How to Enable Developer Options USB Debugging Mode on Your Samsung Smartphone

If you need to flash, upgrade, root or unlock your Samsung Smartphone via any tool you need to enable USB debugging mode in order to connect and communicate with your Android device. This mode is not only useful for connectivity, but helps in sending command code to your Android smartphone. By default the USB debugging mode is disabled for any brand new device to avoid unintentional modifications on your device. But you need to enable debugging option manually for your Android development process. For different Android versions there will be different configurations to turn the USB debugging mode.

Features of Developer Options

The “Developer Options” feature is indispensable to Android developers, hackers and enthusiasts as a means to quickly access and control their device from the PC. Even if you are an average user and wish to root, install a ROM or mod on your Android device, you must turn on USB Debugging mode on your phone or tablet. And you’ll not be able to do it unless you enable Developer Options on your device first.

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

  • Enable debugging over USB.
  • Quickly capture bug reports onto the device.
  • Show CPU usage on screen.
  • Draw debugging information on screen such as layout bounds, updates on GPU views and hardware layers, and other information.
  • Many other options to simulate app stresses or enable debugging options.

How to Enable Developer Options / USB Debugging on old Android version 2.3 to 4.1

The “Developer Options / USB Debugging” has always been visible by default in all previous versions of Android.

On Gingerbread (Android 2.3):

Settings> Applications> Development> USB Debugging

On Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0):

Settings> Developer Options> USB Debugging

On Jelly Bean (Android 4.1):

Settings> Developer Options> USB Debugging.

How to Enable Developers Options on Android 4.2

In fact, the developer options lie at the core of Android development and so they cannot be removed as long as Android is an open source environment. The only change Android 4.2 brings in connection to these useful options is that now they are hidden by default  and you will have to make it available by doing some finger exercise.

  • Open Settings > About on your Android phone or tablet.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Now scroll to Build number and tap it 7 times.
  • After tapping the Build Number 7 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”.


  • Return to the main Settings menu and now you’ll be able to see Developer Options.
  • Tap on Developer options and mark the box in front of  USB Debugging  to enable it.
  • To disable USB Debugging mode later, you can uncheck the box before the option
  • To enable Developer Options, go toSettings> Developer options and tap on the ON/OFF slider on the top of the page.

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