How to Run Diagnostics Tests on Your Smartphone

If you’ve never run a diagnostics test on your own smartphone, it’s worth doing—especially as your phone starts to show its age, or if you purchased a “new” smartphone secondhand and want to get a feel for its condition.

Diagnostic tools are also helpful for when your device becomes less efficient, but you can’t quite pin down why. Instead of using guesswork to troubleshoot the various features on your phone until you stumble on a solution, a diagnostics scan can highlight exactly what’s wrong with your phone, or at least provide enough data to point you in the right direction.

Unfortunately, finding the built-in diagnostics tools on Android smartphones and iPhones can be difficult, and some devices don’t even have very good diagnostic options to begin with (if at all). But you can always turn to third-party apps for help.

Built-in diagnostics tools

Android

Most Android phones have a few simple diagnostics tools hidden in the OS, but they vary between devices. The tools are found by typing codes into your phone app’s dialer—kinda like inputting cheat codes in a video game. Type in the codes below, and the menus should automatically open.

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Here are the two main codes usable on most Android devices:

  • *#0*# hidden diagnostics menu: Some Android phones come with a full diagnostics menu. You’ll be able to run a check-up for at least some of the phone’s hardware. However, this code isn’t available on all phones—nothing happened when I tried the code on a Pixel XL, for example, though the menu appeared on a Samsung Galaxy S9. For those that do have access, it’s a handy trick. The menu offers a number of standalone tests to check the performance of your phone’s various parts, such as your screen (touch recognition, color accuracy), your cameras, sensor, and physical buttons like the power and volume controls.
  • *#*#4636#*#* usage information menu: This menu will show up on more devices than the hidden diagnostics menu, but the information shared will be different between devices. At the very least, you should be able to see app usage history; real-time wifi and cellular network connection stats; and basic phone information like the current service carrier, phone number, et cetera.

You don’t have to press the call button or anything else to open the hidden menus, they’ll just open automatically. If nothing happens when you type in the code, then your phone doesn’t have the feature. Similarly, some devices don’t provide very helpful information, like the aforementioned Google Pixel (which relies on Google collecting diagnostic information from your phone in the background). If that’s the case, then jump on down to the next section for some recommendations for third-party diagnostics apps.

iPhone

Apple is notorious for its products being “walled gardens,” which makes it hard for users to perform check-ups and DIY fixes for their devices. Unsurprisingly, you won’t find any built-in diagnostics tests that you can run on an iPhone.

That said, the iPhone settings do include detailed readouts on battery performance and history. To find this data, go to Settings > Battery.

You’ll find a number of different options and categories that contain your device’s battery performance data—but nothing else beyond that, unfortunately.

Running diagnostics scans with third-party apps

With limited options available in iOS, the only real option for running diagnostics on your iPhone or iPad is to use a third-party app. These apps are also helpful for Android phones that don’t have built-in diagnostics tools—or if you want a more detailed (and less cumbersome) way to test your phone’s hardware.

TestM (Android and iOS)

This app lets you run both quick appraisals and full hardware diagnostics on iPhone and Android devices. The full scan performs simple actions that test each of your phone’s major hardware functions, including the cameras; battery and charging; onboard sensors; and the performance of location, Bluetooth, and cellular connections.

Each test is simple, and the results are easy to read. If the scan detects something wrong, the app can give you recommendations for nearby repair shops. The only major downside to TestM is that it plays ads between each test, which is annoying. A premium, ad-free version can be unlocked for $18, but that’s a steep price.

Phone Check and Test (Android)

Phone Check and Test is a plain-looking app, but it’s capable of much more than just checking that your phone’s hardware “works.” A full scan includes deep CPU, storage, and battery diagnostics, and the test readouts are highly detailed. This makes Phone Check and Test a little less user-friendly than TestM, but it’s an excellent troubleshooting tool that provides you with tons of data.

While the free version does contain ads, they’re minimal, and you can upgrade to Plus for just $2 to remove them. The Plus version also adds a few more testing tools and lets you run standalone tests for each piece of hardware separately, which saves you time over a full system scan.

