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[How To] Force Enable Developer Options in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google finally made stock Android as beautiful as iOS, if not better. With Android 4.1.1, Google introduced Project Butter that aimed to fixed the usual lag associated with Android devices. In less than a year, Google fixed two of the major issues with Android as an OS. In Android 4.2, Google has decided to polish the OS and improve its usability by including features like gesture typing on the keyboard, multiple user profiles, and quick controls.

The big-G has also made a rather small change in the Settings menu of Android 4.2. It has removed ‘Developer Options’ from the System sub-menu. Google says that they made this change because a normal user is not really interested in pestering around with something like ‘Developer options’ and all the complex options listed inside it. At worse, they will play around with the options, which might affect the performance and stability of the phone. So to prevent this Google has completely hidden the option in Android 4.2.

But, what if an advanced user or developer needs to enable ‘USB Debugging’ listed under Developer options? Or, if you are an app developer and want to see how some other options affect the performance of your app?

How To Access Developer Options In Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Step 1:¬†Open the Setting Options on your Nexus 4, Nexus 10 or any other device running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and head over to the ‘About Phone’ option.

Step 2:¬†Scroll down until you see the ‘Build Number’ of your device listed. Now, continuously tap seven times on it (Build Number) and you will enable Developer options on your device.

While you are tapping on the Build Number, Android will keep informing you that “You are ‘x’ steps away from being a developer”. After the 7th tap, users will get a message saying “You are now a developer”, after which they can find the Developer Options in its usual place in the Settings sub-menu.


Kudos to Google on hiding the Developer Options in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Not only will it make new Android users feel more comfortable with the OS, but also give it a sense of polish and user-friendliness that it generally lacks. All this will definitely help in improving Android’s image as that of a geeky, laggy and ugly OS to an OS that can stand its own against the likes of iOS and Windows Phone 7/8.


By rajesh

Rajesh is a 19 year old nerd, currently pursuing B.Com Hons from Bhawanipore college in Kolkata, India. He loves everything tech, especially Android. You can follow him on twitter @ePandu

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