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I'm developing on a Huawei phone, and to enable logging on this device one must dial *#*#2846579#*#* to get to a hidden service menu, as described in this answer on Stack Overflow.

Is there any way I can save this code as a contact and "dial" it from the favourites list for easy access? Of course I tried just adding a new contact with the code as the number, but when I "dial" it the phone actually dials the number instead of opening the hidden service menu, resulting in a "Sorry, you can't dial this number" voice message from my phone operator.

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It is not meant to be dialled as an ordinary contact number

Quoting from this answer

What the dialer really does when you enter the code is extracting the number between *#*# and #*#* and then broadcasting the following intent....

Saving it as a contact and trying to dial means it is a treated as a regular, valid number

  • Which is rejected by the service provider , since it is not a valid number

  • Expected code is not launched since the corresponding intent is not triggered

You can try creating a shortcut to the intent using an app like this or apps like Tasker

  • Okay, so is there any way of storing it as some kind of shortcut, other than a contact? – Magnus W Feb 19 '18 at 6:52
  • Edited to add one way you would need try yourself. This stuff is beyond me as a user – beeshyams Feb 19 '18 at 6:58
  • Okay, so is there any way of storing it as some kind of shortcut, other than a contact? That should be a separate question. You can link this question to provide context, if need be – beeshyams Feb 19 '18 at 10:34

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