Enable USB Debugging on Samsung Galaxy Phones

USB Debugging in Android smartphones is a option for Android developers to test and troubleshoot their in-progress programs on Android phones or tablets. Like other Android powered smart phones, the USB debugging can also be found on Samsung Galaxy mobile phones. If you are a developer, you can enable USB Debugging on Samsung Galaxy phones, then install your Android app on it and test the apps in a real-world setting on a physical Android device. Basically to enable USB debugging mode on Samsung Galaxy smartphone phone enables you to transfer your self-developed apps to the smartphone via USB cable. If you want to root smartphones, flash ROM or install any custom ROM or firmware, you must also firstly turn on USB debugging mode on Samsung Galaxy. USB debugging can facilitate more efficient file transfers between a computer and an Android device compared to conventional approaches, thanks to its capacity to directly access the device’s file system. USB debugging can also be used in conjunction with screen recording and screenshot capture tools.

You can follow these general steps to enable USB debugging on a Samsung Galaxy phone.

Step 1. Enable Developer Options on Samsung mobile

Unlock your Samsung phone screen. Swipe down from the top of your screen to access the notification panel, then tap the gear-shaped icon in the top-right corner or find the Settings app in your app drawer and tap it.

Scroll down to the bottom in the Settings menu, find and tap on About phone (or “About device” depending on your specific Samsung model).

Look for Software information or Software info option and tap on it. Scroll down and tap Build Number seven times in quick succession until you see a message that says “Developer mode has been enabled” or “Developer mode has been turned on” notification. You may be asked to enter your device’s PIN, password or unlock pattern to confirm.

Step 2. Enable USB Debugging on Samsung phone

Go back to the main Settings menu. You should now see a new menu item called Developer options. Ensure the Developer options switch(upper-right) is turned on. From the Debugging section, find the USB debugging option, which might be under a section called Debugging or Debug. Tap on it to turn on or off.

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A confirmation dialog will appear warning you about the potential risks of enabling USB debugging.

Allow USB debugging?

USB debugging is intended for development purposes only. It can be used to copy data between your computer and your device, install applications on your device without notification, and read log data.

Read the message and tap OK to confirm. Go to Settings > Developer options > Default USB configuration, choose Charging phone only then you enable USB debugging successfully!

Note that enabling USB debugging gives your computer access to your phone’s system files, so be cautious when connecting to unknown or untrusted computers. Only enable USB debugging when necessary, and be careful with the commands you run.

USB debugging is now enabled on your Samsung Galaxy phone. You can now connect your phone to a computer via USB and use debugging tools for tasks like app development, data transfer, and more.

18 thoughts on “Enable USB Debugging on Samsung Galaxy Phones”

  1. I am locked out of my Samsung Galaxy S7. I am unable to enable my USB. I tried to use the remove android lock screen because it is a patter than I used and it says that my deice is not supported

    1. sorry for the inconvenience caused. Galaxy S7 is not currently supported. We will add the support to this phone model in future upgrades.

  2. My son has a Samsung Galaxy S3 phone and the Wi-Fi will not work. All the other devices in our home are working fine. Tried to gain access to some of the extra menus with the star/hashtag numbers, but won’t work. Any suggestions? Any software I can put on my home computer and debug the phone thru the plug? Thanks in advance.

    1. is the wifi connection status shows ‘connected’? If so, you can try to touch the wi-fi and lock icon besides the wi-fi network name, you may then see options such as ‘cancel’, ‘forget network’, ‘turn off’. you can try to forget the network, then scan for the network and connect again see if any help. you can also try to turn off and reconnect again.

  3. Hello, I have the Galaxy S5 with sprint, my debugging is enabled, my developer mod is on, the Wonderhare for Dr. Fone for Getting Device Information No problem does it everytime, Matching Model checks out, However the program keeps getting stuck at like 22% on the Analyze section, my phone keeps getting restarted is it supposed to take this long, it’s been like 1 hour already………Currently I’m using the free version, I’m not going to pay for something I know is not a guarantee. By the way I accidentally deleted all my photos of my baby girl from birth until now, because I thought they had been backed up on the cloud, turns out I was wrong…

    1. Hello,
      Do not buy it before you are sure the free trial version can help you scan the phone and find the lost data in the scanning process. There is no guarantee that it will work for all phones.
      what’s the specific phone model number and android version on your phone please?

  4. my samsung galaxy s5 seem to reboot every time the analysis starts. and then it window shows that connection lost. what am i doing wrong? please help

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