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Typing secret Android codes unlocks hidden features that you’ve missed

ANDROID phones have secret codes which can fast-track features.

Most users are completely unaware.


This code reveals storage and system information, which will also give users data consumption detailsCredit: the sun

These codes can help improve the device’s security, backup media files before a factory reset and disable caller ID.

They are known as Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) codes, and they are programmed into the phone’s SIM card.

They look like a random combination of numbers and symbols.

But they can be used by tech savvy Android owners to do all kinds of things without having to enter Settings.

The most codes work on Android phones but some of them even work on Apple iPhones. 

How to use USSD codes on my Android

First open up the device’s dialler, where you make phone calls.

Then, type in the code you want to use.

It’s as easy as that.

Some codes will start loading automictically, but others will need you to hit the Call button.

Magic USSD Codes

  • *#*#7780#*#*: Use this code to factory reset your phone. This is handy if you are selling the device.
  • *#*#273282*255*663282*#*#*: Use this code to quickly backup media files before performing a factory reset.
  • *#*#7594#*#*: This code helps users manage their smartphone’s power button behaviour.
  • *#61#: This code shows users how long it takes until their phone calls are forwarded to the message centre.
  • #31#: This code that disables caller ID.
  • *31#: This code reinstates caller ID.
  • *#*#232331#*#*: A code for performing a Bluetooth test.
  • #0782*#: A code that enables a real-time clock test.
  • #*#426#*#: A code that allows you to perform Google Play diagnostics.
  • *#0228#: This code shows the device’s battery status.
  • *#*#225#*#*: Find out what Calendar data is stored on your device.
  • *#3282*727336*#: Use this code to view your storage & system information, which will reveal data consumption details.
  • *#*#1472365#*#*: This code triggers a GPS test to check if it’s working properly in case it is lost or stolen.

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