How to Enable the Developer Options in Android 4.2 on Nexus 4

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As we know, Android 4.2 is Google’s latest mobile operating system which comes bundled with devices like Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and more. The OS indeed runs smooth compared to other older Android versions, all thanks to its project butter. What many of you might be wondering is where’s the option to enable the developer options on Android 4.2? Well, in this quick tip, we’re going to answer exactly this question.

Those of you who want to do some modding or hacking, then you’ll need to enable the USB debugging mode, which can only be activated from the Developer mode. Don’t worry, Google has not taken out the developer options, but the developer mode is kind of hidden on Android 4.2 Nexus phones. Let’s take a look at how to enable the Developer Options on Nexus 4.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app.

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on About Phone, which will give you a detailed look of various aspects of your phone.

Step 3: Scroll down to the end, and you’ll find Build Number. Tap on this build number for seven times (or more if required but it should do the trick) until you get a message that says “You are now a developer.”


That’s it. As the message suggests, you’ve enabled the developer mode on your Nexus 4 phone. The new Developer Options will now be visible in the Settings app. Go ahead, visit it right now.

We don’t know the reason why Google would hide the developer settings on Nexus, but hey, we just figured out how to enable it with this trick. Perhaps Google doesn’t want everyone, even the average Joe to mess with the settings in the developer options and that’s why they hid it.

Whatever reason it is, you now know how to get it back.

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