If your an Android phone user planning to flash or upgrade your device, you may need to enable USB debugging. This will provide additional access and functions necessary for using your flash tool, rooting, or even just simple USB connectivity. However, most newer Android devices have Developer Options-USB debugging disabled from the settings screen to prevent any unintentional modifications. After all, USB debugging is normally used for development purposes.

If your running Android 4.2 or higher, you’ll have to activate developers options so that you can access its menu. If your Android OS is below 4.2, then you can simply access through your settings screen.

  • Developer Options on Gingerbread (Android 2.3):
    Settings> Applications> Development> USB Debugging
  • Developer Options on ICS (Android 4.0):
    Settings> Developer Options> USB Debugging
  • Developer Options on JB (Android 4.1):
    Settings> Developer Options> USB Debugging

If you have recently upgraded your device to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or have bought a new device with 4.2 or higher pre-installed, do not be surprised if you find the  ”Developer Options” missing.

What can you do with Developers Options?

If you’re trying to install a Rom, root, or any type of modification. You are going to need to have your “Developers Options” enabled so that you can enable USB debugging. This will give you access and control of your Android device from your PC. After that, you can do whatever you want!

Among the most useful features that are found under Developer Options are as follows:

  • Enable debugging over USB.
  • Mirror Phone onto PC
  • Capture bug reports onto the device.
  • CPU usage on screen.
  • Draw debugging information on screen such as layout bounds, updates on GPU views and hardware layers, and other information.
  • Simulate app stresses or enable debugging options.

How to Enable Developers Options on Android 4.2 or Higher

Enabling Developers Options is a relatively simple process and it’ll just require a few finger exercises to perform. You just need to access your settings > about screen, locate the build section and tap it several times. It will even tell you how many times to tap to activate Developers Option. Once activated, you can’t hide or deactivate the Developers Option.

Android Phone Or Tablet

  1. Open Settings> About 
  2. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 8.0, Tab 3  or any other Galaxy device with Android 4.2, open Settings> More tab> About and tap it.
  3. If you have Galaxy Note 3 or any Galaxy device with Android 4.3, go to Galaxy Note 3 from Settings> General> About and tap the Build version 7 times.
  4. If you have any newer Android Phone, you can find it at Settings > About
  5. Now scroll to Build number and tap it several times until activated
  6. After tapping the Build Number several times, you will see a message “You are now a developer!” If you have a Galaxy S4 or any other Samsung Galaxy device with Android 4.2, the message reads as follows- “Developer mode has been enabled”.
  7. Return to the main Settings menu and now you’ll be able to see Developer Options.
  8. Tap on Developer options and mark the box in front of  USB Debugging  to enable it.
  9. To disable USB Debugging mode later, you can uncheck the box before the option
  10. To enable Developer Options, go to Settings> Developer options and tap on the ON/OFF slider on the top of the page.

Hiding your Developer Options on Android

Surprisingly, this is a one way road. Once you have Developers Options enabled, its activated forever until you do a “Data/Factory restore” on your phone, which obviously defaults this back into its out of box, factory settings.

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