How to enable USB debugging and developer options in Android 4.2 and higher (Android 4.2/Android 4.3/Android 4.4)

If you’re having an android device with running Android 4.2 or Android 4.3 you might be wondering where the developer options went. For most of the customizations you will need to enable the USB debugging on your phone. In all the previous android versions you can simply hop into the settings menu and go to developer options submenu to enable the USB debugging. But in the latest versions of android, Google has hidden the developer options so that people with less knowledge won’t mess up their devices.

Anyway if you have been trying to figure out the way to enable USB debugging don’t search any more. Here are the steps to enable the Developer Options on your phone.

How to enable Developer Options submenu(USB Debugging) on Android 4.2/Android 4.3/Android 4.4:

    1. Go to Settings menu on your device.
    2. Go to About submenu. In some devices the About submenu will be under “More”/”General” submenu. On some other devices (mostly HTC devices you will have to goto Settings> About> Software Information> More)
    3. Now scroll to “Build Number” and tap it 7 times.
    4. After tapping 7 times you will see an alert saying “You are now a developer”/”Developer mode has been enabled”.
    5. Now if you go to your Settings menu, you will see the developer options submenu over there.
    6. Tap on the Developer options and then turn on USB Debugging.

So I hope I have helped you. Let me know if you have any doubts.

76 Comments
  1. Reply
    Muhammad Usman Dec 24, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Thanks bro..its working

  2. Reply
    Vishal Feb 19, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Great .. it really works :)

    • Reply
      Plato P Feb 20, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks for commenting Vishal.

  3. Reply
    deep Feb 21, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Got it…. Thankzzz..

    • Reply
      Plato P Feb 21, 2014 at 8:52 am

      You’re welcome. Glad we could help you.
      If you have anything you want us to write a tutorial for, please feel free to ask. :)

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        kenneth Mar 1, 2014 at 3:31 am

        i did that on my clone blackberry z10 but it didn’t work….help please

        • kenneth Mar 1, 2014 at 3:36 am

          it is korea version…android version 4.2.2

        • Plato P Mar 2, 2014 at 7:57 am

          Does it have Google Android or some other forked version of Android?
          Google’s version of Android should show the developer options the way we have described above. May be Android developer forums will help you in case if it is not still available for you.

  4. Reply
    HTC ONE USER Mar 3, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Great, this is what i looking for, been searching for this one and finally met this helpful article

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      Plato P May 17, 2014 at 10:52 am

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    Kamran Mar 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    thanks i work but i still don’t get root access xperia zl android 4.3

    • Reply
      Plato P Mar 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Hi Kamran,
      Rooting is an entirely different procedure. We will cover that if you would like to see how it is being done. But I must warn you, rooting will void your warranty and is only recommended if you’re an advanced computer/smartphone user.

      • Reply
        Kamran Mar 4, 2014 at 6:16 pm

        Hi Plato
        i understand the risk. without root access i can’t uninstall antivirus and modify some games. I got some root application but it did’n work

        • Plato P Mar 4, 2014 at 6:27 pm

          Hi,
          I will try to write up a rooting procedure for Sony Xperia ZL very soon. :)

        • Kamran Mar 4, 2014 at 6:41 pm

          thank you very much. could you send it to my e-mail pleace

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    Plato P Mar 4, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Hi Kamran,
    Just subscribe to our newsletter by signing up using the link given below so that you don’t miss it. You will get all our stories via email once you subscribe to us.
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    Kamran Mar 5, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Plato
    i have subscribed. Good luck

  8. Reply
    kris Mar 6, 2014 at 9:52 am

    gud job

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      Plato P May 17, 2014 at 10:52 am

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    abhishek Mar 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Will it void the warranty by doing this???

    • Reply
      Plato P Mar 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      No, enabling USB developer options will not void your warranty, but rooting will.

  10. Reply
    sunil Mar 21, 2014 at 10:51 am

    thanks brother…………

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      Plato P May 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

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    madhu Apr 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Its working, thank you for the tip :)

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      Plato P May 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

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    Lisa Apr 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for that – totally worked except the ‘build number’ option wasn’t where you said it was on my phone, I had to go and check other places – but at least I knew what to look for :)

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      Plato P May 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

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    Nuster Apr 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Great, thanx a lot this solved my problem with Eclipse ;]

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      Plato P May 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

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    Nuster Apr 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Great stuff, exactly what I was looking for, my missing options :)

    Thanx again!!!

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      Plato P May 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

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    sepehr N Apr 24, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks a lot.it’s work.

