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How to enable USB debugging on Android

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How to enable USB debugging on Android
If you ever tried to tinker with your Android smartphone, you've probably heard of ‘USB debugging’. 

Enabling USB debugging is the first step required before you start installing custom ROMs, rooting, or any such hackery. Best of all - enabling the setting is extremely simple and quick, and in fact, you can do it in less than a minute.

Before we start, though, let’s just clarify what USB debugging is. A feature aimed mostly at developers, USB debugging opens up direct access to the Android system for the Android SDK (Software Development Kit). You can have the Android SDK downloaded on your computer, but unless you have USB debugging enabled, it won't work with your device. With all this in mind - whether you are a developer or someone who has decided to flash a custom ROM, or simply root your phone - here is how to enable USB debugging on different versions of Android:

How to enable USB debugging on Android KitKat and Jelly Bean (4.2 and later)


1. Navigate to Settings > About Phone > scroll to the bottom > tap Build number seven (7) times. You'll get a short pop-up in the lower area of your display saying that you're now a developer.

How to enable USB debugging on Android

2. Go back and now access the Developer options menu, check ‘USB debugging’ and click OK on the prompt.

How to enable USB debugging on Android

That’s it, you’re done!

You can now enable and disable it whenever you want by going into Settings > Developer Options > Debugging > USB debugging

How to enable USB debugging on Android 4.1 and 4.0


1. Navigate to Settings > Developer options and enable them.

2. Once you have enabled developer options, you will be able to check the USB Debugging field. Simply scroll down to it and check it - a pop-up window will notify you that you’re now a developer. That’s all it takes!

How to enable USB debugging on Android

How to enable USB debugging on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and earlier


Navigate to Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging
Enable it - as simple as that!

How to enable USB debugging on Android

Note: You can use this how-to tutorial guide to enable USB debugging on Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, Note 3, Note 2, HTC One (M8), LG G3, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z2, Z1, Moto X, Moto G, as well as tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab series.

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