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Detailed Guide to Chrome OS Developer Mode

Chromebooks are frequently treated as perfect tools for students and commuters. While you may experience a lack of power on the device, it is simple in navigation and usually contains everything you need for daily use. If you are one of the power users and are rather disappointed with Chromebook, there is good news for you. You can make your work more advanced by entering Developer Mode.

About Developer Mode

If you don’t know about it, that’s ok, don’t worry. Developer Mode was created for experienced users who need more instruments for their work. This mode allows users to install all the apps they need, change the operating system, and even reach the settings that were unavailable in daily use. The mode was made for professionals, and it is better to understand what you are doing in advance.

There are a few problems that may occur while you are using this mode. For example, you can forget about the warranty there. Developer Mode is not covered by the warranty. You have to be extremely careful in this mode if you don’t want to lose the whole device. Apart from that, Developer Mode does not reveal the files you have on your Chromebook. You have to save all your files in Cloud Storage to be able to reach them.

Enabling Developer Mode

Let’s find out how to enable this mode. You have to keep in mind all potential risks, discussed above. Here is what you have to do:

  • Turn off and turn on the Chromebook;
  • During the restarting process you need to hold Refresh, Esc, and Power keys;
  • There will be a warning on your screen. Once it appears, hold the Ctrl+D keys. If you receive the message with the question about OS verification, press Enter;
  • Your Chromebook reveals the Developer Mode now;
  • After the message “OS verification is off” appears on your screen, press the Ctrl+D keys;
  • You can start your work in the Developer Mode now.

How to disable the Mode?

Developer Mode can be disabled once you finish the work. You may easily switch back to the usual routine you are used to. Before you do it, remember to back up the data. Here are the steps to perform:

  • Turn off and turn on your Chromebook;
  • There will be a message on your screen “OS verification is off''. When it appears you have to press the Space bar;
  • That’s all you need to do. Chromebook will go to its standard mode and provide you access to the usual mode and usual functions.

Main problems with Developer Mode

You may have heard about the numerous opportunities Developer Mode provides. However, it is still dangerous to change modes for newbies. Read the possible problems that may occur while you are using Developer Mode:

  • Problems with security. While Chrome OS is a secured system, Developer Mode is not part of it. Once you are there, you are on your own, since major protection is off. If you are a newcomer, you may face numerous problems with it;
  • Problems with the warranty were already discussed above. This mode is not recognized by Google officially;
  • Problems with data-keeping. You have to back up your data always! You will not be able to reach files in Developer Mode;
  • The appearance of a warning screen may significantly slow down the work of Chrome OS with time.

Developer Mode for Professionals

If you have already checked out the developer’s mode and found it useful, you may be a power user. Extra services and apps are there for your benefit. Make sure, however, that you are not risking the safety of your device. Don’t forget to come back to its usual mode once you are done.

If you have more recommendations to add, you can do it in the comments. How often do you use Developer Mode? Do you have specific apps you miss on Chromebook? Express your thoughts below.

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