See the unseen: How to reveal your IMEI number EASILY
Your IMEI number is a unique ID number for your mobile device. But how do you find yours if you happen to need it?
Your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a number, usually unique, to identify 3GPP (i.e., GSM, UMTS and LTE) and iDEN mobile phones, as well as some satellite phones.
4 ways to identify phone's IMEI number
Method 1: Check the IMEI at the battery part
The easiest way – the IMEI is usually found printed inside the battery compartment of the phone.
Method 2: Enter *#06# to check
The IMEI number can also be displayed on-screen on most phones by entering *#06# on the dial pad.
Some phones need to press the dial key after entering *#06#, as shown in the pictures.
For iOS phones, do not need to press the dial key.
Method 3: Check IMEI at the system information
Sometimes the IMEI number is displayed alongside other system information in the smartphone settings menu.
Method 4: Find IMEI number on package
If you look carefully on the packaging or box, you can sometimes find the IMEI located on it.
What does the IMEI number actually do?
The IMEI number is used by a GSM network to identify valid devices and can therefore be used for stopping a stolen phone from accessing that network.
For example, if a mobile phone is stolen, the owner can call his or her network provider and instruct them to "blacklist" the phone using its IMEI number. This renders the phone useless on that network and (sometimes) other networks too, whether or not the phone's SIM has been changed for another.
The IMEI is used purely for identifying the device and has no permanent or semi-permanent relation to the subscriber.
Instead, the subscriber is identified by transmission of an IMSI number, which is stored on a SIM card that can (in theory) be transferred to any handset. However, many network and security features are enabled by knowing the current device being used by a subscriber.
So if you lost cell phone you can tell the police what the IMEI number is.
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