Cheats in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas are similar to those of its predecessors, requiring input of a series of controller button commands or a keyboard. When a cheat code is successfully entered, a "Cheat Activated" message will appear on the upper left corner of the screen to confirm the cheat has been entered. The following cheat codes must be entered during gameplay. Entering cheat codes on the pause menu will not activate the cheat unlike its predecessors.
Note that the PlayStation 2 and Xbox require the use of the D-Pad (up, down, left, right), (NOTE: this is not the analog stick) for directional input. For the PlayStation 3 port of the game, the triggers that need to be pressed must be pressed in the opposite way. For example, where one would normally press / in a cheat, they must press /. (e.g. would be the correct input for the PS3 port of the game of the "Unlimited Ammo" cheat.)
The pedestrian hate and riot cheats are permanent and cannot be reversed if the game is saved while the cheat is active. These pedestrian-related cheats can hinder progress during missions.
On PC, due to the nature of the cheats requiring a hash code rather than just simply the input itself, it may result in hash collisions, thereby making the cheats enterable using a number of combinations, even by simply pressing the movement keys (WASD). The * denotes the intended cheat code found on the Android port of the game – other alternative cheat code combinations (such as HESOYAM and AEZAKMI) – were simply found by using a dictionary and were later widely accepted as the prime cheat code (as cheat codes were not explicitly given by Rockstar Games themselves in any guide nor the game executable contained them).
|A, A, X, Rt, Lt, A, Down, Left, A|
|Armor, health and $250,000 in money (also repairs vehicles occupied by the player and increases the Criminal Rating to 40)
Note: Enabling the "Health and Armor" cheat during the bike chase of Just Business and during shooting from the car in End of the Line will fail the mission, destroying the bike/Feltzer (End of the Line), and CJ will eventually be Wasted.
|RT, RB, Lt, A, Left, Down, Right, Up, Left, Down, Right, Up|
|CJ jumps 10 times higher||KANGAROO*
|Up, Up, Y, Y, Up Up, Left, Right, X, Rb, Rb|
|Commit suicide / Instant death
Note: CJ will not die if the unlimited health cheat is activated.
|Right, Lb, Dow, Rt, Left, Left, Rt, Lt, Lb, Lt|
|Hitman level for all weapons||PROFESSIONALKILLER*
|Dow, X, A, Left, Rt, Rb, Left, Down, Dow,, Lt, Lt, Lt|
|Lock wanted level (Facilitates exploration of islands/cities and restricted areas before they're unlocked)||AEZAKMI
|B, Right, B, Right, Left, X, Y, Up|
|Raise wanted level by two stars
Note: If the Lock wanted level cheat is on it will not attain.
|B, Right, B, Right, Left, X, A, Down|
|Remove wanted level||TURNDOWNTHEHEAT*
|Rt, Rt, B, Rb, Up, Dow, Up, Down, Up, Down|
|Six-star wanted level
Note: If the Lock wanted level cheat is on it will not attain.
|B, Right, B, Right, Left, X, A, Down|
|Y, Up, Up, Left, Right, X, B, Down|
|Infinite Lung capacity||CVWKXAM
|Dow, Left, Lt, Down, Down, Rb, Down, Lb, Down|
|Y, Up, Up, Left, Right, X, B, Left|
|Lt, Rt, Y, Down, Rb,, A, Lt, Up, Lb, Lb, Lb, Lt, Lt|
|Maximum sex appeal||HELLOLADIES*
|B, Y, Y, Up, B, Rt, Lb, Up, Y, Lt, Lt, Lt|
|Up, A, Y, A, Y, A, X, Rb, Right|
|Maximum vehicle skills (Driving, flying, bike, cycling)||NATURALTALENT*
|X, Lb A, Rt, Lb, Lb, Left, Rt, Right, Lt, Lt, Lt|
|Minimum fat and muscle||KVGYZQK
|Y, Up, Up, Up, Left, Right, X, B, Right|
|CJ never gets hungry||AEDUWNV
|X, Lb, Rt, Y, Up, X, Lb, Up, A|
|Left, Right, Lt, Lb, Rt, Rb, Up, Down, Left, Right|
|Left, Right, Lt, Lb, Rt, Rb, Rb, Up, Down, Right, Lt|
|Super punches (one hit kills)
Note: Pedestrians can also make a super punch attack. If a pedestrian punches CJ, he will be instantly killed. However, if the Unlimited Health cheat is activated, super punches do not affect CJ.
|Up, Left, A, Y, Rt, B, B, B, Lb|
Note: Using this cheat may glitch the game's sounds. This cheat also affects pedestrians.
|Lt, Rt, X, Rt, Left, Rb, Rt, Left, X, Down, Lt, Lt, Lt|
Note: Explosions, drowning, falling, and gunshots from police-controlled helicopters still hurt the player. CJ will also die from being in a vehicle that explodes.
