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How to Enable USB Debugging on Android Phone and Tablets

Android USB Debugging
"I want to transfer my favorite music from computer to my Android phone. But it always reminds me to debug my USB cable. It is annoying that I cannot find where to active USB debugging. So how do I enable USB debugging on my Android?" "I get a free recovery tool to recover my deleted text messages on my Android. But when I connect my phone to computer, but this software can not detect my phone, and it says I need to enable USB debugging mode. I did not have any clue about that. Some one can help?"

Lots of Android users may meet such a situation where you want to manage your Android on your computer. Whether you want to transfer your Android data to another device, or you hope to let your phone detected by your third-party tools on your computer, one thing you have to do firstly is to enable your USB debugging mode. USB Debugging Mode is a function provided by Android for developers. Under USB Debugging Mode, Android users can get more access to Android phone. Some of you may be cautious about this mode when you hear the word "developer". But just as any other thing in the world, it can be of great help to us as long as we know how to use it correctly. And you will know the disadvantages of this Mode in the end of the article. Before that, let's get into the steps first.


1. Android 4.2 or later: Samsung Galaxy A9 Star/S9+/S9/S8+/S8/S6 Edge/S6/S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 8/Note 5/Note Edge/Note 4/Note 3/Note 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab S/Pro, LG G4/3/2, HTC M10/9/8, Google Nexus 10/9/7/6/5/4, Google Galaxy Nexus/Nexus S, Xperia Z3/Z2/T3/M2/Z1, etc.

2. Android 3.0 - 4.1: HTC ONE M7, HTC EVO 4G LTE, etc.

3. Android 2.3 or earlier: Samsung Galaxy S2, Google Nexus One, etc.

Part 1. How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Different Android Versions

1. Enable USB Debugging on Android 4.2 or later

Step 1 Go to "Settings" > "About phone".

Step 2 Tap "Build number" for 7 times till "You are now a developer" pops up.

Step 3 Back to "Settings".

Step 4 Click "Developer options" > "USB debugging".

USB Debugging 4.2

2. Enable USB debugging on Android devices with the system 3.0 - 4.1

Step 1 Go to "Settings".

Step 2 Tap "Developer options".

Step 3 Check "USB debugging"

USB Debugging 4.1

3. Enable USB Debugging on Android 2.3 or earlier

Step 1 Go to "Settings".

Step 2 Tap "Applications".

Step 3 Choose "Development".

Step 4 Check "USB debugging".

USB Debugging 2.3

Now, we have introduced all the situations about enabling USB debugging on Android phones. After enabling your USB debugging mode, you can easily use the transfer software to transfer Android contacts, or recovery tool to recover deleted SMS on Android easily. If want to know the pros and cons of this mode, keep reading.

Part 2. Pros and Cons of USB Debugging

1. Convenience Brought by USB Debugging Mode

1. Under USB Debugging Mode, you will get the highest authority as long as your phone is connected with computer. And that will make it easier to read contacts, messages, call logs and other files.

2. After enabling USB Debugging Mode, Android locked screen won't be a problem. You can install unlock software and unlock your Android easily.

3. After you enable USB Debugging Mode and get the highest authority, you can fix some problems which cannot be fixed in usual.

4. If you want to root your Android, you need to enable USB Debugging Mode first. Then you will enjoy more pleasure brought by rooting.

2. Security Problems after Enabling USB Debugging

1. There may be possibility that some junk software will be installed on your phone.

2. As long as your phone is connected with computer under this mode, your info would be exposed to others. So after you complete what you want to do, don't forget to turn it off.

3. There's some report that if your USB debugging mode is on while you are charging with a portable power source, your personal info would be stole.

All the problems mentioned here are low-rate possibility. If unfortunately, you lost your data after enabling USB Debugging Mode, you have come to the right place. You are recommended with our Android Data Recovery software which helps you retrieve deleted files easily and safely.

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August 08, 2018 10:40 / Updated by to Android Troubleshooting