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Android: how to activate hidden options via developer mode

Find out how to activate and deactivate developer mode on your Android device, to display a menu of hidden options.

Arthur Aballéa / Published on February 16, 2022 at 10:15 am

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What is the developer mode on Android ?

Little known to the general public, the developer mode allows Android users to access a menu of hidden features. As its name suggests, it is mainly intended for developers and lovers of new technologies. It is not activated by default, but remains accessible to all from the parameters.

The main features present in developer mode are as follows:

  • USB debug (highly sensitive option),
  • Optimization of RAM memory,
  • Deactivation or slowdown in animations and transitions,
  • Forced applications,
  • Reduction of processes in the background,
  • Modification of display parameters,
  • Change of GPS location ..

Please note, if you change certain unknown options you may cause damage to your operating system, and at the same time you risk losing certain personal data. We recommend that you use it with care.

How to activate developer mode on Android ?

Easy to activate, but well hidden enough not to be by mistake, the developer mode is in the settings of your Android Smartphone. The procedure varies slightly depending on the brands.

Samsung and Xiaomi

For the Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy Note and the Xiaomi, here is the procedure to access the developer mode:

  • Meet in Settings,
  • Select the tab About the phone,
  • Click on Software information,
  • Tap 7 times in a row on the tab Version number (Samsung) or MIUI version (Xiaomi), which should display the following message after 3 clicks: “You have 4 stages before becoming a developer”,
  • Validate the procedure by entering your unlock code when the phone asks you.

When the message “The developer mode has been activated” is displayed, you now have access to the settings in the tab Development options, Located at the bottom of the general settings.

Huawei / Honor / Google Pixel

Similar to the procedure for Samsung and Xiaomi, it is also easy to access the developer mode on the Huawei, Honor and Google Pixel:

  • Meet in Settings,
  • Select the tab About the phone,
  • Click on Software information,
  • Press the tab 7 times quickly Build number To access the famous fashion.

Once the operation is carried out, the developer mode appears at the bottom of the general parameters.

How to deactivate the developer mode on Android ?

The Developer mode deactivation procedure is the same for all models. You just have to go to the new menu that has displayed at the bottom of the general parameters, and to uncheck the pastille located at the top right. Once this operation is carried out, the tab that had been created disappears. You can reactivate it at any time thanks to the steps located above.

How to activate or deactivate developer mode on an Android smartphone: Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, Huawei…

When it comes to developing Android or personalizing the system in advance, the options for developers are quickly essential. It is also thanks to them that we can activate the famous USB debugging. Here’s how to access these hidden parameters.

Smartphone connected to a developer computer

What is developer, or options for developers ?

Activating options for developers is often the first action on an Android device for hackers and developers. THE ” Developers’ options Unlock parameters that are not necessary for conventional system use, such as USB debugging for example, essential to manipulate your smartphone from commands on a computer.

These parameters can in particular affect sensitive options of the system and it is therefore important to proceed with care in order to avoid any malfunction thereafter. Be careful to understand what you change before unlocking these options.

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How to activate the options for developers

The path to activate the options for developers can depend on the interface, and therefore the brand of the device under Android. This guide is based on Google’s interface with Android 13 on a Pixel 7 Pro.

Activate developer mode in short

Here in a few steps how to activate the developer mode under Android.

  1. Access the Android device settings;
  2. Go to ” About the phone »;
  3. At the bottom, tap 7 times ” build number »;
  4. A message tells you that the options for developers have appeared in the menu ” System »Settings.

The step-by-step guide

To activate access to options for developers, go to Settings Then open the shutter About the device. Once this is done, you just have to tap seven times on the Build number To unlock them Developers’ options. A small window will be displayed in an overprint to inform you of the number of remaining taps before activation is taken into account.

To validate manipulation, the system will undoubtedly ask you for your unlocking code or identify yourself using a biometric sensor.

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This done, the menu Developers’ options will appear in the game System of the Settings. From this menu, you will be able to access different options which can also be relatively useful for non-development, in particular access to USB debugging, practical in many cases when used with ADB.

Activate developer mode with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone

With the Samsung Experience interface installed on the manufacturer’s Galaxy smartphones (Galaxy S, Galaxy Z …),

  1. Access the device settings;
  2. Go to ” About the phone »;
  3. Go to ” Software information »;
  4. Tap 7 times ” Version number »;
  5. The options for developers appear at the bottom of the device settings.

Activate developer mode with an Xiaomi Sous Miui smartphone

With Miui, Xiaomi offers another organization of parameters. Here is how to access developer options with a smartphone under Miui.

  1. Access the device settings;
  2. Go to ” About the phone »;
  3. Tap 7 times ” MIUI version »;
  4. The options for developers appear in additional parameters.

Activate developer mode with an OPPO or OnePlus smartphone under coloros / oxygenos

At Oppo and OnePlus, an additional step is grafted for handling, with one more submenu.

  1. Go to phone settings;
  2. Go to ” About the device »;
  3. Go in ” Version »;
  4. Tap 7 times ” Version number »;
  5. The options for developers appear in additional parameters.

Activate developer mode with a Huawei or Honor Sous Emi smartphone

Honor and Huawei do not change the path to follow to activate the option, even if the parameter interface is well modified by Emui.

  1. Access the Android device settings;
  2. Go to the system settings;
  3. Go to ” About the phone »;
  4. Tap 7 times ” build number »;
  5. The options for developers appear in the system settings.

How to disable options for developers

To deactivate the options for developers, it’s very simple ! Just press the general button at the top of the famous options (the Switch ” Use options for developers »).

Note that a restart is necessary to make this menu disappear. In case he continues to appear despite this, repeat the operation or empty the cover of the parameter application.

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