Like other Android smartphones and tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series has a hidden Developer Mode in its Settings application. This is hidden by default, but it can be enabled very easily. Let me walk you through the quick, step-by-step tutorial that will reveal the Developer Options menu so you can tinker with secret options.
Android is known for being incredibly customizable. For most people, it offers so many features and options that many end up feeling overburdened when they try to dive the options. Others enjoy that level of personalization and customization, and will even take things further (by gaining root access) to open up even more features.
Today, I want to show you one of these hidden menu options and it doesn’t even require root access.
This is commonly referred to as Developer Mode, but the hidden menu option that appears is actually labeled Developer Options. I’ve talked about this a few times but wanted to dedicate a tutorial to show you how it’s done. It’s easy to do and will not negatively affect your user experience in the slightest.
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Enabling Developer Mode on the Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, and the Galaxy Note 10 Lite will not void your warranty, it’s easy to disable, and opens up some unique features to the user.
Time needed: 3 minutes.
Enabling Developer Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10
- Open up the Settings application
- Scroll down all the way and tap on the About Phone menu
- Now go into the Software Information section
- And then tap the Build Number option 7-10 times
Just keep tapping it until you’re told Developer Mode has been enabled.
- Lastly, go back to the main menu of the Settings app and you’ll see Developer Options down at the bottom
Again, I have talked about this in the past and I have linked to a previous tutorial about this as well. The thing is, OEMs seem to really enjoy changing up the Settings menu options. So finding the Build Number section on the Pixel series will be different than finding it on the Samsung Galaxy series.
It doesn’t have to be different, but OEMs that prefer doing major changes to their ROM tend to move certain options around.
At the end of the day though, we simply need to find that Build Number option and tap it a whole bunch. I have never gone in and counted the number of times you need to tap it since it’s best to just tell someone to keep tapping it until it says “Developer Mode has been enabled.”
From there, you can either press the Back button a few times, or you can close the Settings app and then open it back up. It doesn’t matter which way you go about it here. The end goal is to get back to the main menu page of the Settings application. That’s because once we have enabled Developer Mode, the hidden option will be displayed at the very bottom.
It will be labeled Developer Options and going in there will display a number of new features available to you.
I’ll try to go over some of the more important things which are available via Developer Options in the future. For now, I just want to give a little warning to be careful about what you change there. Some options are harmless and won’t have any major changes to the overall user interface and user experience (UI and UX).
But there are some that make some pretty drastic changes that can improve or ruin your experience with it. For example, if you go in and mess with the Bluetooth audio codec options then that could result in the music you play through Bluetooth headphones being better or worse. It can even result in audio not playing at all (if you select an incompatible codec).
Thankfully, we can go in and easily change things back to how they were. But it’s something you should be aware of.