Turn on USB Debugging on any Android device

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If you are an Android user, you should know what USB Debugging is and what it does. It is one feature that you can’t skip to know if you want to use your device as a power user. This option allows an Android device to communicate with a computer using Android SDK (Software Development Kit). It allows you to access and use your device as a developer.

USB Debugging is intended for development purposes only. But, as a regular user, you’ll need this option if you want to perform some advanced tasks like root your phone, recover or backup your Android data, use Android as a webcam for your pc, etc. Many third-party programs that you want to run from your pc, require this option enabled to work properly.

Android security is getting tighter with the release of new versions. Previously, users could directly access USB debugging in Settings. But, on modern Android devices, USB Debugging is hidden in the ‘Developer Options’ menu. Developer options lets you access some advanced features of your phone that are usually hidden.

Unlock Developer options

To unlock Developer options, you’ll first need to find your phone’s build number. On every phone, the build number is added in a different place. Here are a few ways that you can find it.

Number 1: Settings > System > About phone > Build number
Number 2: Settings > About phone > Software info > Build number
Number 3: Settings > About > Software information > more > Build number
Number 4: Settings > About phone > Build number

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Once you’ve found the build number, you need to continuously tap on it 7 times to unlock Developer options. After that, a message will pop up saying “You’re now a developer”. The Developer options is now available in Settings as an option. Remember, once you’ve unlocked, this option will be always there unless you perform a factory reset.

Turn on USB Debugging

Once the ‘Developer options’ is activated, it’s very easy to turn on the ‘USB Debugging’ option.

Step 1: Go back to Settings, and find out the option ‘Developer options’. In older Android version, you’ll see this entry just above the ‘About phone’ option. And in newer Android versions, you might find it inside ‘System’ or ‘Additional settings’ or somewhere else.

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Step 2: Tap on ‘Developer options’, and turn on the toggle to make other options available. Then, scroll down to the ‘Debugging’ section, and slide the toggle to turn on the ‘USB Debugging’.

Now, the ‘USB Debugging’ mode is successfully enabled on your Android device.

Alternative method: Enable USB Debugging with app

If you have issues unlocking Developer options from the Settings app, yet you can turn on USB Debugging using a third-party phone manager app. Here’s how;

Step 1: Install ApowerManager – Phone Manager on your Android phone.
Step 2: Launch the app. Tap the menu icon on the top-left. Then, hit the ‘Settings’ button.
Step 3: Select ‘USB debugging’, and you will be inside ‘Developer Options’. Now turn on the USB Debugging there.

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After enabling USB Debugging, When a program is running on your computer that needs USB Debugging function, just connect your phone to pc via USB. A message will pop up telling, “Allow USB debugging?”. Click ‘OK’ to allow your computer to debug.

Note: Sometimes although USB Debugging is turned on, Your Android phone cannot be detected on PC. That may be because USB drivers on your computer are outdated and you need to update it first.