How to enable USB Debugging mode on Android phone?

How to enable USB Debugging mode

by Alex Gustman

Updated: February 14, 2022

In the tutorials for changing the firmware or unlocking the bootloader, there is often a requirement to enable USB debugging. The sequence of actions is usually not attached, because experienced users know where the option is located. For beginners, however, it is not possible to find this option, as the setting is located in a hidden partition. How to find the hidden partition and enable USB debugging, we will tell you in this article.

Where do I enable USB debugging?

The option is located in a special section named Developer Options. By default, the section is hidden and unavailable to the user as it contains important settings.

To access the developer section you must:

1. Open the system settings.

system settings

2. Scroll to the end of the section where you open the “About phone” item. In MIUI smartphones, this item is at the beginning of settings.

about the phone

3. Scroll down to the build number.

build firmware

4. Seven times without interruption, tap on the build number.3-4 taps before unlocking, there will be a message on the screen: After the specified number, you will open the “Developer Options” item.

developer options

5. When you have finished, the message will pop up: “Congratulations, you have become a developer”. This means that you have opened a hidden option.

debugging on usb

Now that the hidden partition is active, return to the general device settings. The “Developer Options” item will appear above. Click on the new item and in the next window go down below where you flip the switch to “USB debugging”.

Important: If USB Debugging is no longer required, deactivate the option, for safety reasons.

The procedure described is valid for all devices up to Android 4.0.4. The first time you connect to a computer, on the screen of your smartphone or tablet, you must tick the box agreeing that you trust the computer in question.

What is USB debugging mode for?

If you’re not an Android app developer, you probably don’t need it, and you shouldn’t enable debug mode. Debug mode is primarily intended for android developers, as it allows you to perform various tasks related to programming and creating android applications.

Why is USB debugging not working?

To operate in debugging mode, a functioning USB cable with data transfer capability is required. It is preferable to use a factory cable. A suitable USB driver must also be installed on the computer. The USB debugging option must be activated in the device settings, and once connected to a PC or laptop, the screen must confirm the connection using debugging. If you have followed the steps described but debugging is not available, you may have a problem with the USB port.

Why can’t ti enable USB debugging Android?

The likely reasons are as follows:

  1. Unsuitable USB cable.
  2. Drivers are not installed on the PC or laptop.
  3. The port on the PC or notebook does not detect the mobile device.
  4. USB port of the mobile device is not working.
  5. After connecting to PC, debugging is not confirmed on the mobile device screen.

How can I recover data from a broken phone without USB debugging?

If the phone powers on – copy all data by any available method. The phone can be restored to a working state for data extraction. If the phone does not switch on at all and the nature of the fault cannot be determined, all that remains is to re-solder the memory to a working phone and retrieve the data. It is best to have all complicated repair and recovery operations carried out in a repair shop.


How do I debug my Android phone?

First you need to enter Deloper Options, which is hidden by default. To do this, unlock the relevant menu in the phone settings. Open the settings. Select the “About phone” menu. Press “build number” 7 times until you see a message telling you that the Developer menu has been unlocked. Then go back to the main settings menu and select “Developer Options”. Then activate the desired option.

How do I enable USB debugging on my Android with a broken computer screen?

If the screen works and continues to display information, you can connect a USB mouse and activate the appropriate item in the settings menu.

How do I enable USB debugging on my Huawei Android phone?

Open “Settings” then “System” followed by “About phone”.
Continue tapping on “Build Number” until the message “You are already a developer” appears. Go back to settings, select “System” and then “Developer options. Scroll down and activate the “Enable USB debugging” option.

How do I enable USB Debugging on Samsung?

The method is the same as described above.

How do I reset USB debugging?

In the device settings, go to “Developer Options “. Locate the item with USB debugging enabled and deactivate the option.

Can I Enable USB debugging using ADB?

Yes. Provided the bootloader is unlocked. You need to mount the device memory, extract and edit the settings file for USB debugging to work, and then load the edited file back into the phone.

How do I change USB settings on Android?

Open the “Developer Options” menu. Scroll down to “USB configuration”. Open the item and select your preferred option.

How do I enable USB debugging in Google pixels?

The method is the same as described above.


We have described here how to enable USB debugging mode on android devices. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

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