How to Access Google Secret Easter Eggs in Android 9 and Android 10

Google, in its endless capacity for stupidity, has added a fun hidden feature in Android 10 that you should spend a little time exploring. (At the very least, you’ll be a hit at your next party when you pull out your refreshed phone and showcase your secret knowledge.)

To get started, open the Settings app on your Android 10. Tap About Phone and find the Android Version line. When you find it, tap on it, and then start feverishly tapping on the “Android Version” list on the next screen. When the secret is loaded, you will know because your device’s screen will turn into this:

Great, but we’re not done yet. Oh no. Double-tap and rotate each of the items (Android, 1 and 0) to create the old Android Q logo, which looks something like this:

You’ll know you’ve dealt with it if the gray lines in the background begin to move from the bottom left corner of your phone screen to the top right corner. From there click on the word “Android” until you open the second puzzle. Congratulations; you are in the land of nonograms.

Nonogram for the curious is a logic puzzle for pictures. The numbers at the top show how many squares are filled in the column. So “2” would mean that theirs … 2. A series of numbers separated by a hyphen, for example 1-4-2, means that there are groups of colored squares in the column (one followed by an unknown number of spaces followed by four colored squares in a row, then empty fields, then a group of two colored squares, etc.).

If you see green in a cell in the leftmost column, it means that you have solved the puzzle for that row. Likewise, a green color in a cell at the very top row means that you have solved the puzzle for that particular column. These are the basic rules; the puzzles, while a bit tricky, all have one important caveat: they are all somewhat Android related.

How to Access Android 9 Easter Egg

If you’re still upset that your device hasn’t received Android 10 yet, don’t worry. While you wait, don’t forget about this version of the operating system’s Easter eggs. To access them, you’ll follow the same trick as before: open the Settings app on your Android 10 device, tap About Phone , tap Android Version, and start tapping on the next instance of Android Version you see. Eventually it will happen:

Drugs are bad,mmkay ? Again, we are not all done yet . Keep tapping “P” on that colorful little Android P logo and you’ll eventually be taken to a simple drawing app that you can use to paint all day long. It’s not as exciting as a nonogram, but much less stressful.


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