How to Use and Customize the Developer Options on Android

For those who are not tech geeks, using the developer option on their Android device might appear a too-intimidating issue. Even so, there are numerous functionalities that the option provides, which are not available to the average user. To know how to benefit from this – mostly unknown – option, we put together a few tips that will also help you enhance the look and the feel of your mobile device.

How to Enable or Disable the Developer Option

The first step toward a developer options bliss is actually to enable it:

  • Head over to ‘Settings,’ then to ‘About,’ select ‘Software information,’ and press on ‘More’
  • Scroll down to ‘Build number’ and tap on SEVEN times in a row
  • A notification will appear, saying that you have become a developer
  • Return to the Settings menu and scroll down to ‘Developer options’

    If you want to disable the options, simply open them in Settings and turn off the toggle in the top right corner.

How to Customize the Developer Options on Android

Limit Background Apps

This option allows you to select which apps still run in the background, even after closing them, to stop them. The limit stops at four apps, but you can also choose to have no background apps running whatsoever. With no background processes, the applications are terminated after you use them.

Force MSAA 4x

Turning the 4x MSAA option enhances the quality of graphics in games and OpenGL ES 2.0 apps. This step needs more processing power and takes the battery life at an accelerated speed, but if you aren’t bothered by that, you will get, in exchange, smoother graphics.

Aggressive Data Handover

This functionality doesn’t actually speed up your mobile data, but it does accelerate the way mobile data is adopted after the Wi-Fi connection is interrupted. It can be a bit hazardous if you don’t have a massive amount of data available because your device will be more rapid when accessing it.

If you have unlimited mobile data, turn on these settings, and will help you stay connected to the Internet at all times. To enjoy a more prominent effect, you can also enable the option ‘Mobile data always active’ as well.

Verify Running Services

The ‘Running Services’ option is quite like the Task Manager found on a PC running Windows. It enables you to see the running processes on your smartphone, how much RAM is being used, and what apps are utilizing it.

It allows you to terminate the apps that consume RAM storage, and you are not actively using, but it’s better to first stop the app itself before killing it with this option, as it can cause failures and functionality issues.

Mock Location

There are numerous apps on the Google Play Store than enable you to mock your location. Get an app from the store, such as Fake GPS Location, which is the most popular one, and install it.

Navigate to the developer options and locate the ‘Select mock location app’ section. This will make a notification appear, showing the location spoof app you installed. Tap on it and launch the app to choose your location of choice.


Split-screen was first incorporated on Android 6.0, enabling the screen to split into two, which allows users to have two apps displayed at the same time. Not all apps support the functionality, but that can be changed in the developer options.

Head over to ‘Settings’ and find the ‘Force activities to be resizable’ option and enable it. You must restart your device for it to work.

Default USB Configuration

If you are using the USB port a lot, and sometimes it takes a while till the notification pops up to change the function, there is another method to use that makes this process a bit easier. By modifying the default USB configuration, you can have the device automatically activate the function you use the most.

Head over to ‘Default USB Configuration’ and tap on it. The window opens with several options, as the stock default says ‘No data transfer.’ This means that by attaching the cable in your smartphone via the USB port, you will change it.

You can choose between MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface​) and PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) as your default option.

The Bottom Lines

Hopefully, these tips will help you get rid of the fear of becoming a developer and have you try the option. Remember to follow them to the core, as some issues might arise when misused.

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