How to Enable Developer Options in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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Google seems to have made a few changes in Android 4.2 regarding the Developer options / settings that you used to see in Settings for Android phones and tablets. When you buy the Nexus 4 or get an Android 4.2 software update on your Android phone / tablet, don’t freak out that you no longer see the Developer options in Settings. They have not vanished, just buried deep inside Android.

Why? Most of Android users do not need to know or use these various Developer settings. They are average users who install apps, make calls, watch videos or play music. They do not play around with Developer options, debugging tools or any other settings that might make their phone go boom! Continue reading after the jump and we’ll tell you how to enable Developer options back in Settings on Android 4.2.

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How to Enable Developer Settings in Android 4.2

Here is a quick instructions guide on how to get those developer settings back on your new Android phone with Android 4.2 on it.

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.

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!

You can also watch this video by Phil from Android Central (source) which demonstrates how to get your Developer options back.

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We will be doing more similar basic Android 4.2 tips soon. Stay tuned!


  • 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? :D aka disable it.

    • http://www.sizzledcore.com Haris Nadeem

      No, you can’t do that! :D

  • 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