No matter what setting I change, my Samsung Note 2 is always entering "USB media mode" instead of "debug mode".

I have the USB debug option set and the Google USB driver from the SDK installed, but adb devices shows nothing.

Enabling USB debug on my Nexus and plugging it in gives the debug mode just fine and adb devices shows it.
If I plug the USB in the Note 2 with USB debug enabled, the notification shows "Connected as media device".

If relevant my device is running Android v4.1.2.

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I had to download Samsung's USB drivers for this device from their support page.

After you have the driver installed, when you plug in the device, Windows search windows.com for updates and finds:

Samsung mobile usb composite device
Samsung mobile usb modem
Samsung Android ADB Interface

Now, the interface still shows the "Connected as a media device" message, but adb devices list can see it.

  • Yepp. That's the usual thing with Windows and Android devices: You have to install the driver first :)
    – Izzy
    Aug 30, 2013 at 6:33
  • Was assuming all devices correctly implemented the google USB drive... and when i realized not, had some trouble finding the actual drive. Samsung support is a mess.
    – gcb
    Aug 30, 2013 at 19:34

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