All cellphones have a unique identifier that you may have never heard called the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI). If your phone gets stolen, you can contact your carrier and have them blacklist the device’s IMEI. This makes the device useless, even if the SIM card is changed.

The IMEI is 15 digits long and will contain a slew of important information. The information can range from where the device got manufactured, the model number, or the country of origin. You can also use it to check to see the device has ever been reported stolen. This is particularly important to check if you are purchasing a phone second hand or through a 3rd party seller.

There are several free IMEI online checkers, but for a comprehensive lookup, check out CheckMend. In today’s post, we are going to cover all the different ways to locate your IMEI.

Dialer Method

This method will work for both Android and Apple devices. To begin, open your phone app. Then dial *#06#. A box should pop up with your IMEI number inside. Select Dismiss or Ok to close it.

Android IMEI Check

If you have an Android device, the IMEI number will typically be in the Settings app. However, different models will have it in slightly varied locations. Typically, it will be in one of the following routes:

  • Settings > About phone > Status
  • Settings > General > About device > Status

Apple IMEI Check

To check the IMEI on an Apple device is very similar to an Android device.

  • Settings > General > About

Scroll through the list of information until you get to the IMEI line.

Different Methods

If the phone does not come on, the IMEI number may be printed on the phone. Apple devices after the iPhone 6S will have the IMEI on the SIM tray. In addition, the IMEI may be written on the back of the phone; however, it will be very small and easy to miss. For the few devices that have removable batteries, it will be printed on a label beneath it. Lastly, if you still have the box the phone came in, the IMEI will be printed on the label.

You should have your IMEI number written somewhere safe if your device is lost or stolen. If you found this article interesting or helpful, check out our other posts!