Enable USB Debugging on Android Devices

Published 31 Jul 2013

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I am currently looking at Android Development. Despite programming for iOS for a couple of years, I have never looked at Android except when doing some tutorials.

I am currently going through the developer.android.com docs to familiarize myself with all the tools, terms, acronyms etc. I also begun setting up my Nexus 7 for development.

However, I had some problems to get USB debugging to work. Nothing happened when I plugged the Nexus into my computer. It didn’t show up in Android Studio, which means that I could target it when building the app.

Turns out you have to enable Developer Mode on the Android device. However, this feature is hidden by default on Android 4.2 and later.

To make it available, go to Settings > About phone and tap Build number seven times. Android will then tell you Congratulations, you are now a developer. If you now return to the previous screen, you will find a Developer options section.

Talk about a hidden option. I love it!