How to Turn On USB Debugging/Developer Options in Android 4.2+

If you have an Android device running Android 4.2 and higher, you might be wondering how to enable USB debugging/developer options. For most customizations/mods, you must enable USB debugging on your phone.


In all previous versions of Android, you can just go into the settings menu and go to developer options sub menu to enable USB debugging. But in the newer versions of Android, Google has hidden developer options so that ordinary people don’t accidentally end up bricking their device.

Here are the steps to enable the developer options on the phone.

How to activate Developer Options (USB debugging)  

  • Go to the Settings menu on your device.
  • In some devices, the sub menu will be called “Other” or “General”. On other devices (HTC devices for the most part you will have to go to Settings> About> Software> Other).
  • Now scroll to “Build Number” and touch 7 times.
  • After touching 7 times you will see a notice that says “You are now a developer”. Developer mode has been successfully activated.
  • Now, if you go to the Settings menu, you will see the developer options sub menu.
  • Tap the options for developers, and then enable USB debugging.

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