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How to Enable/Disable Developer Mode on Chromebook?



Developer Mode on Chromebook

Chromebooks are great for basic tasks like surfing the web and word processing. The simple interface of the Chromebook makes it ideal even for new tech users. Since it is controlled completely by Google, the device looks safe and secure. But if you want to do more with your Chromebook, you need to Turn on developer mode. The developer mode is somewhat similar to rooting Android device or Jailbreaking the iOS device. By default, you can install only the approved apps. After enabling the developer mode you will have a higher degree of control over your device. Read further and know how to enable/disable developer mode on your Chromebook.

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Benefits of Enabling Developer Mode

By enabling developer mode on your Chromebook, you can perform following functions

  • You can side-load Android apps on your Chromebook
  • You will gain access to the developer shell with ease
  • You can install the standard Linux desktop environment on your Chromebook through crouton

Things to consider while Enabling Developer Mode

Along with above-mentioned advantages, there are a lot of disadvantages on enabling developer mode. Before enabling developer mode, you have to consider the following things:

  • Since Google doesn’t support developer mode, you can’t claim warranty for your device.
  • You will lose all your data including login details, passwords, locally stored files and much more.
  • By enabling developer mode, the boot-up speed of Chromebooks will slow down.
  • You will lose all the security features that are associated with Chromebook.

How to Turn on Developer Mode on Chromebook?

Before enabling developer mode on your Chromebook, you need to back up all the data that are store on Chromebook. Because all the data including login info and locally stored files will be deleted while enabling the developer mode. After backing up the data, follow these simple steps to enable developer mode on your Chromebook.

#1: Turn off your Chromebook.

#2: Boot your Chromebook into recovery mode by pressing and holding Esc Key and refresh (the circular arrow) key along with power button.

Enable Developer Mode
Enable Developer Mode

#3: Keep holding those keys until the screen pops up with the message of “Chrome OS is missing or damaged. Please insert USB stick.”

Enable Developer Mode
Enable Developer Mode

#4: Now, press and hold Ctrl and D Key for few seconds.

#5: When prompt, press Enter to confirm.

#6: Wait for your Chromebook to restart and go through the setup process.

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How to Turn Off Developer Mode on Chromebook?

Just like the enabling process, disabling the developer mode is very easy. Follow these simple steps to disable developer mode:

#1: Backup your data and reboot your Chromebook.

#2: When you see “OS Verification is Off,” press the Spacebar key.

#3: The Chromebook will be rebooted automatically. Upon the reboot, the developer mode will be disabled on your Chromebook.

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Final Thoughts

This is how you have to enable/disable developer mode on your Chromebook. As we mentioned earlier, your Chromebook will become less secure after enabling this mode. Thank you for visiting For further queries and feedback, feel free to leave a comment below.

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