How to enable developer options in Android

How to enable 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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20 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I developer unlocked my phone. Never again.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Okay....

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

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

3. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Wow.... Really..

4. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Slow news day

5. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

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

6. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

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

17. buccob

Posts: 2972; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

7. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

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

10. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

i came to PA for news. i only trust GSM Arena for reviews.

19. Hashed unregistered

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.

9. baldilocks

Posts: 1535; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

You said it well. +1

12. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

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

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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).

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You think a typical joe consumer visits Phonearena regularly?

20. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

hahahahaha true

15. Aywhy93

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

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

18. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

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

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