How to Enable Developer Options and USB Debugging on Android

Do you want to control your Android device via ADB (Android Debug Bridge) commands?

Want to root your Android device?

Want to flash custom ROM for your device?

If your answer is "Yes" to any one of them, then this guide is for you.

No, we are not gonna see any of the rooting, ADB or custom ROM stuffs here. But, we are gonna see the USB debugging which is needed for all the above.

Developer options have a lot of settings and USB debugging is one of them.

The Developer options are primarily meant for the developers and not for an average Android user. But, we can enable it since it opens the gate for some wonderful thing such as ADB.

Android, from its version 4.2, begins to hide the Developer options. You need to enable Developer options first to enable USB debugging.

In this post, we are gonna see the steps to enable and disable Developer options and USB debugging on Android devices (above 4.2).

The steps are easy and can be done within a minute. Let's get started.

For your quick navigation, here are the direct links:

Steps to Enable Developer Options

  • Go to Settings > About phone.
  • Tap the Build number for 7 times.

Now you can see the toast notification stating "You are now a Developer ".

You are now a developer

That's it. Tap the back button and now you can see the Developer options in the Settings.

Developer Options

It will stay in the Settings until you remove it.

Steps to Disable Developer Options

  • Go to Settings > Developer options.​
  • Tap on the switch to turn off the Developer options.
Developer Options Turned Off

This will turn off all the Developer options completely and you can turn this option on whenever you need.

But, if you prefer to completely remove this option from Settings, then use the steps below.

Steps to Remove Developer Options

There is no need to remove Developer options from your device.

But in case, if you have a good reason to do it, then go ahead.

1
  • Go to Settings > Apps
  • Find and tap Settings app.
  • Tap "Storage".
  • Click on "Clear data" button.
  • Settings App Clear Data
  • Now you can see the confirmation popup. Please read that carefully. Because that's gonna happen when you press the OK button.
  • Delete Settings App Data Confirmation
  • If you are OK with that, Press OK button.

Now the Developer options may be gone. It is important to note that the above method does not work for all the devices.

2

If the above method fails, then I suggest you to try this method.

You need to perform the Factory reset to remove this option from your phone.

The Factory reset will delete all your data. So, I suggest you to take a backup before doing the Factory reset.

Steps to Enable USB Debugging

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Developer options.
  • Find and enable the USB debugging option.
  • Tap OK for the confirmation popup.
  • Allow USB Debugging Confirmation
    Enabled USB Debugging

Steps to Disable USB Debugging

  • Go to Developer options.
  • Find and disable "USB debugging".
  •     Disabled USB debugging

I hope that the information in this post is useful to you. If you find the information in this post useful, share this post with your friends.​

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