What is the IMEI code of your phone and how to find it?

Do you have the IMEI code? This question will have been asked you on occasion. Especially if you have lost your smartphone or if it has been stolen and you want to locate it or at least block it. The IMEI is a combination of numbers that is used to identify each mobile phone. A kind of license plate that differentiates each brand, model and device individually. Do you know the IMEI of your iPhone, Samsung, Xiaomi or whatever the manufacturer of your smartphone is?

IMEI is the acronym for International Mobile Equipment Identity. In Spanish, International Mobile Equipment Identity. This code is embedded in every GSM mobile phone. This includes smartphones and basic phones. The purpose of the IMEI code is to identify each device globally.

But apart from to differentiate one phone from another, what can we do with an IMEI? What can it do for us? And already put, how to locate it on your smartphone?

The importance of the IMEI code

We said that IMEI or IMEI code is a combination of numbers. Its aim is to differentiate every GSM mobile phone around the world. It is a unique and interchangeable code, unlike your phone number, which you can use on different mobile devices.

In addition to your phone, the IMEI code is stored in a database called EIR (Equipment Identity Register). When your phone accesses a mobile network, the operator receives your IMEI to know which device is using the network.

In that database there are three lists. The White list is that of the devices authorized to make and receive calls. The gray list, not always available, identifies devices that can make and receive calls but that “can be monitored to discover the identity of the user” through the SIM, according to Wikipedia. The third list is the blacklist. It is that of the devices blocked so that they cannot access the system, either due to theft or illegal use or harmful to the network or other devices.

The IMEI is standardized by the 3GPP, the conglomerate of telecommunications associations that unifies mobile communications globally. For the most curious, the IMEI code can be divide into four parts. The first consists of 6 numbers. Is named TAC (Type Allocation Code). Of those 6 numbers, the first two identify the country of manufacture of the phone. The numbers 7 and 8 are called DO (Final Assembly Code), and identify the manufacturer of the device. The numbers 9 to 14 (6 numbers), are the serial number of the phone. Finally, the number 15 is the check digit or spare. Verify that the IMEI is correct.

Why will you need an IMEI? With this code we can block mobile devices remotely in case of theft or loss. Your telecommunications provider will ask you if you contact them to lock the phone. Thus, the thief will have in his hands a telephone that cannot connect to the mobile network.

The IMEI code is also used for a mobile phone to be limited to certain mobile phone provider. If you buy or acquire such a smartphone, you will need the IMEI to unlock it. To identify it, an IMEI is a code consisting of 15 digits.

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Where to find the IMEI?

Both in classic mobile phones and in smartphones and other devices that can connect to the mobile network, the IMEI code is usually printed on the back of the code. Not at first glance. Specifically, it is inside the rear, under the battery. Typically below a barcode.

As a curiosity, if your smartphone or mobile phone has a dual SIM, in that it is possible that your device consists of two IMEI numbers. You will find them in the same place. On the other hand, it is advisable not to confuse the IMEI with the serial number. Both appear on the same site but differ in that the IMEI code consists of 15 numbers and the serial number combines letters and numbers.

If you cannot disassemble the back of your phone to remove the battery and thus see the IMEI code, or if you simply prefer not to, you can ask your mobile device what its IMEI is by means of a code. If you type * # 06 # on your phone, the IMEI will appear on the screen. It is free and does not involve making a call or sending an SMS message.

If you have just bought your phone or smartphone, the IMEI can be found in the purchase receipt of the same. Or, failing that, on the phone case itself, on a label that you will find on the side or on the back of it.

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The IMEI code of your iPhone

Classic mobile phones can be easily disassemble. Some Android smartphones too. They are because it is the only way to remove the battery and insert the SIM card. Without it you cannot access the mobile network. But if you have an iPhone, the SIM card is placed on the side. So how do you locate the iPhone SIM?

As I said before, if you just bought it, you will find the SIM of your iPhone in a sticker on phone case. It is usually on the back and includes information about the iPhone model, its storage capacity, and its IMEI and serial number. You will also see the IMEI on the rear from the iPhone or iPad itself.

If you don’t have the box handy, you can ask your iPhone directly. IPads with SIM card capability also have IMEI. The fastest way to see the IMEI code of an iPhone is from Settings> General> About / Information. There you will see the installed iOS version, the phone model, its model identifier code, the serial number and the IMEI code you need, among other information. You will also see there the telephone operator, the MEID code and the ICCID, etc.

Another way to locate the IMEI of your iPhone is through the tray in which you put the SIM card. The one that you have to extract by inserting a needle or clip into a tiny hole the first time you use your iPhone. In that tray you will find the IMEI code. Although because of its size, it may be difficult for you to read it.

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The IMEI code of your Android smartphone

If your phone is Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, OPPO, Alcatel, Realme, Motorola and a long etcetera, surely your operating system is Android. In all these cases, you can ask the operating system what the IMEI of your mobile phone is.

With Samsung devices, for example, the route to take is Settings> Device Information> (IMEI and Serial Number Information) or Model Code. On some models, such as the Galaxy S10 series, the path is Settings> About phone.

In other brands, the route is similar. Whatever the Android version, the IMEI code is usually in Settings> About phone or a similar combination. If you can’t find it, try looking for it in the search engine integrated in Settings from Android.

And as a last resort, you can always run the code * # 06 # that I mentioned before and that will give you the IMEI code whatever your phone is.