Uncover the Hidden Easter Eggs in Your Android Smartphone

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.18 - 2024 10:41 AM CET

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Uncover the Hidden Easter Eggs in Your Android Smartphone.

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If you own an Android smartphone, you likely believe you're familiar with all its functions and know everything necessary for how you use the device. However, tucked away within your green robot smartphone lies a little secret.

A secret that's not only extremely fun but also changes periodically. What you're about to discover may not be particularly useful, but it's certainly entertaining. You can use this newfound knowledge of these little secrets to impress your friends and perhaps tease those with an iPhone.

But be warned, you might find that the iPhone conceals just as many surprises. What we're discussing are the so-called easter eggs in Android, which only appear if you follow specific instructions. In contrast, iPhone's easter eggs are scattered throughout the operating system and apps.

Prepare yourself for the green robot's treasure hunt.

Android's Secret Unveiled with a Tap

As mentioned earlier, we're letting you in on the so-called easter eggs—pieces of code that programmers hide within their apps. Common and fun finds in video games, Android's creators decided to add some easter eggs within the operating system itself.

The magic happens in the settings menu.

  1. If you have an Android smartphone, open the settings menu and scroll down to the device information.

  2. Enter this menu and select "Android Version."

  3. You'll see a progressive number indicating the version of Android you have.

  4. Now, begin to tap repeatedly on this menu item.

Depending on your Android version, you might encounter different easter eggs. For those updated to Android 14, you can play with a mini-game featuring space ships. 

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With Android 13, it involves solving a puzzle with a clock: rotate the hands until they point to exactly one o'clock, and you'll see the screen fill with colorful bubbles that, when popped, turn into emojis.

The same game can be played with Android 12, while perhaps more fun is the one with Android 11, paying homage to the Neko Cat first seen in the Nougat version. Lastly, if you're still on Android 10, you'll find yourself playing a nonogram game—if you manage to draw with the number 1 and 0 the letter Q. Again, these aren't so much secret functions that Android doesn't want you to use but rather a pastime that, in a sense, also helps create a more cohesive community around the operating system.

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