Phone Diagnostics (iOS)

Like the TestM app for Android phone, Phone Diagnostics can be an ad-ridden mess at times, but hidden behind all that is a reliable set of hardware function tests. The full test takes you through all the major hardware features based on the iPhone model you’re using.

Unlike the other apps we’ve listed, Phone Diagnostics allows users to perform immediate standalone tests of any hardware function your iPhone carries without requiring a paid upgrade.

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How to Mirror Netflix from iPhone to TV

Netflix has now stopped AirPlay support on Apple TV citing technical limitations. So now, when you try to AirPlay a video from iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV, it just won’t play. But not all is lost. If you’re trying to AirPlay content from your phone, your biggest reason might be the need to control playback from the iPhone itself. There are a couple of ways to can keep this experience going. Here’s how you can mirror Netflix from your iPhone to TV.

Mirror Netflix from iPhone to Your TV

Using Chromecast

Google Chromecast

The most reliable way of getting an AirPlay-like experience for Netflix is by buying a Chromecast. A Chromecast is Google’s streaming device. At around $30, it’s quite cheap. It doesn’t have a remote and is very simple to use. Once it’s set up and active, you’ll see a Cast icon in the Netflix app at the top.

Tap on it, and select your Chromecast. Now, anything you play on the Netflix app will be played on your TV via Chromecast. And you’ll be able to control the playback using your iPhone or iPad (similar to AirPlay).

There’s only a technical difference here. When you’re using AirPlay, the video is actually going through your device. On Chromecast, it’s directly going through the Chromecast device, connected to the web. This leads to a faster, more reliable connection.

Buy: Chromecast ($35)

Use Your Smart TV’s Netflix App

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If you own a smart TV, no matter how old, chances are that you’ll have a Netflix app in there. If it’s not installed already, you can download it from the library. After that, log in with your account and start streaming.

But you might not like the experience of using your TV’s remote to navigate the Netflix app. If so, use the Netflix 2nd Screen experience outlined below.

Using Netflix’s 2nd Screen Experience

A myriad of devices supports Netflix’s 2nd Screen experience. What this means is, you can turn the first device (your iPhone or iPad) into a remote for a second device which is the one playing the Netflix media.

For this to work, both devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network and logged into the same account. A majority of Smart TVs, Play Station and more support this feature.

To find out of your device does or not, open the Netflix app on your TV (or device connected to your TV) and then open the Netflix app on your iPhone. Tap on the Cast button that appears on the top toolbar. If you see your device listed here, it means the 2nd Screen feature is supported.

Tap on it and now both your devices will be connected. Continue to browse around on your iPhone and when you finally find something that you like, tap on it. The playback will start instantly on your TV!

Other Methods to Watch Netflix on Your TV

Use an HDMI Cable and Your Laptop

If all fails, this is something that will still work, reliably. Just connect an HDMI cable from your Mac or Windows laptop to your TV. Then open the Netflix window in your browser. Make it full screen and as long as you’re in mirroring mode, you should see the content, along with the sound, coming through from the TV.

Miracast From Android Or Windows

You can think of Miracast as the new, wireless format of HDMI. If the technology is built into your Android phone, Windows PC and your TV, you can get Chromecast like casting feature without the need for any additional hardware. Just check online if Mircast is supported on your devices. And then like always, use the Cast button to connect to the available devices on your Wi-Fi network.

Mirror Using Google Chromecast on Mac

You might not know this but Netflix officially supports Google Chromecast is the Chrome browser as well. Make sure you’re running the latest version of Google Chrome which comes with Google Cast feature built-in. Then open Netflix in your browser, start playing something and then click on the Cast button to send it to your TV. You can continue to control the playback using Google Chrome on your computer.

How Do You Use Netflix On Your TV?

As you can see, even though Netflix has ended AirPlay support, it doesn’t mean all is lost. There are still many ways you watch Netflix on your TV where you can control it from your iPhone.

How do you watch Netflix? Share with us in the comments below.

Source: iPhone Hacks: How to Mirror Netflix from iPhone to TV by Khamosh Pathak