How to Enable USB Debugging on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Powered Phone/Tablet

Google’s open source mobile platform, Android is now the widely used mobile OS and everyone loves it because of its openness and ability to bends it accordingly to user needs. When we talk about Android, custom firmwares, ROMs, rooting are close terms and you should be no stranger to those terms of you know little deep info about Android. If you are aware of those terms, you might be also addicted to “USB Debugging mode”.


Unlike Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, the USB debugging option is hidden with the launch of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean version. Since firmware updates is not everyone’s cup of coffee, developers at Android have hidden it from normal audience as to avoid the risk of bricking their device. But for developers it turned out to be pretty easy and let’s find out how to enable USB debugging on Android 4.2 powered phones and tablets.

  • Go to Menu and then tap on Settings > About Phone or About Tablet on your Device.About Phone Android 4.2
  • In the About tab, scroll down to Build Number and tap on it Seven times.
  • As soon as you do that, a pop up dialogue will appear saying “You are now a developer” appears.USB Debugging Android 4.2
  • This indeed doesn’t activate debugging mode and you have to activate it by going through Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging and check it.USB Debugging Enabled

So that’s it. Enabling and Disabling the USB debugging on Android 4.2 is not that big task.