Since Android is an open-source operating system, developers have the maximum opportunity to use it as their own. Did you know that your Android phone has a hidden menu with many features? Using this menu called Developer Options, you can take your Android phone experience to another level.
Google provides these features to the Android operating system, primarily as part of debugging and application development. However, Android users avoid it because they do not understand most of the features of the developer options. Let us know in detail about all the notable developer alternative features and their work
Rules for launching developer options
Rules for enabling developer options on Android phones:
- Enter the About Phone section from Phone Settings
- Then select the software information and find the build number
- Quickly tap the build number 6 times in a row
- After tapping a few times, the developer will show options to show how many taps are left
- After successfully tapping 6 times, developer options will be unlocked
- Provide phone PIN verification if requested during the process
- When you successfully turn on developer options, you will see the message “You are now a developer”.
For Xiaomi phones, you need to enter the About Phone section and tap the MIUI version 6 times without following the procedure mentioned. You can search for “build number” directly from any phone’s settings app and follow certain procedures. Note that many Android phone manufacturers switch to the Android menu. So it may take some time to find the developer options on your phone.
Features of Android Developer Options
Android developer options have a number of features. Most of these features are very powerful. So before using any feature, understand its function well. Let us know in detail about the working of the features of the developer options.
Desktop backup password
Android devices can be backed up to an Android device using the ADB command. To enable this option you need to enter a password in the backup file This will allow the backup files to be encrypted and provide a password to access the file each time. However, there is no chance of resetting the password in this case, so if you forget the password, you will lose the backup file.
Take the bug report
Taping this option will scan the system for all sections and packages on the device and collect bug reports and save them as log files that can be sent in email form. It takes some time to complete the bug report. This feature is widely used for custom ROM and kernel testing.
The name of the work of this feature can be understood by hearing. If this feature is turned on, the display will always be on while the phone is charging.
Enable Bluetooth HCI Snoop Log
A network security expert can use this feature to capture and analyze Bluetooth HCI for special needs. It is basically an expert-level feature that will not be of any use to the general users.
This feature can be used to see details of all processes running on the device at a glance.
Revoke USB debugging authorizations
The connection is automatically authorized by the RSA key fingerprint whenever you connect to a debug PC via USB. Enabling this feature will revoke authorization and will require re-authorization for further debugging.
Allow Mock Locations
This is a fun feature. This feature allows you to share any location of your choice as your own location. This will work for those who do not want to share their location information.
Select Debug app
Using this feature, you can choose which app you want to debug. This is a pro-level feature, so it’s best to stay away from it
Verify apps over USB
Enabling USB debugging, Android users can install the app using the ADB command. Since the app is a developer feature side-loading using ADB commands, the app is not scanned for malicious content during installation. By enabling this option, the app will be scanned and verified by USB while installing the app
When this feature is turned on, a small dot size will appear every time you touch the screen, which can be used to see if the touch is working properly.
When this option is turned on, a graph overlay will be displayed on the screen, where information will be displayed when touch registration is registered.
Show Surface Updates
It is better not to turn on the Surface Update option. When you turn it on, the part of the screen that will be updated will be illuminated. This option can be a little annoying, so it is advisable not to turn it on.
Show Layout Bounds
When you enable this feature, border marks appear at the edges of all UI elements on the screen. This is not a feature for ordinary users.
Force RTL Layout Direction
This option will be useful for languages that start writing from the right, such as Arabic. When this feature is turned on, all UI elements of the screen are moved to the right.
Window animation scale
This option can be used to control the animation that shows the window on and off. The lower it is held, the faster any window will open and close. If you add more, the animation will be shown when the window is opened or closed.
Transition animation scale
It’s a lot like the previous option. However, the animation of multiple apps or window switches can be controlled using this feature.
Simulate secondary displays
Developers need to use a primary display as well as a primary display. Basically, it will not be of any use to ordinary users.
Force GPU rendering
Enabling this feature uses 2D rendering instead of GPU usage. This feature can be used to reduce the pressure on the GPU.
Show GPU view updates
When this feature is turned on, you will see a red overlay on the screen, which will brighten up when using the GPU on the device. This is not a functional feature for ordinary users.
Show hardware layer updates
When this feature is turned on, the hardware level rendered by the GPU will be updated. This feature is also designed for developers.
Debug GPU overdraw
An overdraft occurs when one app wants to work overlay on another app. For example, using Messenger Chathead when using YouTube is an overdose. By enabling this option, a developer can learn about GPU overdoses.
Force 4x MSAA
Better graphics output is available on the screen through multi-sample anti-aliasing or MSAA. Turning on this feature gives up to 4 times the graphics output, but performance issues are observed.
Show CPU usage
By turning on this feature, CPU usage information can be viewed through the overlay at the top right of the screen. Although this is a feature for a developer, it is possible to know the amount of CPU occupied by different processes using this feature.
Enable OpenGL traces
If this option is turned on, OpenGL will scan the device for errors and save this information to a log file. This is also a feature that is of no use to the average user.
Don’t keep activities
You may have heard of this feature before. While this feature may sound like a performance boost, it’s not true. When this feature is turned on, all app activity will be stopped except for the app you are entering. Even if it gets a performance boost, it’s a good problem. When you turn on this feature, each app takes a long time to launch. Also, if the app is closed by mistake, the app is restarted. This is a nightmare for those who like multitasking. So don’t start this feature without a very important reason.
Background process limit
This feature allows you to select how many processes to run simultaneously in the background. It is advisable to avoid use, as this feature interferes with the user experience
Show all ANRs
This feature can be used to display the “App Not Response” dialog if an app does not work. If an app on your phone doesn’t work properly, you can easily find it using this feature.
Which of the following developer options do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section.