Every mobile phone has a unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. This number is important because it can be used for numerous security purposes, such as identifying the manufacturer, recording whether it has been reported as stolen, or seeking to service defects or damage.
IMEI numbers can blacklist devices so that they don’t work, rendering them useless if stolen. While you don’t want to share your IMEI number, it can be helpful to know what it is and where to find it. We show you how on both iOS and Android.
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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 are 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 were derived from an LG V40 ThinQ running Android 10.
You can find these numbers in several places, including Settings, on the physical device, in the Finder or iTunes, and on 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 somewhere else, like in Notes or a text. The interface is identical for iOS 13 and iOS 14.
Finding your iPhone’s IMEI number through your Apple account
- Go to appleid.apple.com.
- Sign in with your Apple ID.
- Scroll down to the Devices section, then select the device. There, you will see the serial and IMEI/MEID numbers.
- If you have a different device with iOS 10.3 or later signed in to your account (like an iPad), go to Settings > Your Name.
- Scroll to see any devices signed in with your Apple ID, and tap the device name to view the serial and IMEI/MEID number.
You can also find the serial number for your device in the Finder or iTunes.
- Connect your device to your computer.
- On a Mac with MacOS Catalina 10.15 or later, launch the Finder. On a Mac with MacOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, or on a PC, open iTunes. Now find your device.
- Click the Summary tab underneath your phone’s name to see the information. You may have to cycle through two or three clicks to get to the information you seek.
- Click Phone Number under your device name or the device model to find the IMEI/MEID and ICCID numbers.
You can also find it in the System Preferences > Apple ID > iPhone.
Some devices display the IMEI number on the SIM tray. You can view the IMEI numbers on the SIM tray in every generation of iPhone from the 6s through iPhone 12, excluding the SE (First Generation). Some Samsung Galaxy phones show the IMEI number on the back of the case, embedded in tiny, almost translucent type — you will need a magnifying glass to read it, and even then it will be difficult to see. Older phones with removable batteries also may list the IMEI under the battery or on top of the SIM slot.
Check the IMEI on the box
If your iPhone or Android phone has been stolen and you forgot to check and write down the IMEI number, it’s still possible to locate it. If you’ve kept the box your phone came in when you purchased it, you’re in luck because it usually displays the IMEI number on a sticker on one of its sides.
Check IMEI using a phone dialer
To get your IMEI number, dial *#06#. After you type that code into your phone’s keypad, you’ll get a pop-up that has your IMEI number and other important phone information. You might want to record that information using two methods such as jotting it down in a notebook and saving it as an image or document.
In the past, this universal method for checking your IMEI worked on most mobile phones, both iPhone and Android, and it’s a popular method that often comes up in a search. Unfortunately, phones from the current generation don’t appear to support this method, so it may be obsolete. In three out of four phones tested, only one (a 2016 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus) gave the expected result. Neither the iPhones nor LG V40 ThinQ we tested came up with the number after dialing the code. Apple’s instructions also do not include this method. So, we cite it here as a historical artifact and last resort.