Every mobile phone on the planet has a unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. This number is important and has multiple security purposes, such as identifying the manufacturer, recording whether anyone has reported the handset stolen, or seeking to service the malfunctions or damage.
IMEI numbers can blacklist devices so they don’t work and become useless when stolen. Although you don’t want to share your IMEI number, it can be helpful to know what it is and where to find it. Both iOS and AndroidWe show you how.
Checking IMEI on Android phone
On Android phones, you can find the IMEI number in the Settings menu. It can usually be found in one of the following locations, depending on the brand and Android version you’re running.
Settings> About Phone> Status
Settings> General> About Device> Status
Settings> System> About Phone> Status
Settings> About Device> Status
From there, write down the number or take a screenshot. The screenshots above are from an LG V40 ThinQ running Android 10.
Checking IMEI on iPhone
You can find these numbers in various places, including Settings, on the physical device, in the Finder or iTunes, and in the original packaging.
Settings> General> About
Scroll down to find the IMEI entry in the list. You can also touch and hold the number to copy it to the clipboard and then paste it elsewhere, such as Notes or a text. The interface is the same for iOS 13 and iOS 14.
IMEI number of your iPhone Apple find it through your account
Go to appleid.apple.com.
Sign in with your Apple ID.
Scroll down to the Devices section, then select the device. Here you will see the serial and IMEI / MEID numbers.
If you have a different device (such as an iPad) with iOS 10.3 or higher signed in to your account, go to Settings> Your Name.
Scroll to see all the devices you signed in with your Apple ID and tap the device name to view the serial and IMEI / MEID number.
You can also find your device’s serial number in Finder or iTunes.
Connect your device to your computer.
Launch Finder on a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15 or later. Open iTunes on a Mac or a PC with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier. Find your device now.
Click the Summary tab under your phone’s name to view the information. You may need to switch between two or three clicks to find the information you are looking for.
Click Phone Number under your device name or device model to find the IMEI / MEID and ICCID numbers.
You can also find this in Preferences> Apple ID> iPhone.
Other ways to check your IMEI
Some devices display the IMEI number on the SIM tray. Apple says you can view the IMEI numbers on the SIM tray of every generation of iPhone from iPhone 6 to iPhone 12, except SE (First Generation). Some phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 and other Samsung Galaxy phones, show the small, almost translucent type embedded IMEI number on the back of the case – it takes a magnifying glass to read and it’s hard to see even then. Older phones with removable batteries may list the IMEI under the battery or above the SIM slot.
Check the IMEI in the box
If your iPhone or Android phone was stolen and you forgot to check and type the IMEI number, it is still possible to find it. Outside of your phone’s original box there should be a sticker showing your phone’s IMEI number.
Checking IMEI using number
Dial * # 06 # to get your IMEI number. After typing this code on your phone’s keypad, a window opens with your IMEI number and other important phone information. From here, you can type the IMEI or take a screenshot before closing it.
In the past, this universal method of checking your IMEI worked on most mobile phones, both iPhone and Android, and was a popular method that often came up with calls. However, it seems like an option that might not work on older phone models. Only one out of four phones tested (2016 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus) delivered the expected result. After dialing the code, neither the iPhones nor the LG V40 ThinQ could find the number we tested. Apple’s instructions also do not include this method.