Android is one powerful operating system and gives users a lot of control over their devices. With the tools available, not only can you use them to create Android apps, you can even fiddle with your device to root it or customize it according to your taste. If you are going to do either one of them in the future, one of the very first things you need to know about is USB Debugging and how to enable it on your Android device.
In today’s post, we will discuss how you can easily enable USB Debugging on your Android device in 2 minutes. So, let’s get started.
What Exactly is USB Debugging Mode?
USB Debugging allows you to connect your Android device to a computer and establish communication. The computer should have the Android SDK program to do so. SDK stands for Software Development Kit. SDKs are basically the tools that developers need to develop their applications.
USB Debugging acts as the gate of the bridge between your phone and your computer. Without the option turned on, you would be unable to send advanced commands onto your Android device. Developers need USB Debugging to push their apps on mobile devices in just a matter of clicks without having to manually sideload them.
Other people who are not looking to develop an app can use this feature in the rooting process. While the process may vary, some rooting methods involve a program that you run on your Android device from your computer. Once enabled, you can use USB Debugging and other tools to send root commands on your phone from your computer without even having to interact with it. You could even install a custom ROM that involves a similar process.
Developers usually install the Android SDK along with the Android Studio. But it can also be installed nevertheless for those who want to root their phones and perform advanced tasks. For this, you have to enable Android Debugging Mode on your Android device.
How to Enable USB Debugging on your Android Device:
There are two main steps involved to enable the USB Debugging mode on your Android device –
Enabling Developer Options
After a successful backup of your device, you now need to enable the developer options on your Android device. By default, this option is hidden so as to prevent any accidental usage. In order to reveal it, follow these steps –
1. Open Settings.
2. Scroll down and you will find “System”. Tap on that.
3. Now find ‘About Phone” and tap on it. You shall find details about your phone in this section.
4. One of these options will include “Build Number”. Tap on that rapidly for 7 times. If you have a password, you would need to enter it in order to proceed.
5. Then you will get a pop-up saying ‘You are now a Developer!”.
6. Now go back to the “System” and you will find a new “Developer Options” section which is now revealed.
Congrats! You have successfully enabled developer options on your Android device.
Enabling USB Debugging Mode:
Now that we have successfully enabled Developer Options on your Android device, the USB Debugging Mode will now be visible.
1. Go to Settings.
2. Scroll to the bottom again and go to “About Phone”. On phones running Android 10 and later, you will have to go to “System” and then “Advanced”.
3. Go to “Developer Options” and you will find “USB Debugging” under the Debugger header. Enable that by clicking “OK”.
Congrats! You have now successfully enabled USB Debugging on your Android device. To use USB Debugging mode, connect your Android device with your computer with the help of a USB Cable. You’ll now see a prompt on your Android device asking whether it should trust this computer or not. Go ahead and authorize your computer for your device.
USB Debugging makes it possible for you to interact with your phone using your computer. Now that you know how to enable it, you can go ahead and perform the OEM Unlocking process as well to ultimately root your Android device. Once enabled, your phone will prompt you for every computer you attach it to. Make sure you do not plug in your phone in public charging sockets, or turn USB Debugging off before doing so, for your safety. We recommend you to turn this feature off if you have achieved your intended task.
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