What is USB Debugging Mode?
USB Debugging Mode is one thing that you can not skip to know if you are an Android user. The primary function of USB Debugging mode is to facilitate a connection between an Android device and a computer with Android SDK (Software Development Kit). So it can be enabled in Android after connecting the device directly to a computer via USB.
USB Debugging Mode is also called Developer Mode in some version of Android. Then it become easier for you to understand that USB Debugging Mode establishes a direct connection between an Android Device and a computer and grants you a deeper-level actions. This new level of access gives you much more freedom of control over your Android device.
In simple words, USB debugging opens up direct access to the Android system for the Android SDK (Software Development Kit). You can have SDK downloaded on your computer, but unless you have turned on USB debugging mode, it won’t work with your device. If you want to interact with your Smartphone at deeper level, may be to flash a custom ROM, or simply root your phone or want to transfer any data from PC/laptop to your device then USB Debugging Mode is a must. Here is how to enable USB debugging on different versions of Android:
How to Enable USB Debugging Mode in Android Device:
The ways to turn on USB Debugging Mode, which is accounted for the key step in Android Rooting process, vary from one Android version to another. USB Debugging is required by adb, which is used for rooting, backing up, installing a custom ROM, tacking screenshots from computer and more.
1. Enable USB debugging on Android 2.0 ~ 2.3.x
Navigate to Settings Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging.
2. Enable USB debugging on Android 3.0- 4.1.x
Navigate to Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging.
3. Enable USB debugging on Android KitKat and Jelly Bean (4.2 and later)
In Android 4.2 and higher versions, the Developer Options menu and USB Debugging option have been hidden. In former 4.X versions of Android, USB Debugging option is under Developer Options menu.
- Navigate to Settings ” About Phone ” scroll to the bottom ” tap Build number seven (7) times. You’ll get a short pop-up in the lower area of your display saying that you’re now a developer.
- Go back and now access the Developer options menu, check “USB debugging” and click OK on the prompt.
- Now you can enable USB debugging mode by navigating to Settings>Developer Options>USB Debugging.
4. How to Enable USB Debugging on Android 5.0 Lollipop
It is the same way as Android 4.2 to enable USB Debugging on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
- Settings > About Phone > Build number > Tap it 7 times to become developer;
- Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging.
Warning: USB Debugging Mode should be turned on only when you need it. Leaving it enabled all the time is kind of a security risk for that it grants you high-level access to your device. Say if you connect your Android phone to a USB charging port in a public location, the port could use the USB access to your phone to access data on your phone or install malware. This could happen when and only when USB debugging mode is enabled.
To disable USB Debugging and other developer options when you don’t need them, slide the switch at the top of the screen to OFF.