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How to Enable USB Debugging and Developer Options in Android 4.2 and Higher

By Editorial @stacktips, On Sep 17, 2023 Blog Posts 2.27K Views

If you’re an developer, I am sure the first thing you will do after you buying your brand new Android phone is to enable the developer options. But you will notice that the the developer option is not available beforehand in your device settings for Android 4.2 and higher.

In all earlier versions of Android you can simply hop into the settings menu and go to developer options preference to enable the USB debugging. But in the latest versions of Android, Google has hidden the developer options so that non-develoeprs unintentionally won’t mess up their devices.

Here are the steps to enable the Developer Options on your phone.

  1. Go to Settings menu on your device.
  2. Go to About submenu. In some devices the About submenu will be under More/General submenu. On some other devices (On HTC devices you will have to goto Settings > About> Software Information > More)
  3. Now scroll to Build Number and tap it 7 times.
  4. After tapping 7 times you will see an alert saying You are now a developer or Developer mode has been enabled.
  5. Now if you go to your Settings menu, you will see the developer options submenu over there.
  6. Tap on the Developer options and then turn on USB Debugging.

Bingo! Now you’re a developer. You can now be able to connect your device to your computer and do your development experiment.

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