Each Android device has a unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. You may need this number when contacting your network operator or device manufacturer. There are several ways to find this ̵
What is 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 exists, and each one is unique. Just like humans – no two are alike. Does not the IMEI of your phone feel special?
The IMEI numbers are 14 to 16 digits long, with the majority consisting of 14 digits and a final check digit. IMEIs are used by carriers and manufacturers for follow-up. For example, if you send in your phone for repair, you know that you are getting your phone back (and not some other phone).
IMEIs are formatted using a phone abort 11-222222-333333-4, where the first and second sections define the brand and model, and the third is specific to the particular handset. The fourth, as mentioned above, confirms that IMEI complies with the allocation and approval guidelines.
Now that we have this piece of history behind you, you will find your .
The easiest way: Enter * # 06 # into the dialer
Since there are a lot of different manufacturers with a variety of different skins, it can be difficult to find the IMEI in the settings menu. The easiest way is to start up the dialer and enter the following:
* # 06 #
As soon as the last # is entered, the IMEI information should be displayed. Could it be easier?
The More Complicated Way: Check Your Device's Settings
If you're interested in punishment (or just can not remember the code for the dialer and do not want to look up) You will also find this information in the settings menu of your mobile phone.
It gets tricky though: depending on the brand, model, and version of Android, IMEI information can hide in different places
For example, on a standard pixel, go to Settings> About phone. Scroll down and you will see it.
On Samsung Galaxy devices, you can also find it under Settings> About Phone, but it's at the top.
19659004] For OnePlus handsets, this is under Settings> About the phone> Status.
One last note: Should you keep your IMEI private?
You may have noticed that the unique identification area is blurry from all screenshots above. While the IMEI is not something that should be treated as ultra-private (19459008), it should not be broadcast.
Like everything else that uniquely identifies the article in question – a serial number, the VIN of a car, etc. – it can be used for unintended reasons. For example, a clean IMEI can be forged and used to make a stolen device appear legitimate. And that's just an example.
It should be self-evident, but you should not give your IMEI to any third party unless there is a good reason for it. If you are not sure why you want it, ask. If the reason seems unclear, be doubtful.
However, there is a situation where you should release the IMEI of your device: when you sell it. In this way, the prospective buyer can make the right phone inquiries and confirm that they are both clean and compatible with the network operator.
So let's go.