How To Find Your Phone’s IMEI Number Fast

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If you’ve got a cell phone, one important piece of information that you’ll need to keep handy is your device’s IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number (sometimes called a Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID). If you don’t know where to find it, Clark.com is here to help.

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

In this article, I’m going to show you several easy methods of finding your phone’s IMEI number. Some of these methods work even if you don’t have your phone with you!

Why Knowing Your IMEI Number Is Important

Your phone’s IMEI is very important for several reasons. If you lose your phone or it’s stolen, knowing your IMEI can help law enforcement as well as service providers, who will be able to shut down your device.

Knowing your IMEI number will also come in handy if you’re selling your phone or plan to trade it in. Many buyers will want to make sure the device isn’t stolen.

6 Easy Ways To Find Your Phone’s IMEI Number

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.

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

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.

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:

4. 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

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

If your phone is 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” or you can click on “Find My Device.” It will show you the devices you have linked to your dashboard.

2. Click on the information icon next to your device.

How to find your IMEI number without your phone

3. That’s where your IMEI number will appear.

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How to find your IMEI number without your phone

6. Find Your iPhone’s IMEI Number in Your Online iCloud Account

This method comes from Apple.com: To find your IMEI in your online iCloud account, connect your iPhone to a Mac computer with the operating system Catalina 10.15 or later (released in 2019).

  • Open the Finder.
  • Click on Locate your device under the General tab.
  • Click Phone Number under your device name or device model.
  • Your IMEI number can be found right under the device’s name.
Find IMEI number inside iCloud
Screenshot via Apple.com

Recap: Find the IMEI Number on Your Phone These 6 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.
  6. iPhone only: Find it inside your iCloud account online.

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.

Need more help with your cell phone? Read our guide on how to lower your cell phone bill.

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