Monday, March 23, 2009

Hidden menus in Android phone

I noticed some hidden menus in the Android Dev Phone 1 (ADP1). By entering following code sequence *#*#4636#*#* (*#*#info#*#*) in the Dialer application, you get access to Phone and Battery information menus, with some "extra" information. In the Phone information menu there is also a place at the very bottom of the menu to add your own carrier SMSC number, so that you can send text (sms) messages. Access to the the other "hidden menu" is by entering following code sequence *#*#7262626#*#* (*#*#ramanam#*#*) in the Dialer application. It is actually a built-in FieldTest application that gives a lot of information about the mobile networks (both 2G and 3G). Since the "FieldTest menu" is actually an application, you can download the application AnyCut and use it to add a shortcut to the FieldTest application "on the screen". Several other phones also have similar "FieldTest menus", for example in iPhone and some Nokias it is *3001#12345#*. There are also some free applications for different phones that show carrier information, such as for example PyNetMony, NetMonitor and CellTrack. For Android there is at least one free application for this called CellFinder that also use the built-in gps when trying to show basestations on the integrated google map.

20 comments:

  1. Cool! Thanks for the info! Couldn't figure how to set a shortcut to it from AnyCut though. Would I have to add it to the phone book?

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  2. You can add the shortcut to the "home page" or any of the two other "screens" using a progam called AnyCut.

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  3. I got it to work now :) I installed AnyCut, then I created a shortcut with it by first selecting Activity and then finding the activity named Testing (that's the name of program that is launched by "*#*#4636#*#*").

    (Found the name of the activity by looking at the recent activites list that pops up when holding the Home key.)

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  4. Good thinking.
    You can also after downloading the AnyCut application go to your home screen, and then long press on the screen and choose Shortcut and AnyCut

    Then choose "Activity" and scroll down to Field Test (the name of the program). Accept it, and run it from Home.
    (The FieldTest application opens with code : *#*#7262626#*#* from the dialpad.)

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  5. There was no Field Test activity on my phone (HTC Hero), nor did the field test code work. The info mode however displays at least neighbouring cells and main cell signal strength IIRC, so they might have moved that part into the Testing activity, don't know what it's supposed to look like.

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  6. When in field test mode, press your "menu" button to choose the test you want to see.

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  7. Different carriers have different requirements for field test. Anycut probably covers some general requirements.

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  8. Field menu works on HTC Desire :)

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  9. I cant find any that work on my galaxy s and shat exatly do these codes do???

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  10. *#*#7262626#*#* this code didnt work on my mtorola milestone!

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  11. *#*#4636#*#* works on both Milestone and Galaxy S

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  12. *#*#7262626#*#* this code didnt work on my mtorola milestone 2, too.

    Is there any news ?

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  13. Any thing for the HTC touch pro

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  14. On sonyericsson arc you have the service menu *#*#7378423#*#* (*#*#service#*#*) for sftware info, service tests, sim lock information and more. cheers...

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  15. Thanks for the SE service menu info. Does anyone know if service code works on other SE models as well?

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  16. on the galaxy prevail, the *# codes didnt work for me. however, ##329102# got me to the service menu, and under the COM.ANDROID.HIDDENMENU activities list, using 329102 at any msc screen gets you access.

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  17. Now when my Milestone is upgraded to Android 2.3.7., the code *#*#4636#*#* (*#*#info#*#*) still works, but *#*#7262626#*#* does not work anymore.

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  19. Thank you for your nice comments.

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  20. Is ther an App that does RSCP, ECNO and Rssi all in one.

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