Android Easter Eggs: The best software surprises over the years

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How to activate Android Easter Egg on your phone

It is worth remembering that Easter eggs can be activated on Android by walking in System Settings> About Phone> Android Version (ten clicks on this menu or press it for a few seconds). The game Easter Eggs is activated when you press the version logo for a few seconds.

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Android 11

While the Android 12 Developer Preview has already been released, there’s no denying that we’re officially still on Android 11. The hidden Easter egg game in Android 11 is called “Android Neko”. However, this is not a completely new game and it has already been released in Android Nougat.

Here you have to find the so called “Cat Controls” and feed your kitten. It’s almost a contemporary tamagotchi.

Easter egg Android 11

I think I saw a kitten! / © NextPit

Android 10

Android 10 is a milestone in the history of the operating system. It was also the first time Google decided to stop naming the Android version with the names of popular desserts. The good news, however, is that the tenth version of the operating system still hasn’t given up on the famous Easter egg.

Google presents a seemingly trivial screen that shows the wording Android 10 with the numbers in the foreground. However, there is no lack of interactivity: you can move the numbers and the word Android anywhere on the screen.

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Press the numbers and letters to move the characters on the screen. / © NextPit

Android 9.0 Pie

Android 9.0 Pie was released by Google in October 2018 together with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. The Easter egg of this version is hiding something interesting. In addition to displaying the Android Pie logo with hypnotic colors, it is possible to find a fun Microsoft Paint-style drawing program. Just hold down the “P” key multiple times to access it!

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Android Pie Easter Egg / © NextPit

Android 8.0 Oreo

When the first developer preview for Android 8.0 was made available, the first thing we did was check to see if there was an Easter egg. While there was an Easter Egg in the first three Android Oreo Developer Previews, it was nothing new. It was the same Easter egg as Android 7.0 Nougat, so you could leave out the food in an empty bowl to attract cats. After the fourth preview is released, we realize that there is a new Easter egg.

The new Easter egg features a blue screen with a black octopus floating around. The octopus has an (east) egg-shaped head that you can drag around the screen if you want, and its eight legs (think Android 8.0) will follow. While this isn’t the most interesting little feature, it’s a nice addition.

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Oreo and his strange Easter egg / © NextPit

Android 7.0 nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat features an Easter egg where your mission is to attract cats to eat plates of food that you serve. Yes, it’s actually true – we couldn’t make this stuff up if we wanted to. You can set this up as follows:

  • Go to the Settings menu
  • Scroll to About Phone
  • Tap the Android version until the N appears on the screen
  • The cat emoji should appear just below the N.
  • When the cat’s head appears, it means that you have successfully activated the nougat Easter egg. You are not done yet as there are a few more steps to complete:
  • Open your quick settings menu (drag down from the top of the screen twice).
  • Tap on Edit
  • Drag the new Empty Bowl icon onto your notification bar.

Now you can attract cats. To do this, tap Empty Bowl to select the bait of your choice and wait. When a cat comes to court, you will be notified. You can even give the cat a name and share it with your friends. The cats will go away after a while.

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Feed the kitten the new Android 7.0 Nougat / © NextPit

Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Android 6.0 Marshmallow features another Flappy Bird-inspired mini-game called the Easter Egg. Only this time you have to navigate the lollipops to get the marshmallows at the end. It’s still a frustratingly difficult game. Access it by tapping your device’s software version until you see a marshmallow, then long-pressing it.

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Don’t try to kill your Android in a giant marshmallow. / © NextPit

Android 5.0 Lollipop

For the Android 5.0 Lollipop Easter Egg, Google was inspired by a pop culture phenomenon of the time, namely Flappy Bird. Tapping the software version will create a flying bug droid that you have to guide between lollipop obstacles. It’s an annoying game that is very similar to Flappy Bird.

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Let the games begin! / © NextPit

Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.4 KitKats Easter Egg was a tribute to all previous versions of Android. Go to Settings> About Phone and tap the Android version several times. A spinning letter K will appear, which you can tap and hold to reveal the KitKat logo. Tap and hold on it and you’ll see a blackboard of colored tiles with the logos from previous versions of Android.

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KitKat’s Easter egg was the least creative of all Android versions / © NextPit

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Devices with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean are greeted by a huge smiling red Jelly Bean in the Easter egg of this version. Access it just like the others and long press the giant gummy bears to flood your displays with more beans. Swipe these to fling them in any direction.

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Jelly beans for everyone! / © NextPit

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Do you remember Nyan Cat? The pixelated cat that travels into space on a rainbow? Well, Android paid tribute to the internet’s favorite cat lover with the Easter Egg for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

After tapping the Android version number several times, a pixelated bugdroid will appear. Tap and hold on it will start a Nyan Cat-inspired animation of 8-bit nyandroids shooting into space. Kind.

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You can see an Android ice cream sandwich floating through space in Android version 4.0 / © NextPit

Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Android 3.0 Honeycomb’s Easter egg is far less scary than Gingerbread’s, but weird nonetheless. Follow the same steps as above to activate it. You will see that it is a neon bee. A square box with the word “REZZZZZ” appears under the stinger of the bee.

In the Tron universe – to which the bee seems to belong – “Rezzing” is the term used to create a person or an object in their play grid. We don’t know why Google Tron is rippling.

AndroidPIT ANDROID Easter Egg Honeycomb

Who said Android couldn’t be geeky? / © NextPit

Android 2.3 gingerbread

The Easter egg in Android 2.3 Gingerbread is terrifying. This first Easter egg with a hand-painted picture of a demonic gingerbread man with a bow tie, yellow-eyed gingerbread, a confused bugdroid, and zombies is not only unsettling, but also very different from Google’s later attempts. Thank God.

To see this, as well as all of the other Easter eggs on our list, go into your device’s settings, select About phone and tap the Android version until you see the Easter egg.

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This Easter egg is zombie art. / © NextPit

And you, did you find your Android’s little surprise? Which Easter egg has been your favorite so far? Let us know what you think in the following survey.

This article was updated in April 2021. Old comments have been retained.

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