How to Enable Chrome OS Developer Mode, Try New Features

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Chrome OS may be Google's simple, minimalist operating system, but the company is still adding features to make it more useful for users. These features are often first found in Developer Mode, which isn't difficult to enable.

For example, users running Chrome OS in Developer mode can access a PIN Unlock feature, so they don't have to type in your entire Google password to unlock the display after putting the notebook to sleep. Here's how to enable Chrome OS's Developer Mode.

Chrome OS may warn you from using Developer mode, telling you it's not as stable as regular Chrome OS, but remember, you're already saving all of your files in the cloud. What's the worst that can happen: having to perform factory restore?

1. Open Chrome.

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2. Click the Options button.

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3. Click Settings.screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.40.22 pm

4. Click "About Chrome OS."screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.40.31 pm

5. Click "More info."screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.40.35 pm

6. Click "Change channel."screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.40.40 pm

7. Select Developer - unstable.screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.40.54 pm8. Click Change channel. Chrome OS will now download the Developer Version updates.screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.41.02 pm

9. Click Restart.screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.53.15 pm

When your Chromebook reboots, navigate to chrome://flags to see all the new things you can enable.

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • quincy Says:

    Please FIX your headline and article!!!

    You are describing directions for switching "CHANNELS" on a Chromebook, NOT entering Developer Mode. There is a HUGE difference and the article seriously needs to be edited. Any mention of Developer Mode needs to be removed or it is just horribly misleading.

  • Denny Says:

    Just a suggestion:
    I like to warn people that, while it's very easy to go to a more experimental channel like beta or dev, it requires a 'powerwash' to go back the other direction to a more stable channel.

  • James Says:

    This article describes accessing the developer channel, not putting your Chromebook in developer mode.

    Big difference.

  • Denny Says:

    The 'chrome://flags/#quick-unlock-pin' flag may need to be 'enabled' for the PIN code to work, at least it did on mine.

  • Denny Says:

    Please change all references from 'Developer mode' to 'Developer channel'. They are two totally different things.

  • Gabriel Brangers Says:

    Just to clarify, developer channel and canary are not the same.

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