Each Android device has a unique IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number. You may need this number to deal with your carrier or the manufacturer of your device. There are many ways to find this – here are both.
What's an IMEI?
IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. In other words, it's a unique identifier for your exact phone. Today, every mobile phone has one and every phone is unique. Just like people, there are no two like them. Does not this make the IMEI print of your particular phone?
IMEI numbers have a length of 14 to 16 digits, the majority consisting of 14 digits and a final check digit. Operators and manufacturers use IMEI for tracking purposes. For example, if you send your phone for repair, that's how you'll know you're getting your phone back (and not another phone).
The IMEIs are decomposed in the format 11-222222-333333-4, in which the first and second sections define the make and model, and the third is specific to that device. The fourth, as noted above, verifies that the IMEI complies with attribution and approval guidelines.
Now that we have some history, here's how to find yours.
The easiest way: type * # 06 # in the composer
Since there are a large number of different manufacturers with a variety of skins, it may be difficult to find the IMEI in the settings menu. So, the easiest thing to do is to activate the dialer and enter the following:
* # 06 #
As soon as the final number is entered, the IMEI information should appear. Could this be easier?
The most complicated way: check the configuration menu of your device
If you are a punishment freak (or if you do not remember the composer's code and you do not intend to search for this post excellent), you can also find this information in the Settings menu of your phone .
But where it becomes difficult: depending on the brand, the model and the version of Android, IMEI information can hide in different places.
For example, on a stock pixel, you can find it in Settings> About Phone. Scroll down the list and you will see it.
On Samsung Galaxy devices, you can also find it in Settings> About Phone, but in the top section.
On OnePlus handsets, this is in Settings> About Phone> Status.
One last note: should you keep your IMEI private?
You may have noticed that I had dimmed the unique identification section of all screen shots above. Although the IMEI is not something that should be treated as ultra-privateit's something you should not broadcast.
Like anything else that uniquely identifies the item in question – a serial number, the VIN of a car, and so on. – it's something that can be used for unexpected reasons. For example, a blank IMEI can be spoofed and used to give the impression of a stolen device. And this is just an example.
So, this should probably be self-evident, but do not give your IMEI to anyone unless there is a good reason to have it. If you do not know why they want it, ask. If the reason seems incomplete, be doubtful.
But there is a situation where you should share the IMEI number of your device: when you sell it. This will allow the potential buyer to perform the appropriate searches on the phone and confirm that it is both clean and compatible with its operator.
So this is it.