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Chapter 2: How to Get Started > Step 6: Set Up the Device

Step 6: Set Up the Device

With an emulator set up, you do not need an Android device to get started in Android application development. Having one is a good idea before you try to ship an application (e.g., upload it to the Android Market). But perhaps you already have a device—maybe that is what is spurring your interest in developing for Android.

The first step to make your device ready for use with development is to go into the Settings application on the device. From there, choose Applications, then Development. That should give you a set of check boxes for choosing development-related options, similar to what's shown in Figure 2–16.

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Figure 2–16. Android device development settings

Generally, you will want to enable USB debugging so that you can use your device with the Android build tools. You can leave the other settings alone for now if you wish, though you may find the Stay awake option to be handy, as it saves you from having to unlock your phone repeatedly while it is plugged into USB.


  

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