(New Update)How to Enable USB Debugging on Android Phone and Tablet

Last Updated on December 8, 2020 by Jason Ben

Hi, guys! Do you wish to manage your Android Phone by a smarter device such as your PC? Are you furious when your Android Phone is physically connected to your PC with a USB cable but your PC is always unable to detect your phone? Listen, we think you need to enable USB debugging on your Android Phone.

Although the ways of enabling USB debugging vary among the devices of different versions, there is no need to worry about it because we are going to introduce in the following article how to enable Android USB debugging on different versions of the Android system. No matter your phone is Samsung, Huawei, LG, HTC, SONY, OnePlus, Nexus, ZTE or Google Pixel, no problem!

First of all, you need to enable developer mode on your Android Phone. It is where USB debugging lies

Step 1 Open Settings App. At the bottom of the menu list, you would find an option called About phone. Tap the option and find the build number of your Android Phone.

Step 2 Tap Build number for 7 times until it indicates that you are now a developer.

Step 3 Return to the menu list of Settings App. The developer mode is already added to the list.

Now your developer mode on your Android Phone is turned on and you are able to enable USB debugging.

With the developer mode on, you are only one step away from USB debugging.

Second, switch on USB debugging on your Android Phone

As I said above, enabling USB debugging varies among the devices of different versions of the Android system. Please find the system version of your Android Phone in the following list and check how to do it on your smartphone.

Android 4.2 or Above

Open Settings App and find Developer options in the menu. Switch on USB debugging in the menu of Developer options.

Android 3.0 – 4.1

If the version of your Android Phone is between 3.0 and 4.1, just follow the steps above and tick USB debugging on the right.

Android 2.3 or below

If your system is before Android 2.3, the path towards USB debugging may be slightly different. Open Settings App and find Application option. Under Application settings, there is an option called Development. USB debugging is at the top of the Development menu. Just tick the box on the right of USB debugging to enable the function.

Kindle Fire Devices

If you wish to enable USB debugging on Kindle Fire devices, you may open Settings App and find Security option, and then turn on ADB on its menu list. For more details, you may refer to Amazon’s introduction about how to enable USB debugging on Kindle Fire devices.

Believe or not, your USB debugging function is available now. You can use it for rooting, installing a custom ROM and more.

Last and foremost, do not always keep USB debugging on

The developer mode is designed for professional and advanced users only. It requires professional knowledge and experiences about smartphone management and information risk control. So, it is highly recommended for you to enable USB debugging function when you really need to use it. If your Android Phone is left with USB debugging on, you are granting high-level access to anyone who is potentially possible to connect to your device, such as hackers. It may finally result in information leaks and monetary loss.

Don’t you think you would use a public USB charging port without any hesitation when you are discussing something important out of your office with your boss on your Android Phone which is warning you of the low battery with urgent red dialogue boxes one after one and you are unaware of the fact that you turned on USB debugging last night? That puts your Android Phone and any important information that is saved on your phone under risks. So, do not forget to turn it off when you are done with it.

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