Enable USB debugging on Nexus Tablet

Android users can turn on USB debugging to do many things they can’t do when the USB debugging is set to off. Since you are here, you may have your reason to enable USB debugging on your Android phone or tablet. In this guide, we will talk about how you can enable USB debugging on Nexus. Google Nexus 7 is a very popular Android tablet. So we will be using Nexus 7 in the demo. If you are using other Android devices, Nexus smartphones or tablets, the procedure might be slightly different.
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USB debugging is intended for development purposes only. Use it to copy data between your computer and your device, install apps on your device without notification, and read log data. In another tutorial, we showed how you can recover lost files from HTC phones. If you have read that, you know we have to enable USB debuggings on the phone before we can recover lost data from our Android phones and tablets.

How to Enable USB debugging on Nexus Tablet?

Generally speaking you can find USB debugging option under the Developer Options on Android phones and tablets. However when you head to the Settings on your Nexus tablet, you can’t find Developer Options there. It is because this option is disabled by default. You need to turn on Developer Options, then find and activate USB debugging option under the Developer Options on Android devices. It is quite similar with the USB debugging enabling on Samsung Galaxy phones. Now follow below instructions to turn on USB debugging on your Nexus tablets

Step 1. Enable Developer options on Google Nexus 7

Go to Settings on your Nexus 7, there will be the “About device” or “About tablet” at the bottom of your tablet screen.

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Tap on About tablet, to open and view the important information of your device. You can find info such as system updates, status, model number, Android version, Kernel version, build number from this screen.

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Build Number is the item we are looking for here. You can find it at the bottom of the list. Tap on Build Number several times until you see a pop-up message saying “You are now a developer”.

Step 2. Enable USB debugging on Google Nexus 7

USB debugging is nested in Developer Options on Android phones and tablets. In order to enable USB debugging on Nexus 7, we have to enable Developer Options on Nexus first which we have done in step 1 above. Now we can head to the Settings on Nexus 7, you should find the Developer Options in your Settings. Tap to open it, you should now find the USB debugging beneath.

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Tap on the check box besides the USB debugging option, you will get a pop-up dialogue with a warning message saying “Allow USB debugging?” and a detailed explanation about what is USB debugging. Choose Cancel button to exit and not turn on USB debugging, choose OK to enable USB debugging instantly.

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If you are using an HTC phone, you can refer to this guide to turn on USB debugging on HTC phones.