What is and how to enable USB Debugging Mode on Android device?
Last updated: 2015-12-01
USB Debugging Mode establishes a direct connection between an Android device and a computer and readies it for deeper-level actions. In some versions of Android, the USB Debugging Mode feature may be called Developer Mode. USB Debugging grants you a level of access to your device. This level of access is important when you need system-level clearance, such as when coding a new app.
The intention for USB Debugging Mode was only meant for developers who needed to copy data between their computers and Android devices, to install apps on the phone without notifications, and to read log data off the phone.
There are a few non-development-related benefits from this new level of access that can give you much more freedom of control over you device. For example, with Android SDK, you gain direct access to your phone through your computer and that allows you to do things or run terminal commands with ADB. These terminal commands can help you restore a bricked phone. So this mode is a useful tool for any adventurous Android owner.
To enable USB Debugging Mode on your device please follow one of the example path according to your Android version:
Android 3.0 – 4.1.x
Settings > System > Developer options / Advanced settings > ON (at the right corner) > Debugging > tick USB debugging.
Android 4.2.x and higher
Settings > System General > About phone / About device > Build number - tap on the section 7 times to enable Developer Options, then go back to: Settings > System > Developer options > Debugging > USB debugging.
If none of the above does work please look up for help in any support page which refers to your specific phone or tablet model or contact with our customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org.