Top Secret Features and Tricks From Android Developer Options

Each smartphone operating Google’s Android comes with a Developer Options menu where users can access settings that might seem useless. However, there are many features in there that can help you in your day to day smartphone experience. The menu may not appear by default, so you have to activate it yourself, but once you do, you might be surprised by the things you will find. Here are a few of the things you might have been missing out on, and can improve your phone’s performance.

Note: To activate the Developer Options menu, simply go to your phone’s Settings and access the About Phone category. From there, scroll down to the Build Number and tap in it repeatedly. Shortly after you start tapping it, it should prompt you with a message saying that the developer options have been activated. The process is similar on both smartphones and tablet devices, as the only difference is the fact that smartphone have the About Phone menu, while tablets obviously have the About Tablet category. After this, the Developer Options should be available under the System grouping.

Animation Speed

By using the Developer Options, you can make the device look much snappier. Through the appropriate settings, you can change how the animations that occur whenever you are transitioning between screens will behave. You can even turn them off completely, but in case you’re one of the folks who likes their device to have animations, you can settle for tweaking the options so even though they are still on, they won’t make your device seem like it’s so sluggish.  From the Developer Options, scroll down to Windows Animation Scale, Transition Animation Scale and Animator Duration Scale. Play around with these options for a little while and see how each setting affects the device.

Force 4x MSAA

This involves Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing 4x and it means that your games and applications will run smoother and even look better, at the cost of your device requesting extra resources. This works for apps and games running Opengl ES 2.0. The process itself smoothes out the pixels.

USB Debugging

This comes in handy often when you want programs to access your device when it’s connected to your PC  through a USB cable. This is something pretty much mandatory if you plan to root your device, unlock the bootloader or flash a new custom ROM. This also helps if you intend on making backup of your phone directly into your PC..

Password Protect Your Data

We already told you about how you can backup your files to your PC, but did you know you can even encode a password on the backup file? Yup, pretty much. But be very careful though, because if you forget your password, you won’t be able to access your backup files from anywhere

Mock Locations

.By enabling this feature, you can make the device you’re using send out a false signal of a different location than the one you’re in at the moment. All you need on top of enabling the feature , is a software like Fake GPS Location. Apps that try to pin point your location will say that you’re in one place now, and the other side of the planet, the next. This is a little gimmicky, but you may be able to trick a friend and get a good laugh out of it.

Be advised that you musn’t play around with settings from the Developers Options if you don’t understand what they do. It’s best if you just stick to what you know. If you do, however, manage to change a few things by mistake, you can always reset the settings from the top-right corner.

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