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Who ever thought your BlackBerry had something to hide?

BlackBerry Help Me! Screen

Help Me! Application

Help Me! Application Screenshot

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.

Live Network Signal Strength Screen

Real-Time Network Signal Strength Screen

    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.

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

BlackBerry Event Log Screenshot

BlackBerry Event Log Screenshot

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.

Bonus Hack
Reset/Restart your BlackBerry without pulling the battery out!

ALT+CAP+DEL will reboot your BlackBerry.

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6 Responses to
“Useful Built-in Secret Applications for Your BlackBerry Curve”
  1. dave
    September 27th, 2009  at  10:46 am

    ALT-EACE also gives the “help me” screen

  2. September 28th, 2009  at  12:07 pm

    Good find, I’ll throw it up on the article -

  3. chino
    July 20th, 2010  at  3:56 pm

    i can’t get the bonus reboot hack to work. Do you press alt+cap+del at same time?

  4. July 28th, 2010  at  3:50 pm

    Yes press “ALT” then “aA (CAP)” then “DEL” and hold them down to re-boot!

  5. jamal
    April 18th, 2012  at  12:57 pm

    I can’t get the strength bars back!! I’m pressing ALT NMLL

  6. July 15th, 2012  at  6:03 pm

    I have a problem with my blaackberry I know its not the sim card I can go on the internet and everything but I can’t make calls or receive call or smss either its not my sim it used to work perfectly but now nothing and I’ve put my sim in another phone then it worked perfectly and another sim in my phone but then nothing can anyone please help me with that?

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