Manage Developer Mode on Windows 10 using Group Policy

First published on TechNet on Sep 22, 2015

Hi All,

We've had a few folks want to know disable Developer Mode using , but still allow side-loaded apps to be installed.  Here is a quick note do this. (A more AD-centric post from Linda Taylor is on it way)

On the Windows 10 device, click on

Windows logo key‌

and then click on




Click on

Update & Security


From the left-side pane, select

For developers

and from the right-side pane, choose the level that you need.


· If you choose

Sideload apps

: You can install an .appx and any that is needed to run the app with the PowerShell script that is created with the package. Or you can use manual steps to install the and package separately.

· If you choose

Developer mode

: You can debug your apps on that device. You can also sideload any apps if you choose developer mode, even ones that you have not developed on the device. You just have to install the .appx with its for sideloading.

Use Editor (gpedit) to enable your device:

Using Editor (gpedit.msc), a developer mode can be enabled or disabled on computers running Windows 10.

1. Open the Windows Run box using keyboard, press

Windows logo key‌

2. Type in


and then press



3. In Group Policy Editor navigate to

Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsApp Package Deployment


4. From the right-side pane, double click on

Allow all trusted apps to install

and click on



5. Click on


and then




· Allow all trusted apps to install

o If you want to disable access to everything in for developers' disable this policy setting.

o If you enable this policy setting, you can install any LOB or developer-signed Windows Store app.

If you want to allow side-loading apps to install but disable the other options in developer mode disable “Developer mode” and enable “Allow all trusted apps to install”

· Group policies are applied every 90 minutes, plus or minus a random amount up to 30 minutes. To apply the policy immediately, run gpupdate from the command prompt.

For more information on Developer Mode, see the following MSDN article:


This article was originally published by Microsoft's Directory Services Team. You can find the original article here.