Enable Developer Options

Enable Developer Options: In order to flash or upgrade an Android device via a flash tool (like the Mi Flash Tool) or in the event that you want to root the device, you need to enable USB Debugging. In order to Enable USB Debugging, you must first enable Developer Options. Google disables Developer Options by default. Only advanced users of the Android OS ought to access this section of settings   This tutorial, therefore, teaches you how to enable developer options on any Android device. After you read this, you can move on to learn how to enable USB debugging.

Developer Options Features

The “Developer Options” section on an Android Device offers advanced settings for testing and simulation that most Android developers find useful. The features that developer options offers are as follows:

  • Enable debugging over USB.
  • Quickly capture bug reports onto the device.
  • Show CPU usage on screen.
  • Draw debugging information on the screen such as layout bounds, updates on GPU views and hardware layers, and other information.
  • Many other options to simulate app stresses or enable debugging options.

Where is developer options on Android?

Enable Developer Options. The process of enabling the developer options is the same for all Android phones. Simply tap on the “Build number” option 7 times rapidly and this activates developer options and you see it available in the phone’s “Settings>About Device”. The “Developer Options” has always been visible by default on all previous versions of Android.

Developer Options on Gingerbread (Android 2.3):

  • Settings> Applications> Development> USB Debugging

Developer Options on Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0):

  • Settings> Developer Options> USB Debugging

Developer Options on JellyBean (Android 4.1):

  • Settings> Developer Options> USB Debugging

How to Enable Developers Options on Android 4.2

From Android 4.2 and up, this includes developer options on KitKat, developer options on Android Lollipop & developer options on Marshmallow, Android users cannot access these settings without enabling the hidden setting.

  1. Open Settings> About on your Android phone or tablet.
  2. If you own a Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 8.0, Tab 3  or any other Galaxy device with Android 4.2, open Settings> More tab> About and tap it.
  3. If you have Galaxy Note 3 or any Galaxy device with Android 4.3, go to Galaxy Note 3 from Settings> General> About and tap the Build version 7 times.
  4. After tapping the Build Number 7 times, you will see a message “You are now a developer!” If you have a Galaxy S4 or any other Samsung Galaxy device with Android 4.2, the message reads “Developer mode has been enabled”.
  5. Return to the main Settings menu and you now see Developer Options.

Enable Developer on HTC One & Other HTC Devices

  1. Open Settings> About> Software Information> More.
  2. Then tap “Build number” seven times to enable Developer options. Finally, you see “You are now a developer!” message on the screen.
  3. Return to the main Settings menu and you now see Developer Options.

Note: The only way for sure is to disable developer options is to perform a factory reset.

Enable Developer Options in the LG G Series phones

  1. Go to “Settings” and tap on “About phone”.
  2. Now, tap on “Software information” and you will find the option of “Build number” there.
  3. Tap on “Build number” option 7 times and the developer options will be enabled.

Video: How to enable developer options

How to disable Developer Options

Once activated, developer options provide no setting or  button to hide it again. However, there are two different ways to hide the developer options again. The easiest way to hide these options again is to delete the data in which the enabling of the option is stored. That’s in the Settings App data. But, this method will not work on all android phones. For example, it will not work on Samsung phones and on the other hand, it may work on HTC one and Nexus series phones.

  • Go to “Settings” and tap on “Application manager” (or App manager/Apps). Slide left to move to the “All” tab.
  • In the “All” tab, look for the option “Settings”. Once inside “Settings”, tap on “Clear data”.
  • Once cleared, Developer options in “Settings” now disappears.

Disable developer options: Factory Reset

The other option involves a Factory Reset.  This method is not recommended as all your data will be deleted.Only use this method if it is crucial for you to hide the developer options and the previous method fails on your phone. Be sure to back up important data like contacts, etc. See how to factory reset Samsung devices if you need to.

  • Go to “Settings” and tap on “Backup and reset” option.
  • Tap on “Factory data reset”
  • Tap on “Reset device”
  • Now, select “Erase everything”

Your phone restarts and the process begins. It takes up to 5-10 minutes to factory reset your phone. Once reset, you need to configure your device again, such as attach a Google account or restore data, etc.


Developer Options are useful for developers/advanced Android users. These settings are also useful for amateur users looking to root or flash their Android smartphones or tablets. In order to enable USB debugging, one must first enable developer options. The various methods for doing this are in the sections above. If you need further assistance, be sure to leave us a comment below and we’d be happy to help you out. Thanks for reading, how to enable developer options on ORDUH!

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