every single service running on your device, Hardware accelerator settings, GPU settings, set background process limit and much more.

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What is 'USB Debugging' Mode?

If you have an Android device and you have ever searched for solutions to some common Android problems, then you might have heard of the 'USB debugging' mode. This option seems like a highly technical option, but this is actually quite simple and very useful. USB Debugging gives you direct access to your phone through your computer over a USB connection. And this allows you to perform various tasks or run terminal commands with ADB.

Ok now get back to our main subject, Enable Developer Options and USB Debugging Mode in Android. How? Lets read the step by step guide below,

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How to Access and Enable 'Developer Options' and 'USB Debugging' Mode in any Android Device or Version

On Android 4.1 and lower, the Developer options is available by default in the device settings. So you do not need to do anything to enable it.

But with the release of Android 4.2, the 'Developer Options' is no longer available like the other options in the device settings. It is now hidden by default. The reason, I think it is for security purposes. So that a normal user could not change the advance setting by accessing it. Settings which may harm the device's performance or working, when they are incorrect.

Here are the steps to enable it,

Steps to Access and Enable 'Developer Options' on Android 4.2 and Higher (including Android 7 Nougat and Android 8 Oreo)

Step 1: Go to your Android device 'Settings'.


Step 1.2: (Only for Android 8.0 or higher, Android 7 and lower please skip this step) find and open 'System'.

Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom until you find 'About Phone' or 'About Device' option (the last option in most devices), then open it.


Step 3: Now find 'Build number', and tap on it 7 times. When you tapped the 3rd time, it shows you a message saying, “you are now 4 taps away from being a Developer”, continue the tap.


Step 4: On the 7th tap, you will get a message "You are now a developer!" on your screen.


Step 5: Now go back to the main 'Settings', and you will see the 'Developer Options' there.


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Enable 'USB Debugging' Mode on Android 4.2 and Higher

Step 1: Open Android 'Settings' on your device/phone.

Step 2: In the settings, scroll down and find the 'Developer Options'. Open it, and then enable it.


If there is no 'Developer Options' in your device settings, please follow the above-given Step 1-5.

Step 3: Now scroll down and you will get the 'USB Debugging' option there, just enable it.


You have successfully accessed and enabled the 'Developer Options' and the 'USB Debugging' Mode on your new Android device.


Warning to Non-Tech Users:

Please don't alter any setting in the Developer Options, until you know what you are doing. An incorrect setting may result in the device misbehavior and can affect device functioning. And once you are in such a state, then the only thing you can do is a Factory Reset / Hard Reset to get the things work again in the right way. And I think you wouldn't want to do a Factory Reset for just an experiment or fun. So be aware of it.

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That’s it guys, you have successfully accessed and enabled the 'Developer Options' and the 'USB Debugging' Mode on your Android Phone. Please let us know how was this guide. Your feedback and comments can help us to improve. And our improvement means, some more useful and valuable Articles-Guides here on Tech IT Guides.

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