Turn off developer options on Android devices

Developer Options on Android is a set of sensitive settings that are not available to all users and that is why it remains hidden by default. If you want to hide or disable Developer option on Android device, here are the steps to disable or deactivate Developer option on all Android versions and devices from Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, Xiaomi, Motorola, Asus, Nokia, LG, etc. Learn how to do it easily.

Android is an open source operating system for handheld devices that provides a better and more open environment for developers and ordinary users. Google provides Android users with a dedicated SDK that contains various types of developer toolkits. ADB and Fastboot is one of the best known tools that every Android user uses on a regular basis or in special situations like troubleshooting or installing stock software.

What are developer options?

Android encourages developers and users to participate in development activities. And so all Android devices have Developer Options be integrated. You can find developer options in your device settings. Developer options are useful in various development activities such as:

  • Enable debugging over USB connection to flash images and kernels.
  • Log error reports on the device.
  • Displays CPU usage on the screen.
  • Draw debug information on the screen, such as layout constraints, updates on GPU and hardware layers, and more.
  • Option to simulate application stress or enable debugging option.

Among the various geeky options found in Developer options, USB Debugging is the most used option. Once enabled on your device, this option prepares your device to communicate with your computer and allows it to write data on its own.

Why should we enable developer options?

If you want to install stock firmware, root your device, unlock bootloader or flash or images and kernels, you will have to enable USB Debugging on your device to enable device-to-machine debugging your count. Developer options can be easily found on any Android device running Android 4.1 or lower. However, Android 4.2 onwards, the Developer options disappear from the device settings. Making the option visible has now been made a bit difficult. We won’t talk about that in detail here because we already have a comprehensive guide on the subject:

I really don’t know why anyone would want to disable Developer options after enabling it. Personally I recommend every user to always enable USB Debugging on the device whether he uses it or not. Let’s say your device is stuck in bootloop for some reason and you have to flash stock firmware to fix it. You will not be able to enable USB Debugging without a successful firmware installation. To avoid such situations, always USB debugging is a must.

Disable or disable developer options on Android

Anyway, if you are still interested in hiding Developer options On our Android device, we’ve come up with some tips to make this option invisible again.

Method 1: Disable via Settings

  1. Open Setting on your device.
  2. Scroll to Applications / Applications and touch it.
  3. Choose Show all option application.
  4. Find apps Setting in the application list and touch the application.
  5. Now press Storage -> Clear data.
    Clear data – App settings
  6. On Android devices running Android 6.0 or lower, you’ll see the option Delete data right after tapping the app Setting .
  7. Now let’s go back to the menu Setting equipment. Developer Options should not be seen there anymore.

Note: Please note that clearing the Settings app’s data will not delete or delete any accounts (or their data) that you’ve signed in to on your Android device. It will only affect your device settings like brightness level, ringtone and volume settings etc. We have tested this method of hiding Developer options on Nexus 5 with stock ROM and CM11, HTC One with ROM Sense 5 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ running Stock Oreo.

Method 2: Disable it on Android Pie 9.0+

With Android Pie, Google has made a significant change regarding the Developer options. If your Android device is running on Android 9.0 or later, you can exit the Developer options very easily by simply tapping the on/off button to toggle. Here are the steps to hide Developer options:

  1. Open Setting equipment > Developer Options. On OnePlus devices, you’ll find the option in Settings> System.
    Developer Options on OnePlus 6T
  2. Press Developer Options and on/off icon tab.
    Disable Developer Options on OnePlus 6T
  3. That’s it! You have successfully disabled Developer options.

Method 3: Disable by resetting the device

Well, I’m sure how many of you might be desperate enough to wipe your Android device just to disable Developer options, but this works. Following the method described below will wipe all data and installed apps on your device. Doing this will not delete any data stored on the external SD card. It works on all Android phones and tablets.

If you are ready to pay that price, proceed with the steps given below:

  1. On a Samsung Galaxy device, Open Setting equipment > General Management > Reset > Factory Reset .
    Do a factory reset to disable Developer options
  2. If you own a OnePlus device, go to Settings > System > Reset options > Erase all data (factory reset) > Reset phone to perform a factory reset.
  3. The Factory Reset option is found on all Android phones. However, its location in the device settings may vary.
  4. Your device will reboot when the factory reset is complete.
  5. When the device boots up, open Setting equipment. The Developer options should be hidden now!

Try the methods given above and let us know which one works for you.


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