Galaxy Nexus: Enable USB Debugging

If you wish to use certain apps or developer tools with your Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you will need to enable USB Debugging on the device. Here’s where to find the setting.

1. Open Settings.

Android 4 Settings icon

2. Scroll down and select Developer options. If you do not see this option, you may have to enable it.

Galaxy Nexus Developer options selection

3. Check the USB debugging box.

Galaxy Nexus USB Debugging setting

4. Select OK to confirm your selection.

Confirm enable USB debugging

You have finished the steps for enabling USB debugging on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. For security purposes, you may want to disable this setting when you are finished with development or app that requires this setting.


  1. Ricardo says

    I used to see that option but now that I´ve updated to 4.2 I don´t see “Developers Option”. What can I do?

  2. AL says

    In reply to AIG:

    Google has for some reason hidden Developer Options in the newest iteration. To get to them, go to About Phone under System settings, go down to the bottom, and press Build number until it unlocks Developer Options for you (about 10 times). Now Developer Options will show up under System settings.

  3. AlG says

    I have an unrooted Galaxy Nexus just updated to 4.2 and I have no tab for Developer Options under System settings. Is this only available on rooted devices?

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