I need to be able to select and deselect "pointer locations" from the developer options menu using adb. adb shell am start -n com.android.settings/.DevelopmentSettings, but once I'm there I can't figure out how to select and de-select pointer locations.

I tried just using shell keyevent 'xx' to move the focus, but it seems problematic and unreliable. Is there a simple set of commands that will allow me to just jump to the selection?


To enable Pointer locations, the command is:

adb shell settings put system pointer_location 1

Change 1 to 0 to disable it.

Enter adb shell settings to understand its usage and what the aforesaid command is doing.

  • adb shell settings put system pointer_location 1 /system/bin/sh: settings: not found Aug 31 '15 at 5:00
  • Are you using an Android earlier than Android 4.2.1? settings command was introduced starting from Android 4.2.1.
    – Firelord
    Aug 31 '15 at 9:35
  • Thanks :) We're using 4.1.1 but will keep this in mind for the future. Aug 31 '15 at 20:24

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