How to Enable USB Debugging & Developer Options in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

The USB Debugging and Developer Options are hidden in latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. If we want to use that options, manually activate it. Google has rolled out latest Jelly Bean OTA update for their nexus mobiles. After the updating process, the developer option is not there in settings. Here is the guide to enable USB debugging on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean running mobiles and tablets.

Developer Options have many features for app developer to test an app on their device from PC via ADB. After enabling the debugging mode only, access the mobile from PC. ADB is used for users if they want to quickly access and run commands on their device from their PC or Laptop. In gingerbread it is placed in Settings> Applications > Development > USB Debugging. And ICS it is placed in Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging. But, after upgrading it to 4.2 it is missing. After a long time to search around, we found the way how to activate it.

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How to Enable USB Debugging and Developer Options on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean:

  • Go to – Settings > About phone.
  • Then move on to Build number option
  • Tap on Build number repeatedly about 7 times.
  • This is enough.
  • After touching 7th time you will see a message that, “you are now a developer”.

Now the option will be placed in Settings menu. Normally it placed under System in Settings menu. Then you can enable it in Developer Options and Android Debugging.

Do share in comment section to we know if you met any problem. Now you have successfully learned how to enable USB Debugging in Developer Options on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

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    • Troy says

      That’s precisely what I thought. Who in the hell would have? For those guys that did, my biggest thank you’s.

  1. Michael says

    Wow, Great Find. Without this, I’ll still be lost. Why would google do this (hiding something that is so useful)??

  2. Zeeshan says

    Hey! I have ported a ROM and it doesn’t boot. Now, I cannot enable developer options. Is there a way I can do this through build.prop?


  3. Alexander Fuchs says

    Nice work finding this out. there is also a jellybean screen when you type on Android version and a Cyanogen screen if you are using it.

  4. Nilesh Narodia says

    Hello biggest thank you to you I was tired to find debugging option after update 4.2.2 galaxy grand GT-I9082 for root it. After your help I did it thank you again.

  5. Kool Breeze says

    Is their a way to force usb debugging on I have a galaxy discover something happend and my settings and all apps are gone all that is currently working is email I tried to install the settings app from my duplicate phone and the phone says cant install unless directly from market.The only thing I can think of is an app that would force debugging on run from an attachment in my email.I tried backing up the rom from the duplicate phone and tried to install I get an authentication error.In any case it pretty much a brick at this points unless I can find a way to get a file manager installed or the setting if I could force usb debugging on then I could do full backup from my other phone and restore it with ease any suggestions would be great.

  6. Sreenivasan Subramaniam says

    Thanks .. I really missed this after update of my grand duos 19082 to 4.2.2…now got it back..Thanks again

  7. samuel says

    thanx so much………. I don’t really spend a few sec to thank usually, which is so bad of me! but thanx again!

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