Did you know that your smartphone had hidden menus?
What code, you ask? Well, you've probably heard of *#06# which you type in your dialer, as if you were about to "call" it. When this particular code is entered, and it should work on any cell phone, the device's identity number (IMEI) is displayed. A smartphone's hidden menu can be accessed with a code that looks pretty similar to this one.
Hidden menus and codes on Android phones may differ, depending on the device's make and model. This one, however, should work on most – *#*#4636#*#* (or *#*#INFO#*#*). It takes the user to a testing menu where network information is displayed, along with details on battery status and app activity. Be warned: don't change anything and don't press any buttons in this menu unless you know what they do! On a side note, this particular menu was used to "enable" 4G LTE in Canada on the Nexus 4.
1. twens (Posts: 610; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
And what is the use of this for the average joe? All the same, I know some few samsung secret codes already.
3. elitewolverine (Posts: 1541; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
what average joe will even comment on PA? Average joe does not hang out at PA
4. Commentator (Posts: 2391; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I'm sure a lot of average joes read Phone Arena. It's not just about commenting.
9. androtaku (Posts: 177; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)
many PA readers think highly of themselves
20. babyk (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
the guy just said something and u already want to eat him up my goodness.
5. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1139; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
my lumia 1020 showed me 'color+counter' .
it shows the color variant of my phone. and supposedly the lifespan of my phone. wtf
6. buccob (Posts: 1400; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Sony's *#*#7378423#*#* or *#*#SERVICE#*#* will give you a screen for testing every component on your phone such as:
- Touch Screen
- Display (for seeing dead pixels)
- Notification LED, Flash LED
- Speaker, Earphone
- Sensors (Accelerometer, Gyro, Compass, Baro, etc)
- NFC, GPS, BT, WiFi
- Battery Health (with indicator for replacement and actual capacity uAh)
Samsung's *#0*# also shows a menu with better GUI but with less test... such as
- Screen's Primary Colors
7. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
On my Lumia 710, after opening the hidden menu from the dialer, it appears on my list of installed apps. Does it do the same for Windows Phone 8/8.1?
8. nighthawk_al (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 May 2014)
On my Lumia 920 with WP 8.1 it shows only the Color Variant + Life Time Counter
10. Angst (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Apr 2014)
"On a side note, this particular menu was used to "enable" 4G LTE in Canada on the Nexus 4."
On a side note, this particular menu was used to "enable" 4G LTE in Canada on the Nexus 4 (And on T-Mobile in the US)
There, fixed that for you!
11. yahiaM (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)
On my Lumia 820 with WP 8.1 it shows only the Color Variant + Life Time Counter
12. hurrycanger (Posts: 1090; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
I found the 4636 code and used it because AT&T didn't freaking let me switch between Edge, WCDMA, and LTE, in the normal settings.
14. HildyJ (Posts: 118; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
While codes are fun, as the post points out, some of them give you the ability to mess up your phone. For Android, Network Info II (Alexander Schillings, donation-ware) will give you more information than I knew what to do with (although other PA readers will undoubtably understand it all).
15. Sauce (unregistered)
You guys should see the hidden settings and config options on the iPhone. Its ridiculously crazy.
17. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
*#0*# in Samsungshttp://www.softwaresenior.com/
blog/57-samsung-galaxy-secret-codeand here's 20 more hidden menus and try *#7353#