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How To Disable the Developer Options Menu for Android

Aside from USB debugging, Developer Options are for app developers and shouldn’t be used. To prevent these settings from accidentally being enabled it may be best to hide the menu altogether.

Android’s built-in developer options contain settings that shouldn’t be enabled by the average user. Despite what the title of each setting might appear to do, none of these will increase performance or improve the Android experience. Developer options are named such because it is essentially a toolkit made available for people that write apps. Aside from the USB debugging feature, there is little that the majority of people will ever find useful. Enabling some of the settings found here can even render a phone unusable and may require a factory reset before it can be fully accessed again.

Developer Options in settings menu

The menu normally isn’t even visible because in some of the latest versions of Android Google rightfully hid the menu from plain sight.  We talked about how to enable the Developer Options menu in Android before when turning on USB debugging. But if USB debugging is no longer needed, it might be a good idea to disable the Developer Options menu and prevent a user from accidentally accessing them. I recently installed a custom ROM on an Android phone a friend who isn’t very tech-savvy, and I am quite certain that he would go snooping through these settings and break his phone, so it was a simple step to just disable them and prevent disaster.

Ready to hide the Developer Options menu? I am, let’s do it.

Disable Developer Options on Android

We need to get into Settings > Manage Apps. The easiest way to do this on most Android devices is to press the menu button while on the Homescreen and then tap the Manage Apps option. We can also browse to this by launching the Settings app form the drawer and then tapping the Apps option within.

Now within Apps setting menu, scroll sideways to the All panel and then browser downwards until the Settings app is visible. Tap that app.

manage appssettings app

In settings tap the Clear data option and any confirmation window that appears. That is all!

Note: On Android devices running Cyanogenmod the Developer Options panel will disappear simply by disabling it within the menu itself.

app info clear data

Now the Developer Options menu is gone from sight. It won’t appear in the settings menu again until it is re-enabled manually from the “About phone” screen.

settings


16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Rajesh  

    Not working on Huawei Ascend G700. Will test it in Samsung and let you know.

  2. Rendy  

    Not working on samsung galxy grand duos GT-I9082. Help.

  3. Judy  

    Hi thanks for the post. Works perfectly on Moto G thank you.

  4. shivam singh  

    Yes, it is a good solution for Sony Xperia

    • Heiro78  

      Hello,

      would doing this method reset the phones settings to default? Meaning would it undo what was changed with the developer options only, or would it remove the developer changes as well all custom settings?

  5. Sasi Thapa  

    Not working on samsung galaxy SM-j200H.Please help !

  6. Donna  

    Thank you. In Samsung Galaxy S5 I opened the developer option with no clue. Altho I didn’t make changes my phone was acting weird, mainly it froze up. I hope this is the culprit. Peace!

  7. tony  

    excellent worked 1st time thanks

  8. Kristen  

    My daughter accidentally turned it on on her LG Optimus Showtime Straight Talk phone. How do I turn it off?? Please help.

  9. Ferdie  

    Thank you! Problem solved.

  10. Koen  

    Hey, doesn’t work on my generic tablet. The brand is Anoc and the model number is A7N15Q. This is a very generic brand and isn’t recognised by the Internet.

  11. Jerry  

    Thanks a lot. It’s helpful to me.

  12. K.M  

    But my “clear data” button is disabled. please help me.

  13. David Mercer  

    Tried on my lg-k8 and the clear data button is greyed out.

  14. Devik Gupta  

    it dosent help. my app info of setting is not opening. in my Lyf Flame 2. model no – LS-4004.

  15. wajid  

    Execllent Worked for my Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime thanks

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