The International Mobile Station Equipment Identity or IMEI is a unique number that identifies your smartphone or tablet. Sometimes, you may need this number when speaking with your carrier's customer service reps. If you're on Android, here are 5 ways to find your Android's IMEI number. Also, there is a short video walkthrough at the end of the article for those who encounter problems.
Find IMEI Number In Settings
- Firstly, open “Settings” on your Android.
- Then, select “System". (Some Android's do not have this option. You may proceed to About Phone.)
- Scroll to the bottom and tap “About phone“, “About tablet“, or “About device".
- Then, tap “Status".
- From here, select “IMEI Information".
- The IMEI number appears on the screen.
For some Android devices, you only need to go to About Phone to see a list of information which also includes your IMEI number. A second way to find the number is by looking at the packaging that came with your smartphone. Normally, the IMEI is on a white, barcoded sticker.
Use *#06# Shortcode
- Open the dialer on your phone.
- Input *#06#
- Hit Send or Call to execute the code.
- The IMEI appears on the screen.
Please note that not all carriers support the above shortcode.
IMEI On SIM Tray
Likewise, some manufacturers print the IMEI on the SIM card tray. However, not all of them do this. Here's what to do.
- Use a paper clip or a SIM eject tool to eject your SIM card tray.
- Inspect the tray to see if there is an IMEI. (it may be in fine print)
IMEI Number Inside The Phone
For smartphones that have removable batteries, the IMEI number is sometimes inside the device printed within the battery slot. Simply remove your battery and look at the compartment inside to locate your phone or tablet's IMEI number.