Tip: Hidden Android Testing Codes

Posted on Aug 3 2011 - 3:12pm by Brian

Remember the days of console gaming where Gameshark and Game Genie were coveted pieces of hardware that mysteriously hacked games allowing you to instantly fill your Pokedex, unlock every gun in Golden Eye 64 and cause unparalleled mayhem in pretty much every game ever? Yeah those days are all but gone, but today you can relive some of those fun times with some super secret Android testing codes!

The codes that I will be showing you today range from useful, useless, interesting and downright dangerous, so be very careful with this information! If you are not well versed in Android devices, I wouldn’t recommend diving right in with these codes, but for the adventurous/advanced users out there; apply at your own risk.

The codes can be activated by dialing them in on your phone’s touch-tone pad. Unlike a phone number, entering a valid code will immediately activate it so read through each description before trying them out. I’ve divided the codes into two sections, safe and dangerous, denoting the gravity of their outputs, so if you are new to tinkering you can still play along!

Safe



*#*#4636#*#*

This code activates the ‘Testing’ panel which gives deatiled information on the following topics:

  • Phone information
  • Battery information
  • Battery history
  • Usage statistics

*#*#7594#*#*

This code is pretty useful as it allows you to change how the power button works. Rather than having a long press bring up the silent mode/airplane mode/power off menu, it will directly shut down the device.

*#*#273283*255*663282*#*#*

This code lets you create a folder or choose a destination in which you can backup media such as images, videos and music.

*#*#197328640#*#*

This code can be used to enter into Service mode. You can run various tests and change settings in the service mode.

WLAN, GPS and Bluetooth Test Codes:

*#*#232339#*#* OR *#*#526#*#* OR *#*#528#*#* - WLAN test (Use “Menu” button to start various tests)

*#*#232338#*#* - Shows WiFi MAC address

*#*#1472365#*#* - GPS test

*#*#1575#*#* - Another GPS test

*#*#232331#*#* - Bluetooth test

*#*#232337#*# - Shows Bluetooth device address

*#*#8255#*#*

This code can be used to launch GTalk Service Monitor.

Codes to get Firmware version information:

*#*#4986*2650468#*#* - PDA, Phone, H/W, RFCallDate

*#*#1234#*#* - PDA and Phone

*#*#1111#*#* - FTA SW Version

*#*#2222#*#* - FTA HW Version

*#*#44336#*#* - PDA, Phone, CSC, Build Time, Changelist number

Codes to launch various Factory Tests:

*#*#0283#*#* - Packet Loopback

*#*#0*#*#* - LCD test

*#*#0673#*#* OR *#*#0289#*#* - Melody test

*#*#0842#*#* - Device test (Vibration test and BackLight test)

*#*#2663#*#* - Touch screen version

*#*#2664#*#* - Touch screen test

*#*#0588#*#* - Proximity sensor test

*#*#3264#*#* - RAM version

Dangerous


*#*#7780#*#*

This code can be used as a short to perform a factry data reset. It erases all data including:

  • Google accounts and associated settings
  • System and application data and settings
  • Downloaded applications

This will not remove bloatware or information stored on your SD card:

  • Current system software and bundled applications
  • SD card files e.g. photos, music files, etc.

*2767*3855#

This code will perform a factory format when executed. This means all files and settings will be nuked. Keep in mind, unlike the factory reset, the format has no option to approve the action. Entering the code is a one-way trip to formatland that can only be stopped by poppin’ out the battery which in and of itself could cause problems.

*#*#34971539#*#*

This is not only dangerous but also not very useful. If you’re curious though, this code activates your phone’s camera firmware options in the following 4 menus:

  • Update camera firmware in image (Don’t use this one. ever.)
  • Update camera firmware in SD card
  • Get camera firmware version
  • Get firmware update count

WARNING: The first option will BORK your camera and will require you to reflash the firmware at a service center.

Via AskVG

3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. intothedeadcheats.blogspot.com September 7, 2013 at 3:00 am -

    We are a gaggle of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community.
    Your website offered us with useful information to work on.
    You have done an impressive task and our whole neighborhood shall be grateful to you.

  2. Abhi January 2, 2013 at 4:04 am -

    Hi Brian…

    when tried,
    most of these codes were not working on my gingerbread device., lg optimus p698.
    can u pls update this !

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