Developer Menu: 17 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Android

We've updated this article with some tips that are usually hidden in your smartphone's configuration panel to enhance your experience of using an Android device.

What are the developer options?

Developer options allow the user to make various modifications to their Android, such as monitoring app health and speeding up animations. Originally, and as its name implies, these features are intended for OS application developers, so that they can test them and produce applications and features.

However, some of these features can be used by all users who want more control over the Google platform and would like to access different functions on their smartphone. We have prepared a selection with the best tips.

How to access developer options

First, we need to access developer options in our device settings. To do this, go to Settings> System> About device. Then go to Version number and click it 7 times in a row.

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In doing so, a notification will appear warning you that we already have developer options and a request to confirm your screen unlock method. Just go back to the Settings> System menu and those options will be towards the bottom of the list.

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In doing so, a notification will appear warning you that we already have developer options and a request to confirm your screen unlock method. Just go back to the Settings> System menu and those options will be towards the bottom of the list.

1. Querying little-used apps

This option is valid for you who want to save battery. The function Apps on Hold automatically regulates itself, but you can intervene however you prefer. The list already shows the status of the automatically defined apps, and tapping above you can reconfigure.

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Choose from Active (always in use and in use), Working Set (a lot of usage, always consulted, even in the background), Frequent (frequent use) and Rare (very little use, including by the system) to determine how many times the system will pay attention to these apps and therefore spend more battery.

2. Do not keep background activities

To dust Background Check It is suitable for those who use more than one user on the device. So if you use multiple mobile accounts, you can enable this option to make sure that apps that were open while the other user was active have been closed. In addition to saving energy, this option contributes to better system throughput.

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3. Simulate colors

The option of Simulate color space very interesting, and can help users in many different ways. Visually impaired people can activate the high contrast option, or even monochrome, which is energy saving and helps those with photophobia issues. Remember that these options change the entire color scheme of the device.

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4. Select the default USB connection mode.

Whenever we connect our Android to a computer, the machine system detects the default device. No data transfer, which when the smartphone does nothing but be recharged in the USB port.

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But you can set the phone to be recognized by the computer as a flash drive, or in USB Tethering mode to use the smartphone's internet. In the option Standard USB Configuration You can do this and save time.

5. Keep screen always on

If you work with your device and bother every time the screen goes off, the option Stay active Keep your Android always on. With the option on, the device remains with the screen on even while charging the battery. To lock the device you will need to use the physical power button.

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It's good for cases where your smartphone doesn't have this native option. Just keep in mind that the screen always on with the smartphone recharging can cause overheating.

6. Limit Background Applications

To dust 2 Plan Process Limit allows you to select how many applications can remain running in the background. Selection is limited to up to four applications (or processes), but the user can choose the function no background apps.

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With this option enabled all processes and applications will be terminated after use. This can make your smartphone faster if it is older or has low RAM, or saves battery power. But his multitasking function does not exist.

7. Display layout boundaries

To dust Show layout boundaries displays all system borders and visual markings. With the option enabled you can check all the spaces and limits of the visual contexts of your Android. The tool assists developers and professionals who work with interface design.

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What's more, if you go to the function Developer Shortcuts for Quick Settings You can put this and other functions right in the system shortcut area.

8. Force GPU Rendering

To dust For GPU rendering renders all applications on 2D hardware, even if they are enabled to run on other renderings. The option may generate performance gains, but may also harm the device. Use it with caution.

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9. Show screen taps

To dust Show ringtones Allows you to view gestures and touches that are performed on the device screen. Visual feedback assists developers and users viewing the device through a TV or monitor.

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10. Simulate secondary screens

With the option Simulate secondary screens enabled you will be able to display the secondary screens in different resolutions. You can view device behavior on screen sizes with different resolutions. The information is displayed through a thumbnail above the contexts being used by the user.

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11. Pointer Location

To dust Pointer Location displays the trail of touch on the screen and all data where the user has selected or scrolled the display. It is possible to measure the accuracy of the touch, and the coordinates where the user passed.

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12. Set the speed of system animations

You can disable animations completely and have your device launch an application as fast as the hardware allows, or double the speed of the animations. This option, which is actually several, is valid for interfaces with many animations or that have some kind of slowness.

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It is one of the most useful functions for common users in Developer Options, and in many areas here on the site we give tips for using this option when I need to speed up the device. They are the options Window scale, Transition Scale and Duration scale.

13. Fora MSAA 4x

This option, Forar MSAA 4x, allows you to improve the quality of graphics in OpenGL ES 2.0 games and applications. Note that this will require more hardware performance and consume the battery faster. However, in some games and applications the image will be optimized through Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing 4x.

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14. Enable USB Debugging

This is one of the most commonly used developer options by users. THE USB Debugging Allows programs on your computer to access your device via USB. This is a necessary first step to root a device, unlock it, install a new ROM, or make a backup copy on our computer (no root needed).

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If you have this option enabled, only connect your device to secure USBs (avoid unknown or public computers), and remember to unlock it if you are not using it.

15. OEM Unlocking

As with the above option, OEM unlocking It helps to unlock items needed for root and other advanced functions. OEM is a manufacturer acronym that allows you, at your own risk, to perform the process of unlocking the device's bootloader. Do not leave enabled if not in use as it opens for security holes.

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16. Computer Backup Password

If you want to create a backup copy of your device on your computer, we recommend that you protect it with a password. This option encodes your copy, so be very careful: you will not be able to access it if you have forgotten your password.

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17. Allow fictional locations

Enable this option, Select dummy location app, Along with using an app like Fake GPS Location, makes your device "think" that you are in a different part of the earth. This can have some advantages, such as fooling your friends about your location or preventing Google from always knowing where you are.

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We recommend that you do not enable the developer options sections if you are not fully aware of how they work. In general, the options presented in this article are from Android 4.2, with one exception, or another (case of the first, which appears from Android 9).

So, do you use the developer option? What role do you like the most?

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