Sometimes it feels like our iPhones are kind of like a personal assistant that we can actually afford: We take them everywhere with us, they keep our lives organized, and we rely on them to complete tasks ranging from large to small. But few know about these iPhone hacks that can actually improve our lives as well — they’re a little complicated, but they might actually be worth the effort. Below, we outline some of the secret codes programmed into iPhones that can help you access information and functions you may not have known about. For instance, did you know that you can actually find out where your text messages go when you send them into the void? Or that you can actually block your caller ID so you can make anonymous calls to people you don’t want to realize its you? These specific codes can help with those things and more, so if you’re in need of things like signal strength, anonymity, or just need to block the hell out of someone: Check these outWith this simple hack, you can feel free to call your crush and then decide at the last minute you can’t handle the pressure.
By dialing #31# before you dial a number, the person you call won’t be able to tell that it’s you calling.
This one is a little bit complicated, but for some people, it might actually be worth it.
Dial *3001#12345#* to bring up a list of options. Don’t do anything with them, though: Ignore the options entirely.
Hold down the power button. When the power screen pops up, press the home button until the home screen reappears. In the top left, you’ll have a number instead of bars or circles.
It’s definitely a process, but if you followed it exactly, you should have succeeded.
But we have to admit, it’s cool to have a device that helps us measure our precise reception.
Between -40 and -80 is a strong signal. Anything below that is a bad signal, and if you’re down around -140, you have no signal.
Think about it: Just like your car’s VIN number, each phone has an exact identification number, called its IMEI.
You can find the number in your phone’s settings, or you can just input #06# to bring it right up on your screen.
Bet you didn’t realize they don’t just go from phone-to-phone,d id you?
This is a little trick you can use to find out your carrier’s secret number.
That way, you can see where exactly your text messages are being routed before they get to your intended recipient.
It costs money, but lets face it: This is a service that some of us would definitely pay for.
With all of these hidden codes, you can basically tailor-make your iPhone experience to one that makes you comfortable and in control. Pretty cool, right?