Did you know that your smartphone had hidden menus?

Did you know that your smartphone had hidden menus?
Hidden menus and codes on cell phones are anything but new. Back in the days, even the old-school brick phones had these, allowing people who knew about them to access service options and software information. Today, a "secret" menu exists on most (if not all) popular smartphones, and to get to it, you just need to input the right code.

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.

On iPhone, for example, you enter *3001#12345#* in the Phone app and then hit the call button to get to the field test menu. There's not much going on there, however, unless you're a technician. You can view SIM card information, details on the cell network's status, and all sorts of other cryptic numbers. It is interesting that signal strength in displayed in decibels while in this menu, not represented by circles.

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.

And if you own a Nokia Lumia smartphone, try dialing ##634#. This will take you to an on-device diagnostics tool where the phone's hardware can be tested from. It will also let you see your phone's battery consumption in real time.

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21 Comments

1. twens

Posts: 1152; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

And what is the use of this for the average joe? All the same, I know some few samsung secret codes already.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not everyone's an average joe.

13. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

And even less here in phonearena ;)

21. crazzyd77

Posts: 36; Member since: May 07, 2014

Right.

3. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

what average joe will even comment on PA? Average joe does not hang out at PA

4. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm sure a lot of average joes read Phone Arena. It's not just about commenting.

9. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

many PA readers think highly of themselves

20. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

the guy just said something and u already want to eat him up my goodness.

5. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 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: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Sony's *#*#7378423#*#* or *#*#SERVICE#*#* will give you a screen for testing every component on your phone such as: - Buttons - Touch Screen - Display (for seeing dead pixels) - Notification LED, Flash LED - Speaker, Earphone - Microphones - Cameras - 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 - Vibration - Dimming - Touch - Cameras - Speaker - Sensors

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 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: 55; Member since: May 23, 2014

On my Lumia 920 with WP 8.1 it shows only the Color Variant + Life Time Counter

10. Angst

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 29, 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: 18; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

On my Lumia 820 with WP 8.1 it shows only the Color Variant + Life Time Counter

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1751; Member since: Dec 01, 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: 329; Member since: Aug 11, 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.

16. NOSrawesome

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

This is not working out for me

17. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

*#0*# in Samsungshttp://www.softwaresenior.com/blog/57-samsung-galaxy-secret-code and here's 20 more hidden menus and try *#7353#

18. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

try *#92702689# for most nokia phones

22. _X.ET

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

Sorry,i known....

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