How to enable or disable USB debugging on Android

USB debugging is a mode that allows Android devices (cell phones and tablets) to communicate with computers in order to make it easier for developers to develop applications. Therefore, it only works in developer mode.

The developer mode allows certain accesses to the specialized areas of the phone that most people do not need to interact with on a regular basis. But if you want to recover deleted files from your phone via USB cable, you may need to activate both.

What is USB debugging [how to enable or disable] on Android

Why does it make sense to disable?

Although useful, this access can put the device at risk of data compromise when it is connected to any computer other than yours and without supervision. It’s common in corporate cases for enterprise support to require configuration to be disabled to protect data on your company’s mobile phone.

To enable or disable debugging, first enable developer mode.

Here’s how:

That done, let’s go the second part, as the developer mode activated.

How to enable or disable USB debugging

  1. You should then return to the Settings screen;
  2. Scroll down and go to Developer Options;
  3. In the feature list, find USB debugging to enable or disable;

This will allow Android Studio and other SDK tools to recognize your phone when it is connected via USB and you can enable USB debugging.

For non-developers, it is necessary for you to access some folders and settings for devs only on your computer (Windows or MacOS).

Debug options offer ways to configure device access and establish communication between your smartphone and the development computer.

Enable USB debugging so your Android device can communicate with your machine through the Android Debug Bridge. Note, the “Wait for Debugger” option is unavailable until you use “Select debug app” to select the application to be debugged.

It is possible that you want to uninstall options like these, just go back in the settings screen and disable the general key of the developer options or the USB debug mode. In addition, there are a number of features that do not require root.

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