Do you ever wonder where you would start if you ever had your phone stolen? Your first instinct might be to try and locate it through different means, but what if those attempts fail? That’s when knowing your phone’s IMEI number would come in handy.
But if you’re not so tech-savvy, finding your phone’s IMEI can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide to give you a step-by-step process of how to go about finding your Android phone’s IMEI number in just two easy steps.
What’s an IMEI Number?
Before we get into how to find your IMEI number, let’s talk about what an IMEI number is and why it’s really important. An International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number is a unique 15-17 digit code that identifies your device.
Not only is it useful in tracking your phone in case it’s stolen or lost, but it’s also used by carriers to register your device on their network. In other words, your device’s IMEI number is essential for network connectivity and can help you manipulate it remotely, or even unlock advanced features like international roaming.
So, without further ado, let’s delve into how to find your device’s IMEI number on Android.
The Easiest Method to Find IMEI on Android
The easiest way to find your IMEI number on your Android device is to check directly. Here’s how to go about it.
Step 1: Open Your Phone App
The phone app is usually located on your home screen or in your app drawer, depending on how you’ve set up your device. It typically has an icon that looks like a green phone receiver. Once you find the phone app, simply tap on it to open it up.
If you can’t locate the phone app on your home screen or app drawer, you can try using the search bar on your device to search for it.
On some devices, the phone app may also be located within a folder, so make sure to check all of your folders as well. Once you have the phone app open, you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Step 2: Dial *#06#
Now it’s time to find your device’s IMEI number. To do this, just dial *#06# on the phone app.
Right after entering the last “#,” your phone will automatically display your unique IMEI number(s).
You can jot it down or snap a screenshot for future use. Keep in mind that you can have more than one IMEI number if your device has multiple SIM cards. Each SIM card will have its own unique IMEI number associated with it.
It’s also worth noting that when you enter *#06# to retrieve your IMEI number, you may also see a serial number (SN) displayed underneath it. This number is used to identify the device itself, rather than the specific SIM card or network connection.
So, it’s a good idea to keep a record of both your IMEI and SN numbers, just in case you ever need them for warranty or support purposes.
Most phones will also indicate whether the number displayed is an IMEI or MEID number. GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) networks, such as AT&T and T-Mobile, use IMEI numbers to identify devices. CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) networks, like Verizon, use MEID numbers for the same.
If you need to find your MEID number, simply use the same code (*#06#), but ignore the last digit. Let’s now have a look at other ways you could find your Android phone’s IMEI number.
Other Ways of Finding Your IMEI on Android
Check Your Phone’s Original Packaging
If you’re like most people, you may have kept the original packaging that your phone came in, just in case you need it for warranty purposes or to resell your phone later. Well, turns out that box can also help you locate your phone’s IMEI number!
Just take out the box and look for a sticker label that says “IMEI/MEID.”
This is usually located on the outside of the box, so you won’t have to do any rummaging around. Once you’ve found it, you should see a 15- or 17-digit number beside it.
This method is quick, easy, and straightforward. It can be a lifesaver for those who don’t have access to their phone following instances of misplacement or theft, or anyone having trouble finding the IMEI number using our previous method.
Using the Settings Menu to Find IMEI on Android
This is another straightforward way to find your phone’s IMEI number(s). First, head over to your phone’s settings menu. It might be located in different places depending on your device, but it’s usually located under the gear or settings icon.
Once you’re in the settings menu, scroll down until you see the “About phone” or “About device” option.
This section usually has all the information about your phone, including the model number, software version, and yes, your IMEI number.
If you can’t find it right away, try scrolling down to the bottom of the page. It might be located there, along with the serial number and other device information.
Check out this informative video that guides you through the simple steps to locate your IMEI. Whether you need it for warranty purposes or any other reason, understanding how to find your IMEI on Android has never been easier. Watch the video to learn more!
SIM Card Tray
For some Android devices, the IMEI number is printed on the SIM card tray. So, if you’re still struggling to find your IMEI number, just give this method a try.
First, you’ll need to locate the SIM card tray, which is usually located on the side of the phone. Use the ejector tool that came with your device, or any paper clip or pin will do, to pop out the tray. Look closely at the tray, and you should see a string of 15- or 17-digit numbers.
Alternatively, if you have an older phone, you might have to remove the back panel of your phone and take out its battery to see the unique IMEI codes printed directly onto them. They should be near the place where they connect to their motherboards.
Having your IMEI number(s) handy is a good idea as it would help prepare you for such eventualities as the loss of a phone. As we’ve seen, finding your IMEI on an Android device should be a straightforward process. Simply follow the steps outlined above and you’ll be good to go.
Once you’ve checked your IMEI alongside such useful information as your phone’s serial number, make sure to keep a record of it. You can back it up with your favorite cloud backup provider or jot it down for safekeeping. It would come in handy if you ever need to report to your carrier or the authorities.
Don’t forget that having your IMEI number on hand is just one step in preparing for the worst-case scenario of losing your phone. Make sure to also enable security features like passwords and fingerprint recognition, as well as backing up your data regularly.
If the worst does happen and you can’t find your phone, there are several ways to track it down. Check out our guides on how to easily track your Samsung phone, or any Android device, for that matter, and they will give you some good starting points.
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