What Is an IMEI Number and Why Is It Important?

what is an IMEI number

Keeping track of all the technical terms associated with mobile devices can be a bit overwhelming. One of these terms you may have come across is the IMEI number. But what exactly is an IMEI number, and why is it important? In this blog post, we'll break it down for you.

What is an IMEI number?

IMEI stands for "International Mobile Equipment Identity." It's a unique 15-digit code assigned to every mobile device. Think of it as your device's unique identification number. Similar to how we have a social security number or a passport number for identification purposes, mobile devices have an IMEI number for tracking and authentication.

What Is an IMEI Number Used For?

Device Activation and Compatibility

When getting a new mobile device, whether it's a smartphone or tablet, the IMEI number plays a crucial role in activating and registering it with your network provider. It ensures that the device is genuine and compatible with the network's infrastructure.

Stolen Device Tracking

In case your device gets lost or stolen, knowing your IMEI number can significantly increase the chances of recovery. By reporting your device's IMEI number to your local law enforcement and network provider, they can blacklist the device, making it difficult or useless for thieves to sell or use.

Warranty and Repair Services

Having your device's IMEI number on hand is essential when seeking warranty support or repair services. It helps identify your device and verify its eligibility for services such as repairs, software updates, or warranty claims.

Purchasing a Used Phone

You can also use the IMEI number to check if a second-hand phone is stolen or has been blacklisted from certain carriers. You can think of it as a background check for the new device you're about to purchase.

Does the IMEI Contain Personal Data?

Not to worry — the IMEI doesn't contain any of your personal data. Its purpose is to identify the device, not the user, and the information it provides is added when the phone is manufactured. 

How To Find Your Device's IMEI Number

Finding your device's IMEI number is relatively easy. Here are a few simple methods you can use:

  • Dial *#06#: Simply open the keypad on your device and type *#06#. The IMEI number will appear on your screen instantly.
  • Settings: Go to your device's Settings > General > About (iOS) or Settings > About Device > Status (Android). Scroll down, and you'll find your IMEI number listed.
  • Device Packaging: If you still have the device's original packaging, you can find the IMEI number printed on a sticker or label.

Now you know all about the IMEI number and how it works! Have more questions about your device and eSIM technology? Visit our Help Center to learn more. 

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