What is USB debugging and how do I enable it?

Android’s USB debugging feature might sound scary, but it’s not as complex as it sounds. USB debugging is basically a way for an Android smartphone to transfer information to and from a computer. This is one of the coolest things about Android because it allows you to root your device, give ADB commands, fix a bricked phone, and more. In this article, we will explain exactly what it is and how to use it.

What is USB debugging?

As the name suggests, USB debugging is all about tracking bugs over USB. Traditionally, Android app developers have used this process to test software and find issues with using the Android Studio SDK on a computer. Nowadays, Android developers and users use it to perform tasks like installing custom recovery, archiving a device, installing a new ROM, etc.

How to enable USB debugging?

To enable USB debugging, you must first enable the “Developer options” menu in Android (if you haven’t already). Here are the complete steps:

  • Open menu Parameters your device
  • Scroll to About phone
  • Press on Model number about 7 times until you see a message saying “Developer options are enabled”
  • Press the Back button to display the menu of developer options at the bottom of the settings page.
  • Tap on it and scroll until you see the usb debugging ; tap it and tap Okay to activate it

If you have a device that runs Android 2.3 or earlier version, here are the steps to follow:

  • Open them settings
  • Press on Applications (sometimes called Applications or Application Manager)
  • Scroll down until you find the options of developer
  • Press it to activate the usb debugging

Now that everything is set, USB debugging has been enabled. You can now install custom ROMs on your Android device, or even use your smartphone remotely if you have broken the screen .

Do you have more questions about USB debugging? Let us know in the comments.