In this guide, we’ll tell you that how to Enable Developer Options, USB Debugging and OEM Unlock on Android. You may already know that the Developer and USB Debugging Options play a very vital role while performing any task on Android devices using PC. The “Developer options” is a hidden setting on Android phones that allows users to enable/disable a host of your device’ system level defaults. This hidden option also enables critical functions which are required to unlock bootloader and debug on the device. You may probably discovered “Developer options” of Android already if you’ve ever run debugging or rooted your Android device.
After enabling Developer Options, you can enable USB Debugging to debug your device over USB connection from a GUI on a PC or command line. You can also enable “OEM Unlocking” from developer options that allow bootloader unlock on the Android devices. Here, we have given a step-by-step guide on how to enable Developer Options and USB Debugging Options on Android devices.
How to Enable Developer Options, USB Debugging & OEM Unlock on Android
Follow the given steps to Enable Developer Options, Enable USB Debugging Option and OEM Unlock.
How To Enable Developer Options:
- To enable Developer options on your Android, navigate to Settings, scroll down to the very bottom of the list.
- Now, tap About Phone (or About tablet if you are using a tablet).
- Find the Build Number. You can find it right there towards the top, but on most, you’ll have to scroll down a bit on some device.
- Next, tap on the Build Number entry seven times repeatedly. On certain devices such as running Xiaomi’s MIUI, you will need to tap the MIUI version instead if the Build number.
When you’re done, you’ll see a toast message saying “You are now a developer!”.
Go back to the Settings page and you should now see Developer options right above About phone.
How To Enable USB Debugging:
- After enabling Developer Options, you can now enable USB Debugging option. Go to Settings > Developer options.
USB Debugging is not hidden into some random new category no matter which phone you use. Scroll down the Developer options Until you see the sub-heading Debugging.
- Right under the sub-heading is USB debugging, also known as Android debugging.
Toggle the switch next to it and tap OK on the warning dialog.
How To Enable OEM Unlock:
- Go to your device Settings.
Select “About phone” » tap seven times on “Build number”.
└ This will enable Developer options under Settings.
Go back to Settings » scroll down to the bottom and you’ll see Developer options menu.
Enable OEM Unlock: Open “Developer options” menu » find OEM Unlock toggle and enable it.
Enable USB Debugging: Open “Developer options” » scroll down a bit and you’ll see Debugging menu, enable “USB Debugging” option from there.
USB debugging used to a security nightmare on Android but that was until Google did something about that. Even if you enable USB debugging, it has to be allowed on the phone first before anyone with a computer can start tinkering with your phone. So as long as you use a secure lock screen you should be quite safe. Yet, if for some reason you still don’t feel satisfied, you can just go to Developer options and toggle the switch on top. This will disable all Developer options including USB debugging. When you need it, simply toggle it back on.
These were the easy steps Enable Developer Options, USB Debugging & OEM Unlock on Android devices. Let us know in the comments section below if you have any issues or questions.