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How to Turn On or Off Chrome OS Developer Mode


If you are unhappy with the limitations that the walled garden of Chrome OS imposes on you, you may consider trying out the Chrome OS Developer Mode. It is a hidden setting on your Chromebook that switches off all of the limits and protections that are built into Chrome and provides you relatively direct access to a vast number of functions that are generally utilised only by developers and IT professionals.

Enabling Developer Mode is simple to implement, but doing so does come with some potential risks (and to undo if you want to turn it off later). Therefore, the purpose of this post is to instruct you on how to activate or deactivate the developer mode in Chrome OS.

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How to Turn On or Off Chrome OS Developer Mode

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If you are ready to enable Developer Mode on your device, the first thing you should do is ensure that you have a backup of any data that is kept locally on it. If you do not have a backup, you should not enable Developer Mode on your device. Then you are obligated to do this:

1. Ensure that your Chromebook is turned off and not in the sleep mode.

2. Press and hold the Esc key, then simultaneously press the Refresh and Power buttons on your keyboard. As soon as you see the power-on process commencing for your Chromebook, you can let go of the keyboard and continue using your Chromebook normally.

How to Turn On or Off Chrome OS Developer Mode

3. The screen that outlines the steps for the recovery process will then appear. After selecting Advanced Options from the drop-down menu, pick Developer Mode from the drop-down menu or press the Ctrl and D keys on your keyboard.

4. If you receive a message that instructs you to validate the operating system, use the Enter key located on your keyboard.