HomeTechnologyNewsHow to enable developer options and USB debugging on Android

How to enable developer options and USB debugging on Android

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -


Justin Duino / Instruction Geek

To enable Developer Options, on Android, go to Settings > About phone and tap “Build number” seven times. You will then have a new “Developer Options” section in Settings. USB debugging can be enabled from Developer Options.

Every Android device, from Amazon Fire TV to Samsung Galaxy, has a hidden “Developer Options” menu chock full of options. However, you don’t have to be a developer to take advantage of these secret features. We will show you how to find them.

What are the Android developer options?

As the name implies, “Developer Options”, sometimes called “Developer Mode”, is intended for Android developers. It’s a hidden menu in the Settings app with a bunch of features and options that help in testing and debugging apps.

You’ll see things like “Wireless Debugging,” “Shortcut to Error Reporting,” “Show Surface Updates,” “Screen Clipping,” and “Profile HWUI Rendering.” Many of these things mean nothing to the average user, but are valuable to developers and power users. That is why they are hidden by default.

These are not settings you should play with carelessly. With that being said, there are some developer options that can be very useful for anyone. Let’s start by enabling developer mode.

How to enable developer options on Android

First, swipe down once or twice (depending on your device) to fully expand Quick Settings. Tap the gear icon to open the Settings app.

Scroll down to the bottom of the Settings screen and tap “About phone” or “About tablet”.

touch "About of the phone".

Next, we need to find the “Build Number”. On a Samsung Galaxy device, you will first need to go to “Software Information”.

find the "build number".

Tap the “Build Number” seven times to enable Developer Options. After a few taps, you’ll see a message with a countdown saying “You are now X steps away from becoming a developer.”

Keep tapping on the build number.

After you’ve tapped enough times, you’ll see the message “You are now a developer!” and you will need to use your device unlock method to confirm.

“Developer Options” can be found in the “System” section of the Settings app. On some devices, “Developer Options” is simply on the main screen of the Settings app.

Developer Options in Settings.

That’s all about it! The Android Developer Options screen is now not hidden on your device.

What is USB debugging in Android?

One of the most used developer options is USB debugging. We’re about to show you how to enable it, but what does it actually do?

USB debugging allows a computer to communicate with your Android device. The computer also needs to have the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) installed to do this.

With USB debugging enabled, you can run commands from your computer to launch certain modes or perform tasks that cannot be activated from your phone. It is needed if you want to root your phone, install a custom ROM, or control your phone’s screen from your PC.

One thing to keep in mind is that enabling USB debugging can be a security issue. After all, you are giving your computer access to your phone. That’s why, as you’ll see below, you have to manually grant permission from your phone.

How to enable USB debugging on Android

To enable USB debugging, you will need to go to the Developer Options menu. Swipe down once or twice (depending on your device) to fully expand Quick Settings, then tap the gear icon to open Settings.

On some devices, “Developer Options” is simply on the main screen of the Settings app. Other devices place Developer Options in the “System” section.

Developer Options in Settings.

Scroll down and find “USB Debugging” under Debugging. Enable the switch next to it.


When you connect your Android device to a PC with a USB cable for the first time, you will be asked to allow USB debugging. You can tap “Allow” and select “Always allow from this computer” so you never have to do it again.

Allow USB debugging from the computer.

To remove computers that you have allowed access to your device through USB debugging, go to the Developer Options menu and select “Revoke USB Debugging Authorizations.”


That’s all there is to it to enable USB debugging! You are ready to use it. You can now use adb commands or other tools that require USB debugging access.

How to disable developer options on Android

You can disable the Developer Options setting just as easily as enabling it. This will revert all the changes you have made and hide the Developer Options once more. Just go to “Developer Options” and turn off the switch at the top of the screen.


The device will need to be rebooted to apply the change. You can always turn Developer Options back on by following the steps at the top of this page again.

Developer options are power settings for developers, but that doesn’t mean non-developers can’t benefit from them too. Developer Options are available on almost all Android devices, including Android Auto, but individual options may vary by device type. Now that you have them enabled, you’ve taken your first step into a bigger world!


- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
Must Read
- Advertisement -
Related News
- Advertisement -