On Android devices, regardless of the android versions of android 7,8, 10 in fact in all android versions you can find some hidden settings known as developer mode or developer settings.
But the thing is, why are these settings hidden and why were they given the name developer mode? Should you mess up with the available options? If not then why?
is it safe to enable the developer mode?
The answer is a total yes. Enabling developer mode is safe, the options although can be difficult to understand unless you are an android developer, and there are a lot of settings to help you modify your android device if you explicitly know what you’re doing.
- However, if you don’t know what a certain option would do, don’t try messing up with that one; it may put your android device at risk.
- The only security risk associated there is the option of debugging, which allows your mobile to connect to a device like a PC, ultimately can access storage and other private data.
Is enabling developer mode harmful?
Activating developer mode is not harmful to any android device. Unless you messed up with the options you are not aware of.
- Enabling It would not break a mobile’s warranty like rooting a mobile does. opposed to that, it simply allows us to make changes using certain options to alter a mobile phone.
- People who know how to make changes in a developer mode can enable the option to change certain options.
- Messing up with the options you don’t know the purpose of, is not something we recommend doing, as there are sensitive options there as well, which can result in affecting the device’s performance.
enabling developer options can do for you.
- Battery performance- You can change the settings to disable background using apps and can minimize the load on your mobile RAM. This is done to encounter problems such as battery drainage and overheating the CPU due to heavy loads.
- Graphic performance- You can maximize your mobile’s gaming performance using developer mode. You can achieve this by enabling Force 4x. The feature is found on some Android phones, and it greatly enhances graphic quality.
- The downside with enabling force 4x is your device will eat more battery life, overheating, and you may face lagging in high temperatures. Because the anti-aliasing is forced to use 4x multisample in OpenGL 2.0 games and applications, which increase the number of pixels.
Why You Shouldn’t Keep Developer Mode ON?
Due to some security risks involved in enabling developer mode. We don’t recommend keeping it turned on.
- The risk is particularly involved when your device is linked to a PC via a USB debugging feature. Which allows an external device to access almost everything your device has, be it password, accounts, storage, etc.
when it’s on. Your linked device via USB debugging can be accessed unless you turn the developer mode off.
What are the benefits of developer options?
For people who know how to play with options, the developer mode can do wonders.
The benefits an android device can establish are as follows.
- USB Debugging. You can use this feature to communicate with your computer from your Android device. In addition to revoking debugging authorizations, you can also authorize it for the first time when you debug with USB.
- Select mock location app. By selecting this option, you will be able to specify the location of any app, it’s useful when you want to change your GPS location.
- Select debug app: Use this option if you want to debug an app.
- Select USB configuration: Your Android can be configured to respond differently when connected to a PC via USB.
- Show Touches: By selecting this option, a visual representation of each touched area is added to the screen, useful if you want to see how much space is there where a touch can work.
- Pointer Location: This setting allows you to see where you touched your device last, helpful to trace your phone’s activities.
- Transition animation scale: The speed at which the transition animation’s playback is determined by this setting. Reducing the animation time eventually increases the speed.
- Animator duration scale: You can adjust the length of time that the animation lasts between opening and closing an application.
- Force GPU rendering: By enabling this option from the developer mode. You can force 2D rendering on your device even if the app isn’t written to use it. This option might increase GPU rendering performance but will charge your phone to overheat.
- Debug GPU overdraw: When an application requests that the GPU (Graphics Process Unit) draw something over something else, GPU overdraw occurs. Useful to track such data.
- Force 4x MSAA: Setting this option forces multi-sample anti-aliasing (MSAA), which makes your device look nicer, but it drains your CPU/RAM more. It’s useful for gamers, using this option increase the graphic performance.
- Don’t keep activities: This feature automatically closes all applications when you leave their main screen. It saves battery and increases performance, however, you still think twice whether you are ok if the apps you leave close instantly.
- Background process limit: Using this option you can limit the number of apps you want to keep running in the background. It’s a really beneficial approach for devices with low RAM.