How To Enable USB Debugging On Your Android Phone

With USB Debugging, you can transfer data from Android to your computer or install apps with a lot of convenience. However, when you buy a new Android phone, for example, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Xperia, Lenovo LG, Google Nexus and so on, USB debugging is not on. So you’d better enable USB debugging as soon as you buy a new Android phone. After switching to USB debugging, you can connect your Android smartphone to your PC to back up data from device to computer or drag and drop files to the phone as well.

Now the section will be divided into 3 sections to show you how to enable USB debugging for three different versions of the Android operating system.

Part 1. Enable USB Debugging on Android 5.0 Lollipop
Part 2. Enable USB Debugging on Android 4.2 or later
Part 3. Enable USB Debugging on Android 3.0 for 4.1
Part 4. Enable USB Debugging Android 2.3 or earlier

Part 1. Enable USB debug on Android 5.0 Lollipop

To enable USB Debugging on the Samsung Galaxy S6 + edges, LG G4, etc. with the Android 5.0 Lollipop system which is almost the same as Android 4.2.x: 
Step 1. Go to the settings menu, press the ” About phone ” option Scroll to find ” build number ” and press 7 times until note ” You are now developer ” appears. 

Enable USB Debugging on Android 5.0

Step 2. Go back to the previous screen, and touch ” Preferred Developer “. Check the box next to ” USB debugging “. Finally, press OK to enable USB debug mode.

USB Debugging on Android 5.0 Lollipop

Part 2. Enable USB Debugging on Android 4.2 or later

For newer Android operating systems like Android 4.2 or later, for example, Samsung Galaxy S6 / S5, you can enable USB debugging by the following steps: 
Step 1. Enter “Settings”, then click “About phone”. 
Step 2. Press ” build number ” 7 times until you get the note “You are under / developer mode”. 
Step 3. Then go back to “Settings”, then click “Developer Options”. 
Step 4. The last step, check “USB debugging”

Enable USB Debugging on Android 4.2

Part 3. Enable USB debug in Android 3.0 for 4.1

If your Android phone is Android 3.0 for 4.1, you can enable USB debugging by clicking on ” settings developer options USB debugging “

Enable USB Debugging on Android 3.0 to 4.1

Part 4. Enable USB Debugging on Android 2.3 or earlier

If you are using Android 2.3 or later version of Android, you can enable USB debugging as follows: ” settings “> ” app “> ” development “> ” USB debugging ” 

Enable USB Debugging on Android 2.3

That’s it. The steps are pretty simple, are not they? You can try it for yourself. You will find it useful if you try.

Author: Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).