How To Enable Developer Options on Android 4.3 Devices


After a long wait  my Samsung Galaxy S3 finally received the Android 4.3 update. The changes from Android 4.2 are very much noticeable on Android 4.3 as the entire UI has gone through major changes and it looks much better now.

But here’s a bummer, By default the developer options is kept hidden in Android 4.3. I guess the main reason behind hiding the developer options might be to prevent normal users from fiddling with the settings, which is not something to be worried about. For basic users the developer options might not be of much use, but if you are an advanced android user, then the developer options would be very important to you.  Such was the case with me.

After installing the Android 4.3 update, i immediately proceeded with rooting my phone and in my case i had to enable USB debugging. This is where i found out that the developer options was hidden in Android 4.3. After spending some time researching on the internet, I was finally able to figure it out.

So if you need to use the developer options in Android 4.3, here is how you can make it appear on your Android 4.3 smartphones, tablets and other devices. Here is how I enabled the developer options on my Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.3.

How to enable USB debugging on Android 4.3 Phones and Tablets

  • Navigate to your phones Settings and tap on More.
  • Next tap on About device, under the System manager section.


  • Finally tap multiple times ( 10 times ) quickly on the Build number and eventually you will be able to see a message that developer options are enabled.


That’s it, now go back and the Developer options should be appear under the “System manager” or “system” on some devices. This process is also the same on Android 4.2 devices.


  • Pastor Claudius Morgan

    Thank you very much. You are a genius

  • louise clay

    Thanx very much, its been doing my head in, building up memory without being able to move or delete. cheers again!

  • Mehdi

    tanx a bunch man. u r a life saver

    • Glad to help you out, keep visiting for more updates 🙂

  • Jeremy Johnson

    Thanks, I never would’ve found that!

    • You’re welcome Jeremy, keep visiting for more updates 🙂

  • Warren

    Thanks a bunch! As a developer, I find this workflow very odd. I wonder if analytics were showing that users were messing up their devices by screwing around with developer options… anyway, you made my day! All the best.

  • jasbir mannn

    thnks bro..

  • abudedude

    I was stuck with rooting my S3 and installing ROMS on it because I couldn’t find the USB debugging option.
    You are LEGEND — wait for it — ARY!!!

  • user

    Thank you so much for sharing this tip! I was getting mad searching for that God damn USB debugging option 😉

  • Jo

    cheers for that

  • lbgames

    Thanks! couldn’t find it without this post!

  • sara

    Were you able to root it normally even though your phone was updated??

    • Yes i was able to root my galaxy S3 using the latest CF root available.

  • Layton

    Thanx a lot lovejeet u a star

  • Bryan

    thanks for infos. but, somehow, I still can’t connect my phone to computer after i follow your step. would you please helping me?

    • Jaimie Marvon

      I found this thread becasue of the same problem. Did you ever find a solution?

  • SahiL

    Thanks.. this was really helpful.. Now I can access the developer options.

  • muyex

    thanks so much

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  • asad

    what an idea superbbb

  • Debugging

    Thanks, man. Don’t know why they had to hide it so well…

  • jjjkl

    Good one! Thanks Lovejeet

  • Pavan

    Thank you, this really helped

  • Vesci Pietro

    grande … sei un grande grazie 1000

  • I still don’t have access to my app via adb. If I `adb shell` I can’t cd into the data directory, or anywhere else. Any ideas?

  • phil

    Life saver, really appreciate you taking the time to share this so I don’t have to waste mine looking around for hours.

  • Thnx Very Much

  • Robin

    Thanks boy. This was so helpful

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  • Akaki

    thank you very much!!!! you saved my life :))

  • cqgleberman

    Amen, Pastor Claudius!

  • NaHeed Hussain

    Thanx a ton for d tips Brotha..

  • Thanks a lot!

  • Qudratullah KHAN

    first of all hi(salam)marhaba)
    Dear this is my first time that i comment
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    thanksss and god bless you

  • forqan

    man thanks alot

  • Manoj Jain Khurai

    Thank You sooooooo Much

  • Amit

    Thanks a lot!

  • Pradeep

    once enabled is there a risk of keeping the “developer options ” enabled

  • KiranKumar Roy

    Its very tricky. Thank you very much for sharing this information…

  • Tasos

    Thanks a lot.

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  • rehan

    Thank you soooooooo much buddy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    really Im sooooo happy to here this!!!!

  • harris ar

    thnkx….. 🙂

  • Arman

    Thanks a lot dude.. great info.. 5 stars for you

  • Arman

    Thanks a lot dude.. great info.. 5 stars for you

  • David

    my phone wont cnonect randomly today it did a week ago…. samsung note 4 with newest update i think 5.0.1

  • Thank you! 🙂

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  • swanand

    Thanks dude

  • D

    thanks !