How to Access Developer Options on Your Fire Tablet

Key takeaways:

  • Developer options are hidden by default on Fire tablets
  • You can enable developer options by tapping the serial number 7 times in the device settings
  • Developer options allow you to enable USB debugging, sideload apps, and access other advanced settings
  • Be careful when changing developer options settings as it could negatively impact your device if you don’t know what you’re doing

If you want to unlock advanced settings and features on your Amazon Fire tablet, you’ll need to enable the hidden developer options menu. Developer options include settings like USB debugging that are useful for app developers, but they can also be used to sideload apps from unknown sources, speed up animations, and more.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to access developer options on any Amazon Fire tablet. We’ll also explain what some of the key developer options do and when you might want to use them.

Enabling Developer Options on a Fire Tablet

The process to enable developer options is similar across all Fire tablet models:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Fire tablet
  2. Scroll down and select Device Options
  3. Tap on About Fire Tablet
  4. Find the Serial Number entry and tap on it 7 times. After a few taps, you should see a message saying “You are now X steps away from being a developer”
  5. After the 7th tap, you’ll see a message saying “You are now a developer!”
  6. Go back to the Device Options menu. You should now see Developer Options listed at the bottom.

That’s it! You’ve now unlocked the developer options menu on your Fire tablet.

What Can You Do With Developer Options?

There are a variety of settings you can tweak in the developer options menu, but here are a few of the most useful ones:

USB Debugging

USB debugging allows your Fire tablet to communicate with a computer via USB. This is necessary if you want to use ADB (Android Debug Bridge) to send commands to your tablet from a computer. It’s also required for sideloading apps using a tool like Fire Toolbox.

To enable USB debugging, simply toggle the switch next to “USB debugging” in the developer options.

Install Apps From Unknown Sources

By default, Fire tablets only allow you to install apps from the Amazon Appstore. Enabling “Install unknown apps” lets you sideload APK files from other sources.

Use this option with caution, as installing apps from unknown sources can be a security risk. Make sure you trust the source before sideloading any apps.

Disable Absolute Volume

Some Bluetooth devices have their own volume controls that are separate from your tablet’s volume. The “Disable absolute volume” option allows you to control your tablet’s volume independently from any connected Bluetooth audio devices.

Animation Scales

Fire tablets use animations to transition between screens and elements. You can speed up these animations by changing the “Window animation scale”, “Transition animation scale” and “Animator duration scale” settings.

Setting them to .5x will make animations twice as fast, while 2x will slow them down. Disabling animations entirely can make your tablet feel faster, but it may also cause some visual glitches.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I break my Fire tablet by changing developer options?

While it’s unlikely you’ll permanently damage your tablet, it is possible to cause problems by changing the wrong settings. If you’re not sure what a setting does, it’s best to leave it alone. You can always factory reset your tablet if you run into any issues.

How do I turn off developer options?

To disable developer options entirely, toggle off the switch at the top of the developer options menu. You can also reset your tablet to factory settings to remove developer options and any other changes you’ve made.

What happens if I turn off USB debugging?

Turning off USB debugging will prevent your tablet from communicating with a computer via USB. This will block ADB access and may interfere with some sideloaded apps. In most cases, it’s fine to leave USB debugging enabled.

Can I sideload any Android app on my Fire tablet?

Not all Android apps are compatible with Fire tablets, even if you sideload them. Apps that rely on Google Play Services will not work properly on a Fire tablet. Some apps may also be incompatible due to differences in hardware or software between Fire tablets and other Android devices.

Is it safe to enable developer options?

Yes, simply enabling developer options is safe. However, changing some of the settings can potentially cause issues with performance or stability. Make sure you understand what a setting does before changing it, and avoid changing settings at random.