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Hidden Features of Your BlackBerry

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Aug 22, 2011
Hidden Features of Your BlackBerry

You can obtain lots of information by entering secret codes on your BlackBerry device. Compose a new email in your BlackBerry device and enter one of the following secret codes in the text field and press space to get the following information.

  • Secret Code: mynumber
  • Typing this code into an email or text will automatically display your cell phone number in your message. This is particularly helpful when you have more than one BlackBerry device that you use on regular basis.
  • Secret Code: myver
  • Typing this code into an email or text exhibits your device’s software version and its model number.
  • Secret Code: LD
  • Typing this code into an email or text exhibits the local date.
  • Secret Code: LT
  • Typing this code into an email or text exhibits the local time.
  • Secret Code: mysig
  • Typing this code into an email or text returns the information you entered in the BlackBerry Options, Owner screen tab.
  • Secret Code: mypin
  • Typing this code into an email or text exhibits your BlackBerry device’s PIN.

Text Messaging Trick

All touchscreen BlackBerry devices have a feature that filters text messages. If you want to look at all the notes from a particular sender, simply hold your finger over a message sent by that person. Within a few seconds, your phone will start scanning your text messages and show only the notes that were sent from and to that particular person.​

Rebooting BlackBerry

Rebooting your BlackBerry was never as easy. Simply press Alt, Right Shift, and Delete together. Your BlackBerry will start rebooting like you have just inserted the battery.
Switch Applications

While using the BlackBerry, if you want to switch to another application, hold Alt and press Power or Escape. Then continue to hold Alt and choose the application that you desire to switch to. Release Alt to finally enter the chosen application.​

Insert Period

The most common way to insert a period on a BlackBerry is to press Alt and the M key. But, according to another BlackBerry secret, pressing the space key twice will also add a period.​


You can capitalize letters in a BlackBerry in the following two ways. Either press Shift and then the letter that you wish to capitalize or simply hold the letter that you wish to capitalize for a few seconds.​

Quick Scrolling

If you quickly want to scroll through multiple pages of text on a BlackBerry then while viewing the text, press Space to scroll down the page and hold Shift and press Space to scroll up the page.​

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Keep in mind that some of these codes may be a little different for SureType and touchscreen BlackBerrys. If I am not mistaken on the Storm you need to go to landscape view and open the keyboard from the menu and then hold down alt and type the keys.


alt+nmll @ home screen – Change the network signal status bar from graphical indicator to numerical indicator and back
alt + lglg @ home screen – show event log
alt + thmn @ any menu – no theme
alt + cnfg @ enterprise activation email field – Enterprise Activation Settings for Enterprise Activationalt + eace/ alt + shift + h @ home screen – device info
alt + right shift + del – soft reset​

Address Book

ALT-VALD In address book list Validate the data structure and look for inconsistencies
ALT-RBLD In address book list Force a data structure rebuild​


ALT-RBVS Any HTML/WML webpage View web page source code


ALT+VIEW Inside any Calendar item Show extra info for a Calendar event
SYNC Calendar app>Options Enable Calendar slow sync
RSET Calendar app>Options Will prompt for a reload of the calendar from the BES
RCFG Calendar app>Options Request BES configuration
SCFG Calendar app>Options Send device configuration
DCFG Calendar app>Options Get CICAL configuration
SUPD Calendar app>Options Enable detailed Cal. report for backup
SUPS Calendar app>Options Disable detailed Cal. report for backup
SUPN Calendar app>Options Disable Cal. report database
LUID Calendar app>Options Enable view by UID
SRSL Calendar app>Options Show Reminder status log​


ALT + V I E W For messages, displays the RefId and FolderId for that particular message. For PIM items, displays only the RefId.​

Search Application

ALT-ADVM Search Application Enabled Advanced Global Search


MMSC Options -> MMS Show MMS hidden options
Home Screen

ALT-JKVV Home Screen Display cause of PDP reject
ALT + CAP + H Home screen Displays the Help Me screen
ALT + E A C E Home screen Displays the Help Me screen
ALT + E S C R Home Screen Displays the Help Me screen
ALT + N M L L Home screen Switches the signal strength from bars to a numeric value.
ALT + L G L G Home screen Displays the Java™ event log.​


ALT-SMON WLAN wizard screen Enable simulated Wizard mode
ALT-SMOF WLAN wizard screen Disable simulated Wizard mode

ALT-THMN Any menu Change to no theme (B&W)
ALT-THMD Any menu Change to default theme​


LOLO Options -> Date/Time Show Network time values

MEPD Options>Advanced options>SIM card Display MEP info
MEP1 Options>Advanced options>SIM card Disable SIM personalization
MEP2 Options>Advanced options>SIM card Disable Network personalization
MEP3 Options>Advanced options>SIM card Disable Network subset personalization
MEP4 Options>Advanced options>SIM card Disable Service provider personalization
MEP5 Options>Advanced options>SIM card Disable Corporate personalization​

Test Procedure

To perform a test using the hardware diagnostic tool on the BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps:
On the Home screen on the BlackBerry smartphone, Select Options / Status.
On the Status screen, TYPE test.
Note: On BlackBerry smartphones that support SureType® technology, use the multi-tap input method.
From the menu on the Device Self Test Application screen, select Start.​


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