Developers and tech enthusiasts fiddle a lot around the Developer Options on a Google Pixel device. With these options, they have the access to advanced features that give them insights into app development. They can also opt to personalize their device’s software.
Even if you are someone looking to fiddle with Developer Options, this guide is for you. The following is a comprehensive guideline on how you can enable the Developer Options on a Google Pixel phone:
Access System Settings:
Unlock your Google Pixel phone. Swipe down from the top to open the notification shade and tap on the settings icon which is gear like.
Navigate to About Phone:
Scroll to the bottom within the settings menu. You will find the ‘System’ section and tap on it to expand and see all the options. Within the options, find the ‘About Phone’ or ‘About Device.’ You will find all the relevant information about your device including the software version.
Find the Build Number:
Under the ‘About Phone’ or the ‘About Device’ page, look for the ‘Build Number’ option. Once you locate it, tap on it seven times. Once done, there will be a pop up message that will convey that you are now a developer. This implies that the Developer Options have been unlocked.
In some cases, you may be prompted to enter the lock screen credentials which is purely to confirm the authenticity of your actions.
Access Developer Options:
After unlocking the Developer Options, navigate back to the main settings menu and you will be able to see another new option called the ‘Developer Option’ located above the ‘About Phone’ or ‘About Device’ section. When you tap on the ‘Developer Option’ you will be navigated to a separate menu meant for developers only.
Explore Developer Features:
In the Developer Options section, you will find settings that include:
- USB Debugging – With this option, you can allow your device to interact with a computer or PC via USB. This is essential especially for app development and file transfer.
- OEM Unlocking – It is necessary to perform this action if you want to unlock the bootloader on your Google Pixel.
- Mock Location App – With this feature, you can simulate the GPS locations for testing location-based services and applications.
Please note that the above steps we have mentioned are uniform across all the models of Google Pixel. However, please be prepared for some variations which may occur due the different versions of Android.
We also urge you to use Developer Options responsibly as they affect the functionality and performance of your device. Hence, using it incorrectly can impact your device negatively.