If you’re looking to switch cell phone providers or perhaps have lost your phone, one thing you’re going to need is your International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, sometimes known as a Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID).
That 15-digit number is a unique identifier for your phone, much like a VIN number is for your car.
In this article, we’re going to show you how to get the IMEI number on your phone, as well as how to find it if you don’t have your phone because it’s been lost or stolen.
Ways to Find the IMEI Number for Your Phone
There are some different ways to locate your IMEI number, and they can vary slightly depending on whether you have an Android device or an iPhone. Let’s start with the simplest way. This takes five seconds:
1. Find Your IMEI by Dialing This Code
For both iPhones and Android devices, the easiest method to find your IMEI number is to just dial the following:
For emphasis, that’s star, pound sign, zero, six, pound sign. The 15-digit IMEI number should appear on your screen.
2. Find Your IMEI on Your SIM Card Tray
You can also find your IMEI on your SIM card holder. If you pull out your SIM card tray and turn it over, you’ll see the 15-digit number there in most iPhone models and select Android phones.
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. Let me quickly show you how to do that:
Find Your IMEI in Your Android’s Settings
Go to Settings > About phone > Status and scroll down until you see the IMEI number. Or you need to tap IMEI information to get the numbers.
Also, on some Androids, it will be under Settings > General > About device > Status.
Find Your IMEI in Your iPhone’s Settings
Go to Settings > General > About then scroll down until you see the IMEI.
4. Find Your IMEI Number on Your Phone’s Box
Luckily, there are a few ways to get your IMEI even if you don’t have your phone in hand.
If you haven’t thrown away the box your phone came in, you can find your IMEI number on a label on the outside of that box.
That’s why it’s very important that you either save your box or write the number down and put it somewhere safe.
5. How to Find Your Android’s IMEI Number on Google Dashboard
If your phone’s been lost or stolen and you don’t have the box it came in, you can still find your IMEI number by following these steps:
Go online to https://myaccount.google.com/dashboard and look for “Android.” Click that and it will show you the devices you have linked to your dashboard.
Then click on Find Your Device…
Finally, in the top left corner, click on the Information icon.
That’s where your IMEI number will appear.
Recap: Find the IMEI on Your Phone These 5 Ways
How to Find Your IMEI Number
|1.||Dial this code: *#06#|
|2.||Look on your SIM card tray|
|3.||Look inside the settings of your Apple and Android device|
|4.||Find it on the outside of the box your phone came in|
|5.||Android only: Find it on Google Dashboard|
Whether you need to switch carriers or locate a lost or stolen phone, you can see that the manufacturers have given you several options for finding your IMEI.
Team Clark’s recommendation is that whenever you buy a new phone, you either keep the box or write down the IMEI before you throw it away — that way, you’ll never be without it!