{Guide} How to Enable USB Debugging on Android Device in 2020?

Android designed and developed by Google is one of the most popular and most used platforms currently available in the market. Now, as you know that Android is an open-source platform that allows you to do full customization. A person can customize skin design and a lot of other things. But, to perform this particular task, you have to enable the hidden Developer Options menu followed by the USB Debugging option.

Now, in this article, we’ll learn about the USB Debugging option. Well, USB Debugging is one of the popular features for an Android device that helps to connect your device to the PC or a Mac.


Usually, USB Debugging comes into play when you develop the Android kit or want to install any file or perform any ADB & Fastboot command using the computer. Now, before moving on, let’s have a brief insight into USB Debugging and how it performs and what are its advantages.

What is USB Debugging?

USB Debugging is a hidden feature in Android, which allows your Android device to communicate with the computer. It accesses the advance options via the help of Android SDK Platforms. SDK is the Software Development Kit.

A big question arises in a lot of your minds, and that is what is SDK helpful for. So, SDK offers you to access some of the specific areas on the Android device which most people don’t need. As it is used to securely access specialized areas; therefore, it is under the ‘Developer Options’, and you know the developer option is also hidden for normal Android users.

You can also install the Android SDK if you want to enable the root access of your device or perform any other tasks like installing custom ROMs. Now, as you already have a brief insight on USB Debugging, and Android SDK, it’s time to learn how you can enable USB Debugging on any Android device.

Enabling USB Debugging on any Android Device

Before moving on, do remember that every Android device has the same options and processes to enable the feature. Here is the step-by-step guide which will help you enable USB debugging on Android devices.

i) Unlock your device, quickly navigate to the Settings Options menu on your smartphone.

ii) Now, go to About Phone >> Build Number >> Tap 5-7 times on the Build Number.

Enable Developer Options Screenshot

iii) Hit the back button to reach the settings option and scroll down. You can see the ’Developer Options’ activated.

iv) Tap on the ‘Developer Options’ just next to the About Phone.

Note:- For Android v9.0 Pie or later, you need to go to Settings >> System >> Advanced >> Developer Options.

v) Now, when you open the Developer Options menu, you’ll see the USB Debugging toggle option. Tap on it to ‘Enable USB Debugging on Android.’

Enable USB Debugging Screenshot

vi) You’ll get the warning with a message ‘Allow USB Debugging?’ Just Tap on ‘OK’ to confirm.

vii) Congrats! You have successfully Enable USB Debugging on Android devices.

Now, as soon as you enable the USB Debugging option on your device, you can know quickly connect your Android to the Windows PC or Mac via a cable.

Again when you try to connect your device to PC, you have to enable the debugging permission on your smartphone screen. Just confirm it by checking the box to tell your computer that it is a trusted device.

Note:- In case you mistakenly rejected the device you can fix it by select Revoke USB Debugging authorizations. Here are the steps to fix this issue.

Revoke USB Debugging Authorizations Screenshot

  • First, disconnect your device via the USB cable and open settings options.
  • Now Go to System >> Developer Options >> Tap on Revoke USB Debugging authorizations and tap on ‘OK.’
  • Once done, tap on connect your device again to the PC and Mac and allow the Debugging permission.

See Also:- Do you know that we have a separate guide on How to Install ADB and Fastboot Too? Do check this out.

Does USB Debugging Safe for Android Device?

Well, USB Debugging gives your device access to the computer when you connect your device with it. However, to avoid this you should disable the USB Debugging option once you’re done with it.

The purpose of disabling USB Debugging is to secure your device data. When you leave your device enabled with the USB Debugging options, your smartphone becomes vulnerable, and your data is compromised.

Therefore, I will recommend you to turn off or ‘disable USB Debugging on Android’ when not in use. Moreover, you should also revoke the access of your device from the previously connected computer to keep your device data safe and secure.

What is the primary role of USB Debugging on Android?

We have already mentioned that enabling USB Debugging lets you and your system to access your device. The main role for enabling USB Debugging is to push your device to a new extent and even help you to install root or unblock bootloader or flash any third-party file to your device.

Apart from that if you love Android and develop an app on Android Studio and want to test it, you can do that by connecting your Android device to other devices. You can directly port the APK file to the device and sideload the APK file.

The Conclusion

So, this is the complete step-by-step guide that will help you enable USB Debugging on Android devices. Whether you want to install a Custom ROM on your device, MIUI 11, or want to Root your Android device you first have to enable USB Debugging on our device.

Overall, USB Debugging gives you special permissions and access to connect your device with the Windows PC. Now, if you have any queries or suggestions, do let us know in the comment section. We’ll be happy to assist you!

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