Aug 23, 2014
My Digital Life Editorial Team

How to Enable Developer Options and USB Debugging Mode on Android Devices

Android’s Developer Options is a useful feature on Android smartphone, tablet or other device which provides a set of tools for developers who create, deploy, test and debug Android apps, and also several advanced options which allow user to customize or know in details about the system, such as showing CPU usage, destroying apps’ activities, forcing GPU rending for 2D drawing, showing rounded corners, enabling USB debugging, forcing the device to stay awake when charging, and etc.

All Android devices regardless of manufacturers such as Acer, Asus, Amazon, HTC, LG, Archos, Barnes and Noble, Motorola, CUBE, Reliv, Google Nexus, Samsung, Sony, Sony Ericsson, Panasonic, Toshiba, Viewsonic, Spice, Alcatel, Dell, Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi, ZTE and etc, have Developer Options built-in, but the menu is hidden by default. So you’re not going to find setting such as USB debugging without having access to Developer Options.

You can turn on the Developer Options in Android 4.2 or higher via the following method.

How to Enable and Turn On Developer Options in Android

  1. Open up the Android device’s Settings app or via tapping the Menu button while on the home screen and select System settings or Settings.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap About phone or About tablet.

    About Phone

  3. Locate and tap on Build number or Android version seven (7) times. After a few times, the screen will start counting down the your steps away from being a developer.

    Enable Android Developer Options

  4. When “You are now a developer” or “Not need, you are already a developer!” shown, the Developer Options has been successfully enabled.

    Android You Are Now a Developer

Once the Developer Options is turned on, you can now proceed to enable the USB debugging mode.

How to Enable USB Debugging Mode in Android

  1. Open up the Android device’s Settings app or via tapping the Menu button while on the home screen and select System settings or Settings.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Developer options which is usually just right above “About phone” or “About tablet”.

    Developer Options Menu

  3. Enable USB debugging option under the “Debugging” section.
  4. If prompted to allow USB debugging, tap on OK.

    Enable USB Debugging

Tip
Unfortunately, removing the Developer Options menu item is not as simple. If you’re no longer a developer (or no longer need to use functions provided by Developer Options, here’s the way to remove and hide the Developer Options.

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