Putting Nexus Q in Debug Mode

July 1, 2012 13:28 by docbliny 

Here’s a really quick introduction on turning on debug mode for the Nexus Q.


  • Micro AB USB cable (careful with that connector!)
  • An Android device with the Nexus Q application installed
    • You may need an Android tablet, see Troubleshooting below.


  1. On your Android device, turn on USB debugging in the device settings.
    • Go to Settings, and then scroll down to Developer Options.
    • Slide Developer options to ON.
    • Check USB debugging.
  2. Set up the Nexus Q on your network by installing the Nexus Q application on an Android device.
  3. Start the application, and then select your Nexus Q device.
  4. Select Advanced.
  5. Under USB debugging, move to slider to ON.
  6. Go back to the previous screen.
  7. Plug on end of the USB cable into the Nexus Q and the other into your computer.


  • If you can’t see the USB debugging option in the Nexus Q application, You will need to turn on USB debugging in the Android device settings first (not the Q application, the main device settings control panel).
    • I could only see this option on the Nexus 7 tablet, not on my Nexus Galaxy phone. The Nexus 7 had the USB debugging turn on in the main settings by default. Thanks to Ryan Warner for figuring this out.


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