On all Android devices, Google makes additional tools and functionality available in a hidden Developer Options section. And even if you’re not a developer, there still may be features in Developer Mode you want to take advantage of, such as faking your GPS location and setting your Android device up to stay awake while it’s charging. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in both the YouTube video above and the image collection located beneath the steps.
Steps to Turn On Developer Mode On Android
- Swipe up on your Android device’s home screen to display the Apps screen, and then tap “Settings.” The Settings screen is displayed.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and then tap “About.” The About screen is shown.
- Tap “Software Information.” A screen displaying information about the software installed on your Android device is shown.
- Locate Build Number in the menu, and then tap “Build Number” seven times. A message is displayed letting you know that Developer Mode has been turned on. You can access the Developer Mode options by navigating back to the Settings menu, where you’ll now see Developer Options included in this list. Tapping “Developer Options” will display that menu. This is where you can find options to enable USB debugging, set a desktop backup password, fake your GPS location, set your device up to stay awake while charging, and more. You can disable developer mode on your Android device at any time by navigating to this Developer Options screen and setting the toggle at the top to “Off.” Developer Options will automatically disappear from the Settings menu, but you can re-enable it at any time.