Your iPhone has a secret code that unlocks this hidden trick
By Harry Pettit, The SunNovember 1, 2021 4:40pm Updated
Your iPhone has countless fun easter eggs that you can explore to kill a bit of time.
Many of them involve secret code words that trigger actions by Siri, Apple’s AI voice assistant.
One such phrase references the Konami Code, a sequence of key presses that unlocks fun visuals and other features on hundreds of apps and websites.
The code was originally a cheat code for power-ups in the 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System arcade game Gradius.
It has since become a symbol in geek culture and has been found as a way to access Easter eggs on pages ranging from Facebook to Vogue UK’s website.
The sequence – Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A – was created by games developer Kazuhisa Hashimoto.
Kazuhisa, who previously worked with Konami on several smash-hit games, including Gradius, sadly passed away aged 79 last year.
To try out the Konami code on your iPhone, you’ll first need to utter Sir’s wake phrase: “Hey Siri”.
Next, list off the Konami code: Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A.
Reciting it to her will trigger one of three responses: “Cheater!”, “Nerd.” or “I’m getting dizzy…”
The sequence – arguably the world’s best-known video game cheat code – also works on a number of other apps and websites.
Here are some of the other places around the web that it works.
Amazon’s AI assistant Alexa will read out a fun phrase if you recite the code, barking: “Super Alexa mode: Activated. Starting reactors: Online. Enabling advanced systems: Online. Raising dongers. Error: Dongers missing. Aborting…”
Typing in the code here will give you a funky colorful background.
This IT video learning site pops up a load of fun cartoon characters (watch out for Darth Vader!)
Not much of a secret, as it lists the Konami Code right there on the page, but heading to this site will unlock a “hidden” 1976 interview with Stark Trek legend William Shatner.
Jokey video game site DuelingAnalogs has hidden artwork depicting Jesus’ disciples acting out the Konami code.
CSSline is a showcase gallery of excellent CSS sites from all over the world. Typing in the Konami Code gives you a list of… you guessed it: Konami Codes.
Some people have a fun spin on the sequence coded into their personal websites.
Typing in the code on someone’s profile page causes posts on the page to go a little strange…
9. Wreck It Ralph
Outside of the internet, the code plays a big role in the Disney flick, “Wreck It Ralph”.