At first glance, it may not look like you can do much tinkering on a Chromebook. Open the device, sign in, and enjoy the security of the sandboxed operating system. But if you do want to do a lot more with your Chromebook you’ll need to enable developer mode first. If you bought a new Chromebook thanks to a Black Friday sale or are thinking about doing so, this guide should prove to be quite helpful.

What is developer mode?

Developer mode doesn’t have anything to do with the developer channel of the OS itself, despite the similar name. The developer channel is for testing brand new features with a major cost to stability: the developer channel is updated a few times a week with new features and bug fixes.

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Enabling developer mode is analogous to rooting your Android phone: you have deeper access to the OS, letting you…

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