|Down, A, Right, Left, Right, Rt, Right, Down, Up, Y|
|Weapons, tier 1 (Brass Knuckles, Baseball Bat, Pistol, Shotgun, Micro SMG, AK-47, Rifle, Rocket Launcher, Molotov Cocktails & Spray Paint)||LXGIWYL
|Rt, Rb, Lt, Rb, Left, Down, Right, Up, Left, Down, Right, Up|
|Weapons, tier 2 (Fist, Knife, Desert Eagle, Sawn-Off Shotgun, TEC 9, M4, Sniper Rifle, Flamethrower, Fire Extinguisher & Grenades)||PROFESSIONALSKIT*
|Rt, Rb, Lt, Rb, Left, Down, Right, Up, Left, Down, Down, Left|
|Weapons, tier 3 (Fist, Chainsaw, Silenced 9mm, SPAS 12, SMG, M4, Sniper Rifle, Heat-Seeking Rocket Launcher, Satchel Charges & Detonator)
Note: If the player uses the infinite bullets cheat, the detonator will still appear in the weapon list even when the player doesn't have any satchel charges.
|Rt, Rb, Lt, Rb, Left, Down, Right, Up, Left, Down, Down, Down|
|All cars have nitrous
(Note: When modifying a car, it appears as "2x Nitro".
|Left, Y, Rt, Lt, Up, X, Y, Down, B, Lb, Lt, Lt|
|Cars drive on water||This cheat is not available on PC||Right, Rb, B, Rt, Lb, X, Rt, Rb|
|Right, B, Up, Lt, Right, Rt, Right, Up, X, Y|
Note: Cars are controlled like planes, except they have no left and right rudder.
|Right, Rt,, Up, Lb, Lb, Left, Rt, Lt, Rt, Rt|
|Spawn sport cars||This cheat is not available on PC||Up, Lt, Rt, Up, Right, Up, A, Lb, A, Lt|
|X, X, Rb, Left, Up, X, Rb, A, A, A|
|Full weapon aiming in vehicles||OUIQDMW
|Up, Up, X, Lb, Right, A, Rt, Down, Rb, B|
|Massive bicycle bunny hops (Jump 100 feet in air)||CJPHONEHOME*
|Y, X, B, B, X, B, B, Lt, Lb, Lb, Rt, Rb|
|Y, Rt, Rt, Left, Rt, Lt, Rb, Lt|
|Spawn Bloodring Banger||OLDSPEEDDEMON*
|Down, Rt, B, Lb, Lb, A, Rt, Lt, Left, Left|
|B, Lt, Up, Rt, Lb, A, Rt, Lt, B, A|
|Rb, Lt, Lt, Right, Right, Up, Up, A, Lt, Left|
|Spawn Hunter||OHDUDE*||B, A, Lt, B, B, Lt, B, Rt, Rb, Lb, Lt, Lt|
|Spawn Hydra||JUMPJET*||Y, Y, X, B, A, Lt, Lt, Down, Up|
|Spawn Monster Truck||MONSTERMASH*
|Right, Up, Rt, Rt, Rt, Down, Y, Y, A, B, Lt, Lt|
|Left, Left, Down, Down Up, Up, X, B, Y, Rt, Rb|
|Spawn Hotring Racer A||VROCKPOKEY
|Rt, B, Rb, Right, Lt, Lb, A, A, X, Rt|
|Spawn Hotring Racer B||VPJTQWV
|Rb, Lt, B, Right, Lt, Rt, Right, Up, B, Rb|
|Up, Right, Right, Lt, Right, Up, X, Lb|
|B, B, Lt, B, B B, Lt, Lb, Rt, Y, B, Y|
|Down, Rb, Down, Rt, Lb, Left, Rt, Lt, Left, Right|
|Spawn Stretch Limousine||CELEBRITYSTATUS*
|Rb, Up, Lb, Left, Left, Rt, Lt, B Right|
|Spawn Stunt Plane||FLYINGTOSTUNT*
|B, Up, Lt, Lb, Down, Rt, Lt, Lt, Left, Left, A, Y|
|Spawn Tanker with attached Tanker Trailer||AMOMHRER
|Rt, Up, Left, Right, Rb, Up, Right, X, Lb, Lt, Lt|
|B, Rt, B, Rt, Left, Left, Rt, Lt, B, Right|
|Y, Y, X, B, A, Lt, Lb, Down, Down|
|Taxi missions completed||This cheat is not available on PC||Up, A, Y, A, Y, A, X, Rb, Right|
|Carl's car is invincible and can instantly destroy other vehicles (Auto-immune car)
Note: Invincibility is unreliable and occasionally turns itself off after cutscenes, inside the car when just finishing dates and missions or if Carl's inside the car when the cheat is turned on. The player has to exit and re-enter the car to re-enable the invincibility, or else Carl's car will blow up when blowing up another car. Also if the player disables this cheat while inside the vehicle, it will become all-proof and also not destroyed when using cheats "Blow up all vehicles". If the vehicle is stored into the garage, it will immediately lose its' fire and damage-proof qualities, but retain the bullet-proofing and explosion-proofing.
|Lt, Lb, Lb, Up, Down, Down, Up, Rt, Rb, Rb|
**This was not an intended cheat string as its hash was intentionally NULLed
Many of these cheats are used in the game during the Los Santos Riots.
