If you are a geek, you must be aware that you need to fiddle with software in order to get the most out of it. The secret capabilities of Android can be accessed by rooting a device, and Windows provides a wide range of options through various registry hacks, so it only makes sense that Chrome OS has a few fascinating hidden functions as well. Therefore, if you’ve been using a Chromebook and want to maximise its capabilities, you should turn on Developer Mode.
With root access provided by Chrome OS’s Developer Mode, you can instal additional operating systems like Linux or other Chromium-based systems. Additionally, it adds a tonne additional choices using Crosh commands and allows you to instal Android apps via APK files. Here is how to activate Developer Mode on Chrome OS without further ado:
Things to keep in mind
Here are some consequences you should be prepared about before using Developer Mode on Chrome OS:
Your Chromebook will be reset
Your Chromebook is powerwashed when Developer Mode is enabled, effectively doing a factory reset. The settings and information for your account will also be erased along with everything else on the device. When you log into your Google account, you may retrieve all of your settings and any files you had stored online via Google Drive.
Google will retract support
Another crucial point to remember is that if you enable Developer Mode on your Chromebook, Google will stop supporting it. This implies that your device’s warranty will be null and void. However, you may quickly turn off Developer Mode on your Chromebook if you ever experience a problem with it before having it fixed.
Here s how to enable Developer Mode on Chrome OS
After we’ve let you know about the issues you might encounter, if you still want to enable Developer Mode on your Chromebook, here’s how to do it:
1. Developer Mode could be activated on older models of Chromebooks by simply flicking a switch. That’s no longer the case, therefore you must first boot your Chrome OS device into recovery mode. Holding down the Esc and Refresh buttons while pressing the Power button will put your Chromebook into recovery mode.
2. The Chrome OS is missing or damaged warning should appear when your Chromebook starts up. This is a common message one receives when fiddling with Chrome OS settings, so don’t be alarmed. Press Ctrl+D to continue.
3.Press Enter to disable OS verification on the following page.
4. After your Chromebook restarts, a page will appear to let you know that you have disabled OS verification. You can either hit Ctrl+D to begin the procedure or wait for the OS to do so automatically with a beep.
5.After that, Chrome OS will start switching to Developer Mode. You can stop the procedure by turning off your computer, as it indicates on the screen. You have 30 seconds to stop the procedure, after which you are unable to shut off your computer.
6.A timer will appear on the top left of the screen to indicate how long the procedure will take while the computer begins to prepare the system for developer mode.
7.After finishing, you must choose your language, keyboard, and network connection on the Chrome OS welcome screen. Additionally, there is a switch to enable debugging features.
8. While you are free to skip this step, doing so will allow you to use USB sticks to boot Chrome OS, set up an sshd daemon, and more. So select Enable Debugging Features and then select Proceed. Debugging features will be activated after you enter the root password you want to create on the following page.
So, once you’ve finished the procedure, Developer Mode will be available. By hitting Ctrl+Alt+T, you can access Crosh shell and use a command like Shell to launch a complete bash-like shell, however this only works on devices that have developer mode enabled. At the start-up screen while your Chromebook is turning on, use the Space key to switch Developer Mode off whenever you want.
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All set to play with advanced options through Developer Mode on Chrome OS?
When you enable Developer Mode on Chrome OS, you can experiment with a variety of advanced features, but if you are unsure of what you are doing, we advise you to proceed with caution. On the other hand, if you enjoy tinkering, go ahead and switch on Developer Mode on your Chromebook. Please let us know in the comments area below if you run into any problems.