One of the biggest advantages of using Chrome OS and Chromebook is its natural simplicity and security. With Android apps support, Chromebooks are getting more powerful among users. Developer Mode is one of the special tool built into all Chromebooks to let the users access the code behind the Chrome OS.

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What is Chromebook Developer Mode?

Generally, Chromebooks are more secure and you can only download the apps that are approved legally. Moreover, your accessibility to configure the Chromebook system is limited. By enabling the developer mode, you can customise your system according to your convenience. At the same time, you will lose important security features.

ATTENTION: Enabling developer mode will delete all the data that are locally stored on your Chromebook. Before enabling this mode, make sure to back up the files that are important to you.

Drawbacks of Enabling Developer Mode

  • Once you enabled developer mode, you can’t claim warranty for your device.
  • The security features in your Chromebook will be disabled.
  • All the data including the locally stored files will be erased.
  • Normally, Chromebooks boot up extremely fast. By enabling developer mode, it will become slow.

How to Turn on Developer Mode on Chromebook?

Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to enable developer mode on your Chromebook.

Step 1: Turn off your Chromebook.

Step 2: Press and hold ESC+Refresh (F3)+ Power button for a few seconds.

Step 3: Release the keys when you received “Chrome OS is missing or damaged. Please insert USB stick” notification on the Chromebook screen.

Developer Mode on Chromebook
Developer Mode on Chromebook

Step 4: Press CTRL+D keys.

Step 5: After receiving “OS verification is Off” notification on the screen, press the Enter key.

Step 6: Your Chromebook will reboot automatically to display the setup the page.

Step 7: Use your Google account credentials to set up the Chromebook.

How to Turn Off Developer Mode on Chromebook?

Step 1: Back up the important data and turn off your Chromebook.

Step 2: Turn on your Chromebook and wait until you receive “OS verification is Off” notification on the screen.

Disable Developer Mode on Chromebook

Step 3: Press the spacebar key and the Chromebook will revert you to factory-default settings.

Step 4: Go through the usual setup process using your Google account credentials.

You can enable developer mode easily with the help of this guide. It will give you access to the developer shell. With the developer shell, you can easily install a Linux environment on your Chromebook.

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