When registering your phone or wanting to sell an old one online, you could be asked about your phones’ IMEI number. Don’t stress if you’re stumped and urgently attempting to figure out what this number is and how to find it.
What is the IMEI number?
IMEI is an acronym for “International Mobile Equipment Identity Number,” which is used to identify mobile phone devices on the network. A 15-digit IMEI number is assigned to each mobile phone, GSM modem, or device with a built-in phone or modem.
You can find information about the device by using this number, such as the brand or model. Every mobile device carries its own unique IMEI number.
The IMEI number shows the critical details of the manufacturer of the mobile phone device as well as its model number. The IEMI number can even show the current location of the mobile device. Even if the SIM card is removed from the phone device, it can be traced with the help of the IEMI number associated with the device.
If your mobile phone gets stolen or lost and you go to report it, you may be asked for the IEMI number by the police, and depending on local legislation, the IEMI number of your device can be blacklisted, making it unusable, blocking it from network connections, making calls, etc.
When the phone is found, then this number can be used to verify whether the phone is really yours.
That’s why this number becomes very important for an unfortunate event that could happen to anyone, for various security reasons, and for tracking.
How to check IMEI is Blacklisted or not?
Consider yourself in a situation where you want to buy a second-hand mobile device from someone and you’re not sure if this phone is legal or not. That’s when you can check the list of blacklisted devices.
If it’s not, it’s probably good and you can go ahead with the deal. If it’s not, then you’ve indeed been saved from a fraud and a scammy deal that might have caused you legal trouble.
You can head over here.
Enter the IMEI number and click check.
Hopefully, you’ll get the information on the page afterward.
1. How many IEMIs can one phone have?
An IEMI number is associated with the slot of the SIM card. So phones with dual SIM have two IEMI numbers.
2. Are there more than two IEMIs in phones?
Yes! As the IEMI is associated with the SIM card slot of the phone, there will be two IEMI numbers for phones with dual SIM, three for triple SIM and so on.
3. Do tablets have an IEMI number?
Yes! An IMEI number will be allotted to tablets with cellular connectivity.
4. How and where to find the IMEI number?
The IMEI numbers can be found in a number of places, including Settings, the actual device, the original packaging box, and Finder or iTunes for iPhone and Google account for Android.
How to Check IMEI Number of phones using USSD code?
The simplest, most popular, and more or less universal method of finding the IEMI number of the phone is from the USSD code.
1. Go to the calling app and bring the dialer.
2. Enter a USSD code *#06# on your phone and dial it by tapping the call button.
3. Now the screen will show the IEMI number with more information. You can write it down somewhere safe or make a screenshot for further use.
This method works on almost all devices, whether it’s a feature phone, smartphone, android phone, or even the Apple iPhone. It’s a popular method that frequently appears in searches.
However, this method does not appear to be supported by current-generation phones, thus it may be outdated. Only one of the four phones tested performed as expected.
After dialing the code, neither the iPhones nor the LG V40 ThinQ we tried came up with the number. This method is likewise not mentioned in Apple’s guidelines.
As a result, we’ve included it as a relic of the past and one of the alternatives, yet it is working on most phones, so before searching the world you should give this USSD code a try.
Check IMEI Number of the phone on Retail Box or Bill
The IMEI number is printed on both the retail box and the bill, which is a good reason to keep both instead of throwing them away. At least, keep the box since it will come in handy if you want to check the IMEI or if you wish to resell the phone later.
So that in case, if your phone got stolen and you failed to check and write down the IMEI number, it may still be retrieved.
Check the box your phone came in for a sticker that shows the IMEI number of your phone somewhere on the outside of the box.
How to Check IMEI Number on the Phone
iPhone 5 or the newer version of the iPhone have the IEMI engraved on the rear panel of the device. So just flip the phone to check it and note it down somewhere for future use. The IMEI number is engraved on the SIM tray in some smartphones.
The IMEI numbers are visible in the SIM tray of every iPhone model from the 6s to the 12, with the exception of the First Generation SE. This number is embedded in tiny, almost transparent text on the back of some Samsung Galaxy phones making it difficult to see it even from the magnifying glass.
Some Android phones also now stick the label on the back panel with having the IMEI number and other details.
The phone with removable has the IMEI number sticker printed inside the phone under the battery. Take the cover out, remove the battery and there’s your IEMI number.
How to find the IMEI number via Settings
- Go to the Settings app on your Android.
- Scroll down to About Phone and tap on it.
- Again, Scroll down and you will find Status.
- Tap Status to see the IMEI information.
The IMEI number can also be found in the Settings app on the iPhone. The best option is to use Settings as it allows you to copy and paste the number. Take the following steps to know that:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap General,
- Then Click About
- Scroll down to IMEI
Find a set of numbers labeled Primary. To use later, tap and hold the IMEI number, copy it, or snap a screenshot of it.
How to Check IMEI Number on Android Phones?
You can check the IMEI number of Android devices, even without touching the phone or even if it is lost or stolen. This method works faster and perfectly, even if you’ve lost the mobile phone device, not kept the box, not kept the bill, didn’t write it down somewhere, etc. This method can still bail you out.
Follow the steps below to do the same:
- Log in to Google Dashboard, (Imp: Use your Google account that is linked to the Android Phone).
- Next to the Green Robot logo, Click Android.
- A list of devices will appear that used this account to log in, along with mentioning their IMEI Numbers.
How to Check IMEI Number on iPhone?
Similar to android phones, If you have Apple iPhone you can find the IMEI number of your iPhone by using an Apple account.
Following are the steps:
- Visit appleid.apple.com.
- Log in here with your Apple ID.
- Scroll below to the Devices section.
- Select the Devices, you want from the list of the devices.
- There you’ll see Serial Numbers and IMEI/MEID numbers.
If you’re logged in to your account on a different device that runs iOS 10.3 or later, like an iPad. Then go to Settings and then Your Name (Settings > Your Name). Scroll down to see any devices that used this Apple ID to log in, then hit the device name to see the serial and IMEI/MEID number.
Finder or iTunes
You can also use Finder or iTunes to find the serial number of your device:
- Connect your iPhone device to your computer via USB.
- Open the Finder on a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15 or later. Open iTunes on a Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier, or on a PC.
- Now Locate your device.
- To see the information. Make sure, you’re under, General tab in Finder. Click the Summary tab in iTunes.
- To find the IMEI/MEID and ICCID for your iPhone, go to Phone Number under your device name or model. To find the CDN, IMEI/MEID, and ICCID for an iPad (cellular model), go to Serial Number.
- The same thing you can find in System Preferences > Apple ID > iPhone.