Everybody can easily use Android, but there are a lot of hidden features for power users. In Developer Options, you can find most of the features which are hidden. Normal users don’t need to know about the hidden features, but it is very important to know about these hidden features for those who develop and build Android apps. Among these features, USB Debugging is one of the most renowned Android developer features.
As you are an Android user, you can not ignore it. It is necessary to know where and how to use USB Debugging, how to enable and disable it.
What is USB Debugging?
USB stands for Universal Serial Bus. USB Debugging is a mode that connects an Android device and a computer with the Android SDK (Software Development Kit) to use advanced operations. In some versions of Android, It is known as Developer Mode. It allows the Android device to receive any information, any files, any commands, and the like from the PC and allows the PC to do the same from the Android device.
If you are an Android user, sometimes you have to enable USB Debugging mode. If you have to receive something from your laptop or pc, you can easily get those things by using this debugging. At the same time, if you want to save something on a laptop or pc, you can also do so with it.
Everywhere you will find something bad. If you leave it enabled, sometimes you may face some problems. It is wise to enable this mode when you need it. If you need to plug your phone into a public USB port like a public charging station, there may be a problem to make the USB Debugging mode exposed. Any wrongdoer can easily enter into your private information. Then it will be harmful to you.
If you are plugging your phone into your personal computer or you need to use the Debugging bridge, there is no problem in this case. Then you can leave it enabled all the time. Now there is no chance to push any malware into your phone.
Here is the good news that Google has a built-in safety net: per-PC authorization for Debugging access. When you need to connect your Android device to a new PC, it will give you to approve a USB Debugging connection. If you approve access, the connection is opened. If you deny access, the connection is not built up. But some users may not know the fact, and they approve the connection at an awful time.
If your phone is lost or stolen, there will be a huge security problem. And if you leave this mode on, any wrongdoer can easily access your phone and can steal your private information. You should have Android Device Manager installed on your device, that way if it does lose or stolen you can wipe your data.
If you are not a developer, you do not need to leave USB Debugging enabled all the time. Rather you enable it when you need it, then disable it when you are finished. Though it is inconvenient, it is safe.
How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android
If you want to start installing custom ROMs, rooting, or hackery, you have to first enable Debugging mode. Enabling it is very simple and easy. It will take less than one minute. To enable, you have to follow certain steps. These steps are given below.
For Android KitKat and Jelly Bean (4.2 and later)
First of all, you have to go to settings. Then you have to go to the About Phone option and scroll to the bottom. Then you have to tab the Build number option seven times. You will find a short pop-up in the lower area of your display saying that you are a developer.
Now you have to go back and access the Developer options menu, check USB Debugging, and click OK on the prompt.
That is all you have to do for this type of Android. And after use, if you need to disable, then you have to go to settings and then Developer Options and finally uncheck USB Debugging. So, it is quite easy, isn’t it?
For Android 4.1 and 4.0
You have to settings at first and then to Developer options and enable them. For enabling developer options you have to pop-up the option seven times like before. Then you will get a Go back to the developer option you have to check USB Debugging to allow. That is all you have to do.
For Android 2.3 Gingerbread and earlier
You have to settings at first and then to Developer options and enable them. For enabling developer options you have to pop-up the option seven times like before. Then you will get a Go back to the developer option you have to check USB Debugging to allow.
How to Disable USB Debugging Mode
If you want to disable USB Debugging mode, you have to do certain steps. Otherwise, you will face some problems like causing an annoying pop-up screen. If you turn off this mode, you can prevent this problem. The process of disabling is given below.
First of all, you have to turn on your Android-based smartphone.
Then, you have to press your phone’s Menu button.
Now you have to scroll down and you will find the Applications option and then press your Enter key. If your device touch screen type, press the Applications icon.
You have to scroll down to Development. Then you have to click your Enter key or tap the Development icon.
You have to scroll down to USB Debugging. You have to uncheck the box beside it to disable it on your Android smartphone.
That is how you can disable USB Debugging mode. It will secure your phone from any problem. To protect your phone from any malware you better disable your USB Debugging mode.
USB Debugging is a buzz word nowadays. To use it properly, you have to know what is USB debugging and how to enable and disable it. The purpose of USB Debugging mode is to transfer any information, data from your phone to PC, and vice versa with no restriction. For this reason, when you need to do so, you have to turn it on. And when you are done with your work, you have to disable USB Debugging for security purposes. I hope that you have got your desired answer. Thank you.