How to find your iPhone IMEI number

By , Jan 8, 2016

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There are many scenarios where you will need your iPhone’s IMEI number. One of the most common is when you want to purchase a third-party carrier unlock so that you can use your iPhone with another carrier other than the one it’s programmed to work with from the factory. In this tutorial, we’ll show you three different ways that you can find your IMEI number with ease.

Finding your IMEI in your iPhone’s settings

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It’s not necessary to install any fancy software to find your iPhone’s IMEI number; in fact, it’s not even necessary to plug your iPhone into a computer. You can simply follow the following steps to find it:

Step 1: Open the settings application on your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on the “General” cell.

Step 3: Tap on the “About” cell.

Step 4: Scroll down to where it says “IMEI” and you’ve found your iPhone’s IMEI number! From there, you can tap and hold your finger to copy it.

Finding your IMEI in iTunes

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If you’re into using iTunes, you can also simply plug in your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes. Your IMEI number can also be found in iTunes, and to find it, you’ll want to follow these steps:

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC.

Step 2: Click on your iPhone in iTunes to reveal its information in the window.

Step 3: Click two times on the phone number that appears, and your IMEI number will appear instead.

Finding your IMEI number from the Phone app

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If either of the above methods don’t match your style, you can also use the Phone application on your iPhone and simply dial a specific sequence. To do this, you must:

Step 1: Launch the Phone application on your iPhone.

Step 2: Go to the “Keypad” tab so you can enter the sequence.

Step 3: Dial *#06#.

Step 3: An interface will appear with your IMEI number. Unfortunately you can’t easily copy it from there.

What to do with your IMEI number

Now that you’ve found your IMEI number using one of the above three methods, you can give a third-party unlock service your IMEI number and they’ll be able to unlock your iPhone for use with another carrier, typically within just a few days.

If you have any other useful ways of finding your IMEI number, please share below so everyone can benefit!

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  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    And for those who can’t operate their iPhone, it’s also located on the SIM card tray

    • And for those who don’t have a 2G (iPhone 2007), 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S but have an iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus its not located on the Sim tray but on the back of your device in small text. 6S and Plus its not on the back but could be on the sim tray again.

      • Anthony Bouchard

        Very good tip!

    • Anthony Bouchard

      Thank you for the comment! I believe this may be limited to specific iPhone models, since my iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t have that printed there. It’s probably because the SIM card trays have become so tiny.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    How to find phone number??

    • Morgan Freeman

      Go to contacts tab in the phone app. Scroll up (slide your finger down) and it should be at the top.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        Dude your are swesome.

  • Has Anthony jumped ships?

  • Pretty sure that any reader of iDB would obviously be able to figure this out on their own…
    Is the point of these silly “How to” articles being written is to drum up new users that might be searching for these basic functions on Google and stumble upon iDB?? I just can’t see why else 90% of them even exist on iDB. Baffling

    • What’s really baffling is that you can’t comprehend that iDB is not tailored to you or one specific kind of readers.

      What’s really baffling is that you can’t comprehend that any website, including iDB, has to appeal to new audiences to keep growing, because yes, that’s our goal: getting more people to read iDB! Not just the super savvy people like you, but also the new iOS or Mac users like my mom, or your girlfriend’s dad.

      What’s baffling is that after being such a long time iDB reader, you still feel the need to comment on the poor editorial decisions we keep making. Personally, when I don’t find myself in line with a website (or a restaurant, or a store, or a music genre, or certain types of people), I just don’t visit that website anymore.

      Now of course we’d much rather see you stay and contribute by sharing insightful comments, but if you do decide we’re not good enough for you, then it’s fine for you to not visit iDB anymore. But please just keep your negative comments to yourself. You’re not helping iDB and you’re certainly not helping anyone else either, which ultimately is the end goal: helping others, sharing or knowledge, and debating various Apple-related topics.

      • Well said, Seb. I f ucking hate it when these losers wait for an opportunity to diss someones work. You should chuckle to yourself. Its just an ‘internet tough guy’ who doesn’t have a life.

      • Ankit H Jain

        I logged in just so I could up vote this!

        Well said Sebastien. Probably the best burn of 2016.