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How to Enable Developer Mode on Android Phone or Tablet (Android 8.0 Supported)

November 01, 2017 03:24 am / Updated by Bobby Hills to Mobile Phone Tips
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Developer Options is a panel of options on all Android devices that contains a set of items for developers or experienced users. Since Android 4.2, Developer options has been hidden by Google to cause less confusion for most common users. Normally, you need to enable developer options on Android phone or tablet to access all the features. And you can also re-hide Developer options if you don’t want change the default setting. Read this guide to get the exact steps to enable and disable Developer options easily.

How to Enable Developer Mode Android?

How to turn on Developer options on Android 8.0/7.0/6.0/5.0/4.0? In a short word, find Build number under Settings, tap on this section for 7 times and that’s done.

tap build number for 7 times to turn on developer mode android

It is similar to go to Build number of Settings on different Android devices. You can refer the below popular Android brands and models:

Samsung Galaxy series (S8/7/6/, etc.), Note series (10/9/8, etc.): Settings > About device > Build number

Huawei Mate series (10/9/8, etc.), Honor series (9/8/7, etc.): Settings > About device > Build number

LG V (30/20, etc.), Q (8/7/6, etc.): Settings > About phone > Software information > Build number

HTC U (11/Play/Ultra, etc.), Desire series (650, 10 Pro, etc.): Settings > About > Software information > More > Build number

Sony Xperia series (XA1, XZ1, E5, etc.): Settings > About device > Build number

Xiaomi Mi series (6/5/4, etc.), Redmi series (5/4/3, etc.): Settings > About device > Build number

After tapping Build number seven times in a row, Developer options will be unlocked quickly. Now, return to the main settings menu, you’ll see the Developer options, click into it to utilize all the features.

Tip: When Developer Options is available, you can enable USB debugging mode, which grants you a level of access to your device. It is also necessary when you want to root an Android phone or flash a custom ROM on Android phone or tablet.

To turn on USB debugging, just scroll down to the Debugging section, and toggle the “USB Debugging” slider.

usb debugging enable in developer options

How to Disable Developer Options in Android?

Want to return to the default setting to hide Developer options in Android?

The regular way is to go to Settings > Apps/Application (slide to All tab in Application manager) > Settings and tap on Clear Data.

hide developer options android

If this doesn’t work for you, you can also factory reset your Android phone or tablet to remove Developer options from the main settings menu.

In this guide, we share how to turn on/off Developer mode on Android devices. As you may notice, we also add a tip on enabling USB debugging, which is very useful if you want to recover lost data from Samsung/Huawei/LG/HTC/Sony/Xiaomi phones using Android Data Recovery software.

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