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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

We say 'usually', because Apple stopped etching the IMEI on the back of its phones when the iPhone 6s came out: if you've got an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you'll find that only the model number, FCC ID and IC are listed.

How to find iPhone IMEI: iPhone 6s Plus

iPhone 6s Plus: No IMEI for you

Which means you need to look somewhere else.

How to find your iPhone's IMEI: ...or on the bottom of the SIM tray

If Apple hasn't etched the IMEI on the back of the phone, you need to check the SIM tray. Get out your SIM removal tool (the metal spike that came with the iPhone), poke it into the little hole on the right-hand edge of the iPhone and remove the SIM tray, carefully take out the SIM card and turn the tray over. The IMEI will be written on the underside of the SIM tray, rather small.

How to find your iPhone's IMEI number: SIM tray

Once again, you'll obviously need to write it down laboriously by hand, and again, it's written very small. Let's find a method that's easier on the eyes.

How to find your iPhone's IMEI: Use iOS Settings

How to find iPhone IMEI number using iOS Settings

The IMEI number is also located in the iPhone's Settings app. Using Settings is the best option because it enables you to copy and paste the number. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap General > About.
  3. Scroll down to locate the IMEI number.
  4. Tap and hold the IMEI number to bring up a Copy bubble.
  5. Tap Copy.

Now you can paste the IMEI code into another app, such as Notes.

How to find your iPhone's IMEI: Use iTunes to display your iPhone's IMEI number

How to find iPhone's IMEI Number in iTunes

You can also find the IMEI number using iTunes. Follow these steps:

  1. Connect the iPhone to a Mac using the USB cable.
  2. Click on Devices in the top right and choose iPhone.
  3. Make sure the Summary tab is selected.

Click on the Phone Number in the top box (below Capacity, and above Serial Number). It will change to display the IMEI number. You can then right-click this and choose Copy.

How to find your iPhone's IMEI if your phone is lost or stolen

When we first published this article, Kirk McElhearn, an iTunes expert who writes for Macworld in the US, responded by pointing out a final scenario that we missed: what about if you haven't got the iPhone any more, and therefore can't look at the back, can't dial the code and so on? After all, one of the principal situations in which an IMEI is needed is when you're reporting the theft of the device.

 

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