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IMEI numbers have been around for a while but most people don't even know that they exist let alone what they are for. Most of the information around the web about IMEI numbers is slightly confusing but that's because it shouldn't be presented to the average person who only wants to know what the IMEI number is, what it is for and how it can make their experience better.
This article is about to tackle these aspects of the IMEI number that you care about. We are going to describe what it is, what is does and most importantly how to get the IMEI number for your specific device.
The IMEI is an acronym for the International Mobile station Equipment Identity number. It is essentially a number that is used to identify a device that uses a terrestrial cellular networks. These are devices such as your cellular phone that place a call or access the internet on a network that uses planet-side antennas and not satellites to connect. This planet-side antenna network connection is what is known as a terrestrial cellular network.
This IMEI number is assigned to all devices that make use of the terrestrial cellular network. Therefore all 3G or 4G enables tablets, laptops that come with PCMCIA wireless internet cards and other mobile equipment will have an IMEI number. Devices with two SIM cards such as a dual-SIM phone will have two IMEI numbers assigned to it.
The primary purpose of the IMEI number is to identify the device. The secondary purpose is to prevent the device from being stolen. The number allows the device to be universally identified which means a thief cannot just simply remove the SIM card and keep the device. IMEI numbers are almost impossible to change so when a device is stolen and the carrier is notified, they can blacklist the IMEI and lock it out of their network, preventing the thief from using the device. Other cellular networks can do the same.
It is therefore very important to know your device's IMEI number. Here's how to check the IMEI number for different devices.
There are several ways to find the IMEI number on your iPhone. Here are some of the most common places on your device.
You can find the unique number in Settings > General > About
If you can't find it in the settings menu for some reasons, it may be available on the SIM tray.
You can also find the IMEI number via iTunes. Just connect the device to your computer and launch iTunes. Under the Summary Tab you should see information about your device. For the iPhone click on Phone number to find the IMEI number. If you are using an iPad, click Serial Number to find the number.
If you don't have your device with you, you can find the IMEI number on the Mac. Just Launch iTunes > Preferences or Edit> Preferences if you are using Windows. Click on the devices tab and hover the mouse over a backup of your device to see the IMEI number.
The following are some of the ways you can find your IMEI number on your Android device.
Dial *#06# on your device just as you would if you were making a phone call. Your IMEI number will be displayed on the screen.
You can also try to find the IMEI number through the settings menu. Simply tap Settings > More > About Device > Status> IMEI
If you don't have access to your device or it won't power on, you can still find the IMEI number via the Google Dashboard. Simply go to google.com/dashboard and sign in with your primary Email and password. You should see a list of features associated with your Google Account. Tap/click on the Android section for additional information about your device. This information should include your IMEI number.
You can find your IMEI number on your Windows Phone in one of the following ways.
Dial *#06# and just as you are entering the last character the IMEI number will pop up on the screen.
You can also find the number on the settings menu. Just Tap settings > About and then tap on the More Information Tab. You should see information about your device including the IMEI number.
You can find your IMEI number on a Blackberry device by going to Settings > About >Serial Number.
Tap on the Category drop-down and then tap on "Hardware" and the IMEI number will display.
To get your IMEI number on a Symbian device simply dial *#06# and the number will appear on the screen.
There are several things we can learn from the IMEI number on our devices, here's just a few of the most important facts about this unique number.
This is a good video if you want to know how to check the IMEI number for an iPhone 6.
Here's another great video to check IMEI number for Android users.
We hope you can use the above tutorial to find out if your device has the all-important IMEI number. At the very least, it can help you know if you have an original or counterfeit device.
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