Android: Enable USB Debug Mode Missing From Settings

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Anyone familiar with Android will know that USB Debug Mode is required in order for any external device (such as a Desktop PC) to communicate with your Android phone allowing for third party services to access and control your device (such as ADB).

However on some devices such as Samsung S3, this feature is missing completely – which can be rather confusing if you have not come across this problem before.

Good news is that no, it has not been removed from the device, it is just hidden from your average joe user. Instead you will need to do some crazy tapping to get your “Developer Mode” to appear in the menu’s.

 

How To Enable Developer Mode

You simply need to follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings application.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom where you will see About Phone or About Tablet if you are on a tablet.
  3. Scroll down again and repeatedly tap Build Number… until a message says “"You are now a developer.
  4. Now go back to the main settings page and you will see Developer Options in the menu.

 

You are now a developer!! (I wasted 10 years apparently actually learning stuff instead of just tapping on build number)… 🙁

Author: Dean Williams

I'm a Web Developer, Graphics Designer and Gamer, this is my personal site which provides PHP programming advice, hints and tips

  • Porfírio

    That happens on most Android phones.

    Those settings on Developer Options are hidden, some can harm your device.

    Also keeping USB Debug on is a open door to your phone. But i always keep mine on :p

    The fastest way to send some files on command line is adb.

  • Thanks Porfirio,
    Yes you are correct. ADB is very powerful and I with iOS had something similar... But oh well 🙁