Android Secret: Hidden Android Testing Menu Reveals Detailed Diagnostics

Have an Android phone?  If you do, there’s a secret testing menu hidden within the operating system where you can see detailed diagnostic information not available in your phone’s standard menus.

To access the hidden menu, open up the Dialer application and type the following code:

* # * # 4 6 3 6 # * # *

Once you press the last *, you’ll automatically be taken to the hidden menu where you can check out the following options:

Phone information

This menu contains a huge amount of information about your phone’s network connections.  The Ping Test is useful if you’re having connection issues, and you can also view your phone’s signal strength.

There are a few extra buttons at the bottom but you should probably leave them alone if you don’t know what they do.

Battery information

This menu is pretty simple but gives you a little more information than the standard Android battery menus.  Here you can check out your battery’s health, voltage, and temperature.

Battery history

The battery history menu provides highly detailed information about what has been using your phone’s battery.  The default Battery Usage application only shows information since the last time you unplugged your phone, but this menu allows you to specify viewing since you last booted the phone.

You can view battery use by component, such as CPU, network, GPS, sensor, and partial wake.  When viewing the application list, titles have a percentage bar displaying how much of the battery they actively used.

Usage statistics

Usage statistics shows you how much you (or your phone) used specific applications.  This displays the number of times launched and the total amount of time the application was used.

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Windows 7 Secret: ‘GodMode’

Some are calling it the “ultimate control panel”, but what does the new, secretive Windows 7 ‘GodMode’ do?

The foxy-sounding name is a little deceiving, because as far as we know, it is exactly what people are calling it – a glorified control panel.  However, that goes without saying how useful this feature actually is.

To access the simplified, all-in-one control panel, create a new folder anywhere you want and name it:


The folder icon will turn into the standard control panel icon, and once clicked will lead you to a place full of control panel options.  Anything from adding a printer to changing your display options can be found, all in one place.  The panel allows you to collapse and expand the options, according to how they appear in the normal control panel.

GodMode has also been said to work fine in Windows Vista 32-bit, but some are reporting a crash after trying it on their 64-bit versions of Windows Vista.  So, Windows Vista x64 owners, please try this at your own risk!

Currently, Microsoft isn’t releasing any details on the feature.