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Quickly access the secret menu on your Android phone

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From hacks and tricks to secret options, iOS and Android have hidden ways to get the most out of your most expensive accessory. If you own an Android phone, there’s a hack that you might find handy.

If your phone is malfunctioning or you are curious to check out new features, you can locate a diagnostics menu to assist you. Certain Android smartphones have a secret menu, and we’ll show you how to find it.

What’s in the secret menu

This secret menu was developed for technicians to quickly look at your phone and see what was functioning or what wasn’t. As it was designed for technicians, not everyone knows about the menu.

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If your phone is malfunctioning, you can test the diagnostics menu to see if certain features are functioning correctly. You can check components of your phone like the display, speaker, S-Pen and more.

This feature is only available on certain Samsung models, so not everyone will have access.

How to locate it

As opposed to tapping on the back of your phone or swiping a finger, this menu can be pulled up by using the dialing pad. Here’s how:

  • Open the dialing pad as if you were making a phone call
  • Type *#0*#
  • The menu will appear automatically

The diagnostics menu will pop up as a grey screen with white buttons. Be careful what you press, though, as this menu was made for trained technicians and not the everyday user.

Push a button to see the related test and you can cycle through to find the ones helpful to you.

Backing out

Once you open up the diagnostics menu, the way to close it isn’t visible. There are a few techniques to back out of the secret menu depending on your phone model.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, you can swipe back twice. You can also hold down the power button. If your phone has a home button, you can press this to exit out of the secret menu.

If these don’t work, you can attempt to use the back button.

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