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How does IMEI Number Help to Differentiate between Mobiles?

IMEI number

Do you wonder how do authorities differentiate one phone from another? For example, if two similar iPhones have the same color, storage capacity, and model, what makes it possible to tell one from another? The answer is simple. IMEI number helps to do so. But what is this number and why is it important?

What is an IMEI Number?

IMEI is an abbreviation for International Mobile Equipment Identity. This is a number that helps in identifying a mobile device. Thus, it is unique for every device. Think of it as your device’s social security number. The string of numbers is 15 digits long and gets assigned to every GSM phone.

Why is an IMEI Number Important?

You may not need this number daily but it comes in handy in troublesome situations. Instances like your smartphone getting stolen or lost. Having the number with you will ensure that whoever gets hold of your device is unable to use it. Informing your carrier about the number would mean that your device gets blacklisted. Your carrier can inform the other carriers about it as well. Doing so will ensure that your smartphone is of no use to the robber.

Another instance when an IMEI can be of use is when purchasing a used phone. By entering the number into services like CheckMend you can verify if you are about to purchase a blacklisted, lost or subject to any kind of insurance claims phone.

Other than this, you can use your number to check the model, specifications, brand and year of release of your mobile.

Ways to Check the IMEI Number

If you are wondering as to how to check your number, then you should know that the procedure is different for Android and Apple phones.

Android Phone

Some Android phones ask of you to dial *#06# to get to know your number. However, if you do not want to find it using this method, you will have to go to the ‘settings’ menu of your mobile. Once done, follow the steps given below:

  • Select ‘General’ in your settings menu
  • Choose the ‘about device’ or ‘about phone’ option
  • Hit the ‘Status’ toggle to see your IMEI number

You will also find your mobile contact number along with the IMEI number. For people using an old Android phone version, your IMEI number will be in your SIM tray. If not there, look at the back of your device and you will find it there.


The steps are almost the same for the iPhone as well.

  • Go to settings and select ‘general’
  • Locate ‘About’ at the top of the menu
  • Scroll down until you come across ‘primary settings’

You will find your IMEI number there. It is as simple as that.

Note: No matter your device, DO NOT forget to note down your IMEI number somewhere other than your mobile for emergencies.

How can IMEI Number Help Locate Thieves?

If you report to the police about your stolen mobile, the IMEI number helps them a great deal. They should know the network or internet provider whose services your mobile is connected to. The police, without any delay, informs the nearest station to which the mobile is close. The location easily gets located by using the IMEI number.

Note: whether you subscribe to the cheapest phone plans or the most expensive ones, the location of your mobile does not depend on that. Many people believe it does.

After reading the blog post, it should now be clear to everyone that it is the IMEI number that matters for tracking a stolen or lost mobile.

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