How to Enable Developer Options on Android 10 [Tutorial]

Sep 3, 2019
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Enabling Developer Options on an Android device is essential for a lot of non-developers as well. The process remains the same, more or less. It hasn’t changed since the early days of Android and will not, in the foreseeable future. The main intent of writing this guide is to highlight some of the new features that the Android 10 developer options have. Feel free to tinker around in the developer options if you must, but make sure that you do your due diligence before toggling switches that seem incomprehensible.

Enable Developer Options In Android 10

  1. Head over to the Settings app of your device via the notification shade or app drawer.
  2. Scroll down and tap on ‘About phone.’
  3. Find an entry labeled ‘Build number.’ Keep on tapping until you see a prompt that says ‘You are now a developer!’. You will be prompted to enter your device’s unlock code (PIN/Pattern/Password) at this point.
  4. Voila! You are now a developer

If you’re a casual user, most of the options listed here won’t mean much. You can eke some extra performance out of your applications by forcing the GPU to perform some tasks by toggling the “Force GPU Rendering” tab, and the "turn off animations" toggle. You’ll primarily need to access the developer options only when you plan on unlocking the devices bootloader and sideloading ROM’s via ADB.

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In Android 10, there are some new toggles that look promising. A toggle lets you configure how the in-built screen recorder works, while another deals with the yet-to-be-released Desktop Mode. None of these work at this point and we may have to wait till Google flips the switch on those. You can even force your device to detect unnamed Bluetooth devices (identifiable through their MAC IDs). If you accidentally broke something but don’t remember which toggle in particular it was that did it, then simply flick the toggle switch at the top to the OFF position to turn off Developer Options.

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