How to Enable Developer Options on Galaxy S4

So you’ve decided to root your Galaxy S4 phone and install a custom ROM, or maybe you want to sideload an app from your computer. Before you can jump into ADB commands and get the best out of your device, you have to enable the Developer options.

Developer mode is easy to get to, but you must remember to enable it. As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why you would want to enable developer options on your Galaxy S4 smartphone. If you want to plug in to a computer and do any sort of command-line work, this is a must. The story goes pretty much the same if you need some extra debugging options as a programmer. Or, maybe you are simply curious and you are ready to take one step at a time and discover more about how things really work.

In any case, here I am to guide and assure you that you have no reason to be afraid of! Things are pretty simple and straightforward. While enabling Developer Options is done in the same way for every Android phone or tablet, OEMs don’t always put the option in the same place, so let’s jump to the actual guide for your Galaxy S4 phone:

How to Enable Developer Options on Galaxy S4:

  1. First of all, go to Settings;
  2. Then, enter into About Device and scroll down to the Build Number;
  3. Once you’ve found the Build number section of the settings, tap on the section 7 times; One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. You’ll get then a little prompt saying you’re about to unlock the developer settings and this is exactly how things should be;
  4. You should immediately see a toast notification pop up saying “Developer mode has been enabled”;
  5. Now, back out to the main settings menu, and you’ll see “Developer options” listed;
  6. What if you want to get rid of the developer options in the settings menu of your phone? Well, the only sure-fire way to do this is to perform a factory reset, so go to Settings>Apps>Settings and tap on Clear Data. A popup will ask you to confirm, so press OK, and you’re done.

However, my advice is to take your time and play around with some of the settings. And even if many say that everything is reversible, let me remind you the fact that you can easily screw things up if not being careful.

What do you find most useful about the Developer options? Do you need it enabled or not into your S4 smartphone?

If you have any queries or problems related to this post, then let me know in the comments section below. I will be happy to help.

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