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All about the IMEI number: how to get it and what it is used for?

All about the IMEI number: how to get it and what it is used for?

By  Linky Johnson 2019-04-17 5493 0

You've probably heard about the IMEI number. Maybe even your operator asked you to block your stolen phone. Let's see what this number is for, and especially how to get it.

IMEI number

What is the IMEI?

First, IMEI is the acronym for international mobile equipment identity. Each mobile phone terminal (GSM or UMTS) has its own IMEI number, consisting of a 15-to 17-digit series. Clearly, this number is the identity card of the phone. It is thanks to him that the operator allows or not the access of a Terminal to his network. Also note that this number allows emergency calls without a SIM card in some countries.

What is its purpose?

This code makes it possible to check the provenance of a device, to unblock it or to block it. Yes, each device declared stolen from an operator is found on a blacklist (at least its IMEI number, if it was communicated). So you can check if the phone you are buying has been stolen.

The IMEI number also allows you to unlock your phone: If you want to change operators and you insert a SIM card of a competitor, there are many risks that your current operator will block you access, especially if you bought the phone directly in the latter. Such a Smartphone is then said to be "unlocked". To unlock it, you have to go to the dedicated website of your operator's site and follow the instructions displayed. Note that the unlockage is mostly free.

Let's now come to the phone robbery. When this happens to you, the IMEI number is very useful since it allows the operator to block any use of the phone on the network of each operator. In clear, after making a flight statement, you will only have to transmit the IMEI number of the stolen phone to the operator and the latter will take care of the rest: the thief will have to insert a new SIM card, the phone will be unusable on the networks.

Yes, the IMEI number of a phone can be changed, but the gait is illegal and risky, for you and the phone.

How to get its IMEI code?

Now that you know the importance of the IMEI number, you are surely wondering how to get it to set aside. Don't panic, it's relatively simple, especially if you have the phone in question with you. Here are the different solutions to know the IMEI number of your phone:

● Type * #06 # on the keyboard of your phone, as if you wanted to call this number, and the IMEI code will appear

Type * #06 #

● The number is available on the mobile phone box or on the purchase invoice, if you have not yet disposed of them

● It is also accessible under the phone battery, good luck if you have a recent phone

● You can always call your operator, he will surely have access to the IMEI number

●​ The find my device app from Google allows, under certain conditions, to know the IMEI number of one of your phones, even if you do not have it in hand

These six techniques work with all phones: from entry-level to high-end Android like Samsung Galaxy, via Apple smartphones.

In short, try to note the IMEI number of your phone as soon as it is purchased, and keep it! It might be a good time to serve you.


 You may also want to read:
 How to use IMEI number to track your lost Android phone
 How to find the IMEI number of Xiaomi smartphone
 How to use MI Cloud to find your lost Xiaomi phone?


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