How to enable developer options on an Android phone or tablet

In order to root your Android device, install custom ROMs or sideload apps, you need to enable developer options on your Android device. Below are the steps to enable developer options on your Android phone or tablet.

Developer options in Android devices

In general, Developer Options as available on Android phones and tablets aims to provide app developers with a set of advanced tools and features used to monitor, track, troubleshoot and optimize the performance of apps on Android devices be able.

While the list of developer options available on an Android device is long, below are some of the advanced developer tools that you can access by enabling developer options on your Android phone or tablet.

USB debugging: This is probably the most popular Developer Mode feature used by both developers and regular Android device users. USB debugging provides access to the Android Debug Bridge (ADB), which allows deeper and programmatic access to your Android device.

Error Report: Allows you to access the log files on your device so you can examine them yourself or send them to a third party to track and analyze the sources of errors on your Android device.

Show CPU usage: Allows you to view the CPU usage information on your Android device.

Profile GPU rendering: This will give you a graphical representation of GPU usage on your Android device.

Background processes limit: This option allows you to set or limit the number of processes that can be running in the background at the same time on your device.

Verify apps via USB: You can use this setting to allow Google to scan the apps on your device for harmful or malicious behavior.

Show all ANRs: If you enable this setting, your Android device will display the App Not Responding dialog box when an app is stuck or causing problems, even if it’s running in the background. This is useful for app developers to improve the performance of their apps.

While most developer tools are intended for app developers, regular Android device users also use developer options to sideload apps, upload custom ROMs, and root Android devices.

Enabling Developer Options will not cause any problems on your Android phone or tablet. However, it is highly recommended that you only use Developer Options if you fully understand what those options do.

Steps to enable developer options on Android phone or tablet

Follow the steps below to enable Developer Mode option on your Android phone or tablet.

1. On the home screen of your Android phone or tablet, tap settings.

2. On the Settings screen, scroll down and tap Via phone (or About Device) option (see image below).

Via the phone option on the Android phone

Note: The equivalent tab for “About device” on HTC and LG phones is “Software information”.

3. On the About Phone (or About Device) screen, scroll down to build number Possibility.

Build number tab on Android phone

Note: The equivalent option for the build number on Xiaomi phones is “MIUI version”.

4. Start typing now build numberuntil you see a pop-up informing you that “You are X steps away from being a developer”.

You are 2 steps away from being a developer message on an Android phone

5. Keep tapping build number until you see the “You are now a developer” popup.

How to access developer options on an Android device

Once developer options have been enabled on your Android device, you can access all developer options by following the steps below.

1. Tap on settings

2. On the Settings screen, scroll down to the System & device section and tap Additional settings (See image below).

Additional settings tab on Xiaomi phone

3. On the Additional Settings screen, you can access all Develop mode options by tapping developer options (See image below).

tab

Build number location on popular Android phones

Since Android device settings are different, below is the path or location to the Build Number entry on common Android devices.

  • Standard Android phones: Settings > Via phone > build number
  • Samsung Galaxy phones: Settings > About the device > build number
  • LG phones: Settings > About phone > software information > build number
  • HTC phones: Settings > About > software information > More > Build number
  • Xiaomi phones: Settings > About phone > MIUI version > Developer Options

The general idea is to access the Build Number entry on your Android device and tap that entry as many times as needed to enable developer options on your Android phone or tablet.

Disable developer options on Android phone

You can easily disable or turn off developer options on your Android device by following the steps below.

1. Tap on settings

2. On the Settings screen, scroll down to the System & device section and tap Additional settings (See image below).

Additional settings tab on Xiaomi phone

3. On the Additional Settings screen, tap developer options.

tab

4. On the Developer Options screen, turn off the option for developer options by moving the slider to OUT position

Disable developer options on Android phone

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