Access hidden menus with secret Android codes

One of the most popular practices amongst software developers is to leave ‘backdoors’ within the code, which essentially allow anyone with knowledge to get into the system at a much deeper level than you’d expect from an end-user. These backdoors aren’t always with a malicious intent; most of the time, they allow the OEM or programmer to get into the system for troubleshooting when other, usual modes of access have been blocked. They can be quite friendly and helpful if you know what you’re doing.

Smartphones have a fare share of these backdoors a well. Your Android smartphone holds a large amount of data about it’s hardware and software that might help in troubleshooting. These are usually hidden so an end user may not find them, but someone with the knowledge and know how might. But if you know Android’s secret codes, you can factory reset your device, find out its hidden camera information, instantly back up your precious data, and much more.

These codes are known as ‘Secret Codes’ but you know something is not a secret when it’s on the internet. These codes get updated with the software and some OEMs can also add their own codes. Since these are your system’s codes you don’t need a network connection for them to work.

All you need is to open the dialer app on your Android smartphone and enter these codes like any other regular USSD. As soon as you enter the complete code it produces the result. Below are some such ‘Secret Codes’ but do keep in mind that you don’t mess around with something you don’t know. There’s a lot of tech jargon that pops up in the menus and you can make your phone lose data, or render it unusable. So don’t get more curious than necessary.

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Info codes

CODE FUNCTION
*#06# Show phone’s IMEI
*#0*# Info menu (doesn’t work for all phones)
*#*#4636#*#* Info menu
*#*#34971539#*#* Camera info
*#*#1111#*#* FTA software version
*#*#1234#*#* PDA software version
*#12580*369# Software and hardware info
*#7465625# Device lock status
*#*#232338#*#* MAC address
*#*#2663#*#* Touchscreen version
*#*#3264#*#* RAM version
*#*#232337#*# Bluetooth address
*#*#2222#*#* Hardware version
*#*#44336#*#* Software version and update info

Backup codes

CODE FUNCTION
*#*#273282*255*663282*#*#* Backup all media

Testing codes

CODE FUNCTION
*#*#197328640#*#* Test mode
*#*#232339#*#* Wi-Fi test
*#*#0842#*#* Brightness and vibration test
*#*#2664#*#* Touchscreen test
*#*#232331#*#* Bluetooth test
*#*#7262626#*#* Field test
*#*#1472365#*#* GPS quick test
*#*#1575#*#* Full GPS test
*#*#0283#*#* Packet loopback test
*#*#0*#*#* LCD display test
*#*#0289#*#* Audio test
*#*#0588#*#* Proximity sensor test

Configuration codes

CODE FUNCTION
*#9090# Diagnostics settings
*#301279# HSDPA/HSUPA settings
*#872564# USB logging settings

Developer codes

CODE FUNCTION
*#9900# System dump mode
##778 (+green/call button) EPST menu

Manufacturer-specific codes

Motorola

CODE FUNCTION
##7764726 Hidden Motorola Droid menu

HTC

CODE FUNCTION
*#*#3424#*#* HTC test program
##786# (Caution!) Phone reset menu
##3282# EPST menu
##3424# Diagnostic mode
##33284# Field test
##8626337# Launch Vocoder
*#*#4636#*#* HTC info menu

Other codes

CODE FUNCTION
*#7780# (Caution!) Factory reset
*2767*3855# (Caution!) Full factory reset
*#*#7594#*#* Power off the phone
*#*#8351#*#* Activate dialer log mode
#*#8350#*#* Disactivate dialer log mode

Stay away from these codes (Caution! Risk of data loss and rendering phone useless)

CODE FUNCTION
*#*#7780#*#* (Caution!) Factory data partition reset
*2767*3855# (Caution!) Format device

So will you ever need these codes? Hopefully, and most probably never. But in case you’re best friends with bad luck, now you know where to look for these codes. If there are any codes you know of that are not listed, do comment and share the information.

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