Knowing your IMEI number can help to mount a quick response should your expensive Android or iOS device ever get stolen. However, as most of us are rather unprepared when it comes to loosing their phone, this guide will help you to find the IMEI number without actually having the device at hand. There are multiple ways of doing this and you should be able to find the IMEI of your iOS or Android phone with only a few steps.
Before getting started, let’s clarify a few things about your IMEI number. Basically, your IMEI number (which stands for “International Mobile Equipment Identity”) is a 15 digit code that is unique to every single broadband or mobile device. IMEIs are not just limited to phones. You can also find them printed on laptops and tablets that have wireless cards installed. One thing is common to all IMEI codes – they are built into the hardware of the device, and they are almost impossible to change. So why is it handy to know this number?
Finding out your IMEI is simple if you have your phone to hand, but problems can arise if your phone is absent. So, how do you find an IMEI number without an Android or iOS phone, tablet or laptop in your physical possession?
The easiest way to find your IMEI code is by returning to your original phone packaging. Most Android and iOS devices come with a sticker attached to the box which lists the IMEI number. Look hard for the code, as it won’t be signposted by the packaging. If there is a 15 digit number on the sticker – that will be the one you need.
Unfortunately, not everyone retains the packaging of their phone. If you are the kind of person who throws away all of your packaging or documentation, this won’t help much either, but the IMEI can also be found on the original contract you signed with your phone company. In some cases, it will also be present on monthly bills, though this is much less common.
If these simple measures don’t work, Android users have another tool at their disposal. Here’s how it works.
If you’ve ever synced your iPhone with iTunes – the device data incl. the IMEI should be visible in the iTunes settings.
Losing your smart phone can be a stressful experience, but don’t panic. You can easily obtain a copy of the all-important IMEI code. After this has been passed to your phone company and the police, you may well be able to track down the device rapidly.