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Do dialer codes require root?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by CrimsonToker, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. CrimsonToker

    CrimsonToker Android Expert
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    Pretty much topic. Also, to be clear, the debug menu and other dialer codes are deep level hacking right? As in, if I don't know what I'm doing I can brick my phone?
     



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  2. bg4m3r

    bg4m3r Android Expert

    No root, but you'll need your MSL
     
  3. CrimsonToker

    CrimsonToker Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    And what is that?
     
  4. bg4m3r

    bg4m3r Android Expert

    Is a security code used to protect settings on the phone. It's not applicable to all dialer codes, but anything involving editing will need it. Just call Boost and say an update is asking for it and they'll give it to you.

    What are you trying to do?
     
  5. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Is this things like *#*#4636#*#*, that allows you access some of the engineering stuff and change things? The phones I've had recently(Not LG) didn't need root for doing *#*#4636#*#*. If you do this, be very careful if you change something, because you might find you'll end up with no service or something. So if the phone is working, look but don't touch, unless you know what you're doing.
     
  6. CrimsonToker

    CrimsonToker Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I'm actually not trying to do anything. I've been seeing the sticky thread about dialer codes on the volt forums for a while now and simply want to learn more about what they are and how they are used
     
  7. bg4m3r

    bg4m3r Android Expert

    Ah, cool, glad you want to learn. In short, dialer codes give access to system level settings and configurations that you wouldn't normally have access to. For example, I just went and removed all the data proxy servers on my phone (helps with some potential streaming media issues, possibly defeats throttling).

    If you look through the thread you mentioned, it gives a brief mention of what each menu is for. You can access them and look around without your MSL, but to make any changes you need it. You also have to know exactly what you are doing because messing around in here can break your service, so always backup the information!
     
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  8. CrimsonToker

    CrimsonToker Android Expert
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    And see, I don't know what proxy servers are. Or throttling. This is why I don't play with these things yet Lol I have much more to learn first
     
  9. bg4m3r

    bg4m3r Android Expert

    A proxy server, in general, is a server that a network can route traffic through in order to monitor, or control what can be accessed, and how. For example, your employer might use a proxy server to keep you from accessing porn at work. :p Phone companies typically use them to limit bandwidth available to each phone at a given time, which can cause some issues with streaming media.

    Throttling is when you exceed your data allowance for the month and they limit you to an unreasonably slow speed. Whether or not removing the proxy servers from the phone settings gets around this is debatable. I just switched my plan, so I might actually hit the data cap next month, so we'll see.
     
  10. CrimsonToker

    CrimsonToker Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Ahh this is what I want to learn about! I've always wondered if there was a way to tweak that at all. I'm a heavy phone user. I get 2.5 gigs of high speed data with boost and go through it in a couple days. YouTube is almost completely useless after that point
     
  11. bg4m3r

    bg4m3r Android Expert

    Well, as I said, I don't know if removing the proxies will bypass the throttling, but it won't hurt anything either.
     

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