I just started getting a little time to play around with my new Google Nexus 7 32GB tablet and so far I am loving it. It will be the first Android device that I have spent much time on so its pretty exciting! I love the size of the Nexus 7 because it still fits in my pocket and will be perfect to read or watch movies while flying around the country. Obviously the first thing I wanted to do was root the Nexus 7 so I could have full control of it but the Developer Options setting was missing from my Android 4.2.1 Settings screen. Below I show an image of my default Android Settings screen and explain how to display the Developer Options menu item in Settings.
Developer Options Not Showing In Nexus 7 Android Settings Menu:
Typically the Developer Options would display above the About Tablet Settings menu option but it wasn’t displaying on my device which is a Google Nexus 7 build JPO40D running Android version 4.2.1. Luckily enabling the Developer Options menu item in Settings on your Google Nexus 7 is really easy.
Enable Developer Options Settings Menu Item On Android 4.2:
To enable the Developer Options menu item you need to first open the About Tablet menu which will look similar to the below example image.
Google Nexus 7 Android 4.2: About Tablet Info Screen
Now from the About Tablet info window tap the Build Number area seven times which will display status messages such as “one more tap to enable Developer Options”. Once you have enabled the Developer Options menu item a success message that states “You are now a developer!” will display as shown in the image below.
Android 4.2: You Are Now A Developer! – Enable Developer Options
Now that the Developer Options are enabled lets verify by moving back to the primary Android Settings screen to see the new menu option and then we will click on Developer Options to display the settings available there.
Developer Options Enabled On Android 4.2 Settings Screen:
Developer Options Settings Screen:
Look at all of the cool new settings that have been enabled! Some of these settings include USB Debugging, Show GPU View Updates, Show Surface Updates, Force GPU Rendering, Simulate Secondary Displays , Enable Traces, and Show All ANR’s (Apps Not Responding). Even without rooting your Google Nexus 7 you have a lot more of a view into stuff happening in the background now!