Breakthrough! How to Recover Data and Enable USB Debugging

By Gina Barrow, Last updated: December 27, 2019

How to recover data when I cannot enable USB debugging on my broken Android phone? I dropped my phone and the screen cracked and now the touchscreen doesn’t work. I need to recover my phone contents but I am unable to because it needs USB debugging and it is grayed-out. ”

Part 1. What Is USB Debugging? How to Enable USB DebuggingPart 2. Recover Data from Android Without USB Debugging NeededPart 3. Enable USB Debugging and Recover Data Without Touching The ScreenPart 4. Advanced Method to Enable USB DebuggingVideo Guide: Recover Data without Enable USB DebuggingPart 5. Conclusions

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Part 1. What Is USB Debugging? How to Enable USB Debugging

The first time you connect your phone into the computer, you may notice that it is asking you to enable USB debugging from the Android phone itself especially when you want to copy or move files between the two devices.

What Is USB Debugging?

USB debugging is a state of connection between the computer running with Android SDK (Software Development Kit) and the Android device particularly during the transfer of files and use advanced options. The SDK or Software Development Kit includes a set of tools vital for any developer, such as a debugger for fixing problems and sample code; libraries are other key components of the SDK. This is also called a Developer mode is some Android devices.

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How to Enable USB Debugging

There are different ways to enable the USB debugging on each Android device depending on the manufacturer and especially on the running Android software version, however, the steps are quite similar to each other. Check out the steps below on how to enable the USB debugging on your phones.

For Android versions 4.2 and above

  1. From the home screen tap Apps
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Tap On Phone
  4. Tap the Build Number 7 times or until a message appears “You are under developer mode”
  5. Go back to Settings
  6. Scroll and tap Developer Options
  7. Find USB debugging and toggle it on

For Android versions 4.1 below:

  1. From the home screen tap Settings
  2. Scroll down and tap Developer Options
  3. Tap USB Debugging on
  4. Confirm the action by tapping OK on the Android phone.

USB debugging plays an important role in data recovery too. This is because it requires a secure connection between the computer and the device in order to gain permission on the files inside the phone. You are unable to proceed to recovery without first enabling this option.

If you got your phone broken or the screen cracked and you cannot enable USB debugging and you want to know how to recover data, then there are different ways to effectively solve this issue. Find out which methods work for you below:

Part 2. Recover Data from Android Without USB Debugging Needed

If you want to know how to recover data from the Android phone if you cannot enable USB debugging is to use third-party tools like FoneDog Toolkit- Broken Android Data Extraction. This software is proven to be effective and user-friendly. You can easily retrieve important files like contacts, messages, call history, photos, and more. To use FoneDog Toolkit- Broken Android Data Extraction, follow these easy steps:

Note: Here is the supporting list of FoneDog Broken Android Data Extraction. Please check whether your device model is in it or not.

Step 1. Download and Launch FoneDog Toolkit- Broken Android Data Extraction and Connect Android

On the computer, download FoneDog Toolkit- Broken Android Data Extraction and launch the program until you reach the main menu.

Choose Broken Android Data Extraction and connect the phone using a USB cable.

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Step 2. Select the Matching Screen Issue

On your screen, you will see different screen issues. Choose the nearest or the exact situation of your Android device. You can choose between: “Touch doesn’t work/Can not Access the Phone” and “Black or Broken Screen”.

Since you are able to turn on the phone and only the touch screen is not working then choose the first option.

Select State

Step 3. Enter Device Make and Model

The next thing you need to do now is to enter the correct Android make and model. You can refer at the back of your device or by going to the manufacturer’s website.

This will allow FoneDog Toolkit- Broken Android Data Extraction to be able to download and extract the correct firmware package compatible with your device.

Select Device Model

Step 4. Enter Download Mode

After entering the correct make and model of the device, you need to enter into Download mode. This method will be used for ROM flashing and software update. To enter download mode:

  1. Turn off the phone
  2. Press the Volume Down, Power and Home buttons
  3. Enter the Download Mode by using Volume +

Enter Download Mode

Step 5. Download and Extract Recovery Package

After the device was set in download mode, FoneDog Toolkit- Broken Android Data Extraction will now download and extract the recovery package on the device. This process may take a while before it will be completed.

Downloading Recovery Package

Step 6. Scan Device, Preview File, and Recover Data

After scanning, you can see that all the existing contents inside the Android device have been downloaded and extracted.

You can now recover contacts, messages, WhatsApp messages & attachments, photos, documents, and many more.

You can preview them individually and choose to selectively recover desired data only. Click the ‘Recover’ button at the end of the program screen to save and download data.

Select Files To Recover

Part 3. Enable USB Debugging and Recover Data Without Touching The Screen

There are other ways to enable USB debugging even if the touchscreen doesn’t work as long as the Android phone still turns on and you can still see the phone display, you can enable the USB debugging by using USB OTG (USB On-the-Go) and a working mouse. The only thing you need to make sure is that your phone supports OTG.

You can see the USB OTG logo on the box that came along or you can refer to your manufacturer’s website. To enable USB debugging without touching the screen, check out these steps:

Enable USB Debugging Without Touching the Screen

  • Step 1. Connect the Android phone and the mouse with a workable OTG adapter
  • Step 2. Click the mouse in order to unlock the Android phone and then turn on USB debugging on Settings
  • Step 3. Connect the Android phone to the computer and it will be recognized as an External Memory
  • Step 4. Open the File Explorer on the computer and find the files you need to recover and transfer them accordingly

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That’s it! No more worrying about how to enable USB debugging on your phone. This process has worked as well to Xbox/PS3/PS4 USB wired controllers to smartphones according to some users who tried.

Part 4. Advanced Method to Enable USB Debugging

If the above step did not work for you and still you cannot enable USB debugging on the Android phone then you can do it from a computer too. Yes! That is correct however it needs the advanced computer and technical skills in order to be able to do this method.

If you are a technical person and are quite familiar with how the Android operating system works then you can perform this action otherwise, NEVER attempt to do it because this may brick your phone completely. Remember that bricking means leaving you with a useless brick-like phone.

Below are some of the technical skills done by developers:

  • You can use ADB commands or terminal. ADB (Android Debug Bridge) is a command-line tool that lets you communicate with the device. It functions in many ways in terms of Android development.
  • You can also use Fastboot which is a diagnostic tool used to modify the Android file system using a computer.

Again, DON’T does this is you are not familiar to avoid further risks. Head over to data recovery without the need to enable the USB debugging which is a more convenient option than enduring all these complicated methods. Find out what tool is best to use in recovery.

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Video Guide: Recover Data without Enable USB Debugging

Part 5. Conclusions

USB debugging is important in terms of any Android development settings. It can be enabled/ disabled at any time. If you are wondering how to recover data when you cannot enable USB debugging on Android then you can simply download and use FoneDog Toolkit- Broken Android Data Extraction.

This program has helped many people with different broken Android experiences without the need to be an expert or a technical person. This is highly recommended for beginners who want to recover data from their broken devices. You may also share this good news with your friends who are having this same problem too!

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Gina Barrow

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Kitchen, my safe space; black, my favorite color

Was a Technical Specialist for a while, troubleshooting Smartphone and Software-related issues until a writing stint caught my attention.

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