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How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android 4.2 and Higher?

Before transferring data from iPhone to Android by using iPhone to Android Transfer, you need to enable the USB debugging mode on your Android devices. In Android 4.2, the Developer Options menu and USB Debugging option have been hidden. In former 4.X versions of Android, USB Debugging option is under Developer Options menu, which aren’t just used by developers. USB Debugging is required by adb, which is used for rooting, backing up, installing a custom ROM, tacking screenshots from computer and more.

First you need to enable Developer Options Menu

  • 1. To enable Developer Options, go to "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and tap "About phone" or "About tablet".
  • 2. Scroll down to the bottom of the "About screen" and locate the Build number field.
  • 3. Tap the Build number field seven times to enable Developer Options. Tap a few times and you'll see a countdown that reads "You are now 4 steps away from being a developer."
  • 4. When you are done, you'll see the message "You are now a developer!".
  • 5. Tap the Back button and you’ll see the Developer options menu under System on your Settings screen.
  • 6. This menu is now enabled on your device.

Now you can enable USB Debugging Mode

After you Enabled Developer Options Menu, you can go to Settings>Developer Options>USB Debugging. Tap the USB Debugging checkbox.


NOTE:  USB Debugging should only be enabled when you need it. Leaving it enabled all the time is kind of a security risk for that this mode grants you high-level access to your device. Say if you connect your Android phone to a USB charging port in a public location, the port could use the USB access to your phone to access data on your phone or install malware. This could happen when and only when USB debugging mode is enabled.


To disable USB Debugging and other developer options when you don’t need them, slide the switch at the top of the screen to OFF.