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How to unlock developer settings on the Galaxy S4: tap seven times on the build number

How to unlock developer settings on the Galaxy S4: tap seven times on the build number
With Android 4.2.2, as running on the Samsung Galaxy S4, you need to jump through a few hoops to enter the developer settings on your handset. 

These range from ways to visualize your touch interaction, to deeper access you should tinker with only if you know what you are doing.

The S4 developer settings are actually hidden where they are on Nexus devices, so if you do the same steps, you'll be able to get to the geeky stuff under the hood in a few taps:

  1. Head into the Settings menu. Samsung's done things a little differently and changed the way the settings menu looks, so you'll need to hit the "More" tab.
  2. Look for "About device" at the bottom. Tap it.
  3. Hop on down to the build number, and tap it seven times. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. You'll get a little prompt saying you're about to unlock the developer settings. Hit that button one final time -- seven! -- and they're unlocked.

The phone actually warns you how many taps away you are from doing the dev jig, so you'd know you've followed the instructions closely when you see it.

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posted on 01 May 2013, 08:28 4

1. menny07 (Posts: 89; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Revolutionary.
/sarcasm
Why do you have to unlock it in the first place?

posted on 01 May 2013, 08:45 13

2. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 134; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


Just little Easter Eggs, that's all. So people who don't know what they mean don't end up accidentally turning something on or unchecking something. Not a big deal. Just fun for people who like to say they've "cracked it open."

Good Morning.

posted on 01 May 2013, 08:58

3. Furbal (Posts: 300; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Yeap, this is also on my tf700.

posted on 01 May 2013, 12:22

4. ZayZay (Posts: 557; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


For people who work in stores, the contact transfer machine cellebrite needs the usb debugging on to tap into the phone and load and transfer contacts.

posted on 01 May 2013, 13:21

5. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


That does seem a bit odd because developer options is completely available within the settings menu on the Galaxy Note II.

posted on 01 May 2013, 22:59

6. cezarepc (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


This works on a lot of other devices. By the way, getting my S4 today woot. :)

posted on 01 May 2013, 23:08

7. babepanda (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


I don't quite get it ? What do you mean unlock ? Like firmware unlock or as in GSM unlocked ? I thought you have to buy unlock codes ( which cost money ) to unlock the phone for every other GSM network ?

posted on 01 May 2013, 23:57

8. Onslaught (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


It's just a little easter egg hidden in the software. It doesn't mean the phone itself is unlocked.

posted on 02 May 2013, 00:49

9. cezarepc (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


You'll basically just unlock the developer options which lets you configure some additional settings (e.g. USB debugging, install from unknown sources/apks, etc).

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