|Right, Rb, Up, Up, Rb, B, X, Rb, Lt, Right, Down, Lt|
|Rb, B, Rt, Lb, Left, Rt, Lt, Rb, Lb|
|Beach party theme (CJ's outfit is changed to Victim olive shorts, flip-flops, and Pro-Laps sunglasses. Traffic and pedestrians are replaced with those usually seen around Verona Beach. Weather set to very sunny.)||LIFESABEACH*
|Up, Up, Down, Down X, B, Lt, Rt, Y, Down|
|Beater/cheap traffic||BGKGTJH||Lb Right, Lt, Up, A, Lt, Lb, Rb, Rt,, Lt, Lt, Lt|
|B, Lb, Up, Rt, Left, A, Rt, Lt, Left, B|
|Carnival/funhouse theme (CJ's outfit changes to a pink cesar haircut, joker glasses and red heart boxers. Pedestrians are replaced with fast food workers and clowns. Traffic consists of Pizza Boys, BF Injections, Hotknifes, Tugs, Quads, Karts, Mr. Whoopees, and Hotdogs. All four-wheeled vehicles, except emergency vehicles, are equipped with hydraulics.)||CRAZYTOWN*
|Y, Y, Lt, X, X, B, X, Down, B|
|Cars float away when hit
Note: This cheat does not work in missions involving races and car chases.
|X, Rb, Down, Down, Left, Down, Left, Left, Lb, A|
Note: Unlike previous games, this code can be turned on and off at will. However, keeping it on may cause problems during the storyline. This code brings up data from the Los Santos Riots except on a statewide scale.
|Lb, Right, Lt, Y, Right, Right, Rt, Lt, Right, Lt, Lt, Lt|
|Explode all vehicles (except bicycles)
Note: Vehicles that have been already destroyed will also explode. Any deaths caused by this cheat will be counted in the player's kill count.
|Rb, Lb, Rt, Lt, Lb, Rb, X, Y, B, Y, Lb, Lt|
|Y, Lt, Y, Rb, X, Lt, Lt|
|Kinky theme/pimp mode (CJ's outfit changes to the gimp suit. Pedestrians consist of pimps and prostitutes equipped with dildos. Prostitutes are attracted to CJ and follow him around.)||BEKKNQV
|X, Right, X, X, Lb, A, Y, A, Y|
|Prostitutes pay Carl instead of taking Carl's money||This cheat is not available on PC||Right, Lb, Lb, Down Lb, Up, Up, Lb, Rb|
|No pedestrians/reduced traffic
Note: Parked cars still spawn.
|A, Down, Up, Rb Down, Y, Lt, Y, Left|
|Pedestrians are Elvis||BLUESUEDESHOES*
|Lt, B, Y, Lt, Lt, X, Lb, Up, Down, Left,|
|Pedestrians attack Carl||BAGOWPG
|Down, Up, Up, Up, A, Rb, Rt, Lb, Lb|
|Pedestrians attack Carl with guns||BGLUAWML
|A, Lt, Up, X, Down, A, Lb, Y, Down, Rt, Lt, Lt|
|Pedestrians have weapons (Baseball Bat, Pistol, Shotgun, M4, Rocket Launcher)||FOOOXFT
|Rb, Rt, A, Y, A, Y, Up, Down|
|Pedestrians riot (with golf club)
Note: This code changes the all ped acquaintances of the male and female ped types to hate, except for the street criminals, prostitutes, and mission ped types. Madd Dogg will instantly jump off the roof once Carl starts his mission.
|Down, Left, Up, Left, A, Rb, Rt, Lb, Lb|
|B, Lt, Down, Lb, Left, A, Rt, Lt, Right, B|
|Lt, Lt, Rt, Rt, Lb, Lt, Rb, Down, Left, Up|
|Rural theme (CJ's outfit changes to a Binco Trucker Cap and overalls. Traffic and pedestrians are replaced with those usually seen in Red and Flint counties.)||FVTMNBZ
|Y, Left, X, Lb, Up, Rb, Down, Lt, A, Lt, Lt, Lt|
|Sports car traffic (Traffic consists Buffalos, Cheetahs, Uranuses, Euroses, Bullets, Infernuses, ZR-350s, Stratums, Elegies, Flashes, Jesters, Sultans, Clubs, Phoenixes, Hotknives, Super GTs, Banshees, Comets and Turismos.)Note: Random vehicle spawn points also spawn sports cars. The cheat does not tend to spawn Alphas, however.||EVERYONEISRICH*
|Up, Lt, Rt, Up, Right, Up, A, Up, Lb, A, Lt|
|Traffic lights always green||ZEIIVG
|Right, Rt, Up, Lb, Lb, Left, Rt, Lt, Rt, Rt|
|Triad theme (CJ is equipped with a katana and all pedestrians are replaced with groups of Triads. Traffic mostly consists of PCJ 600s, FCR-900s, and BF-400s. All vehicles spawn in all black, behaving identically to the black traffic cheat.)||NINJATOWN*
|A, A, Down, Rb, Lb B, Rt, B, X|