Every Android device contains a secret set of options called the Developer options. As the name suggests, these are intended principally for developers of apps, used for debugging or stimulating certain conditions. However, there are several options with the Developer options on Android that a user can utilize to its advantage. So, let’s go ahead and see some useful things to do with Developer options on Android.
How to Enable Developer Option?
Before you can start and use the developer options, you need to unlock and activate them in the settings. Here are the steps you can follow to do so-
- Open the Settings app on your device and find the About Device menu. It is usually found at the bottom of the settings list. This menu gives you access to a lot of information about your device. Scroll down until you see the Build Number section.
- Tap on the build number heading seven times (sometimes it’s ten) quickly. As you do so, you’ll receive a message saying “You are now a developer”. Continue to tap the build number heading until the message changes to “You are already a developer”.
- Tap back and look for the new heading Developer Options in the main settings. Now open the Developer options menu, use the slider at the top of the screen to enable access to them to allow them to modify.
Useful Developer Options on Android:
Not all the Developer Options are worth changing unless you really know what you’re doing. But here let’s see what should, indeed, be changed.
Limit Background Process-
If you scroll down to the bottom of the list, you’ll see Limit Background Processes. This option lets you set how many processes can run in the background on your device at once.
Desktop backup Password-
The Android Developer Options allow you to backup and restore to your PC things such as apps and their associated data. This option requires a password for such backups. Also, ensure that your device can connect to your computer successfully.
Don’t Keep Activities Open-
Although you need to be a little careful while using this setting, it can be useful if your phone struggles after heavy use. This option force-closes every application as soon as you leave its main view. Use either this or the Limit Process option, not both.
Force 4x MSAA-
MSAA- Multi-Sample Anti- Aliasing. If you have a powerful Android device and play a lot of games then this Setting can be useful for you. It essentially makes everything look better but puts more strain on the CPU/RAM.
This setting allows your Android device to communicate via USB to your computer via the Android Debug Bridge (ADB). This setting will need to be enabled if you plan to flash custom ROMs during rooting.
According to Wikipedia- Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is a programming tool used for debugging devices that are based on Android using a USB or TCP connection.
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