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How To Find Your IMEI Number On A Mobile

How To Find Your IMEI Number On A Mobile – Lets start by understanding what a IMEI number actually is. IMEI is short for International Mobile Equipment Identity . The IMEI is a unique number which is assigned to a mobile device to identify it. If you have a dual sim mobile then you will have two IMEI numbers, one for each slot. As the IMEI is a unique ID for the mobile, it can and is used to block device that have been stole. It is also used to track what devices are connected to mobile network.

Some examples for devices that will have an IMEI are Tables, Mobile phones and Satellite phone. The number is generally a 15 digit. If you need the MEID then all you have to do is ignore the last digit, as they are normally on 14 digits long.




How To Check An Mobile IMEI Number

The are a few way in which you can check the IMEI number from the device. The fastest and easiest by far is to dial a USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) code –



Type in the above code in the dialer of the mobile and press call. This will then open a popup with the mobile device IMEI . This will work on 99% of mobile devices. This type of code is sometimes known as “quick codes” or “feature codes”


If this for any reason it is not possible then you can generally find the IMEI number in the about section of the mobile . You would normally have to follow the path –

Setting – About device – Info


Setting – About device – Status

Here you get to see a lot of info about your handset including the IMEI number, memory, serial number and model number.

For apple devices you could also connect the device to you computer and use the iTunes  to check the number.

  1. Go to the iTunes > Preferences tab if you’re using a Mac, or to the Edit > Preferences tab if you are on the PC version
  2. Click on the Devices button
  3. Then, go to the Summary tab
  4. Now, click on your phone number twice. Your IMEI should be visible after the second time


But I can’t turn on the mobile device.

Well if you can’t turn on your device and you need the IMEI number, which is mostly when you have to send a mobile phone in for repairs or checking to see if it is still in warranty, then there are other option. First if you still have the box the device was in then you can may be able to find the number on the sticker on the side. The sticker may have bar-codes and other number information, so it should be easy to find.

You may also find that there are / in the numbers, this is still an IMEI number you just have to remove the / and you have it, remember the number should be 15 digits long.

If you don’t have the box then you will have look at the mobile itself. If you device has a removable battery, you should be able to see the number under the battery on the device it self on a sticker or printed.

But some mobile you can’t remove the battery. In this case it will be printed on the mobile in small print. For example iPhone print their serial number (S/N) on the back near the charging port.

Some mobile device manufactures have also start to print the IMEI number on the mobile sim tray, so you take a look there.


The Structure of an IMEI Number

IMEI numbers come in a 15 digit set of numbers. The format used by the IMEI is currently AA-BBBBBB-CCCCCC-D :

  • AA:  Is the Reporting Body Identifier, indicating the GSMA approved group that allocated the TAC (Type Allocation Code).
  • BBBBBB: The remainder of the TAC (FAC)
  • CCCCCC: Serial sequence of the Model (SNR)
  • D: Luhn check digit of the entire model.


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