Developer options are available on every Android device settings but it’s hidden by default. Some advanced users turn it on right away while most do not know much about its usage.
Basically, It’s meant for developers to use the device for debugging purposes. Being an Android developer, I use quite a few useful settings. But some options are so important that every Android user should benefit from.
Make the most out of your Android device by using these 5 settings.
How to enable Developer Options?
First things first, To use a thing you have to have it. Go to Settings > About Phone. On Build number, tap multiple times until you see a toast message that Developer Options are enabled. You are already an advanced user if you already knew this.
5 Settings to Change in Developer Options
5. Advanced Reboot
When enabled, It adds two more options to reboot your phone into. Recovery and Fastboot. You don’t need these two options right now but when something in your phone goes wrong, You can quickly reboot your device into recovery mode and do the stuff. You can do complete phone backup in recovery mode.
To enable it, Go to Developer Options > Advanced Reboot.
4. USB Debugging
This has many different uses. Consider it as a gateway to connect to your computer and do things with your device. You can use ADB commands to install APKs, transfer files, screencast your phone’s display to your computer via Vysor, etc.
3. Window, Transition, Animator animation scale
This will make your phone faster. Not literally though, It will just speed up your phone’s transitions and animations so that it looks faster to an average user. Go to Developer Options, Set Animation scale of Window, Transition and Animator animation scale to 0.5x from 1.0x.
2. Keep Ram Free (Background process limit)
If you want to keep your phone’s RAM free (in case you have low-mid end device) then limit background processes according to your needs. You can choose from Standard limit to No background processes to At most 4 processes. By default, the Standard limit is set (OEM limit).
1. OEM Unlocking
Enable this option to unlock the bootloader. Now, what on earth would you do with an unlocked bootloader? This might be the question in your mind. But think what happens if you forget your registered Gmail address and/or password and you reset your phone. Your phone will be locked forever under FRP (factory reset protection). And bypassing devices from FRP is getting tougher day by day.
If you have unlocked bootloader and you fall into FRP or any such trap someday, you can easily reinstall the OS (factory image).
DISCLAIMER: Unlocked bootloader or OEM Unlocking is not recommended because it saves your phone from being used after it’s stolen. Use this at your own risk.
So these are the 5 Developer settings you should change on your phone right away. Do share this article on social media or with friends if you find it useful.