How to Enable Developer Mode in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to enable or disable developer mode in Windows 11 to turn a PC into a development environment suitable for writing and building software.

Windows developer mode is turned off by default. If you’re using Windows 11 in a normal environment to carry basis tasks such as browsing the web, reading email, running some productivity tools, then you may never need Windows developer mode enabled.

If you are a developer who will be writing software and building tools, then you may want to enable Windows developer mode to sideload apps and access other developer features. In addition to sideloading, the Developer Mode setting enables debugging and additional deployment options, including starting an SSH service to allow this device to be deployed to.

When the Developer Mode is enabled, device portal can also be enabled and firewall rules are configured, and SSH services are allowed to perform remote installation of apps, including tuning on SSH server.

To enable the developer mode in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to turn on developer mode in Windows 11

As mentioned above, normal users should never enable developer mode in Windows 11. If you’re trying to fix issues, the developer mode won’t help you.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Privacy & security, and select For developers on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the For developers settings pane, toggle the button to turn on Developer Mode. When you do, you’ll get a pop-up with message that turning on developer mode will enable installing and running apps from outside the Microsoft store, and could expose your device and personal data to security risks or harm your device.

Select Yes to continue.

You should also enable Device Portal and Device discovery to install development packages

Select Yes. This could take a while depending on the speed of the computer and connections.

When packages are enabled, you will have to enter Device Portal username and password if authentication is enabled.

Once all packages are downloaded and installed, reboot your Windows PC for changes to fully applied. When you log back in, Windows Developer Mode should be enabled and ready to start helping you build your apps.

How to turn off developer mode in Windows 11

If you have turned on the Developer Mode by mistake or you simply don’t want to build apps in Windows 11, you can turn it off. To do so, reverse the steps above by going to Start menu ==> Settings ==> Privacy & security ==> For developers and toggle the button to the Off position.

Reboot your computer and you’re done. That’s it!


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