Secret Codes for Android lets you browse your phone's most obscure menus


Developer: FireflyDownload: Android
Genre: ToolsPrice: Free

Although their colorful, animated interfaces suggest otherwise, Android smartphones are extremely complicated devices that have a lot going on under their hoods that the user doesn't have to notice. If you've ever meddled with your device's hidden settings in an effort to squeeze more performance or enable further customization, then you've surely entered a hidden code and accessed a "secret" menu. What if we told you every phone has many more hidden codes than just one? Yes, it's true. Roaming and hardware tests, network settings, firmware information, location data and more - secret menus on Android are like exploring a hidden bunker. It might not make much sense, but it's still a thrill!

So, how do you get to these codes? Well, they are scribbled on a shabby parchment buried inside a haunted chapel somewhere in North Dakota, of course. Kidding! Install Secret Codes from the Google Play store, tap the magic wizard wand icon to scan your device, and the app will pull codes for it out of a huge online database. Sadly, the app couldn't discover the hidden system menu codes, which is where manufacturers hide the most privy of settings. But these are usually easy to find on the internet, while more exotic codes like the ones Secret Codes can pull out remain in obscurity. The app is free and available in the Google Play store.

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5 Comments

1. Cyberchum

Posts: 1037; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Will bookmark for future reference.

2. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

I found 162 codes on my Galaxy S4 (i337) but most of them are cryptically named and I worry that they will turn something on or off without telling me and I will find out later at an inopportune time. I'm sure I could look up the codes but I'm not looking up 162 codes.

3. middlehead

Posts: 453; Member since: May 12, 2014

Where is this "North Dacota" you speak of? Is it some new nation-state that broke off from the Ukraine?

4. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

It is the land of the Typo people.

5. bluelemonzz

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

this is quite useful.

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