This is a quick guide on how to enable USB debugging in Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android 7.0 Nougat and previous versions. USB debug mode in Android allows you to connect your phone / tablet / any Android device with the computer and use Android SDK with it. You can take screenshots, take a log of your phone or even test live apps as you develop etc. The option for enabling or disabling USB debugging is available on every Android device, but is usually disabled by default.
Developer option such as this puts your phone into debug mode as soon as you connect your device with a USB cable to a PC or Mac or Linux computer. We also recommend enabling this USB debugging option when you plan on performing any actions related to ADB on your phone.
How to Enable USB Debugging in Developer Options
This is for Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Android 7.0 / 7.1 Nougat and later.
Like with every new Android release, Google keeps changing and shuffling around various Android options. USB Debugging option has slightly changed in the recent releases. Since the release of Android 4.2, Google has complete buried the “Developer options” deep inside so that regular users cannot access it — or will end up messing around their basic Android settings.
So, the new settings can be accessed by following these steps:
Step 1 – Go to Settings > About phone
Step 2 – Next, scroll down till you see Build number field.
Step 3 – Tap on this field for about 7-8 times till you see the message on your screen that you are a developer!
Step 4 – Now go back to the main Settings screen and scroll down till you see the new enabled Developer options option.
Step 5 – Inside Developer options, scroll down to USB debugging field and enable it.
Step 6 – You will see a warning prompt on your screen, as shown below. Tap OK and proceed.
Step 7 – That’s it! USB Debugging is now enabled on your Android device.
How to Enable USB Debugging in Android 4.0 Phones
Here is how you can enable USB debugging on phones that are on Android 4.0 or later.
- Go to Settings.
- Scroll down and tap “Developer options”.
- Now check “USB debugging” from there.
That’s it. USB debugging is now enabled on your Android phone.