Featured - How to Enable or Disable Developer Mode in Windows 11

If you’re a regular user, there are few reasons to turn on developer mode in Windows 11. In fact, most people will spend years with their OS without touching this setting. However, there are some scenarios where this mode is very useful – to developers, of course, but also to power users. Today we’re going to show you how to turn on developer mode in Windows 11, and why you might want to.

What does developer mode do?

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Windows 11 developer mode lets you install apps from any source, including loose files. This means that you can install Windows Store apps that aren’t published on the Windows Store and don’t even have a certificate. Developer mode also grants you some additional testing and debugging tools for apps, and some optimization options for Windows Explorer, Remote Desktop, and PowerShell.

For obvious reasons, we don’t recommend enabling developer mode unless you have a legitimate reason to. Installing unsigned applications from random sources is a good way to end up with malware. If you’re creating an app, however, you know that the application you created is not malicious and can use developer mode to test it without having to publish it on the Microsoft Store or get it signed.

There may be some cases where you can also consider using developer mode to install uncertified apps. Essentially, when you trust the creator. For example, you used to have to enable developer mode to use the Ubuntu Shell in Windows 10 (thankfully this is no longer necessary).

With that said, we’re going to show you how to turn on developer mode using the settings app and Registry Editor. Of course, we’ll also tell you how to turn it off again – which we recommend once you’re finished with whatever you’re doing.

We’ll also be explaining how to enable or disable developer mode. Though it sounds the same, this is actually different – disabling developer mode turns off the ability to turn it on via other methods.

How to Turn Developer Mode On or Off in Settings

The easiest way to turn on developer mode in Windows 11 (or off) is through the developer settings menu. This should be your go-to unless you need to turn it on or off across multiple devices:

  1. Open Settings

    Press Start and press the Settings cog on your Start menu. Alternatively, press Windows + I.

    Windows 11 - Open Settings

  2. Click “Privacy & security” in the sidebar and press the “For developers” heading in the main pane

    Windows 11 - Settings - Privacy & Security - For Developers

  3. Turn developer mode on or off via the toggle

    Switching the toggle under “Developer Mode” to the right will turn it on, while switching it to the left will turn it off.

    Windows 11 - Settings - Privacy & Security - For Developers - Developer Mode On or Off

  4. Press “Yes” to the security prompt

    Make sure you carefully read the message so that you know what you’re getting yourself into.

    Windows 11 - Settings - Privacy & Security - For Developers - Developer Mode On - Yes

How to Turn Developer Mode On or Off via the Registry Editor

If you can’t enable developer options via the usual method, you can utilize the registry instead. This will essentially perform the same changes, but behind the scenes. We’ll be showing you how to perform the changes using our pre-made registry file, but we’ll also show you how to do it yourself so you know for the future:

  1. Download and extract the registry .zip

    Download our registry package here, right-click the .zip file, and choose “Extract All..” from the context menu.

    Windows 11 - Download Zip - Extract All

  2. Browse to your extraction location and press “Extract”

    You can extract the file anywhere that’s convenient for you.

    Windows 11 - Download Zip - Extract All - Browse

  3. Double-click “Turn_on_Developer_Mode.reg”

    Windows 11 - Download Zip - Extract All - Browse - Open .reg

  4. Press “Run”

    Windows 11 - Download Zip - Extract All - Browse - Open .reg - Run

  5. Click “Yes” to accept the changes

    Windows 11 - Download Zip - Extract All - Browse - Open .reg - Run - Accept

  6. Press “OK” to the success prompt

    Developer Mode will now be enabled on your device. You can turn it off again by repeating the same process with the “Turn_Off” registry file.

    Windows 11 - Download Zip - Extract All - Browse - Open .reg - Run - Accept

  7. OR: Make the registry changes manually

    If you’d rather modify the registry yourself, instead open the Registry Editor by pressing the search icon, type “Regedit”, and click the top result.

    Windows 11 - Open Regedit

  8. Navigate to the AppModelUnlock key and double-click the “AllowDevelopmentWithoutDevLicense” DWORD

    You can find the DWORD by pasting the following into your Registry Editor address bar:

    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModelUnlock

    You’ll see the “AllowDevelopmentWithoutDevLicense” DWORD in the main pane.

    Windows 11 - Regedit - Open DWORD

  9. Turn it on: By typing “1” in Value data and pressing “OK”

    Windows 11 - Regedit - DWORD - Type 1 to Turn On - Accept

  10. Turn it off: By typing “0” in Value data and pressing “OK”

    Windows 11 - Regedit - DWORD - Type 0 to Turn Off - Accept

How to Enable or Disable Developer Mode in Local Group Policy Editor

If you get the message “Developer mode is disabled on this device by system policy”, then you need to enable developer mode via the Group Policy Editor instead. This is only possible if you have Windows 10 Pro or higher and are an administrator. If you do, however, enabling or disabling developer mode is quite simple:

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor

    Press the search icon, type “gpedit.msc“, and click the top result in your start menu.

    Windows 11 - Open Gpedit.msc

  2. Navigate to the “App Package Deployment” folder and double-click “Allows development of Windows Store apps…”

    You’ll find the folder at Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\App Package Deployment

    Windows 11 - Gpedit.msc - App Package Deployment - Open Allows Development

  3. Choose between “Not Configured”, “Enabled”, or “Disabled”

    “Not Configured” will follow whether you choose in your Windows 11 settings app. “Enabled” will turn on Developer Mode, and “Disabled” will grey out the toggle in the settings app and stop the registry change above from working.

    Press “OK” after you’ve chosen.

    Windows 11 - Gpedit.msc - App Package Deployment - Open Allows Development - Choose an Option - Accept

How to Enable or Disable Developer Mode via Registry Editor

If you don’t have Windows 10 Pro, you can still enable or disable Developer Mode – you just have to use the Registry Editor instead. Here’s how:

  1. Open Regsitry Editor

    Press the search icon on your taskbar and type “Regedit”, then click the top result.

    Windows 11 - Open Regedit

  2. Go to the “Appx” registry key and create a new DWORD

    You can find the Appx key by pasting the following in your Registry Editor address bar:

    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Appx

    You can then right-click the main pane and select “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value”.

    Windows 11 - Appx - New DWORD

  3. Name the DWORD “AllowDevelopmentWithoutDevLicense”

    It’s important the text is exactly as above, minus the quotes. That includes the capitalization and the American spelling of license if you speak British English.

    Windows 11 - Appx - New DWORD - Rename

  4. To Enable: Double-click it, type “1” for Value data, and press “OK”

     

    Windows 11 - Appx - AllowDevelopmentWithoutDevLicense - Value Data 1 - Accept

  5. To Disable: Double-click it, type “0” for Value data, and press “OK”

    Windows 11 - Appx - AllowDevelopmentWithoutDevLicense - Value Data 0 - Accept

  6. To set it to “Not Configured” – delete the DWORD

    You can do so by right-clicking the DWORD in your registry editor and selecting “Delete” from the list.

    Windows 11 - Appx - AllowDevelopmentWithoutDevLicense - Delete

How to Sync Google Drive with Windows 11

That closes this Windows 11 developer mode tutorial, but you may be looking for more ways to enhance your experience. Feel free to check out our guide to Google Drive syncing on Windows 11 so you can get access to your cloud files no matter where you are.

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How to Turn Windows 11 Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling On or Off

Meanwhile, if you’d like to squeeze a little more performance out of your Windows 11 machine, you can follow our guide on how to turn Windows 11 hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling on or off.

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