How to Connect Android Phone or Tablet to PC?

In order to recover or transfer data on Android device with third-party development tools, like Gihosoft Android Data Recovery and Mobile Data Transfer, you’ll need to connect Android phone or tablet to PC or laptop and get your device recognized by these tools. Here is a step-by-step instruction for the operation.

Android Connect to PC via USB:

The procedure above is a normal connection between Android device and PC. If there is anything abnormal during your operation, you can try the troubleshooting guide at the end of this article. Please note, there is still one more step before the transfer tool and recovery tool can recognize your device. Just follow the guide below to proceed.

Enable USB Debugging Mode to Get Recognized by Development Tools

Only when USB debugging is turned on, can Android phone be recognized by development tools. The primary function of this mode is to facilitate a connection between an Android device and a computer with Android SDK (software development kit). Phones running on different versions of Android OS have different ways to enable USB debugging mode. Please check the Android version of your phone first: Settings -> About Phone -> Android Version.

Detailed Steps on How to Enable USB Debugging on Different Android Versions:

A. For Android 4.2 and above versions:
Go to Settings -> About Phone -> navigate to Build Number -> tap Build Number for seven times. Afterwards, a message will appear informing that you are now a developer.

Back to Settings -> Developer Options -> tick on USB Debugging -> tap OK to allow USB debugging.

B. For Android 4.1 and 4.0:
Go to Settings -> Developer Options -> enable it -> USB Debugging -> allow USB Debugging.

C. For Android 2.3 and previous versions:
Go to Settings -> Applications -> Development -> tick on USB Debugging. It’s all.

Once USB debugging is been enabled, the development tool should recognize your Android device. If it still doesn’t work, please try the troubleshooting guide.


1. Change another USB cable instead
Some USB cables may not work properly if they were broken or of inferior quality.

2. Test the USB port
Check the USB port of both Android device and computer to see if they both can work normally. The USB port are prone to getting broken by abnormal ejection and insertion.

3. Install USB Driver for special Android devices
If you’re sure the USB cable and ports are fine, you may need to download the proper USB driver according to the brand and model of your device.

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