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Developer options: 5 really useful things you can do with your Android phone

Hello friends! In this post, we are going to show you some of the best things you can do in the developer options of your Android smartphone or tablet. Developer options are a series of hidden settings in Android that you can easily enable. And that is going to allow you to access advanced settings for your phone or tablet. If you’ve been immersed in the Android world for a few years. You’ve probably seen countless tutorials and videos on how to speed up animations from these settings. To make it look like your phone is running a little faster. Today we are going to show you other settings that will allow you to take full advantage of the developer options.

How do unlock and access the developer options?

As we have already told you on more than one occasion, you can unlock the so-called developer options to access several advanced settings that hide all Android phones. To do this you just have to follow these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Go to Phone Info.
  • Press several times in a row on the build number.
How do unlock and access the developer settings?
How do unlock and access the developer options?

When you have done so you will get a small marker that will tell you that you have already unlocked the developer settings, and after that, you just have to look for them in Settings.

On many Android phones you can find them in the System section, while on other devices, such as Xiaomi, it will be in Additional Settings, so the most convenient way is to look for it in the top search bar.

Select a default mode for when you connect via USB

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Every time you connect your phone to your computer via a USB cable, some options appear on the phone, such as enabling file transfer, internet sharing via USB, or transferring photos. And you can set one of these options as default.

To do this, just scroll down to the Default USB Settings option, and once there, select the one you prefer. You should note that the option you choose will be applied even when your phone is locked. So, if you hit file transfer, anyone who finds your phone will be able to see the files inside from a computer.

Select a default mode
Select a default mode

Make touches on the screen visible

There is a section in the Developer Options that allows you to display a dot on the screen, as a cursor, at each point where you touch the screen, something that can be useful if you use a stylus.

To activate it, you have to go, to the Developer Options, to the Show touches section. This one is subtle, while Pointer Location can give you much more precision about where you touch.

Make touches on the screen visible
Make touches on the screen visible

Enable a floating clock

If you hate having to look at the time when you play games or open a full-screen app, you’re going to love this setting, as it will overlay a small tab with a clock that you’ll see in any app.

You must activate the Floating Clock option. And you will see that immediately this is placed at the top left of the notification bar, just above the normal clock you always see, although this will never be hidden.

Enable a floating clock
Enable a floating clock

Completely change the size of what appears on your phone

If you go to the Smallest Width section, you can change the pixel density that appears on the screen, making it fit more content on this, at a cost that may be artificial at times.

You can toggle the number that appears to see how your phone changes and keep the result you like best. Of course, memorize the default number, just in case.

Smallest Width Developer options
Smallest Width

Make any application usable in multiview mode

For some years now, Android phones have included the option to open two windows. With two different applications to make the most of multitasking, although not all of them can be used in this mode.

Make any application usable in multiview mode Developer options
Make any application usable in multiview mode

You’ll need to enable the Force activities to be a resizable option. Which will make all apps resizable, no matter what is displayed. This may lead to them not looking quite right, but still usable. This way you will be able to take advantage of the potential of Developer Options. Thanks for reading us. Bye!

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