Find your iPhone IMEI Number
IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity, you can think of IMEI like a serial number in that every iPhone, or other mobile phone for that matter, has a unique IMEI number used to identify it with carriers, manufacturers, and providers. There are several reasons you’d want to know your IMEI, and we’ll get into those in a moment, but before that let’s find the number. We’ll show you four different ways to get this info, either directly on the device itself, or with iTunes.
How to Find an iPhone IMEI Number: 4 Methods
We’ll cover four different ways to obtain a devices IMEI number, these are unique to each mobile phone and iPhone, and you can retrieve them either through the device itself in iOS, through software like iTunes, or even on the physical hardware itself. Use any method that is appropriate for your situation, the IMEI returned will always be the same.
1: Dial *#06# to get any IMEI
Before trying anything else, you can try simply dialing *#06# on your iPhone (or any mobile phone), this should retrieve the IMEI number. Give it a moment and the IMEI will appear on the screen – this little number dial trick actually works to retrieve the IMEI on other cell phones too, not just the iPhone.
If that doesn’t work for whatever reason, or if the phone is turned off, has a dead battery, or whatever, you can use one of these other methods to retrieve the IMEI.
2: Get iPhone IMEI from the iPhone
You can also retrieve the IMEI number from the Settings app on the iPhone. This is the same on any iPhone and any iOS version:
- Tap Settings
- Scroll down to and tap on “General”
- Tap on “About”
- Scroll down and look for “IMEI”
- These numbers are your IMEI, on the iPhone they are usually listed like: xx xxxxxx xxxxxx x
You can also find IMEI from iTunes:
3: Get an iPhone IMEI Number from iTunes
If your iPhone is connected to iTunes you can grab the IMEI number from the app:
- Select your iPhone from the iTunes menu
- In the “Summary” tab click on your phone number to reveal the IMEI number
This can look a little different depending on the version of iTunes in use, but it works the same for iPhones connected to a Mac or Windows PC with iTunes:
4: Get the IMEI number from the iPhone back or SIM card holder
All iPhone models will include the IMEI number on the actual device itself.
For new iPhones, iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and later, you will find the IMEI printed on the back of the phone in small print.
With iPhone 4S and older, the IMEI is printed on the actual SIM card slot, so just eject the card holder and read the printed numbers.
Why would you need the IMEI number?
There are plenty of reasons, ranging from theft protection and insuring a device, to setting up an iPhone as a pay-go phone but here’s a few of the most common reasons people need a devices identity number:
- If your phone ever gets stolen: your cellular provider can typically ban a phone from accessing the network via it’s IMEI, this is nice because the IMEI is attached to the phone itself and not the SIM card, meaning the entire phone can be blacklisted from a network which renders a stolen phone mostly useless.
- Checking iCloud Activation Lock: if you want to be check the iCloud Lock status of an iPhone, you can use the IMEI number to do so
- iPhone Pay-As-You-Go: You’ll need the IMEI when you call AT&T for setting up an iPhone 4 as a pay-go phone on their network, this is how they identify the phone
- Permanent iPhone unlock services: these require the use of your iPhone IMEI number, which is then added to an unlock database at a carrier. These services are sometimes questionable, so be cautious with signing up for them
- Unlock with AT&T: If you request an official unlock through AT&T’s web unlocking service, you will need to have an IMEI number so that they can reference the device and complete the request
Know of any other methods of obtaining an iPhone IMEI, or another usage for the iPhone IMEI once you have found it? Let us know in the comments!