How to Enable Developer Options in Android Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat

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This is a tutorial on how to enable Developer options in Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Android 7.0 / 7.1 Nougat or in future releases. After the release of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google decided to hide these developer settings deep inside the Settings menu and were only able to be accessed by those who really need it. There were reports of people dwelling into those options and messing up their basic phone settings — as the options were only meant to be changed by developers.

Similarly, if you need to access the USB debugging option in your phone for connecting with computer / Android SDK, you will need to access that setting from Developer options in your Android device. We have done a quick guide on to easily enable that again.

How to Enable Developer Options in Android

Before you proceed on to enabling the developer settings on your Android phone or tablet, please take this as a warning that only enable and change settings there if you know what you are doing. We do not want you to change any specific options that may cause your phone to become unstable for any reasons.

Changing animations speeds to extremely slow can have issues on your phone, depending on its model. You can also tweak your location to somewhere else with the Mock locations option. Plenty of things to change and tweak, but just be careful.

Related: How to Enable USB Debugging in Android Phones.

Here is theย  instructions guide on how to get those developer settings back on your new Android phone:

Step 1 – Go to Settings > About phone.

Step 2 – Scroll down to the bottom to “Build number.”

Step 3 – Tap “Build number” seven (7) times. Right after the third tap, you will see a dialogue box that says you are only four taps away from being a developer. Continue tapping four (4) more times.

Enable Developer Options

That’s it! Your Developer options under Settings are back! Now can enable USB debugging mode, enable finger pointer or play around with the animation settings. It’s all yours now!


  • Frank Loveras

    Thanks!..
    Work on my nexus 7.

  • Frank Loveras

    Thanks!..
    Work on my nexus 7.

  • Ruca

    so how can I un-developer myself again? ๐Ÿ˜€ aka disable it.

  • Ziutek

    I cannot switch on “USB Debugging mode” on 4.1.2, Samsung S3 mini.
    none of the above procedures work in my case – PLEASE HELP!
    I’ve got Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, 4.1.2, XXAMA2, kernel ver. 3.0.31-909600, Build# JZO54K.I8190XXAMA2.
    Under “Developer options->Debugging” there is USB debugging but it is greyed. Tapping several times on anything in “About device” does not help. Am I the only one in the world who cannot do that?

  • Ariamacha

    right on

  • pvtJD

    Quoted” At the top of the “Developer options” screen, there’s an on/off toggle to enable its features. Turn it on, then you should be able to enable USB debugging.

    DUH? LoL

    This finally solved the problem on my 4.1.2 Android.

    Hope it helps someone.

    Found over at “stack overflow,” who are developers and training to be developers.

    I was getting ready to either sell this phone or enter it into a phone tossing event. LoL!

    Hope it helps someone!

    Thanks for this support page. Its “Rooting and Romming” Time.