EVERY smartphone has a unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number which can be useful if your device is stolen or needs repairing.
If your phone is lost or stolen you can blacklist the IMEI number so that other people can’t use it.
A phone with a blacklisted IMEI won’t work even with a new SIM card.
Luckily it’s quite easy to find out what your number is.
You can note it down somewhere safe and hope you never need to use it
To find out how to check the IMEI number on iPhone and Android phones, just follow the steps below.
How to check IMEI number on iPhone
To find your IMEI number on your iPhone, open Settings and then click “General” and then “About”.
Scroll a little bit and you should be able to view your IMEI number.
If you don’t have your iPhone, you can find out the IMEI from your Apple account.
Login and then go to “Devices” and find your iPhone.
Your IMEI number will be avaliable here.
Newer iPhones have the IMEI number in the SIM tray but you’ll probably need a magnifying glass to see it.
Alternatively, you can plug your iPhone into your computer and view its summary on iTunes or on the Mac Finder section.
How to check IMEI number on Samsung and Android
Some Android phones differ in how you can check their IMEI number but it should be somewhere in the Settings menu.
You’ll need to click on “About Phone” or a similar heading such as “About Device” or “Status”.
Some Samsung Galaxy devices display the IMEI number in tiny writing on the back of the phone.
You should also be able to find the IMEI number on a phone’s box.
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