How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Higher Devices (Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, etc.)

How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Higher Devices (Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, etc.)

If you have been rooting or installing custom ROMs in your Android device, then naturally you are familiar with the “USB debugging mode” for Android. USB debugging mode is a feature for developers and there are chances that you can put your Android mobile phone and tablet device at risk if you accidentally enabled it.

With this, Google has hidden the enable USB debugging mode in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and higher end phones. This guide aims to help you know how exactly you can enable the USB debugging mode feature.

The following steps below will work on all Android devices that run on Android 4.2 and higher. This includes the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Galaxy Nexus, and other devices.

Enable USB Debugging Mode Nexus 4

Here is a screenshot of the option where you can enable or disable USB debugging mode. Screenshot was taken on a Nexus 4 device running on Android 4.2.2 version build number JDQ39.

How to Find and How to Turn On USB Debugging Mode in Android 4.2 and Higher Versions

In order to see the option for the USB debugging mode in Android 4.2 devices or higher versions, just do the following steps:

  • Open your device “Settings”. This is done by pressing the Menu button and then tapping on the “System settings”.
  • Scroll at the bottom, look for “About Phone” or “About Tablet”, and then tap it.
  • At the “About” screen, just scroll to the bottom and then tap on the “Build number” seven times.
    • Make sure you tap on it seven times. You should see notice saying that you are steps away from being a developer by continuing tapping on it. If you see the message pop-up that says, “You are now a developer!”, then you have done this step correctly.

That’s it. By tapping on the “Build number” seven times, you have just unlocked the USB debugging mode on your Android 4.2 and higher version device. You can now enable or disable the option whenever you desire by going to the “Settings” -> “Developer Options” -> “Debugging” -> “USB Debugging”.


Unlocking the USB debugging mode is easy. After you have unlocked the Developer Options, you finally have access to the USB debugging mode. You can enable or disable the option easily by checking or unchecking it. To turn on or off the Developer Option, just swipe its settings to On or Off.

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