All mobile handsets in the world have a unique International Mobile Equipment Identity Number (IMEI), irrespective of any type of handsets like iPhones, Android, feature phones, smartphones, or tablets, all these handsets have a unique identity number, which is mostly 15 digits. This number varies according to the brand/model of the handset.
This IMEI number is provided during the manufacturing of handsets. Once the IMEI number is added to the handset, it cannot be changed. The use of this number indicates the purity of the phone, for example, if you are selling the handset, the customer checks the IMEI number of that phone.
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This number is most useful when the phone is lost or it is stolen, when you go to the police, they ask you for the IMEI number of your handset, by which they will trace the location of your handset. Therefore, we are going to tell in which method you can check the IMEI number of your handsets.
Check IMEI number on Android devices
In Android phones, you can find it in the settings menu of your phone. This number may vary according to the brand and model of the handset, but it is mostly found in more settings or about the phone option.
- Settings > General > About device > Status
- Settings > System > About device > Status
- Settings > About device > Status
- Settings > About phone > Status
Here, we’ve given 4 methods, because not all smartphones have the same settings, so if you want to check IMEI number of your smartphone, then you will get a number from one of these 4 methods.
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Check IMEI number on iPhone
- Settings > General > About > IMEI
In this list, scroll down to find and check the IMEI number, then long-press the IMEI option, so that the number will be copied to the clipboard, which you can paste as notes anywhere.
This IMEI number will be found in many places in your iPhone, such as from settings, finder/ iTunes, or from the phone’s original box.
Find your’s iPhone’s IMEI number through Apple Account
- Go to the Apple ID.
- Sign in with your Apple ID (ID & Password will be required).
- Scroll down to the Device section, then choose your device. Here, you can see the IMEI number of your device.
- By scrolling it, it will be shown all devices connected to your Apple ID, by tapping their name you can see its IMEI number.
Another way to check the IMEI number
Inside of the phone
Today’s smartphones are made to be non-removable due to their sleekness and thinness, but the earlier, IMEI number is written on the smartphones or any of the basic feature phones.
For example, open the back cover of your phone, removing the battery of that phone, the IMEI number is written just below the logo of the brand of the phone. Check the IMEI number and note this number, which can be used later.
Check on the Original Phone Box
If your smartphone (iPhone or Android) is lost or stolen, and you do not have the IMEI number of that phone, then the original box of that phone is going to be very useful for you, because the sticker on the original phone box has the IMEI number written on it.
IMEI number on the SIM card tray
You can also check the IMEI number in the SIM card tray of many smartphones, such as Apple claims that all smartphones from iPhone 6 to iPhone 12 have the IMEI number written on the SIM card tray of the smartphone.
Some phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S10, and other Galaxy phones also have IMEI numbers written on the back cover, but the number is written in a much smaller font, which can only be seen by the magnifying glass. Even, it is difficult to see.
Know IMEI number using Secret Code
To check the IMEI number of your smartphone, dial (*#*#06#*#*) in your phone’s dialer. After dialing it, a popup will appear on your phone’s screen, in which the IMEI numbers of the phone are written on the display. This method is the most popular, simple, and works on all Android smartphones.
The measure problem is that this trick does not work on the iPhone, because Apple does not allow this method for its security.
Ashok Kushwaha is Senior Editor at Digital Bachat with 5 years of experience covering mobile phone and computer technology. He enjoys sharing the most valuable smartphones and laptops.