The developer options menu present in Android brings a variety of advanced features to users. This menu is intended for Android geeks and developers to control their device from the PC. Most of these features are not very useful or even inconvenient for normal users. For this reason, starting from version 4.2 Jelly Bean the developer options hide on the device.

On Android 4.2 and above, you can bring the hidden developer options menu by going to Settings > About phone and taping Build number seven times. Return to the previous screen to get Developer options menu.


The Developer Options app lets you add a shortcut for developer options settings on your home screen, so you can quickly access the menu by taping the shortcut. The app is tiny (18KB) and free at Play Store.


The on-device Developer Options has several uses, such as to enable debugging over USB, show CPU usage on screen, quickly capture bug reports onto the device, and many more options.

Update: The Developer Options app isn’t available on Play Store, so use Activity Launcher app instead.

Add shortcut for Developer Options menu On Android 10 and above

If you want to add a Developer Options shortcut on your phone running on the latest Android version, use the Activity Launcher. This little app is amazing and will work on Android 4.0 and above versions (current version is Android 11).

Install the Activity Launcher (link) and open it. Scroll down and tap on Settings. In settings activities, scroll down, long tap on Developer Options (the first entry) and tap on Create shortcut. It will create a shortcut on the home screen.

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