How to find the IMEI number of your iPhone, Samsung or Android

EVERY smartphone has a unique number that you need to know.

The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) code of your device can be useful if it is stolen or in need of repair.

IMEI numbers come in handy when you want to blacklist a stolen phone

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IMEI numbers come in handy when you want to blacklist a stolen phonePhoto credit: Reuters

1) What is an IMEI number?

An IMEI is a unique number used to identify phones on a network.

Every smartphone, be it an iPhone or an Android device, is assigned one when it is built.

Think of it as your phone’s fingerprint—it is 15 digits Number unique to each device.

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If your phone is lost or stolen, you can blacklist the IMEI number so that other people cannot use it.

A blacklisted IMEI phone will not work even with a new SIM card.

Luckily, finding out what your number is is easy.

You can write it down somewhere safe and hope you never need it.

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2) How to find IMEI number on iPhone

Newer iPhones have the IMEI number in the SIM tray, but you’ll probably need a magnifying glass to see it.

Alternatively, you can connect your iPhone to your computer and view the summary in iTunes or in the Mac Finder section.

However, it is much easier to follow the steps below.

  1. Open settings
  2. Tap General and then About
  3. Scroll down to view your IMEI number

3) How to find IMEI number on Android

Android phones differ slightly in how you can check their IMEI numbers.

However, most of them stick it somewhere in the settings menu.

  1. Go to settings
  2. Tap “About phone”, “About device”, “Status” or similar
  3. Scroll down to view your IMEI number

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