Unlock the Bizarre Octopus Easter Egg in Android 8.0 Oreo

Android 8.0 Oreo was released this year and if you’re running it, here is how to unlock the new yet bizarre Octopus Easter Egg.

If you are a regular Android user, by now you should know that Google tucks away a fun Easter Egg in each new version of its mobile operating system. This year is no exception. Android 8.0 Oreo was released this year and if you’re running it, here is how to unlock the new yet bizarre Octopus Easter Egg.

There was a Flappy Bird-type game in Android 5.0 Lollipop and a similar type of game in Android 6.0 Marshmallow with different graphics. Then Android 7.0 Nougat had the secret cat collecting game which is referred to as Neko Android. It’s the one Easter Egg that I used regularly during my Nougat run before upgrading to Oreo. The Neko Android cat dish still shows up in my shade since upgrading, but it doesn’t work anymore. I’m able to add an item to the dish, but the cats don’t take the bait. Some users have received a message: “Android Easter Egg has stopped”. But I digress…on to the new one.

Note: For this example, I’m on a stock version of Oreo running on a Nexus 6P. The following steps may vary a bit depending on the device you have.

Unlock the Android 8.0 Oreo Easter Egg

  1. Go to Settings > System on your phone and scroll down and select About phone.

  1. Tap on Android version quickly three to five times until you see the “O logo” on the screen shown below.

1 About Phone

  1. Quickly tap the O logo four to five times and press and hold it until your phone briefly vibrates. There you go! The black Android themed octopus appears, and you can move it around the screen.

android oreo octopus easter egg

As I mentioned earlier, my favorite Android Easter egg so far has been the cat collecting game. This Octopus gem doesn’t do much (unless I’m missing something). You can tap the back button and tap the O logo and each time you do it the octopus will be a different size. Still, it’s still cool to uncover and show your friends.

If you are a regular Android user, what is your favorite Easter egg so far? Leave a comment below and let us know.



  1. Christine

    October 14, 2017 at 2:38 pm


    Thanks for the new Octo news… I am currently running Android 7.0 on a GS7. I love playing my Android Neko Cat game. I want to wipe my phone. Will my game come back? Is there a way to save my cats? I feel like I have over 500. I know…I’m wasting my life… Cheers

    • ch3mn3y

      November 29, 2017 at 6:32 am

      Unfortunately no. If You wipe phone data, all the cats will pe wiped too. Google didn’t see it as important data or a game, so it’s not saved on Your account.
      Still 8.0 seems to allow to play Neko if You install it as update (not full reflash with wipe), but You have to leave shortcut before updating and it won’t allow to share the cats.
      Neko seems to be back with 8.1 Oreo, but it’s few months before it came to nonGoogle devices.

  2. LPM

    November 23, 2017 at 7:08 am

    You can drag the octopus around the screen and if you tap his head enough, he squints.

  3. Christopher

    April 21, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    I miss the one from Jelly Bean, I loved throwing them across the screen on my old buggy Pantech Discover. The octopus is sadly a step back from that, but it’s fun to show people.

  4. Thomas Edison

    May 10, 2018 at 4:19 am

    Very unimpressed with the 8.0 Easter Egg. The 8.0 Easter Egg makes the Neko cats look exhilirating. I played the Neko cat game for a few days and got tired of it when I was repeatedly getting duplicate cats with the different treats. Plus I didn’t want it running in the background using the battery.

    I tried taping the octopus head like someone else suggested but it didn’t look like the eyes were squinting or anything. While tapping the head the octopus keeps moving making it hard to see the eyes. The lack of imagination with the 8.0 Easter Egg makes me wonder if a kid thought of the idea or an adult with no imagination.

  5. Melissa

    November 15, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Squidward’s Cousin or something

  6. Isaac Newton

    November 15, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Ditto everything Thomas Edison said.

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