July 3, 2022

Your phone can be the gateway to the world, a way to stay in touch with your friends and family, or a way to pass the time and have a little fun. But it can also be a tool if you develop mobile software.

Someone who writes apps or builds third-party accessories needs a way to properly test them, and that means they need to actually use a phone (or a tablet and even a watch!) sometimes. Google knows this — because they also need to test apps and assorted software changes — and has provided an easy-to-access set of developer options in the settings of every Android phone. 

More than USB debugging

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You might have enabled the developer options and selected to use the USB debugging setting so you can do things like sideloading a security patch or unlocking your phone’s bootloader. But there is a lot more in there.