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:

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.

Related phones

Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. menny07

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

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

2. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 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.

3. Furbal unregistered

Yeap, this is also on my tf700.

4. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

5. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

6. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

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

7. babepanda

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 23, 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 ?

8. Onslaught

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

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

9. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 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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