How To Find Your Phone’s IMEI Number Fast

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If you’ve lost your cell phone or you’re switching carriers, there’s a good chance that you’ll need to know your phone’s International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number (sometimes called a Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID)).

In this article, I’m going to show you some ways to find the IMEI number on your phone even if the phone is no longer in your possession.

That 15-digit number is a unique identifier for your phone much like a VIN is for your car.

Ways To Find Your Phone’s IMEI Number

How To Find Your IMEI Number Inside Your Phone

There are several different ways to locate your IMEI number inside your phone, and they vary slightly depending on whether you have an iPhone or any one of the many Android devices. Let’s start with the simplest way.

1. Find Your IMEI by Dialing This Code

For many iPhones and Android devices, the easiest way to find your IMEI number is to dial the following: “*#06#“.

That’s star, pound sign, zero, six, pound sign. The 15-digit IMEI number should appear on your screen.

IMEI on a smartphone

2. Find Your IMEI on Your SIM Card Tray

If you pull out your SIM card tray and turn it over, you’ll see the 15-digit number there on most iPhone models and some Android phones.

How to find your IMEI number on your SIM card tray

3. Find Your IMEI in Your Phone’s Settings

Another way to find your IMEI number if you have your phone in hand is through your device’s settings.

Find Your IMEI in Your Android’s Settings

Go to Settings > About phone > Status and look for the IMEI number. Or you may need to tap IMEI information to get the numbers.

On some Androids, it will be under Settings > General > About device > Status.

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Quickest way to find the IMEI number on your phone

Find Your IMEI in Your iPhone’s Settings

Go to Settings > General > About then scroll down until you see the IMEI.

Quickest way to find the IMEI number on your phone

All the ways we’ve discussed so far involve finding your phone’s IMEI inside the device. Thankfully, there are other ways to find those digits if something happens to your phone.

How To Find Your IMEI Number Without Your Phone

There are some instances where you may not be able to access your phone, yet still need its IMEI number. Here are some ways to do that:

1. Find Your IMEI Number on Your Phone’s Box

If you still have the box the phone came in, you can find your IMEI number on a label on the outside of that box.

That’s a good reason to save the box or record the number somewhere safe.

IMEI printed on phone's box

2. Find Your Android’s IMEI Number on Google Dashboard

If your phone’s lost or stolen and you don’t have the box, you can still find your IMEI number by following these steps.

1. Sign in to your Google account at myaccount.google.com/dashboard and look for “Android.” Click that and it will show you the devices you have linked to your dashboard.

How to find your IMEI number without your phone - Google Dashboard

2. Then click on Find Your Device…

How to find your IMEI number without your phone

3. Click on the Information icon in the top left corner.

How to find your IMEI number without your phone

That’s where your IMEI number will appear.

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How to find your IMEI number without your phone

Recap: Find the IMEI on Your Phone These 5 Ways

  1. Dial this code: *#06#.
  2. Look on your SIM card tray.
  3. Look inside the settings of your phone.
  4. Find it on the outside of the box your phone came in.
  5. Android only: Find it on your Google Dashboard.

Final Thought

Team Clark recommends that whenever you buy a new phone, either keep the box or record the IMEI number somewhere before you throw it away.

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