Every GSM phone, whether it’s a simple, low-cost handset or a high-end, high-performance smartphone, has its own International Mobile Equipment Identity number, or IMEI. Carriers utilize this string of 15 or 16 numbers to identify the devices that are registered on their networks. The IMEI can also be used to ban stolen phones from a certain network because it is unique and difficult to manipulate. The number can even be used to hunt down a gadget and restore it to its rightful owner in specific situations.
But where do you look for a phone’s IMEI number? There are several methods for doing so, like inputting a special code using the device’s keypad or Phone app, going through the handset’s settings, or reviewing the information kept on your user account, to name a few. In the paragraphs below, we’ll go over these and other methods for locating a phone’s IMEI number. How do you locate or obtain your IMEI?
How to find the IMEI number of any phone, whether it’s an iPhone or an Android device:
Option #1: is to dial *#06#.
It doesn’t matter if you’re using the latest iPhone or a Nokia phone with a built-in flashlight as its best feature. Your phone’s IMEI number will appear if you enter *#06# on the dial screen. On some devices, you may need to press the SEND button to get this to function.
Option #2: Go to the Settings menu on your browser.
Your phone’s IMEI number should also be hidden someplace in the Settings menu. Look for IMEI in the Settings menu of your phone. If it doesn’t work, go to Settings>General>About on an iPhone, or Settings>About Phone on a Samsung Galaxy.
Option #3: Is the phone’s IMEI written on it?
The IMEI number, as well as the serial number and several regulatory stamps, are etched on the rear of some phones. This applies to older models such as the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6. On newer phones, you won’t see this because manufacturers are now aiming for a clean aesthetic.
Option #4: Look in the SIM card slot.
Phone makers, on the other hand, are compelled to write the IMEI of their devices someplace. Many of them now carve it on the SIM card tray holder as a result. A little paper clip should suffice if you don’t have access to a SIM card extraction tool.
Option #5: Locate the box in which your phone was delivered.
Alternatively, the IMEI number of a phone can be found by looking at the labels on the box it arrived in. If you’ve already misplaced your device, this may be your only option for locating its IMEI.
Option #6: Look up your IMEI in iCloud (only for iPhone/iPad)
This one is only for iPhone and iPad users. Log in with your Apple ID username and password at appleid.apple.com. You’ll see a list of your Apple devices once you’ve logged in. Select the one whose IMEI number you’d like to find out.
Option #7: Retrieve your IMEI from a different iOS device (iPhone/iPad only).
You may find the IMEI of one iOS device by logging in to another iOS device. To do so, go to Settings and open your Apple ID page by tapping on your name at the top. You’ll see a list of your additional devices further down. Select the one whose IMEI you’d like to see.