What are Android developer settings and how do they work?

Your phone can be the gateway to the world, a way to keep in touch with your friends and family or a way to pass the time and have some fun. But it can also be a tool if you develop mobile software.

Someone who writes apps or builds third-party accessories needs a way to test them properly, and that means they actually have to use a phone (or a tablet and even a watch!) Sometimes. Google knows this – because they also need to test apps and various software changes – and has provided an easily accessible set of developer options in the settings of any Android phone.

More than USB debugging

Galaxy S22 Developer Options

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You may have enabled the developer settings and chosen to use the USB debugging setting so you can do things like page load a security patch or unlock your phone’s bootloader. But there is much more in there.