I don't own a smartphone and I don't use Android but other than that I'm a tech guy (-:

My father has a Samsung Android phone but doesn't know what model it is and it has no markings on the case. I want to find out the specs of his phone.

I expect there must be some app or settings on every Android device, or possibly a proprietary Samsung one, that tells us all kinds of info about the phone.

But neither of us can find it. What should I find and click on any arbitrary Android (or Samsung) device?

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    that tells us all kinds of info about the phone. is way too vague. What exactly you wanted to know? Apr 14, 2016 at 5:23
  • User dktr.k1 did not find it vague at all, though their answer didn't quite match my father's device. Apr 14, 2016 at 9:09
  • @hippietrail What kind of specs do you need? There are tons of technical specs (what CPU/GPU, screen resolution and dots-per-pixel, hardware revisions, and more). If you only need the "very basics", the on-board solution offered by dktr.k1 will suffice. If you need further details, you might need a 3rd party app (or specific technical knowledge to extract those details e.g. via adb). That's what AADTechnical means by "too vague" (just mentioning this in case there's a language barrier on your end ;)
    – Izzy
    Apr 14, 2016 at 10:02
  • As mentioned I just wanted to find what model it was. The submitted answer told me how to find that. Now that I know the model number I can easily Google any of the other specs. This question wasn't about directly getting all the technical specs. So maybe my wording was a bit vague blurring that I wanted the model number and what I wanted it for. Apr 15, 2016 at 1:12

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Android devices have an item called About phone or About device – usually directly in the Settings menu (scroll to the very end), but some manufacturers like Samsung often move it into a Sub-Menu like Settings › System.

That page gives you the most essential details, but by far not all. If what you need cannot be found there, you might need 3rd party tools for System Information like SysHard Info – or, with some technical background and knowledge, can explore system internals via adb, e.g. using the adb dumpsys command.

  • Do you mean Settings -> System -> About phone/device? Or is this something that varies by Android version or due to Samsung-specific proprietary changes? Apr 14, 2016 at 9:03
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    for me it is Settings -> About Phone. but the exact way to get there depends on the android version, might also have a slight change on your Samsung device... do you know which year it was released? can you remove the battery?
    – scjorge
    Apr 14, 2016 at 9:05
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    great! please edit my amswer to suit the right method and mark it as the right answer. or post an answer yourself (:
    – scjorge
    Apr 14, 2016 at 9:13
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    @dktr.k1 I took the freedom to expand it a bit. As it was, it rather looked like a comment :) Hope this edit is OK for you; feel free to adjust it if it's not.
    – Izzy
    Apr 14, 2016 at 10:12
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    @Izzy thanx for the edit and extension! I am satisfied with it (:
    – scjorge
    Apr 14, 2016 at 10:42

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