How to Enable USB Debugging on Android – If you was trying to tinker with your Android device, you have probably heard about USB debugging mode.
The ways to enable USB Debugging mode, which is accounted for the key step before you start installing custom ROMs, rooting, or any such hackery, vary from one Android version to another version.
Android 2.0 to Android 2.3.x
Go to Settings » Applications » Development » USB Debugging.
Android 3.0 to Android 4.1.x
Go to Settings » Developer Options » USB Debugging.
Android 4.2.x and higher
In Android 4.2 and higher, the Developer Options menu and USB Debugging option have been hidden. In former 4.X versions of Android, USB Debugging option is under Developer Options menu.
- First, Enable Developer Options Menu.
- Click Menu button to enter into App drawer.
- Go to Settings.
- Scroll down and tap About phone or tablet.
- Scroll down and locate the Build Number field.
- To enable Developer Options, tap the Build number field seven times. After tapping a few times and you’ll see a countdown that reads like “You are now 3 steps away from being a developer.”
- When you are done being a Developer, you’ll see message like “You are now a developer!”.
- Tap the Back button and go to Developer options menu under System in Settings.
- Now, enable USB Debugging mode.
- Go to Settings » Developer Options » Tap USB Debugging checkbox.
Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher
To enable USB Debugging on Android 5.0 AKA Android Lollipop and higher
- Go to Settings » About Phone » Build number » Tap it 7 times to become developer.
- Go to Settings » Developer Options » USB Debugging.
Note: USB Debugging should be enabled only when you need it. Don’t leave it enabled all the time that will be kind of a security risk. This mode grants you high-level access to your device. For example if you connect your Android device to a USB charging port in a public location, the port could use the USB access to your phone to access data on your phone or install malware etc. This could happen only when USB debugging mode is enabled.
So you can disable USB Debugging and developer options menu when you don’t need it, by slide the switch at the top of the screen to Off.