Blackberry Secret Codes

Here are some key strokes which you can use on your Blackberry device for some cool functionality. Before proceeding with the secret keys disable the Blackberry Keyboard shortcut mode if you have already enabled it.

• Function: Decibel meter.
• Purpose: Displays your signal strength in decibels, instead of bars.
• Process: Hold “Alt” and Press “N”, “M”, “L”, “L” (repeat to reverse the effect).

• Function: Address Book file verification.
• Purpose: Checks the data in your Address Book for inconsistencies.
• Process: In the Address Book, hold “Alt” and Press “V”, “A”, “L”, “D”.

• Function: Address Book data structure rebuild.
• Purpose: Forces a data structure re-build in the Address Book…
• Process: In the Address Book, hold “Alt” and Press “R”, “B”, “L”, “D”.

• Function: View source code.
• Purpose: Displays the source code of a Webpage.
• Process: In the Browser, hold “Alt” and Press “R”, “B”, “V”, “S”.

• Function: Help Me! menu.
• Purpose: Provides crucial technical information about your device, for when seeking technical support or help in forums.
• Process: Hold “Alt” and (left) “shift”, then Press “H”.

• Function: IMEI display.
• Purpose: Displays your device’s international mobile equipment identity (IMEI – your serial number) on-screen… Also works from all other GSM handsets.
• Process: TyPe “*”, “#”, “0″, “6″, “#” on the Home screen.
• Function: “Soft” reset.
• Purpose: Performs a “soft” reset of your device; the equivalent of doing a “battery Pull” (ie. Removing the battery for a few seconds).
• Process: Press-and-hold “Alt”, then Press-and-hold (left) “shift”, then Press-and-hold “Del”.

• Function: Event Log.
• Purpose: DisPlays event logs of all the system-level events that occur on your device.
• Process: Hold “Alt” and Press “L”, “G”, “L”, “G”.

Note: All of these keys have been tested on the BlackBerry 8800. We would expect them to work on all keypad featured BlackBerry devices. Please note that these secret keys may not work in Blackberry Pearl. It is good to be on the home screen while you executing most of these secret keys.

Here’s the steps to disable the Keyboard shortcut mode:

  1. Press the Call button and click on Options
  2. Now you are in “Phone Options” menu.There click on “General Options”
  3. On the General Options menu select ” Dial From Home Screen” and change the option to “Yes”.  You set this option back to “No” to renable the Keyboard shortcut mode once you’re done playing around with the secret codes.

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