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      Plato P May 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

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    kelvin Apr 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    how can you disable this submenu??? with sony xperia z??? if i didnt want the submenu anymore?

  17. Reply
    Virendra May 14, 2014 at 10:41 am

    GR8 information!!!! Thanks a lot!!

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      Plato P May 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

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    hinzaldi May 14, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    thanks!

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      Plato P May 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

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    Gaurav Sharma May 17, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Thank you. Saved me a lot of time.

    • Reply
      Plato P May 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

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  20. Reply
    ark May 17, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks Plato !!

  21. Reply
    rupesh May 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    thanks a ton!!!

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    ali Jun 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    first I want to say thanks and I have a question is there any way to hide it again or not?

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  24. Reply
    Long Jul 4, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Thank you…

  25. Reply
    Joe Jul 17, 2014 at 2:42 am

    How does anyone figure this stuff out? trial and error? let me try to tap build number 7 times to allow me to see the option?!?! MINDBLOWN!

  26. Reply
    taiwo Jul 18, 2014 at 8:16 am

    After Tapping(fast) 7 times I tried 8,9,10……..n still developer option is not coming up. My device is S4mini pls help.

  27. Reply
    Android Themes Aug 26, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Huh… You saved me alot of time ;) Thanks.

    • Reply
      TechNewsCentral Aug 26, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Glad you found it helpful!

  28. Reply
    Senoda Sep 4, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Thanks bro!

  29. Reply
    Oldie Hacker Sep 8, 2014 at 9:06 am

    This webpage info is Gold Dust!
    I have been attempting to root Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 – GT-P5110, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean P5110XXDMH2 for loooong time. Finding THIS site and 15secs later… Developer Options exposed in Settings!!!!! Run Kingo Android ROOT and done and dusted :-)
    You have made an oldie very happy. Cheers Dude!

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      TechNewsCentral Sep 8, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      I’ glad you’re happy! Great that we could help!

  30. Reply
    Moemen Sep 10, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Like someone here says, how does someone figure that out? 7 taps build number… lol

  31. Reply
    joshua Nov 2, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Oh my God you are a Genius thanks a lot! Hahah ive been dying to figure out where it went. Thanks to you guys and the internet. Lol

  32. Reply
    Innosaint Nwoke Nov 23, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Ok sincerely speaking, when I saw tap it 7 times it sounded lame. Like someone is trying to make a joke of desperate guys. But damn, this is genius. I’m really impressed. Worked like magic, tnx.

  33. Reply
    harry Dec 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Yes it works flawless, you are savior man

  34. Reply
    Mariam Mohamad Dec 30, 2014 at 10:22 am

    When I tapped on “Build number” a small popup appeared telling that “No need, you are already a developer” and then when I went to developer option the “USB Debugging option” is not activ….I am still not able to activate it.

    • Reply
      Kronos Jun 23, 2015 at 6:11 am

      If you have a Phone or whatever already connected, Unplug it and then you should be able to activate it.

  35. Reply
    WorquesCZ Feb 21, 2015 at 10:14 am

    How to “unenable” developer mode?

  36. Reply
    thormas pula Apr 17, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Here is the sreen short of it

  37. Reply
    Anand Anand May 26, 2015 at 7:03 am

    i hv HTC D816 w..i hv tppd 7 times bt its nt wrkng..plz help

    • Reply
      Anand Anand May 26, 2015 at 7:04 am

      i tappd on build number…

  38. Reply
    Waleed El-Badry Jul 5, 2015 at 2:44 am

    Thanks

  39. Reply
    IP Jul 9, 2015 at 12:18 am

    thanx , it helped me

  40. Reply
    MS Jan Jul 30, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I have Q mobile i9 kitkat 4.4.2, there is no option of buil number in “about phone” plz help out.

  41. Reply
    HUNTER romeo Jul 31, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    I want to root my phone . which option i select in the USB debugging option

  42. Reply
    josemwarrior Oct 5, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks man! I was gonna crazy with this…

  43. Reply
    mohamed elmontasir Oct 26, 2015 at 9:20 am

    hello guys…am having Sony experia SP C5302 am trying to make a software for it and i was forget to enable USB debugging and my phone now it’s switch off.

  44. Reply
    chest Nov 3, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Honestly, the s@# Google thinks of..I get their sense of humor and everything but this is just stupid. Just put the option in the menu and have a big warning message pop up. Why is that hard.

  45. Reply
    darwin munoz Aug 20, 2016 at 11:21 am

    but can’t transfer my file phone to computer im try your command but not work on my android pls help me

  46. Reply
    Miro Dec 17, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Much obliged. Worked right. Thanks

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