How to enable Developer Mode in Windows 10

Windows 10 introduces a new way for development in Windows 10. You now no longer require a Developer License to develop, install or test your apps. You can just enable your Windows 10 device once for these tasks and you are all set to go. In this post we will see how to enable Developer Mode in Windows 10.

Enable Developer Mode in Windows 10

Open the Settings app > Update & Security. Click on For developers in the left side.  Now select Developer mode

Enable Developer Mode in Windows 10

You will be asked for confirmation – Turn on developer mode? Click Yes, and the developer mode will be enabled.

You can also use the Group Policy and the Registry Editor to achieve the same.


Open Group Policy Editor and navigate to the following setting:

Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Package Deployment

You will need to edit and Enable the following two policies:

  1. Allow all trusted apps to install
  2. Allows development of Windows Store apps and installing them from an integrated development environment (IDE).


Open Registry Editor and navigate to the following keys:

  1. HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModelUnlock\AllowAllTrustedApps
  2. HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModelUnlock\AllowDevelopmentWithoutDevLicense

Now set the value of both the DWORDs to 1.

If you wish to verify whether the developer mode has been enabled, run PowerShell in admin mode, type the following and hit Enter:



You will see the confirmation in the last line – This device is already in developer mode. You will now be able to also sideload applications.

Enjoy developing for Windows 10!

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