Learn Effective Solutions To Turn ON USB Debugging On Android Phone When It Is Locked!
Overview: After going through several Android forums and community websites, I have noticed that there are various Android users seeking for the help or solutions on how to enable USB debugging on locked Android phone? So, in this article I have decided to offer some of the effective solutions that will help you to enable USB debugging on Android when its screen is locked. Just follow the solutions and their steps and you are done through.
We will start with couple of real user practical scenarios!
Practical Scenario 1: User Want To TURN ON USB Debugging On Locked Mi 5S
I just got a secondhand Mi5S (technically it’s a thirdhand) with distributor rom, and then I updated it to china stable rom via updater, unfortunately my phone got locked saying it’s associated with mi account. The usb debugging is off, I wonder if there is any way to enable the usb debugging? I’ve seen a way which opens the settings via google app but mine is china rom so there’s no google app. Please give me a help so I can install twrp and flash custom rom
Source: MIUI Forum
Practical Scenario 2: User Looking For Help On How To Enable USB Debugging on Locked Samsung Phone
I have a Samsung J5 Prime (SM-G570F/DS) that has been factory reset and now asking for Google account.
I’ve read this can be bypassed if ADB is enable. So I would like to know a way to do so.
As I have access on Recovery menu and Download Mode, should I flash something that can enable USB Debugging?
Your help will be appreciated.
In both the above example, users want to enable or turn ON USB debugging on Android phone. But they do not have any idea on how to bypasss locked Android and enable USB debugging.
So, if you are also encountering similar kind of issue on your Android phone or tablet, then don’t worry at all. Below we have provided some of the effective ways to enable USB debugging on locked Android.
But before that let us know what USB debugging on Android actually means.
What Is USB Debugging On Android Means?
As per PC Mag, the definition of USB debugging mode is as follows:
A developer mode in Android phones that allows newly programmed apps to be copied via USB to the device for testing. Depending on the OS version and installed utilities, the mode must be turned on to let developers read internal logs.
In another simple word I can say that, USB debugging mode that can be enabled when you connect your Android to PC. Once, connected you can then transfer files from Android to PC.
However, the main function of USB debugging mode is to establish the connection between Android and a PC with Android SDK (software development kit). Android SDK is a software suite that is designed to help in the development of Android apps. Many Android developers use this software to create apps.
Alright that’s enough of USB debugging mode, coming back to the topic, here comes the effective solutions that you can follow to enable USB debugging on locked Android – whether you don’t know or forgotten screen lock password, PIN or Pattern lock or due to any other reasons your Android device got locked or inaccessible.
Note: Below mentioned solutions is applicable to all Android phones and tablets such as Samsung, LG, HTC, Panasonic, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, Google Pixel, Xiaomi, Huawei, Motorola, Lenovo, Sony, Meizu, ZTE, Nokia, etc.
Solution 1: Unlock Screen Lock By Using Android Lock Screen Removal Tool To Enable USB Debugging
If your Android phone screen lock is locked and you don’t know or forgotten the password, PIN or pattern lock, then you have to first remove the screen lock of your Android device, by following the solutions mentioned in this article: How to Remove or Bypass Samsung Screen Locks – [PIN, Pattern, Password or Fingerprints] (though it is mentioned Samsung, but most of the solutions is same for all Android phone and tablet).
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Below, follow the easy steps to remove locked screen of your Android device by using Android lock screen removal software.
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Steps To Bypass/Remove Android Locked Screen
Step 1: Connect Your Android Device
First of all download, install and launch Android lock screen removal program on your computer and select the “Unlock” option among available module.
After this connect your Android phone to your computer via USB cable. Then click on “Start” on the software.
Step 2: Select Device Model To Download Recovery Package
The recovery package for different phone models is different, hence, it is very important that you must select right phone model. All the supported phone models can be found in the list.
After selecting the correct phone models, click on “Next”.
In the next window, type word “confirm” in order to make sure that you have selected the right model of the device of which you want to unlock locked screen.
Step 3: Enter Into Download Mode
Now follow the onscreen instructions to enter into Download Mode.
- Switch OFF the phone.
- Press and hold Volume Down button + Home button + Power button at the same time.
- Press the Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
Step 4: Download Recovery Package
Once your phone enters into download mode, it will start to download recovery package. Just wait for the download to get complete.
Step 4: Remove Android Locked Screen Without Any Data Loss
When the recovery package download gets completed, Android lock screen removal will begin the process to remove the screen lock. Once, the process gets complete, you can then access your phone as usual and you don’t have to enter any password, PIN or pattern lock.
All data stored within the device will remain in the device, there will no data loss. Now you can unplug your Android device from your computer and you can set new password, PIN, Pattern or Fingerprint lock of your choice.
Now once you have successfully removed the screen lock from your Android by using Android lock screen removal software, you can now follow the below steps to easily enable USB debugging on Android phone or tablet.
Steps To Enable USB Debugging On Android After Removing Screen Lock
- On your phone go to Settings > About Phone > Build Number (the path may change for different Android model).
