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How to find your iPhone's IMEI number

Lucy Hattersley | June 3, 2016
Each iPhone has a unique identity number (known as its IMEI). Here's how to find yours, now that Apple has stopped printing it on the back of its phones

Every iPhone has a unique identifier code, known as an IMEI number. The letters IMEI stand for International Mobile Station Equipment Identity, and the number is used to identify each mobile phone.

The IMEI number is used by your mobile phone company to match the phone to the networks, so it can figure out who is making calls. It is also used to maintain a blacklist of stolen mobile phones. In the UK a database is publicly maintained by a charity so stolen phones cannot be moved from one network to another.

Getting to know the IMEI of your iPhone is a useful trick - and if you're unlocking your iPhone you may need to know the IMEI - but it became slightly more difficult with the launch of the iPhone 6s: Apple stopped printing the IMEI on the back of the phone. Still, there are several different ways to find the IMEI of an iPhone, and in this article we show the 6 simplest and most useful ways of finding your iPhone's IMEI. You'll only need one, of course, so pick the method that's easiest for you.

How to find your iPhone's IMEI: Dial this code into the Phone app

How to find your iPhone's IMEI number by dialling a code

You can retrieve the iPhone's IMEI number by dialing the code *#06# into the Phone app. Follow these steps to get your iPhone's IMEI number:

  1. Open Phone app.
  2. Tap Keypad.
  3. As shown on the picture above, enter *#06# - you don't need to hit the green 'call' button; it'll just register automatically.

The IMEI code will appear on the screen. Dialling a code is the most commonly described method of finding the IMEI number, but we don't think it's the best because you can't copy the number. Instead of being able to copy and paste the code you have to write it down (and it's long enough - 15 digits - for this to be annoying).

How to find your iPhone's IMEI: Look on the back of the iPhone...

How to find your iPhone's IMEI number by looking on back of iPhone

The IMEI number is usually written on the reverse of your iPhone. Flip the iPhone over and look for a long number at the end of the text (the bit starting with "Designed by Apple in California") and labelled IMEI. The IMEI text is incredibly small, though, so you may need a magnifying glass. And once again you'll need to write it down manually.

One option is to photograph the code using another iPhone (or iPad). This will enable you to zoom into the text so you can see it more clearly.

 

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