You might need your iPhone or iPad’s IMEI number for a variety of different reasons. Here’s how to find it.
You know how you have a unique fingerprint that no one else in the world has? Well, your iPhone or cellular iPad has one too: It’s called an IMEI number.
IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. It’s an industry standard, shared between mobile carriers and manufacturers for security purchases. Your IMEI is important because you’ll need it for things like registration, support forms, and checking a device history for theft.
Here are all the ways you can find the IMEI number for your iPhone or iPad, whether it’s locked, turned off, or not with you at all.
1. Give It a Call
One quick way to find your iPhone or cellular iPad IMEI number is to call *#06#. Once you have successfully called, a screen will pop up with your device information.
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2. Check Your Settings
To find your IMEI number on any iPhone or cellular iPad, you can easily check the Settings app. Go to Settings > General > About. With a little scrolling, you’ll be able to find the IMEI number pretty easily.
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3. Pop the SIM Tray Out
If you desperately need your IMEI number but your device won’t turn on, an iPhones 6s or later should have the IMEI number printed on the SIM tray. All you have to do is pop open the SIM tray. You can locate the IMEI number on the underside of the tray.
4: Check the Back of the Device
For the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 6, you will be able to find the IMEI number directly on the metal casing of the iPhone. You can find it in the lower middle section of the device.
5. Use Finder With a Mac
If you find that your iPhone is locked and you don’t have a way to open the SIM tray, you can connect your iPhone to a Mac and use the Finder App. This method will work on any Mac running macOS Catalina 10.15 or later.
Once you’ve connected your iPhone to your Mac, open the Finder app and select your iPhone or cellular iPad from the sidebar.
Go to the General tab and locate your device. For iPhones, click Phone Number under your device name to view the IMEI number. For iPads, click the Serial Number to view the IMEI and ICCID numbers.
6. Use iTunes With Windows
For older Mac users who can no longer update their OS, you may also search for the iPhone or iPad IMEI number using iTunes. This is also what you need to do if you have a Windows PC.
Once you connect your iPhone to your computer, open iTunes. Then, click Summary to see your Apple device information, including the IMEI number.
7. Flip the Packaging
Many Apple lovers keep the sleek, white box that their iPhone or iPad came with. If you’re one of the lucky people who kept theirs, you can find the IMEI number printed on a sticker on the box.
8. Go to the Apple ID Website
If you don’t have your iPhone or iPad on you, but you need the IMEI number, there may still be hope online. As long as the device is connected to your iCloud account, you can get your device information from Apple’s website.
To do this, go to appleid.apple.com on any browser. Then sign in to your Apple ID and check the list of devices. Once you have found the device you need information on, click the device name to show the IMEI number.
Why the IMEI Number Is Important
If you’re looking to buy a second-hand Apple device, the IMEI number is one of the best ways to find out how legit it is. Any history of theft, criminal activity, or carrier blocking should be tied to the device using this number.
Aside from this, IMEI numbers may also necessary when talking to Apple Support. By learning the IMEI number, Apple can quickly tell what model your phone is, what year it was released, and whether it’s covered by a warranty.
Buying a second-hand iPhone online is risky. But you can reduce the risk by checking these things before paying.
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