How to enable Developer Options and USB Debugging on the Samsung Galaxy S5

How to enable Developer Options and USB Debugging on the Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung debuted the Galaxy S5 with a brand new TouchWiz user interface, and since its arrival, all new Samsung phones and tablets this year come with the new looks. The new, 2014 edition of TouchWiz comes in a full-on version for flagship-class phones and tablets, and a lighter one for more affordable gadgets, but they both share a brand new settings menu with colorful icons.

It looks cheerful at first, but just try navigating around it - you instantly feel you’re in a maze of options and settings, and you just can’t find your way. We’ve seen experienced Android geeks complain about the steep learning curve, so that’s why you might need some help.

Onething you might want to do with your device (if you tinker with it a lot) is to enable Developer Options and USB Debugging. We’re walking you through the process of first turning Developer Options on, and then enabling USB Debugging right below - take a look.

Note that this how-to tutorial guide will also work with all devices sporting the new 2014 Samsung TouchWiz UX, phones like the Galaxy S5 mini, and tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Tab S 8.4.

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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10 Comments

1. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

why more tips and tricks articles for samsung phones only,is it difficult to use SS phone?

2. hafini_27

Posts: 944; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Well, I know these all too well. Samsung can't defeat me.

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

So, it's basically the same as any other Android device, just with another menu. Thank you PA, for pointing out the painfully obvious. Meanwhile, could you tell us how to program a VCR? And what's the deal with airline food?

4. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I couldn't transfer contacts in Cellebrite without doing this first. Thanks PA............ for telling me how to do something I've known how to do since November......... of 2012.

5. rromerof

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Thank you PA for telling me something that all app developers know since the very first time they start developing. I notice that you have a Samsung S5, BTW I don't like that S crap brand.

6. wilsong17 unregistered

Because we care about you gtfo

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

This is good stuff to know, especially if you want to sideload apps.

8. itsrajib

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

flooded with s5 articles and videos. how much money did samsuck give u btw??

9. AlfredoMarco

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

help please!! I have a galaxy tab s 8.4 and the development options are not available (does not apear...)! I´m lost between steps 8 and 9 of the tutorial

10. AlfredoMarco

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

I finaly found it Thanks!!

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