How to enable Developer Mode in Windows 10 to Sideload APPS

  Windows General

If you are running a recent version of the Windows 10 Insider Preview, build 10122 or greater to be precise, then you may have noticed a new “For developers” option in the operating system’s settings.

This configuration option allows you to enable modes intended for development, for instance to test applications that you are developing on a live system to ensure that they work properly.

Development mode options are not entirely new as they have been available in previous builds as well.

To enable the new Developer features, do the following on build 10122 or greater:

  • Tap on the Windows-key, type Settings and load Settings – Modern application when the search results are displayed. You can also use the shortcut Windows-I instead which also opens the Settings application on Windows 10.
  • Switch to Update & Security > For developers to display the new features.
  • There you may either enable “sideload apps” or “developer mode”.
Sideload apps -- Install apps from other sources you trust, like your workplace

Developer mode -- Install any signed and trusted app and use advanced development features

The main difference between the options is that “sideload apps” is limited to loading apps from sources other than Windows Store, while developer mode goes beyond sideloading applications.

The new method improves the implementation on Windows 8.x significantly and should make life a lot easier for developers, for instance by requiring no registration to get started or registering phones.

Please note that you do get a prompt to enable Developer Mode automatically when you create a Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 app in Visual Studio on a windows 10 device. It more or less tells you where to enable the option but does not do that for you.