Android is a the best mobile operating system for developers, thanks to the open source norms and transparency in the source code allowing everyone to have their bite of Android. If you’ve ever had your nose into Android developer forums and pages, you would have seen them suggesting Enable USB Debugging, Limit Background process, taking bug reports and stuff which might look alien at first but they are nothing daunting.
Android has a consolidate menu called the Developer Options which contains many key options for making custom development more feasible. USB debugging is the most important of all the options in the Developer options menu which will set-up a communication between your PC and Android device using ADB (Android Device Bridge) commands. However, Developers options has been hidden from plain sight since Android 4.2 Jellybean. You can learn more about various options in the Developer Options menu from the below link.
Developer options has been in the Android settings from the inception but Google made a clever move by hiding it from non-techies who might accidentally mess up with things they are not aware of. However, there is nothing wrong in learning and with proper insight you can get your hands dirty with anything. So, today let’s see how to enable Developer options on your Android device running Android 4.2 Jellybean or higher versions.
Unfortunately if you’re still stuck on Android versions below Jellybean, here’s where you can find Developer options on your device.
- Android 2.x: Settings » Applications » Development » USB Debugging
- Android 4.0 ICS: Settings » Developer Options » USB Debugging
- Android 4.1 Jellybean: Settings » Developer Options » USB Debugging
Enable Developer Options on Your Android Device
Most OEMs customize the Android OS before they ship it on their devices, so the path to enable the Developer options might vary on different devices but here’s the actual process of enabling this hidden menu.
Find the Build Number
Developer Options menu can be enabled by tapping the build number of the device 7 times. So, first we’ve to locate the build number of your device in the device settings. If you’re lucky, you’ll find it in plain sight or else you’ll have to dig through the sub menus. But here are few known locations of Build number on different devices.
- Stock Android: Settings » About phone » Build number
- Samsung Devices: Settings » About device » Build number
- LG Devices: Settings » About phone » Software information » Build number
- HTC Devices: Settings » About » Software information » More » Build number
Punish the Build Number
Once you’ve found the Build number section of the settings, tap on it 7 times without mercy. After a couple of taps, you’ll see a small pop up notification on the bottom which shows a count down with every tap. Finally, after 7 taps you’ll see a message “You are now a developer!” or “You have enabled development settings” which is the first proud moment for any Android enthusiast. Now you can find the Developer Options under the main menu of the Settings app.
So, this is it folks. You’re now a budding Android developer with a lot of enthusiasm in your veins.
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