- Continue to tap on “Build Number” for 7 times (work for Android 4.2 or newer OS version).
- After continuously tapping on Build Number for 7 times, you will see the following message “You are now a developer!”
- Go back to Settings, you will now see extra feature of “Developer Options”, simply tap on it.
- Check mark the box next to “USB Debugging”.
- A new pop-up message will appear asking the confirmation to Allow USB debugging, simply tap on “OK”.
Congratulations! You have successfully enable USB debugging on locked Android.
Solution 2: Wipe Data/Factory Reset To Enable USB Debugging On Locked Android
I would suggest you to perform this solution as the last option, because wipe data/factory reset will erase all data from your Android device. However, you can immediately use Android Data Recovery software to recover data from Android after factory reset.
So, how do you enable USB debugging on locked Android via wipe data/factory reset?
For that you have to first remove the locked screen by entering into Recovery Menu on Android and then you can easily enable USB debugging.
To do that follow the below steps!
Steps To Wipe Data/Factory Reset On Locked Android To Turn On USB Debugging
- First of all Turn Off your Android phone.
- Now enter into recovery mode by pressing one of the most popular key combinations. Press “Power Button + Volume Up Button + Volume Down Button”. Please note that key combination will differ from phone to phone. Hence, it is suggested that you must first check online (just Google it), which key combinations work for your phone model.
- After pressing the following key combination, you will see the Android bootloader menu on your screen. Select the “Recovery Mode” and press Power button to confirm and enter into recovery mode.
- Once, you are in recovery mode, use the Volume down button to and press Power button to select “Wipe data/factory reset” option.
- This will start the process of wipe data/factory reset on your Android.
- After the completion of process, select the option “Reboot system now”.
This will restart your device in normal mode as usual and it will not ask you to enter any screen lock password, PIN, pattern or fingerprint.
Thereafter you can follow the steps mentioned in the solution 1 above to enable USB debugging on your Android after removing screen lock.
Bonus Tips: Related Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enable USB debugging on my Android with a broken screen?
I have also found that there are many people out there asking questions on how to enable USB debugging on Android with broken screen or whose touch screen is not working at all.
Well, not to worry there is a solution that you can follow to enable USB debugging on Android with broken, damaged smashed screen or whose Android phone screen has gone black or touch is not working completely.
Here follow the steps!
Steps To Enable USB Debugging On Android With Broken Screen
- First of all get OTG cable and USB mouse. Please ensure that your phone support OTG cable for connection. Also make sure that your phone is fully charged, because USB mouse will eat up more battery power.
- Next, connect your Android phone and USB mouse with the use OTG cable.
- Once, successfully connected, you can then use mouse to make action on your phone.
Now follow the steps mentioned in the Solution 1, that is – Steps To Enable USB Debugging On Android After Removing Screen Lock (but this time you have to make use of mouse to make action on the phone).
How do I enable USB debugging with ADB on Locked Android?
This is another popular questions that many Android user asking on various community and forum websites that is – how to enable USB debugging on Android via ADB command on locked Android?
Well, now your query will end here. Below follow the steps to enable USB debugging on Android via ADB command.
But before that let me tell you that Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is intended for development purpose only. It allows you to copy data between your computer and device, install APKs on your device without notification and read log data. No touch screen is required in the whole process.
Steps To Enable USB Debugging On Android via ADB Command
Note: Try the steps at your own risk as because the steps require the knowledge of codes and hectic process, if there is a small wrong movement, then it could result in damaging your android and you may end up bricking your phone completely.
- First of all install ADB from XDA Developer and follow their tutorial carefully. Since you need to enable USB debugging on screen locked Android, you need to enter ClockworkMod Recovery Mode.
- Boot your device into ClockworkMod Recovery Mode by pressing and holding down the following key combination at same time – Power + Home + Volume Up/Down Please note that different Android phone models have different key combinations, so please do a quick Google search for your phone models.
- Check the connection if the ClockworkMod Recovery loading is finished.
- Now type line adb devices in command prompts.
- Now backup all data on Android with – “adb pull / data / media / clockworkmod / backup ~ / Desktop / Android-up”
- Next perform wipe data/factory reset on Android.
- Once the process gets complete, simply reboot your device.
Your device will now restart as usual and you can then follow the steps mentioned in Solution 1, i.e. – Steps To Enable USB Debugging On Android After Removing Screen Lock.
As of now you are aware of the few effective solutions and techniques that you can follow to enable USB debugging on locked Android. And I am sure that above-mentioned solutions will definitely going to help you to easily turn ON USB debugging on screen locked Android.
However, among them the easiest solution is to use Android Lock Screen Removal software to remove screen lock PIN, password or pattern lock and then follow the simple steps to enable USB debugging on Android.
If this article helped you in enabling USB debugging on locked Android, then please share this article as it can help many other people out there.
Max Field is a founder of recoverandroid-data.com. He is an Android lover and loves to write tips, tricks, fixes for errors, data recovery solutions and more related to Android.