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Did you know about this hidden menu on Samsung Galaxy smartphones?

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Hidden pieces of code have been a part of computer software for decades. Referred to as easter eggs, they show up when a specific (and usually undocumented) set of commands is given – in Android, for example, tapping several times on the device's firmware version displays a secret screen. What we're about to go over, however, is not an easter egg. It is a hidden menu found on Samsung Galaxy smartphones and it can be used for checking whether the device is in good working order.

So by now you're probably wondering how to access this secret menu. Well, you do that by opening the Phone app and entering the code *#0*# as if you were to dial it. The said menu will appear as soon as you input the last symbol.

Most of the options listed in this secret menu aren't particularly interesting. For example, Red, Green, Blue, and Black let you check the screen's output for flaws, such as stuck pixels or color irregularities. But hit Sensor and you'll be taken to a cool-looking screen where raw data from your phone's sensors is displayed. Also, there are graphs visualizing readings from your accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. Oddly, if you hit Image Test you'll be shown a picture of a chihuahua. This means there's a photo of someone's pet dog hidden in millions of Galaxy smartphones, as silly as it may seem.

The Touch test can be useful if you have doubts about your touchscreen's accuracy. Each rectangle where a tap is detected is highlighted, and your finger's trace is represented by a black line. There's also the Sub key test for checking whether the phone's capacitive keys are in order. The Receiver test checks the earpiece for malfunctions, and the Speaker test blasts a mysterious pop song through the loudspeaker.

So that is Samsung's hidden test menu found on Galaxy handsets. If you're feeling adventurous, feel free to check it out or to search for other secret codes at your own risk. Got any codes you'd like to share? The comments section is all yours!

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posted on 26 Oct 2014, 17:43 4

1. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Know this since 2010.

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 20:37 24

18. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12050; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Not everyone may have known that.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 08:18 1

32. Ohrules (Posts: 327; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


how about *#*#4636#*#* ?

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 11:40 1

36. pegasso (Posts: 272; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


according to my personal experience, not all Galaxy phones support *#*#INFO#*#* hidden menu.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 02:10

41. osamahija (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


ME too

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 17:46 4

2. realhumanbeing (Posts: 52; Member since: 18 Oct 2014)


I'll leave PA alone til MWC '15.

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 17:49 2

3. hmd74 (Posts: 476; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


It's not just for Galaxies!
works on all Samsung phones

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 08:19

33. Ohrules (Posts: 327; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


i can confirm that works even on the DUMBEST samsung phones

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 11:45

37. pegasso (Posts: 272; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


yup.
it works on virtually every Samsung phones.
i remember those hidden menu also worked on my good old WinMo-powered Samsung Omnia few years ago.

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 17:59 1

4. VLaRueC (Posts: 177; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Didn't work on my note 3..

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 18:11

7. Planterz (Posts: 2038; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Works on mine.

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 18:26

11. sckisor (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Doesn't work on my Note 2 either (Verizon)

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 10:28

34. Psykotik_Dragon (Posts: 57; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)


Verizon disables that diagnostics menu...sorry :(

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 12:38

38. Planterz (Posts: 2038; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Mine's from T-Mobile.

Why the heck would Verizon disable this menu?

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 18:06

6. Anonn (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


Works fine on Note 3 international.
Nice low level tests

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 18:14 2

8. Azonx8472 (Posts: 24; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)


You can enter that same code in calculator in samsung tablets to get the same hidden menu.

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 18:21 1

9. gagakiller (banned) (Posts: 176; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)


iPhone 6 plus is the most amazing phone ever !
it is a fact

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 18:45 11

12. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Until it bends or the battery dies.

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 18:48 8

13. jesusnexo (Posts: 149; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


what about the iPhone 8 or the galaxy note 10? or the galaxy alpha 4 or the moto X 2018? since "ever" means the best from the past and the future....

see? dont say stuff like that, whether is android or apple it just makes you look stupid

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 20:45 4

19. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 209; Member since: 07 May 2014)


Wow this is the most relevant comment on this topic....

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 00:19 2

26. Spedez (Posts: 441; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Go bending it someplace else.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 00:34

27. boot2arse (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Oct 2014)


The only way i would ever buy an iphone, if the case is made of adamantium and has a shatterproof sapphire display. The only company in the world who has the nuts to charge its loyal customers 3 x the cost of manufacturing and gets away with it time and time again.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 01:01 1

28. cnour (Posts: 589; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


You are right, best phone in the market. This is a reality and we must live with.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 18:00 2

40. EliteProximity (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


The best phone is the Note 4. it obliterates the specs of the iPhone.

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 18:24 1

10. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Use it often, especially on my Note 3. Awesome hidden feature to test sensors and what not.

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 19:02 1

15. simpleas (Posts: 196; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)


First of all, it works on my Note 4....... second, I don't know how to turn it off. Edit: double clicked the back key.

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 19:03 2

16. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Has never worked on Verizon models of phones

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 00:01 1

25. Noneyabusi (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Oct 2014)


Well of course not Verizon locks the phone down so tight no one but them have access. They are nothing but GREADY POWER HAPPY CONTROL FREAKS who think only they have the right to do stuff with your phone.

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 19:37 3

17. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1031; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


It will work on the Note 4. I just did it myself

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 20:45 1

20. elitewolverine (Posts: 5117; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Yup use it all the time when customers come in complaining about a 'feature' of their device and all they are wanting is a new one cause their corner of their device is chiped. So I pull up the menu, make sure all is fine, and tell them sorry your device works.

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 21:04

21. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


daz some old school shyzzy right there.

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 21:15

22. bridge1490 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Oct 2014)


Doesn't work on my verizon samsung galaxy s3.

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 23:03

23. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Is this what have been bogging down my old note 2?

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 23:46

24. silencer271 (Posts: 254; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


oldddd

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 01:03

29. Andrewtst (Posts: 614; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


They is more than only this.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 04:31

30. Instructor (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)


I know of one by *#7353#.But I usually hear that they may also be used to dictate phone 's genuineness.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 07:51

31. richrcp (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 May 2011)


This feature is blocked on Verizon phones but may work if your rooted!!

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 10:31

35. Psykotik_Dragon (Posts: 57; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)


The picture is supposed to be the last known photo of the taco bell chihuahua dog.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 12:51

39. Arčijs15 (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Sep 2014)


I know this since 2012

posted on 02 Nov 2014, 13:49

42. pradaker (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Nov 2014)


This didn't work for me on my white Verizon Wireless Galaxy S5 :/

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