There’s a hidden set of Developer Mode options on Android devices that you can access if you know how. Whether you want to enable USB debugging, unlock your bootloader so you can root your Android phone, or change the animation draw speed to give your phone a slicker feel, this is where you can do that and a lot more.
Whatever your reason for wanting to access the hidden options, you have to unlock them first. Our guide below gives you the basics on how to get to the developer options.
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Android Developer Mode
By default, the developer options in Android phones are hidden. This is because they’re designed for use by developers who want to test various functionalities and make changes that may impact the phone’s performance.
It’s not smart to go tinkering with the developer options without a specific purpose and an understanding of what each option refers to. But now that you’ve been warned, here’s how you can get developer options on Android.
You can unlock the developer options on any Android smartphone or tablet by locating the build number in your Settings menu and tapping it multiple times. However, the exact location of the aforementioned build number may differ depending on your phone’s manufacturer.
Enable Android Developer Mode
The Developer options menu lets you configure system behaviors to improve app performance. The list of developer options will depend on the version of Android that your device is running.
How to Turn On Developer Mode
Enabling Developer Mode (including installing and operating apps other than the apps downloaded from Microsoft Store) may result in security risks to the device and personal data or damage the device. It is advisable to exercise caution when enabling this mode. You can follow the steps below to turn on your developer mode;
Enabling Developer Mode in Windows 10;
- Click the Windows icon and the Settings icon, and select Update & Security.
- Select For developers and turn on the switch under Developer Mode (or select Developer Mode in certain system versions). In the displayed dialog box, select Yes.
Enabling Developer mode in Android;
- Go to “Settings”, and then tap “About device” or “About phone”.
- Scroll down, and then tap “Build number” seven times. (Depending on your device and operating system, you may need to tap “Software information”, then tap “Build number” seven times).
- Enter your pattern, PIN or password to enable the Developer options menu.
- The “Developer options” menu will now appear in your Settings menu. (Depending on your device, it may appear under Settings > General > Developer options).
- To disable the Developer options menu, tap the switch.
If you’re experiencing unusual behavior on Samsung mobiles, tablets or wearables, you can always send error report or ask in the Samsung Members app.
Developer Mode Features
Below are some of the developer features;
Enable and Disabling USB Debugging
You probably already noticed that most Android-related tools on your PC will require you to enable USB Debugging for the tool to run properly.
Create Desktop Backup Password
Before you create a backup using Android tools on your desktop, you can first create a password for your backup in the developer options.
Tweak Animation Settings
When you transition from screen to screen on your Android device you will notice that there is animation added in between. You can choose to speed up this animation or turn it off entirely.
Enable MSAA for OpenGL Games
If you like to play games on your android device and you’re playing it using high-end Android devices, you might want to force enable MSAA to obtain a higher quality rendering of your in game graphics. This feature is turned off in some games by default because it can drain your device’s battery rather quickly.
Allow Mock Location
To be able to fake your current GPS location, you need an app. But to use that app, you will need to first allow Mock Location for the app to work.
Stay Awake While Charging
When you charge your phone, the screen of the device will automatically turn off. But you can also make it stay awake if you want to, by ticking on the stay awake option in your settings.
Display CPU Usage Overlay
Need to keep an eye on the CPU usage of your device? There is a way to get an overlay to show the processes that are currently being use by your CPU.
Don’t Keep App Activities
Your Android app activities are still intact even after you have exited from your app.
Switch Dalvik to ART
Art is a new experimental runtime by Google that is supposed to replace Dalvik in the near future as it is faster.
Enable Wireless Display Certifications
This option is only useful if you own a Miracast-ready display (or something else of a similar technology), to transmit your Android content to your TV.