How to find your phone’s IMEI number

Each phone is assigned an IMEI number. It is used by operators to identify smartphones that access their network. And in the event of theft, the IMEI number allows you to lock the handset so that it can no longer access a phone line.

What is the IMEI number?

The IMEI number is a multi-digit code, which is used to uniquely mark the smartphone. IMEI stands for “International Mobile Equipment Identity”, which can be translated as the international identity of mobile devices – of the smartphone, for short. It is found on both Android and iOS.

Enter * # 06 # with the phone keypad and you will see the IMEI code on the screen. // Source: screenshot

Where to find the IMEI code?

The IMEI can be displayed on the smartphone screen by typing a certain code with the phone keypad keys. The combination to type is ” * # 06 # without the quotes, as if I wanted to call this “number”. You will then see the IMEI code, but also the ICCID code related to the SIM card and the serial number of the phone.

The IMEI code can also be found by alternative means: you can view this number through the phone settings. It can also appear under the battery of the smartphone, but this requires a manipulation that can be complicated: if the body can be removed not without difficulty, the battery of some models is sometimes welded.

The IMEI number can also be retrieved from Google’s “Find My Device” tool, if the phone is not turned off or in airplane mode. You can also find it in the smartphone package with the documents, if you have not thrown them away. If you contact your carrier, they may also be able to tell you this.

What is the IMEI number for?

The IMEI code is used to uniquely identify each mobile terminal. Its main interest is to act as a lever against the theft of cell phones. If you report such an event to your carrier, they can blacklist the IMEI code of the stolen phone to block access to the telephone network.

The standard provides for a provision that obliges operators to block access of the device itself to the network and not only to the line accessible from 06 or 07. In this way the handset can no longer be used, even using another telephone number (therefore a new SIM) or by changing operator.

The management of IMEI codes is not limited to the national level, for example between the French operators Orange, SFR, Free Mobile and Bouygues Telecom. This is done internationally, through the GSMA association. Maintains a register on behalf of the entire mobile phone industry. This can be consulted to check the status of a phone.

This database allows owners to save a status for their devices in case of problems such as loss, theft, fraud, or to indicate that the device is on a paid plan. The saved status indicates the recommended action for people managing the device.

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