If you think that developer options are only for pro users and not for average Android users, think again. Even if you are not an Android developer, you can use some tips and tricks of developer options to make the most of your Android devices. This guide will explore some hidden developer options tips and tricks you can use like a pro.
Before you use developer options, you need to enable them on your Android device. Note that with the launch of Android Oreo, the method is changed a bit. You can read this complete guide to enable Developer Options on Android Oreo device.
Now that you have become a developer, you can enjoy some developer options advantages.
Best Android Developer Options Tips and Tricks
Tip #1: Stay Awake
While your phone is being charged, you can continuously check the screen of your device. This means you don’t need to unlock your phone to see those frequent notifications you receive on different chat apps like WhatsApp, Hangout, Messenger, Skype and more. If you wish, you can lock your device by using the power button.
Tip #2: Background process limit
When you open too many apps on your Android device, they will consume more battery even if you come out of the app as the apps are running in the background. By using ‘Background process limit’ in developer options, you can select only four apps to run in the background. This will automatically save and improve your phone’s battery life. When you terminate an app after use, it will not run in the background as well.
Step #1. Open Settings on your Android phone and then tap on Developer options.
Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Background process limit under Apps section.
There will be six radio buttons on the screen: Standard limit, No background processes, AT most 1 process, At most 2 processes, At most 3 processes, and At most 4 processes.
You can choose any one radio button from the list.
Tip #3: Force 4x MSAA
For gaming aficionados, this is a boon. When you enable MSAA 4x in developer options, you will get improved graphics in games and OpenGL ES 2.0 applications. You will find this option under Hardware accelerated rendering.
Tip #4: Disable Device Animations
When you Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale under Drawing section, you will feel that your device has become faster. But actually, it is not. This is just a trick to fool your brain to believe that your phone runs more quickly. As a matter of fact, when you disable device animations, there is no transition effect on your phone screen. After this, just swipe between home screens and see the effect.
Tip #5: Aggressive Wi-Fi to Mobile data handover
If you are continuously connected to the Internet phenomenon, you will love it. When you enable Aggressive Wi-Fi to Mobile data handover option, your phone quickly switches to mobile data when there is poor Wi-Fi network. For this, you should be prepared for cellular data bill shock at the end of the month as this might consume a lot of your mobile data.
Tip #6: Enable/Disable USB Debugging
USB debugging plays a significant role when you have to use Android-related tools on your computer. Without enabling USB debugging, you cannot connect your Android device to the tool on your PC. Check this guide to enable or disable USB debugging on your device running the latest Android Oreo.
Tip #7: Desktop backup password
Developer options allow you to create a backup password before you create a backup via Android tools. You can create a desktop backup password by following steps given below:
Settings → Developer options → Desktop backup password.
Next, type your current full backup password; then enter a new password and then re-enter your new password. Finally, don’t forget to tap on SET BACKUP PASSWORD.
Tip #8: Select mock location app
If you don’t want to disclose your real location, you can use this option to create a fake GPS location of yours. Once you select the mock location, you can download different apps to start faking your GPS location. This will stop some people from finding your locations. You can enable mock location on your Android device with developer options:
Settings → Developer options → Select mock location app.
#9: Simulate color space
Want to play around the color scheme of the entire phone UI? This option is given under Hardware accelerated rendering. Upon tapping Simulate color space, you will find five radio buttons: Disabled, Monochromacy, Deuteranomaly (red-green), Protanomaly (red-green), and Tritanomaly (blue-yellow). This is a helpful feature for people, who suffer color-blindness. If you are using Google Pixel 2 of Pixel 2 XL, you can check grayscale mode on your device and enable the feature.
Before you start using developer options, get full information about the features and then go ahead. You can always go back to the normal mode by turning Developer options off from the Settings → Developer options → toggle the first switch off.
That’s all folks!
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