How To Enable Android Developer Options and USB Debugging

How To Enable Android Developer Options and USB Debugging

Android OS is the most popular Open Source platform for mobile smartphones and tablets. It encourages developers of all around the world to engage in different types of activities related with development. This is the main thing that makes it distinct as an operating system for smart devices.

Android OS custom development would not have been so easier without the availability of this main feature named “Developer Options” that is by default found under the Settings of all Android devices.

With the help of available advance features of developers options any person who have a developer’s bent of mind can easily test, build, debug and package Android apps and mods. In short, developer options allow Android users to quickly access to and Android device from a PC via ADB (Android Debug Bridge) commands.

Some Basic Features of Developer Options

Developer Options is a must have feature for Android hackers, developers and enthusiasts in order to gain access and fully control their Android device from the PC.

Even if an average user wants to root, flash a ROM or mod on Android device then he have to turn on the USB Debugging mode on his smartphone or tablet. But first Developer Options should be enabled on device.

Developer Options Features Highlights:

  • Enable debugging over USB.
  • Quickly capture bug reports onto the device.
  • Show CPU usage on screen.
  • Draw debugging information on screen.
  • Layout bounds.
  • Updates on GPU views.
  • Hardware layers.
  • Simulate app stresses.
  • Enable debugging options.

In almost all previous Android versions “Developer Options” has always been visible by default:

Gingerbread (Android 2.3):

  • Settings >> Applications >> Development >> USB Debugging


Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0):

  • Settings >> Developer Options >> USB Debugging


Jelly Bean (Android 4.1):

  • Settings >> Developer Options >> USB Debugging


How To Enable Developer Options And USB Debugging On Android

It’s the fact that developer options is lie at the core of Android development, so it’s obvious that it cannot be removed as long as Android is an open source environment. But Android 4.2 brings some changes to these useful options is that now they are by default hidden and you will have to make it visible by doing some taps which is not a big deal i guess.

Here’s how you can make it visible by some finger exercise:

  • For Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note 8.0, Tab 3 or any other Galaxy device with Android 4.2 or Android 4.3:
    • Go to Settings >> Open More/General >> tap on About.
  • Samsung Galaxy Smartphone Running On Android KitKat 4.4.2. 4.4.3, 4.4.4 or Higher:
    • Go to Settings >> tab on About device.
  • For Galaxy Note 2 or Note 3 or any Galaxy device with Android 4.3:
    • In Settings >> tap on General >> then open About.
  • For HTC One, HTC One Max, HTC One M8 or any other HTC phone with Android 4.2 or Android 4.4:
    • Open Settings >> About >> Software Information >> More.
  • For LG device, LG G2, G Pro 2, LG G Flex etc:
    • Open Settings >> About >> Software Information.
  • For Nexus Devices:
    • Tap on About phone under Settings.
  • Find Build number and tap on it 7 times.
  • You should see this message after tapping the Build Number 7 times “You are now a developer!”.
  • In Galaxy S4 or on any other Samsung Galaxy device with Android 4.2, you will see this message “Developer mode has been enabled”.
  • Go back to the main Settings menu where you will be able to see Developer Options, tap on it.
  • Use the ON/OFF switch on top-right corner of the page to enable or disable the Developer options.
  • To enable USB Debugging, just tick-mark the checkbox right to it. And if you want to to disable USB Debugging mode later, then simply uncheck the same checkbox.


That’s All !

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