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How to enable Developer Mode on Windows 11

Windows 11's Developer Mode allows you to install apps outside of the Microsoft Store, and here's how.

Windows 11 Developer Mode

On Windows 11, you can enable Developer Mode to sideload apps from any source, and in this guide, you will learn how to complete this task.

Developer Mode is a policy that allows you to lift the original system restrictions to install certain apps on Windows 11. Usually, this is a feature reserved for developers and advanced users since it let you install apps in development to test your code or install specific apps outside of the Microsoft Store. For example, a modified version of the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) to run Android apps from the Google Play Store.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to enable and disable Developer Mode on Windows 11.

Enable Developer Mode on Windows 11

To enable Developer Mode through Settings, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Privacy & security.

  3. Select the For developers page on the right side.

  4. Turn on the Developer Mode toggle switch.

    Enable Developer Mode

  5. Click the Yes button.

Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 will be open to receive Microsoft Store apps from any source.

Disable Developer Mode on Windows 11

To prevent installing apps from any source, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Privacy & security.

  3. Select the For developers page on the right side.

  4. Disable on the Developer Mode toggle switch.

    Disable Developer Mode

After you complete the steps, the computer will only accept modern apps from the Microsoft Store. However, you will continue to be able to install traditional win32 apps from any source.