How To Activate Developer Mode On Galaxy S20

Wondering what the new Android developer options have got to offer and how they work on the new Samsung Galaxy S20 handset? If so, then this post will help you access and activate this feature. Here’s a quick guide on how to activate developer mode on Galaxy S20.

One of the hidden features in Android devices is the developer mode. It’s an advanced feature that lets developers (and other keen Android users) activate essential features such as USB debugging, desktop backup password, tweak animation settings and more. This can also be used to capture bug reports and view actual CPU usage to gauge the impact of the  device software.

When enabled Developer mode also activates USB debugging feature of the phone, allowing recently programmed apps to be duplicated or copied via USB to the device for testing purposes. USB debugging is a way for Android devices to communicate with the Android Software Developer Kit or SDK over a USB connection. It enables the phone to receive commands, files and other data from a computer and allows the computer to pull and utilize crucial information from the phone including log files. 

Keep scrolling down and find out how to get started in making the most of this advanced Android feature.

Easy Steps to Activate Developer Mode on Galaxy S20

Time Needed : 5 minutes

The following steps depict that standard process of activating developer mode on the new Samsung Galaxy S20 handset. By doing so, you can access and manage developer options including USB debugging, background process limit, animator duration scale, and other hidden options. Individual screenshots are also provided in case you’re having trouble following the given instructions.

  1. Swipe up from the Home screen to view the Apps screen.

    The Apps screen contains various app shortcuts and icons.

    open apps screen to activate developer mode

  2. Swipe right to and tap Settings.

    Doing so will open the Settings app on your device. On the Settings screen, you will see a list of system features and options to configure.

    activate developer mode on galaxy s20 - open settings app

  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the Settings screen and then tap About phone.

    Legal information, status and phone details will then be displayed.

    activate developer mode on galaxy s20 - about phone menu

  4. Scroll down and tap Software information.

    Relevant information regarding your phone's operating system will show up on the next screen.

    activate developer mode on galaxy s20 - software information

  5. Scroll down and tap Build number seven times.

    Be sure to tap on it consecutively.
    If prompted, enter the PIN or password for your device to proceed.
    You will see a message at the bottom, saying that Developer mode has been enabled.

    activate developer mode on galaxy s20 - build number

  6. Tap the Back icon twice.

    Doing so will lead you back to the Main settings menu.

    activate developer mode on galaxy s20 - developer mode activated

Tools
  • Android 10, One UI 2.0
Materials
  • Galaxy S20
  • Galaxy S20 Plus

Scroll down to the bottom of the display and you should see Developer options added into the listed items. Simply tap on it to view other hidden system functions and options to try on.

If you don’t see Developer options on the Settings menu, it means that the feature wasn’t successfully activated. In this case, you’ll need to get back to the About phone menu then follow the rest of the given instructions to activate developer mode.

And that covers everything in this guide. Please keep posted for more comprehensive tutorials, tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your new Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphone. 

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