There’s a hidden set of developer 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.
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.
How to access developer options in 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. The following example uses an LG V40 ThinQ running Android 10.
- Go to Settings > System > About phone.
- Tap Software info > Build number.
- Tap Build number seven times. After the first few taps, you should see the steps counting down until you unlock the developer options. You may also have to tap in your PIN for verification. Once developer options are activated, you will see a message that reads, You are now a developer!
- Go back to the Settings pane, where you will now find Developer options as an entry.
- Tap it and toggle the switch on if it is not already, and from there you can proceed to make adjustments to your phone.
If you decide that you no longer want the developer options to be accessible in your Settings menu, it’s relatively easy to get rid of them. Just go to Settings > Developer options and toggle them off. That’s all there is to it. The Developer options entry will disappear from your Settings menu. Of course, you can always get it back by following the steps above.
The developer options in Android allow you to carry out many different actions. But their real purpose is for developers to debug their apps and tweak system behaviors. Developer options cover debugging and functions like networking, input, hardware-accelerated rendering, media, monitoring, and apps. Every category contains multiple items you can adjust to suit your preferences.
For more information, visit the official Android Developer website. The site contains a full breakdown of the various options. Keep in mind, however, that the developer options you can access may vary. Typically, the range of options depends on the type of device you have and its version.
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