Who ever thought your BlackBerry had something to hide?
BlackBerry Help Me! Screen
An extremely useful built-in secret application, “Help Me!” as it’s called, gathers the most common device information and much more all in once screen. Some of the information are things like; PIN, IMEI, OS Version, Battery Life, Uptime etc.
The Procedure to access this secret application:
- Hold down the “ALT” key (half moon) and the “CAP” key at the same time, then press the letter “H“.
ALT + CAP + H
This brings up the “Help Me!” screen that lists version, app version, pin, imei, uptime, signal strength, battery level, file free, and file total.
Alternative: ALT + EACE
Thanks to our reader dave for sharing this with us -
“Real-Time Network Signal Strenght”
Totally made that name up, but thats exactly what this next hack does for us. Rather than having your BlackBerry display the Network Signal Bars, you can change it to a “Real-Time Signal Strength” version.
While at the home screen
- hold down the “ALT” key (half moon) while you type “NMLL“.
The bars should change to read live numbers.
Explanation on how to read and determine the displayed info
For the “Signal Strength”, if you are in the 100 area (that means -100 dBm), you will be transmitting at maximum power (2 Watts), and since coverage is hit and miss at this weak a signal, you may end up transmitting many times before the packets make it through. This might help explain any poorer than normal battery life. We consider anything at -85 to -40 excellent.
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- How to Maximize Your BlackBerry’s Life & Charge
How to get the bars back
While at the home screen, hold down the “ALT” (half moon) key while you type “NMLL” again.
Event Log Viewer
Hold down the “ALT“key (half moon) while you type “LGLG“. This brings up the event log where you can clear events (free up some memory) or view them or copy the contents to mail to someone.
Reset/Restart your BlackBerry without pulling the battery out!
ALT+CAP+DEL will reboot your BlackBerry.