How to Turn on USB Debugging?

If you are using Android device, you may refer to the ways below to turn on USB debugging mode.

Way 1: Enable Manually

Due to different Android firmware versions, the ways to enable USB debugging mode on Android are also different. Please choose the appropriate ways.

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Check mobile operating system version

Go to Settings > About phone > Android version).

Operating System Version

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Enable USB debugging according to different OS version

According to different Android versions, you need to choose different ways to turn on USB debugging mode.

A. Steps to activate USB debugging on Android 4.4 and above:

Go to Menu > Settings (This can be found in Apps or pop-up menu.) > About phone (About, About phone or About tablet) > Keep on tapping Build number for 4 to 8 times (Once done, you will see a message which congratulates you have become a developer.) > Go back to Settings page > Unlock Developer options > Check the box next to USB debugging

Build NumberUSB Debugging

B. Steps to open USB debugging on Android 4.2-4.3:

Go to Settings > More > About device > Keep on tapping Build number for 7 times  > Go back and tap Developer options > Check the box next to USB debugging > Select OK.

Process 1 to open USB debugging on Android 4.2-4.3

Process 2 to open USB debugging on Android 4.2-4.3

Process 3 to open USB debugging on Android 4.2-4.3

C. Steps to turn on USB debugging on Android 4.0-4.1:

Go to Settings > Unlock Developer options > Check the box next to Android debugging > Select OK

Process 1 to activate USB debugging on Android 4.0-4.1

Process 2 to activate USB debugging on Android 4.0-4.1

D. Steps to enable USB debugging on Android 1.6-3.2:

Go to Settings > Applications > Development > Check the box next to USB debugging > Select Yes

Process 1 to turn on USB debugging on Android 1.6-3.2

Process 2 to turn on USB debugging on Android 1.6-3.2

You can use phone to set USB debugging mode through learning the tutorials above. Besides, Apowersoft Phone Manager also allows you to enable USB debugging mode by using App. This way is super easy. If you want to know this way, please refer to the tutorial below.

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Way 2: Enable with App

Please finish the 4 steps below to immediately turn on USB debugging by using App.

Step 1: Install Apowersoft Phone Manager on phone.

How to install Phone Manager APK on phone? Click here to learn more

Step 2: Run Phone Manager APK file. Hit the menu icon on the upper left. Tap Settings button on screen.

Settings on App

Step 3: Go to “USB debugging” and turn on “USB debugging” under the “Developer Options”.

Turn on USB Debugging

Also you can tap the connect button on the lower right on the main interface, and hit the computer icon > go to “Enable USB debugging” > “Settings” > turn on “USB debugging”.

Enable USB Debugging
Another Way for USB Debugging

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Allow USB debugging from computer

After enabling USB debugging on phone, when you connect phone to PC via USB, “Allow USB debugging?” prompt will pop up, please check Always allow from this computer and click OK to allow your computer to debug. So far, you have finished the whole process of opening USB debugging mode.

allow USB debugging from computer

Note: After enabling USB debugging, please set USB connection mode to MTP (Media device) or PTP (Camera).

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Set USB connection mode to MTP or PTP

Because some of the phones come with Charge Only or other special connection modes, in order to use Phone Manager on this type of phones successfully, please change the current USB connection mode to MTP or PTP.

Step 1: After you have enabled USB debugging mode on your phone, please use USB cable to connect phone to computer.

Step 2: In the drop-down notification menu, opt to USB computer connection option, and then check MTP or PTP mode.

set connection mode

Remarks:

Media Transfer Protocol is abbreviated as MTP, which is also casually referred to as Media device mode.

It allows using Android device to transfer various media files and connect to third-party programs on Windows and Mac.

The full name of PTP is Picture Transfer Protocol, which is known as camera mode. It can help us transfer, export photos and so on rapidly.

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Posted by: Apowersoft on to ApowerManager. Last updated on January 22, 2019

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  • I can not allow USB debugging from the computer
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      • NOT ABLE TO CONNECT THE DEVICE TO PC PLEASE HELP
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        • Dear AKIF, please kindly choose the product you are using and describe the issue here. Our professional customer service will help you from there. Thank you!
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      • cant connet to my device coolpad A8
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        • Dear Raan, have you tried both Wi-Fi and USB connections? Please make sure you are following the right steps in this article to turn on USB debugging and change your USB connection into MTP mode, as well as ensure that your USB driver is successfully installed on PC. Please describe your issue more specifically or you can contact support@apowersoft.com directly. Thank you! Have a nice day!
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      • i can't connect to this program
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        • Dear Doug, could you please leave your phone model and tell us which step you failed to operate so that we can help your better. Thank you!
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