MIUI 8: How to Enable Developer options & USB Debugging on Xiaomi Android phones

As many Xiaomi users have asked for a guide to enable USB Debugging on their devices, here we came up with simple tutorial to enable Developer options and USB Debugging on Mi Android phones. The tutorial is so simple and safe to follow and works with all Xiaomi devices namely Redmi 2 Prime, Mi Note, Redmi Note 2, Redmi 2, Mi4, Mi4i, Mi 5, Redmi Note 4G/3G, and Redmi 1s running on MIUI 8 (also compatible with MIUI 7 ROM).

You need to enable USB Debugging whenever you’re installing Custom ROMs, updating ROM or rooting your handset. In order to enable USB Debugging, the Developer options should be unlocked first. So, follow the below steps to enable USB Debugging on Xiaomi mobiles.

Also: How to Backup important data on Xiaomi phones before rooting process.

Enable Developer options and USB Debugging on Xiaomi smartphones running on MIUI 8 ROM:

Firstly go to the main Settings on your Xiaomi device. Now scroll down until you find ‘About Phone’ option and tap on it. You need to locate MIUI Version tab on the handset. Now tap the MIUI version for about 7-10 times continuously until you see a message “You have enabled developer option” on your device screen. Now you have successfully enabled Developer option tab on your Xiaomi mobile.

Enable Developer options on Xiaomi

Now you need to go back to main settings and then launch the Additional Settings. From there tap on “Developer options” and enable it. Now scroll down and find ‘USB Debugging’ option. Just toggle on it to enable the USB debugging on your Xiaomi device.

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  • Alaric Yanos

    My windows 10 PC can’t detect the Mi Pad all of a suddent even when the USB Debugging Mode is on. Where is the USB Connection Mode on this MIUI 7?

    • After enabling USB Debugging mode, the device will be automatically recognized by Windows PC.

      • Alaric Yanos

        Thank you for your reply. It does get recognized after enabling debugging mode but file transfer is not available. I installed an android app that enables MTP instead.

  • nweoomon mon

    thank you

  • Prashant Memani

    How do I disable the Developer mode? I do not want to see is again on “Additional settings”

  • Tarun Bhatnagar

    Hi, I have followed the steps mentioned for Xiomi Mi5, but the PC Suit still does not recognise the device connected to USB port, further I get a notification on PC ” please update your device to connect to PC”. I am on MIUI and build number MRA58K. Any help to solve this is much appreciated

    • Make sure to use the latest version of Mi PC Suite and then try to connect with PC. Hope this will solve your issue.

  • Dilip Kumar Chowdhury

    How to disable “Developer options”

  • Op Muchhal

    After taping 7-10 time on MIUI version the message shows you are a developer but not open developer options, so please help me as soon as possible on my mail ID cegbhubtl@gmail.com

  • Pankaj Tulsani

    After taping 7-10 time on MIUI version the message shows you are a developer but not open developer options, so please help me as soon as possible on my mail ID pankaj3tulsani@gmail.com

    • Akashlal Bathe

      Read the post properly.

    • sifat singh

      even i am getting the same problem..plz help with this

  • mb

    hiii ill try to use internet via usb dubbing but its not working usb is connected properly ..please help what can i do

  • Ambujesh Tripathi

    In every other android phone available in market, in pre Marshmallow devices SystemOverlayPermission is automatically granted, but in REDMI Note 3(Lollipop) its not giving permission. Can any one suggest a way i can ask this permission programmatically?

  • sifat singh

    hey, i am using mi note 4 and recently my phone stopped connecting with my laptop. Even though i followed all the stepped mentioned above but nothing happened but message displayed “now you are a developer”. and then no options opened and still the problem persists i.e: only charging happens and when we turn on the file transfer nothing is shown.
    help me with advice on sifatsingh22@gmail.com

  • Seshu Kumar Matta

    It is saying you are already a developer,but it is not showing developer options.Please help how to fix it??

    • quentin.339

      The same error. I note still that i am immediately after restart in developer mode. I tap the MIUI version 1 x and it write me “No need, you are already a developer” but the Developer options are not displayed (MUIU (LAIMIDL).

  • TO ALL COMPANIES, please make removable bloatwares (nobody uses it n occupies MBs of space n u give only 32 GB space).

  • lx

    Why, I mean WHY does each and every vendor have to invent the wheel of file management using trouble-making suite’s?