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A Comprehensive Guide on How to Backup IMEI on Android Devices


Jul 12, 2024 • Filed to: Backup & Restore Data • Proven solutions

Presently, our smartphones have become the most valued thing in our lives, holding all our personal, precious data, since we can access it anytime and any place in the world. The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number which is the main distinguishing feature of our smartphones from others is the most important of all.

This particular number helps in the tracking and blacklisting of lost devices and at the same time is very much useful in the protection of our stolen devices even if they do not have a SIM card.

However, the risk of the loss of this unique IMEI number while firmware updates or flashing processes is a real problem.

The assurance of the IMEI's backup and restoration, when something goes wrong, makes the strategy for the avoidance of the problems. This carefully prepared guide will assist you in the backup and restoration of your IMEI on Android phones, thus, you will be confident that your phone is safe and functioning, whatever difficulties you might encounter.

Part I: Understanding the Importance of IMEI on Android Devices

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The IMEI, or International Mobile Equipment Identity, is a unique 15-digit number that is given to each mobile device, which can be a cell phone, a tablet, or any other cellular-enabled device. This number is a unique identifier, therefore, we can prove that every device can be recognized and traced by the network providers and authorities.

The IMEI is of vital importance as it stops your device from being used by someone else without your approval. If your device is lost or stolen, you can inform your service provider of the IMEI number which they will use to blacklist it and thus, the device will not be able to be used on their network. This is how the act of turning your smartphone into a lock stops thieves from stealing it and your data from being used by the wrong people.

Besides, the IMEI is a crucial part of the firmware updates and flashing a new ROM on your Android device, particularly for the ones on Mediatek chipsets. In this situation, the device still runs the risk of IMEI getting overwritten or lost, which, in turn, could cause problems and might even make your phone unusable. The best method to avoid such disasters is to back up your IMEI, which is a must for a secure device.

Part II: 2 Ways to Restore Your IMEI Number on an Android Phone

Restore IMEI number on android devices

A common problem is losing one's IMEI number. This is frequently the case when purchasing an old, locked phone.

A unique code that uniquely identifies your phone is called the IMEI. Your SIM card won't function correctly and you won't receive a strong signal if you lose this code. These simple methods will help you get your IMEI number back and operational.

Method 1: Using Commands and Device Code

This method works best for Samsung phones.

Step 1: First, enter ##197328640## in the call dialer. After that, enter command mode and choose "common".

Step 2: Enter commands using the menu button without ever leaving this screen. Disable the FTM feature.

Step 3: Put your phone away after a minute of waiting. Take out the batteries and SIM card. Reinstall the battery alone, then turn on the phone.

Step 4: Enter ##197328640## in command mode once more. Go to "debug screen" and then "control".

Step 5: The next step is to touch on "RRC (HSDPA)" and then "RRC revision" before selecting "HSDPA only".

Step 6: Check your IMEI by dialing #06#, restart your phone, and then reinstall your SIM card.

Method 2: Assign a New IMEI Number

If you are okay with root access and are not afraid of assigning a new IMEI number to your device, this method could be the easiest one. Nevertheless, it is very important to mention that altering your IMEI number can have legal consequences in some places, therefore, you should do it at your own risk.

First of all, you have to be sure that your Android phone is rooted and that you know the IMEI number to which you want to assign the phone. You will usually discover the IMEI number on the outside of your phone's box or near the battery compartment. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Put either the Mobileuncle Tools or the MTK Engineering Mode application and then download and install it.

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Step 2: Once the app is installed, go to the settings menu and you will be able to start using it. Start with Connectivity, then go to CDS Information > Radio Information > Phone 1.

Step 3: Under the Phone 1 menu, input the command that follows:

  • AT+EGMR=1,7, "Your phone's IMEI number", AT
  • The IMEI number that you should use is shown in the next sentence.

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Step 4: So, just type in the command and reboot your phone.

Once you restart your device, it will be given the new IMEI number that you provided and you will be able to communicate again.

Part 3: Back up Android data to the computer with just one click

Once your Android has been restored using the IMEI backup file, you might face the situation where you need to back up your device's data to your computer and then restore it, depending on your needs. Luckily, there is a smart and efficient tool called Wondershare Dr.Fone that can assist you in performing this task with a smooth process.

Dr.Fone is an application that allows you to backup and restore your device data either fully or partially, thus, you will not lose any data during the process. Here are some key features that make this tool a must-have for Android users:

  • Data Preview: The program lets you see the data beforehand, before the backup or restore operation, thus giving you the freedom to choose the procedure.
  • Backup File Protection: You do not have to be concerned with the old backup files being replaced by new ones, as the tool guarantees that your existing backup files will be preserved.
  • Selective Data Backup and Restore: You can, on the contrary, exclusively select the data types to restore and backup, which is better than the backup or restore of the entire data on your device.
  • Device Compatibility: The tool is compatible with a huge number of Android devices and has also made it possible for the latest versions of Android to be fully supported, thus, ensuring the smooth functioning of the tool.

Let's explore the step-by-step guide to back up your Android device using Dr.Fone - Android Toolkit.

Step 1: Get Dr.Fone

Install the software on your computer, then run it. Choose "Data Backup & Restore" on the home screen. Connect your device to your computer using a USB cord. Once Dr.Fone has automatically identified your device, you may click 'Backup' to continue.

Backup Android Phone to Computer Using Dr.Fone

Step 2: Device Scanning

Once you initiate the backup process, the tool will scan your device and present you with a list of data types available for backup on the screen. If you want to back up your entire device data, click 'Select All'. Alternatively, you can check the desired data categories you wish to backup, and then tap the 'Backup' button to proceed.

Backup Android Phone to Computer Using Dr.Fone

Step 3: View Backup

After the backup process is complete, click 'View the Backup' to see the backed-up data. As you can see from the image below, your messages on your Android phone have been successfully backed up to your computer!

Backup Android Phone to Computer Using Dr.Fone

With Dr.Fone - Android Data Backup & Restore, you can rest assured that your valuable data is safely backed up and can be easily restored whenever needed, ensuring a seamless transition between devices or after performing a factory reset.


With the changing world of technology, our smartphones have turned into unavoidable pals, where all our personal information and precious memories are kept. The safekeeping of the data, along with the IMEI number of the device, is the most crucial task.

After restoring your IMEI number, you may find yourself in need of backing up your Android phone's data to your computer and restoring it later, depending on your requirements. In such cases, we highly recommend using a reliable tool like Wondershare Dr.Fone to flexibly back up and restore all of your Android data.

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Daisy Raines

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