How to Enable Android Developer Options [5 Simple Steps]

Are you an Android developer and want to know about the useful tools that can allow you to access advanced tools on your phone?

There’s a secret menu in your Android device called “Developer options” which can enable you to protect your phone’s backup using a desktop backup password, fake your GPS location.

In this blog, we are going to explore some hidden features of your Android (Operating System) device that comes by default.

To start with, we will follow the step-by-step procedure on how to enable developer options and the benefits you will acquire after enabling them.

The popularity of Android is 72.93% across the globe and consistently increasing. And, educating yourself about some hidden features of Android might not be such a bad idea. Right?

Every Android device comes with the “Develop Options” menu by default but not many use it. The settings app on Android includes a screen known as Developer options.

This feature will let you configure system behaviors, identify bugs and will also let you check your app performance from time to time. Earlier, users preferred the Developer option to enable the USB debugging option.

Moreover, you can now enable debugging over USB, check a bug report, allow visual feedback, flash window surfaces as they update.

5 Steps to Enable Android Developer Options

To enable Developer options, we have briefly described 5 steps below, to help you understand the Developer options

  • Go to the settings menu
  • Find the build number
  • Tap it multiple times
  • The location of the build number might change depending upon your manufacturer.
  • Tap on the back button to check Developer options

In this guide, we’ll be sharing the tips to easily enable the Android developer mode.

Enable the Developer Options Menu

  1. To enable Developer options, on mobile devices, tap on the ‘Settings’ screen, scroll down to the bottom then if you are on the phone tap ‘About phone’ or ‘About tablet’.
  2. About phone

  3. By scrolling down to the bottom of the About screen, you will find ‘Build Number’.
  4. build number

  5. Tap on the ‘Build Number’ for 7-8 times, you will see a toast notification displaying a countdown that reads “You are now 3 steps away from being a developer”.
  6. Build Number1

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  7. As the countdown ends, you will see the message “You are now a developer!”. And now the power is yours.
  8. You are now a developer

  9. Tap the ‘back button’ and you will be able to see “Developer options” added to the list. This option will stay as it is unless you perform a factory reset. (then you have to go through all the steps again).Note: “Developer option” does not fix GPS location for all devices, so you only require to mention its availability in the settings menu.

    back button

How to enable USB Debugging Mode

  1. Navigate to the Developer options menu, scroll down and find the debugging section and toggle the “USB Debugging” option to enable USB Debugging mode.
  2. USB debugging

  3. If left ON, the USB Debugging can be risky. However, Google has fixed this issue since, if anyone plugs the device into an unknown PC, the popup will ask you to allow the USB debugging.
  4. USB Debugging

  5. You can easily disable the option anytime from the same option by just sliding the switch at the top of your screen. Easy isn’t it?
  6. top of your screen

Congratulations, you have successfully enabled USB Debugging mode. Let us look at the essential features and benefits of enabling Android developer options.

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Benefits of Enabling Android Developer Options

Sr. No.FeatureBenefits
1.Process States
  • By tapping on the bar graph, you can check the RAM usage (whether it’s normal or not).
  • App listing from the process states, the menu will show you specific RAM usage per application.
  • There is an option to force stop RAM-hungry apps too.
2.Advanced Reboot
  • You will get new options in the Power Menu.
  • To enable these options you don’t need to press any buttons or remember the combinations.
  • Can access recovery and bootloader options.
3.Mock Locations3.
  • If you don’t want to show your real location to a specific app, this feature is for you.
  • Select “Spoof Location” to change the device’s location spoofing abilities.
4.Hi-Fi Codec
  • The mobile device will automatically switch to a bluetooth audio codec after getting connected to Bluetooth devices.
  • Configure Bluetooth audio codec selection manually.
5.Window & Transition Animation Scale
  • While switching between the app, set transition timings.
  • Adjust the speed for the transition Operating.
6.Force GPU rendering
  • If you’ve slow graphic rendering applications on your phone, you can enable the Force GPU rendering option.
  • You can use the hardware acceleration feature.
7.CPU Usage
  • To see the behind the scenes information, enable CPU usage.
  • The overlay on your screen will display all the processes you are running.
  • You can also see the bar graphic at the top of your screen.
8.GPU Rendering Profile
  • It is essential to test graphical performance. By selecting “GPU rendering profile”, set it to “ShowOn-Screen As Bars” to enhance your app rendering performance.
  • Extremely useful for comparing the graphical performance of every app.
  • Higher spikes denote heavy GPU load for the application.
  • Easily check the graphical performance of the app.
9.Background Process Limit
  • To free up memory (RAM) on your phone enable “Limit Background Processes”.
  • The apps selected by you will only run in the background, hence it will save a significant amount of memory.
10.Split Screen Mode
  • Divide the screen to view two apps simultaneously.
  • Not all apps support this feature.
  • To enable this feature, click on “Force activities to be resizable” then restart your app.
  • Now you can split all the applications into 2 screens.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best Android Developer options?

There are several developer options to check, we have listed out two of the best options below:

  • Stay awake option can be useful for developers and normal users to make sure that screen is active while connecting with the charger.
  • Running services will show you how many apps are using the RAM. (You are not advised to intervene, since Android does a fine job managing the RAM on its own).

Is it safe to use Android Developers’ options?

You won’t face any issues by enabling the Android developer’s option on your phone. It won’t affect the performance of your phone. Some options may brick your device as well. Hence, we suggest you enable the Android developer option only when you know what you’re doing.

Ready To Take Your Smartphone to the Next Level?

Initially, you might feel a bit challenging to activate the options; however, following the above steps won’t take you too long to execute it. Moreover, we have even illustrated the steps to enable the USB debugging option, which can help you to connect and transfer the data from your system.

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Author Bio
Amit Patolia
Amit Patolia
Designation: Android Team Lead

Amit Patolia is an Android Team Lead at Space-O Technologies. He has over 9+ years of experience in Android app development. He has guided to develop over 100 Android apps with unique features and functionalities. He also has expertise in Kotlin-based apps.