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iOS 16 Developer Mode Not Showing? Learn How to Enable It

by Anna Sherry   Updated on 2023-01-05 / Update for  iOS 16

iOS 16 brought some massive upgrades to your iPhone, which include tons of visual changes, like the new Lock Screen customization. However, there are many small, under-the-hood changes in this update as well. Most users don’t bother talking about those.

But, as you’re reading this post, we know you’re interested in the iOS 16 Developer Mode feature that was available in the iOS 16 betas.

As you might have noticed, you can’t find iPhone developer mode in your settings anymore. Where did it go? Can you still enable and use it? This article covers everything you need to know! Let’s get right into it.

1. What is the iOS 16 Developer Mode?

Normally, when you want to install an app on your iPhone, you do it from the App Store, right? Plus, you can also beta test apps using the Test Flight app.

However, there’s another method to install apps that are still under development. And that’s done through Xcode.

Before iOS 16, you could simply connect your phone to a Mac with Xcode and use it for testing beta apps.

But, that changed in iOS 16 with the introduction of iOS Developer Mode. After iOS 16, if you want to run beta apps from Xcode on your iPhone, you need to have the Developer Mode iOS turned ON.

Simply put, the Developer Mode enables development capabilities on an iPhone, allowing you to use it for testing your beta apps.

Related read How to Enable iPhone Developer Mode on New iOS 16.

2. Why Does My iOS 16 Not Have Developer Mode?

If you’ve used iOS 16 beta, you might remember that it was possible to iPhone enable Developer Mode right from the settings app.

However, since the stable launch of iOS 16, you can’t iOS enable Developer Mode from the settings anymore. Apple removed the toggle to further improve the security for general consumers.

Now, if you want to enable Developer Mode, you either have to use Xcode, or use some other solution. Luckily, there’s an easy solution you can use to enable Developer options, which we will discuss in the next section.

3. How to Enable iOS 16 Developer Mode

Top Choice: Use Tenorshare iCareFone to Enable iOS 16 Developer Mode

Tenorshare iCareFone is a handy tool that every iPhone user should have. You can install it on your PC or Mac, and then use it to manage all sorts of data and settings on your iPhone.

With iCareFone, you can back up and restore your data, transfer files, convert file types, and much more.

But of course, we’re not concerned with all those features right now. Today, we want to see how Tenorshare iCareFone can help you enable iPhone developer options on your phone.

Here’s what you need to do.

  • Download and install Tenorshare iCareFone on your computer from the button above. Open iCareFone. Connect your iPhone to the PC or Mac using an official Apple lightning cable. On the main page of iCareFone, click “Developer mode” as shown below.

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  • Select Open.

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  • Now, grab your iPhone and open the Settings app. Go to Privacy & Security > Developer Mode. Turn ON the toggle for Developer Mode.

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  • You will be prompted to restart your phone. Do it.

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  • After the phone boots up, tap “Turn On” on the pop up, then enter your device passcode to confirm.

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And there you have it. You have successfully turned ON developer mode.

2nd Choice: Use Xcode to Enable Developer Mode [Time-Consuming]

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Alternatively, you can use Xcode to turn ON developer settings iPhone. But, this method takes a lot of time and a bit of technical knowledge as well. So, it’s really not recommended for casual users.

If you’d still like to give it a go, here’s how this method works.

  • Download and set up Xcode on your Mac. You can get it from the Apple App Store. However, be noted that installing Xcode is long and tedious. It takes 10+ GBs of data to download, then some additional time to set up.
  • Take your USB to Lightning cable and connect your iPhone to the Mac you’re using.
  • If you’re connecting the phone to the computer for the first time, you will need to trust the computer. Tap “Trust This Computer” when prompted on your iPhone’s display.
  • Now, open the Settings app and go to Privacy & Security > Developer Mode.
  • Turn on the toggle and confirm that you want to enable the feature.

4. FAQS about iOS 16 Developer Mode

1. Should I enable Developer Mode on my iPhone?

If you’re a casual user, you really don’t need to enable the Developer Mode feature on your phone. There’s literally no way you’ll ever need to use it.

2. Who is the Developer Mode feature for?

As the name suggests, the feature is for developers. It enables developers to use their iPhones as beta testing devices. After they’ve enabled Developer Mode, they can connect their iPhone with Xcode on their Mac and install under-development apps.

3. Is Developer Mode safe?

If you only use developer mode to install your own beta apps for testing purposes, the feature is perfectly safe. However, Apple has hidden it from the reach of people so they don’t accidentally sideload malware or viruses.

The Bottom Line

iOS 16 Developer Mode is one of the lesser-known features of iOS 16 — and for good reasons. Most users will never have to think about this feature, ever.

However, if you’re in the minority and need to use this feature, now you know exactly how you can enable it - use Tenorshare iCareFone.