Android’s developer options menu is a secret treasure trove of tweaks that adventurous users can play with. If you want to install any app to your SD card, speed up window animations, or even save some battery life, here’s how to unlock and use this hidden menu.
How to Enable Developer Options
It’s easy to enable Android’s developer options, but it’s hidden so you don’t accidentally stumble on it. Keep in mind, these options are hidden for a reason. They’re designed to give developers tools they need to test things, and changing them without knowing what they do might cause some of your apps to work incorrectly. If something stops working, try reverting the changes you made before complaining to the developer. That being said, some of these tweaks are genuinely useful and work great. To turn on developer options, follow these steps:
Open your app drawer and tap Settings to open the Settings app.
Scroll down and tap About Phone. Look for the setting “Build number.”
Tap “Build number” seven times in a row.
A toast notification should appear saying you’re now a developer. That’s it! You’re in.
Once you enable developer mode, you should see a new “Developer Options” menu in your Settings app with all kinds of goodies in it. These are some of the cool things you can do with it.
Install Any App to the SD Card
If you try to install an app to your SD card and it doesn’t work, you can enable “Force allow apps on external” in Developer Options. This will force the app to let you store it on your card, rather than taking up your internal memory. Of course, there may be a good reason why the developer blocked this option. Some apps are looking for files in a specific place and won’t work if the app is installed somewhere it doesn’t expect. So if the app doesn’t work when it’s installed on your card, try uninstalling it and putting it on the internal storage. However, other developers simply do it for simplicity, even though the app will work. If you download a huge app and want to make use of that SD card you’re lucky to have, switch this on and see just how much space you can free up.
Force Any App to Work In Split-Screen Mode