1. How can I get the Easter Egg hidden in Android Jelly Bean?
  2. How could I use that Easter Egg to enable a hidden daydream in Android 4.2?
  3. How can I enable the Developer options, hidden by default in Android 4.2?

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  1. Jelly Bean Easter egg:

    • Go to app drawer and open Settings, go to bottom and tap About phone
    • Repeatedly tap Android Version 3 times: It should open a screen showing your current wallpaper and a red Jelly Bean
    • (This step is optional) Tap the red Jelly Bean once and it will change to a smiling Jelly Bean android head, and the screen will show the text

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    That screen is the Jelly Bean easter egg. But don't close it: it has to be open to enable the...

  2. Android 4.2 hidden daydream:

    • Tap and hold down on the red Jelly Bean for about 1 sec.
    • You'll see an animated screen with lots of colorful Jelly Beans and smiling Jelly Beans, which you can play with, pushing ("flinging") them off the screen.


    In that moment the hidden feature will be enabled: that animated screen is known as BeanFlinger and from now on it will be available (with black background, though) to be selected as one of the Daydreams. The Daydreams are an Android 4.2 new feature, consisting of screensaver apps that can run when your phone or tablet is docked or charging (more info about Daydream).

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  3. Enable developer options (If you enabled them, but you want to revert this process, see Note 3)

    • Go to app drawer and open Settings
    • Go to bottom and tap About phone
    • Tap repeatedly Build number 7 times. Starting at 3rd tap, you'll see a toast saying You are now X steps away from being a developer.
    • After 7th tap, you should get a toast saying: You are now a developer! (If you keep tapping Build number, the toast will change to: No need, you are already a developer.)

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    • The above steps enable the Developer options screen, disabled by default in 4.2 (more info). From now on, you'll see the Developer options in Settings screen.

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  1. Tapping the Android Version in About phone screen 4 times will do the trick too, showing directly the smiling Jelly Bean.

  2. In Christmas season, along with the jelly beans, you'll may see a wandering candy cane! It works in both BeanFlinger easter egg (left image) and BeanFlinger daydream (right image).

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  3. If you don't need Developer options you can either turn off the switch in that screen (left image) or clear data from Settings app (Settings > Apps > All > Settings) if what you want is to completely remove the Developer options entry from Settings screen (right image).

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  4. All of the above work in Android JellyBean 4.3 and Android KitKat 4.4.x too

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    The first part also works in other Android versions. The animation will differ with each version.
    – THelper
    Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 13:14
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    The developer options can be rehidden by going to Settings -> Apps -> All -> Settings and clearing the data. This will only hide the dev options, AFAIK. Other settings like alarms and wifi passwords etc. are still present Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 15:04
  • Thanks @raghav-sood, now I can update the answer by adding all the missing screenshots! Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 13:26
  • The behavior you specified in item 3 in the first part of your answer is in fact required by the Android CDD, section 6.2, and is not merely an Easter egg.
    – bwDraco
    Commented Jun 11, 2013 at 12:19
  • (continuation of previous comment) "The upstream Android implementation hides the Developer Options menu by default, and enables users to launch Developer Options after pressing seven (7) times on the Settings > About Device > Build Number menu item. Device implementations MUST provide a consistent experience for Developer Options. Specifically, device implementations MUST hide Developer Options by default and MUST provide a mechanism to enable Developer Options that is consistent with the upstream Android implementation."
    – bwDraco
    Commented Jun 11, 2013 at 12:20

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