I know how to show the developer options menu. How do I hide it again?

  • In the given answer, ce4 says it is not possible to hide it again without root access android.stackexchange.com/a/33497/25403 And with root, the solution is given
    – ndsmyter
    Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 15:22
  • I have to admit that I updated my answer after seing this question... :-) Forgot to compile an answer here as well, but Compro01 already did that ...
    – ce4
    Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 21:39

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Clearing the data on the "settings" app will get rid of the developer options on the Galaxy Nexus (at least on 4.1. Not sure about 4.2), but that may only work on that device. It doesn't do it on my Galaxy S3.

Note: The above action clears the settings of the settings app, i.e. not actually importanty data per se. You should be fine doing this.

The only other known method to get rid of them requires root and deleting /data/data/com.android.settings/shared_prefs/development.xml.
See Where are the developer options in Android 4.2?

  • Clearing data for Settings did it for me.
    – offby1
    Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 14:53

Edit: New CM10.1 added a feature to hide developer options when it is turned off.


Once you became developer you can't hide developer options from your mobile. But you can simply turn it off (Developer option will be there in Settings).

  • Not true, see Compro01's answer.
    – offby1
    Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 14:53
  • He's right, if someone is not willling to delete the settings which happen to contain other stuff besides the visibility of the devel options menu as well and the phone is not rooted.
    – ce4
    Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 21:38
  • @ce4 - The app data for the "settings" app only contains the settings for the settings app, not the general settings for everything else, which are contained in the "settings storage" app, and you can't clear the data on that via the GUI.
    – Compro01
    Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 21:58
  • @Compro01 Thanks! Should have read the source or examine the data in advance before posting. Edited the other answer
    – ce4
    Commented Jan 23, 2013 at 11:40

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