The International Mobile Equipment Identification code, known simply by its initials IMEI, is something like the national identity document for mobile devices. It is a series of 15 digits that allows you to individualize the equipment, block it if it is stolen, or verify that it does not have a suspicious origin. And in this guide we will explain how to check the IMEI number of your phone in case you need it.
Before starting, keep one thing in mind: never publicly share the IMEI of your terminal. The IMEI numbers that you will see in the following screenshots have been edited.
On an Android phone
On an Android phone, you can also find the IMEI in the settings menu. Usually it will be in:
- Settings> About phone> Status
- Settings> General> About device> Status
- Settings> System> About phone> Status
- Settings> About device> Status
From here, type in the number or take a screenshot.
On an iPhone
You can find the IMEI of your iPhone in different places, from the settings, the phone itself, in Finder or iTunes, in addition to the original box. You can usually find it at:
- Settings> General> About.
Scroll down and look for the IMEI entry in the list. You can also press and hold the number to copy it to the clipboard and then paste it somewhere else, like the Notes app.
Find the IMEI number of your iPhone through your Apple account
- Go to appleid.apple.com in your Mac’s Safari browser.
- Login with your Apple ID.
- Scroll down to section Devices until you see the serial number and IMEI / MEID, and select the device.
- If you have a device with iOS 10.3 or later linked to your account -such as an iPad tablet- you should go to Settings> [Tu nombre].
- Scroll until you see any device that has entered with your Apple ID, dial the device name to see the serial number and IMEI / MEID.
You can also find the serial number of your device through Finder or iTunes.
- Connect your device to the computer.
- On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15 or later, run Finder. On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, or on a PC, open iTunes. Now search for your device.
- Select in the tab Summary to view the information.
- Click on Phone numberunder the device name or model to find the IMEI / MEID and ICCID numbers.
You can also find it in Preferences> Apple ID> iPhone.
Other ways to verify the IMEI number
Some devices display the IMEI in the SIM tray. According to Apple, you can see the IMEI number in the SIM card slot from iPhone 6S models to iPhone 11, excluding the first-generation SE. Other phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 and other Galaxy devices, show their IMEI on the back printed in small, almost translucent letters, so you will need magnifying glasses to read them and even this will be difficult for you. Older phones with removable batteries often post the IMEI underneath the battery, usually at the top of the SIM slot.
How to check the IMEI if you lost the phone
If your iPhone or Android phone was stolen and you forgot to verify and write down the IMEI number, there is still a chance that you can find it. If you kept the box it came in when you bought it, there’s a chance you might find a sticker on the outside detailing its IMEI number.
Using a telephone dialer
The universal method to verify your IMEI number — a formula that will operate on both an iPhone, Android, and others — is to open the dial on your phone (as if you were going to call) and dial the following: * # 06 #
Immediately a popup box will appear with your IMEI code. You can copy the number and then touch To close or okay to close it.
This technique is apparently outdated, although sometimes it works. In the past, it was the universal method to verify your IMEI, both iPhone and Android. The problem is that it doesn’t work as well as it used to. In three of the four tested phones, only one (a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus 2016) gave the expected result. Neither the iPhones nor the LG V40 ThinQ obtained the number after dialing the code. Apple’s instructions also do not include this method. So we cite it as a historical solution and a last resort.
* Updated by Rodrigo Orellana on June 29, 2020.