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How to turn on developer options in Android

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How to turn on developer options in Android
Ask the average Joe out there what developer options in Android are, and you're bound to get a blank stare. Indeed, most people are not aware of this rather secret menu that is part of any Android device, but it is there -- it's just buried well enough so that you accidentally stumble there.

And while these options, for the most part, are truly meant for developers, Android hobbyists will often stumble upon guides that require them to go to the so-called developer options, and flip this or that switch on (usually USB debugging or performance-related tweaks). After first discovering the exact steps needed to unlock these options, most usually commit that information to their memory and no longer need a guide to tell them what to do, but you'd be surprised at just how often friends and family that are somewhat interested in messing around with their fancy new smartphone come up and ask us that very question. Well, today we thought we'd show the simple steps required to unlock the menu, just in case you've recently hopped onto the modder's train, and are looking for some action.

Note: Steps below show on stock Android 4.4. Kitkat, but applicable to essentially any other Android device.

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posted on 24 Aug 2014, 15:52 2

1. theguy2345 (Posts: 94; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


I developer unlocked my phone. Never again.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 17:42 6

8. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I don't think you're referring to what the article is referring to.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 21:04

13. Finalflash (Posts: 1706; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Okay....

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 15:56 6

2. kkmkk (Posts: 86; Member since: 06 May 2013)


wow really phonearena that was helpful >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>. epic fail

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 16:19 1

3. NoFanboy (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


Wow.... Really..

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 16:29 5

4. power_x (Posts: 222; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Slow news day

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 16:36

5. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 200; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


know it since well umm S3 days. it's really helpful and I always like to turn off those animations

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 16:56 1

6. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)


yup... I want my phone to FLY (not thrown), not wow me with 2d/3d animations!

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 00:34 1

17. buccob (Posts: 1400; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I actually like to enable "Show touches" and to reduce all animations to .5x

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 17:08

7. hmd74 (Posts: 305; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Comoooon PA...anyone knows how to turn it on!
You'd better review the Xiaomi Mi4

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 19:45 2

10. skyline88 (Posts: 315; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


i came to PA for news.

i only trust GSM Arena for reviews.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 00:56

19. Hashed (Posts: 19; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


But phonearena does very well when it comes to reviewing the device for phone calls, sound quality and loudness, I prefer their reviews more than gsmarena.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 19:16 8

9. baldilocks (Posts: 505; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


I see a lot of people have nothing better to do than get online and find things to complain about. Just because YOU know how to unlock the Developer options on an Android phone, doesn't mean that everyone else does.

Get a life.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 20:00 2

11. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


You said it well.
+1

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 20:19

12. Tsoliades (Posts: 211; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


Because it's not like this information is on 1000 other sites and anyone can access it with a simple Google search.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 21:06 3

14. Finalflash (Posts: 1706; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


I am actually against releasing that info in here because someone is bound to ruin something in those options. A consumer site like this shouldn't really need to put that kind of info out (google hid it for a reason).

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 23:39 2

16. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


You think a typical joe consumer visits Phonearena regularly?

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 01:43 1

20. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 200; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


hahahahaha true

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 22:28 1

15. Aywhy93 (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


Nice One... Although, almost everyone knows how to do that before but it's still cool for the Newbies.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 00:43 1

18. SemiFinal (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Jul 2014)


This may not have been useful for most of you but it was too me, thanks PA

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