How to unlock and enable Developer options on any Android phone

Even if you’re leery about rooting your Android phone and installing a custom ROM, you can still try out some features and settings that aren’t turned on by default. Every Android phone comes equipped with the ability to enable Developer options, which lets you test some features and access parts of the phone that are usually locked away. As you might expect, Developer options are cleverly hidden away by default, but it’s easy to enable if you know where to look.

Find your Android Build number

Before you can enable Developer options on your Android phone or tablet, you’ll first need to find your phone’s build number. On most phones, you can simply type build number into the search field, but here’s how to find it on a few popular devices:

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The Build number on your Android phone is in a different place on every phone, but it’s easy enough to find.

Google Pixel: Settings > System > About phone > Build number

Samsung Galaxy S8 and later: Settings > About phone > Software information > Build number

LG G6 and later: Settings > About phone > Software info > Build number

HTC U11 and later: Settings > About > Software information > More > Build number

OnePlus 5T and later: Settings > About phone > Build number

Reveal Developer options

Once you’ve found the screen with your Build number, you’ll need to tap on it seven seven times. That’s right: seven times. After a few taps, you’ll see a small pop-up alert telling you that “You are now X steps away from being a developer” with a number that counts down with every additional tap.

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