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How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android

Enable USB Debugging mode on Android Pie, Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow, or any version using our easy steps guide. Enable developer options and USB debugging from PC using this simple tutorial. USB Debugging (also called as Developer mode or Android debug mode) is used for the connection between Android device and your computer using Android SDK.

You can easily turn on the Developer options or the USB debugging on any Android smartphone including Samsung Galaxy phones, Google Pixel, Sony, Motorola, Xiaomi Redmi, Huawei, One Plus, Oppo, Vivo, HTC, Honor, Kindle fire, Asus, LG, Lenovo, Micromax and many more.

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Using ADB command prompt window or few tricks, you can turn on the USB debugging mode on broken screen phone, hard bricked phone, dead phone, FRP locked phone, password locked, black screen phone, boot-loop phone, etc. In this guide, we’ll discuss the step-by-step procedure on how to enable USB debugging mode on any Android smartphone and tablets.

How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android

How to Enable USB Debugging

In this article, we’ll go through every Android OS version, and check how to enable USB debugging mode using easy steps.

Note: Android 11 and Android 10 has similar steps as Android 9.0 mentioned below.

Disclaimer

USB Debugging is intended for development purposes only. Enabling it grants high-level access to your device which is a kind of security risk. So it is recommended to enable it only when needed.

Android Pie (9.0)

USB debugging mode is available under the Developer options. But in Android Pie, the developer options are hidden. So firstly you need to unlock it to access the debugging mode.

  • Open the apps panel on your phone and launch the Settings app.
  • On the next screen, scroll down to the bottom and open the System.
  • In System, open the About Phone section.

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  • Under the About Phone section, look for the Build number.
  • Just tap on Build number 7 times. It’ll show you a countdown message saying, “You’re 4,3,2,1 steps away from being a Developer”.
  • Tap on the Build number until it shows a message saying, ” You are now a developer”.

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  • As soon as you receive this message, the Developer options will get unlocked in your About Phone section.
  • So go back in the About phone section, and click on the Advanced option.
  • The advanced options will not be available on some phones, so those phones directly go to the next step.
  • Look for the Developer options and open it.
  • Under Developer options, you can find and enable USB debugging mode.

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Note: To disable USB Debugging and other developer options, slide the switch at the top of the screen to OFF.

Android Oreo (8.0 and 8.1.0)

  • Open the Settings of your phone.
  • On the next screen, scroll down and open the System.
  • Next, open the About phone section.

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  • Tap on the Build number 7 times until a message saying, “You are now a developer” appears.
  • Go back and you’ll find the Developer option under the About phone section.
  • Under Developer options, you’ll find the USB debugging.

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Android Nougat (7.0, 7.1.1 and 7.1.2)

  • In the Settings of your phone, open the About phone section.
  • On the next screen, tap on the Build number 7 times until it says, “You are now a developer”.

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  • Go back in the Settings and open the Developer options.
  • Look for the USB debugging mode to enable it.

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Android Marshmallow (6.0 and 6.0.1)

  • Open the About phone in your device settings.
  • Just rapidly tap on Build number until you become a developer.

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  • Go back in settings and open the Developer options.
  • Enable USB debugging mode.

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Android Lollipop (5.0 and 5.1.1)

  • Open Settings » About Phone/Device on your device.
  • Tap 7 times on build number.

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  • Go back and open Developer options from Settings.
  • Look for USB debugging mode and enable it.

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Android KitKat (4.4 and 4.4.4)

  • Navigate to Settings » About Phone » tap Build number seven times.
  • Tap until you get a short pop-up in the lower area of your display saying that you’re now a developer.

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  • Go back and open the Developer options menu, check ‘USB debugging’ and click OK on the prompt.

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Android Jelly Bean (4.1, 4.2.2 and 4.3.1)

  • From the App drawer, open the Settings app.
  • In the Settings, scroll down to the bottom and open About phone/device.
  • On the next screen, locate the Build Number and tap on it seven times. This will activate the hidden developer option.

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  • Go back to Settings and click on developer options.
  • Check the USB Debugging field to enable it.

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Android ICS (4.0 and 4.0.4)

In Android ICS and below, the Developer option is not hidden and is available under the Settings.

  • Open the Settings of your device.
  • In settings, open the Developer option and tick the USB debugging option on the next screen.

How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android 4.0 ICS

Android Gingerbread (2.3 and 2.3.6)

In Android Gingerbread, the step to turn on the USB debugging mode is slightly different.

  • From the app drawer, open the Settings.
  • Click on Applications.
  • On the next screen, click on Development.
  • Under development, you’ll see the first option as USB debugging. Check it to enable and click OK on the prompt.
  • This is how you can enable USB debugging on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.

How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread

Conclusion

Finally! This is how you can enable USB Debugging on your Android smartphone or tablet. If you face any issue while going through this tutorial, then do comment below.

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