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How to enable USB Debugging on Samsung Galaxy S5

Knowing how to perform USB debugging on your Samsung Galaxy S5 allows you to connect and transfer files between your PC and your phone using your USB cable. The feature is turned on in the developer options portal. Another reason why you may want to enable this feature is that in order to use Odin with your phone and flash it, you have to have USB debugging enabled. Without being able to use Odin you won’t be able to install new ROM updates if the over-the-air update is not available.

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Anyway let’s get to the point. Here is how you access the developer options and enable USB debugging on the Galaxy S5:

  1. Go to the menu
  2. Launch Settings
  3. Access the “About Device” menu
  4. Go down to “Build Number”
  5. Then tap on the build number 7 times
  6. After the 7th tap you will be told that you are now a developer
  7. Now when you go back to the settings menu, the developer options will now be enabled and you can do whatever you want in there.
  8. Now to enable USB debugging you will need to open Developer options and tick the box that says USB debugging.

If you continue to have problems connecting your PC to your phone, most likely you need to ensure that the correct Samsung drivers are installed on your PC.

Have you tried to enable USB debugging on your Samsung Galaxy S5? What do you think? Please leave us a comment below.


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  • Doesn't work on my device. I have Developer Options enabled, but fore some reason, USB Debugging is unable to be ticked. It is grayed out as an unavailable option. Any suggestions? It seems my phone does connect to my PC, so perhaps it could be an automatic function? I have model SM G900P, which is a prepaid Sprint device.

  • Nice sharing.

  • Thank you very much, it worked perfectly, although this with the 7 times tapping seems more to be a crazy voodoo than any technical procedure...

  • This still didn't help with mine. I have made sure i have the newest drivers and enabled usb debugging. Any other ideas. I can't get the pictures video's off my phone to my pc.

  • Fran Lar Aug 27, 2014 Link to comment

    Excelent! thx!

  • It is working. Thank you!

  • My1 Apr 20, 2014 Link to comment

    Well all Android devices 4.2+ have that hidden...

    But seriously, is it rly needed to enable debug for odin? For that you usually have dl mode...

  • This also worked on my s3 which lost this option when updated to 4.3

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