How to Enable Developer Mode on Chromebook

In Chromebooks, you can play with OS via Developer mode. Developer Mode in Chromebooks is like root in Android. But, after you enable developer mode on Chromebook, you lose many of the security features.

However, Google itself allows user to make changes to OS via developer mode without any security restrictions. Developer mode is very useful for developers or programmers. So, in this tutorial, we are going to show you how to enable Developer Mode on Chromebook.

WARNING: After you switch to Developer Mode on Chromebook, your computer will get powerwashed. It means, all your data stored on Chromebook will be deleted. So, backup all your data before proceeding further.

Enable Developer Mode on Chromebook

Let us make it clear that the Developer Channel in Chrome OS is not the same as Developer Mode. Via Developer Channel, you can get the latest Chrome OS updates. And Developer Mode is special OS environment where, most of the security restrictions are relaxed allowing you to play with the OS. Let’s get started with the tutorial.

Step 1

To get into Developer Mode, we need to boot Chromebook into Recovery Mode first. So, first of all, turn off your Chromebook completely. Then, in turned off state, press and hold Esc and Refresh keys on your keyboard and press the power button. Your Chromebook will boot into Recovery Mode instead of normal mode.

Press And Hold Esc And Refresh Buttons On Keyboard And Then Press Power Button
Press & hold Esc and Refresh Buttons & then press Power Button

Step 2

In Recovery Mode, you will see a warning message like “Chrome OS is missing or damaged.” Do not panic, it’s normal behavior in Recovery Mode. Now press Ctrl + D on your keyboard and press Enter after that.

Chromeos Is Missing Or Damaged Warning
Chrome OS Is Missing Or Damaged Warning

SEE ALSO: How to fix ‘Chrome OS is missing or Damaged‘ error on Chromebook?


Step 3

Now, your Chromebook will restart, powerwash your device and boot into the Developer Mode. Please note that after you enable Developer Mode in Chromebook, it will show a 30-sec warning on every boot. And, it will also play a beep sound before booting up.

Now, you can continue with setting up your Chromebook as you do in the normal mode.

Setup Chromebook As You Do In Normal Mode
Setup Chromebook in Developer Mode

SEE ALSO: How to install Chrome OS on PC?

Disable or Turn Off Developer Mode on Chromebook

You can disable Chromebook Developer Mode if you want. But remember, it will powerwash your Chromebook again and you will lose all your locally stored data. So, make sure to take backup before proceeding.

You can disable Developer mode on Chromebook in two ways. First is through Root Shell and second is via warning screen while booting. Let’s check both methods one by one.

A) Turn off Developer Mode via Root Shell

First of all, open the Chrome browser. Then, press Ctrl + Alt + T to open the Terminal. Type following commands in terminal one by one and press Enter.

shell
crossystem disable_dev_request=1; reboot
Enable or Disable Developer Mode On Chromebook Via Shell Commands In Terminal
Disable Developer Mode on Chromebook via Root Shell

After executing above commands, your Chromebook will restart and powerwash itself. And then, it will boot into the normal mode. You will have to setup your device again.


B) Disable Developer Mode via Warning Screen on Boot

Let’s check second method to turn off Developer Mode on Chromebook. First, turn off your Chromebook completely. Then, turn it back ON. You will see a warning message on boot screen for 30 seconds.

On warning screen, you will see a message saying “OS verification is OFF. Press SPACE to re-enable.” So, simply press the SPACE button and then, follow on-screen instructions. Your Chromebook will restart, powerwash and switch from Developer Mode to the normal mode.

Os Verification Is Off Press Space To Re Enable
OS verification is OFF. Press SPACE to re-enable.

SEE ALSO: How to Sideload Android apps on Chromebook without Developer Mode?

Enable or Disable Developer Mode on Chromebook in Simple Steps

Above tutorial explained how you can enable or disable Developer Mode on Chromebook in simple steps. Chromebook’s Developer Mode is specially designed for developers and programmers. So, if you are not an expert in Chrome OS, we suggest you do not switch to Developer Mode.

Most of security features like shell access, secure boot are disabled in Developer Mode. Hope you liked this tutorial. Feel free to share your suggestions and queries in comment section down below.

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