How to customize Android settings; Enable USB Debugging, Allow apps from unknown sources, etc

Are you new to using Android? Here are some settings that can be useful to customize your phone.

Android phones are highly customizable; from rooting your device to tinkering with the manufacturer’s settings to installing a customized ROM, you can do almost anything with your phone, but these processes require you to modify your phone system settings (such as enabling USB debugging and Developer mode) before they can be activated.

This post teaches you how you can enable these settings in case you are required by some apps or service to enable them, it also explains how to find some important system information.

Topics discussed are Enabling USB debugging, Enabling Safe mode, Enabling developer option, and allowing installation of Apps from other source.

Android settings

How to Enable developer option on your android device

Developer option contains settings options that are not available in your system default settings, you need to enable developer option if you are to use USB debugging and other tools,  follow the step below to enable developer option.

Step 1. Open settings: Open the Settings app on your phone.

Step 2. Locate About phone: locate the About phone section of your phone settings by scrolling down, if you could not find it, use the search bar.

Step 3. Tap on “Build Number” 7 times: Scroll down to build number, and tap on it 7 times, you should see information saying “you are now a developer”.

Step 4: locate the “developer option” tab: Open settings again, then scroll down to locate the “developer option” tab or use the search bar.

How to enable USB debugging on your Android device

You may be asked to enable USB debugging when rooting your phone, follow the steps below. USB debugging allows you to transfer data between your phone and computer.

Step 1. Open Developer option: If you have enabled the developer option as discussed above, you can locate the tab and open it.

Step 2. Locate USB debugging and Enable it: Scroll down to locate USB debugging.

Enable it by flipping the switch on.

You can also customize the debugging behavior, and customize other settings from here.

How to allow installation of App from other source

In case you want to install an apk file that is not available on the Playstore, you may be prevented to do so as google prevent security breach by preventing the installation of Apps from another source other than the play store.

Follow the steps below to enable unknown sources:

Step 1. Open the Settings app: Open the Settings app on your phone.

Step 2. Locate Security: Locate “Security” then scroll down to “Unknown Source”.

Flip on the switch to enable it, you may receive a warning prompt as shown below, click “ok” to continue.

How to Enable Safe mode

The safe mode takes you to the default version of your android phone without uninstalling or deleting other apps and settings, to enable safe mode;

Long-press the power key, and once the power options came up, long-press the “power-off” button.

A dialogue box will pop up, asking you to confirm “rebooting to safe mode”, click ok to continue.

I hope you find this information helpful, kindly leave a comment if you have questions.

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