by Joakim

Getting back «Developer options» on Android devices running Jelly Bean version 4.2+

During the Christmas holidays I finally received my new phone, a “Nexus 4”. It’s a pretty good phone, and quite reasonably priced (even here in Norway). Being an official Google device, it runs the very latest version of Jelly Bean (which as I’m writing this is 4.2.1). It turns out that Google decided to hide the “Developer options” from being readily available from the system settings starting with version 4.2. It’s not that I do much (any) development for Android, but there is one option in there that I really like, the possibility to turn on the “Screen will never sleep while charging”-feature. There wasn’t any need to worry though; it was quite easy to get everything back. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Open up Settings on your phone, scroll down to the bottom and tap on About Phone
  2. Inside About phone scroll down to the bottom again and tap on Build number 7 times
  3. Going back to the Settings-menu you should now be able to see/access the Developer options

There doesn’t seem to be an option to hide the “Developer options” again though (at least not for now), so keep that in mind. Once a developer, always a developer, I guess! J