How to find your IMEI number
Every iPhone and iPad has and IMEI and serial number. You will need this information to register your device or request support, and if you are looking for your iPhone’s IMEI number, there are multiple places where you can find this information. Finding your IMEI number on your device isn’t as hard as it looks – if you have an iPhone, you can find your IMEI number by simply dialling *#06#. After you’ve dialled this sequence, your IMEI number will appear on the screen.
But if this doesn’t work for you, you can find the IMEI number of your device in several other ways.
- Go to Settings, click General and then About to see your device’s serial number and IMEI number.
- You can also find the IMEI number engraved on the back of your device, although you might need a magnifying glass to see it.
- If you still have the original packaging of your device, you can find the IMEI number on the barcode label.
- Find it when you connect to iTunes.
- Connect your iOS device to your computer
- Open iTunes
- Locate your device
- Click the summary tab for your device’s information
- With your phone connected, click Phone Number to see the IMEI number
What is an IMEI number?
An IMEI number is the International Mobile Equipment Identity number. This is a unique number that is assigned to all mobile phones and smartphones, similar to a serial number. The IMEI number is typically 15 digits long and you can find it in multiple places.
You can use the IMEI number to identify a device that uses mobile networks, as well as to identify the mobile device and prevent theft. If a device can be identified using the IMEI number then a thief cannot change the SIM card on a phone and expect to keep the phone. If your phone does get stolen, you can call your network and instruct them to blacklist the phone using its IMEI number.
Your IMEI number is hard-coded into your device hardware and it’s almost impossible to change without permanently damaging the device. There are plenty of people out there who will deceive you and sell you counterfeit phones. These phones have bad IMEI numbers. If you have purchased a used phone, it’s important to first check if the phone’s IMEI number is legitimate.
If you would you like to check whether your iPhone is real and not a fake, you can do so by entering your IMEI number into our 'Network Check' device. This kind of site will give you all of the information about your phone and whether or not it’s an invalid phone.
Remember, your IMEI number is like a serial number to your mobile device and when you purchase a phone, that designated IMEI number identifies the phone. This number is useful when unlocking your phone and in order to prevent it from theft.