What is an IMEI?
Every mobile phone has a unique 15-digit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number that can be used to identify each device. It contains information such as the country of origin, the manufacturer and the model number. This is really helpful in the event that your phone is stolen – your provider can block the device using the IMEI number which should make it useless to the thief, even if they attempt to switch the SIM card. The networks also use this information to determine the usage and history of a device.
Universal Phone Dialpad Method
This is the best and quickest way to find your IMEI and works across both iPhones and Android phones. Open the phone dial pad and type in the following:
A box will automatically pop up with your IMEI number inside and you can copy this number down and tap Dismiss or OK to close the box.
How to Find Your IMEI on an iPhone
It’s very simple to find your iPhone’s IMEI through the Settings app. The Settings app icon is silver and has small gears on it. Tap through from Settings > General > About and you will be able to scroll down and to see the IMEI entry in the list. You can then touch and hold the IMEI Number to copy it – you can paste it into a note for future reference.
How to Find Your IMEI on an Android
On an Android phone, you can also find your IMEI in the Settings app. While the interface and layout of some of the features of your Android phone may look a little different, every Android phone will have a Settings app. There are two paths to finding the IMEI via settings on an Android. You can find these by:
Tapping through the steps above will take you to your phone’s IMEI – where you can copy it down as a note or write it down on a piece of paper.
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