The International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number is a unique identifier for every iPhone. Knowing your IMEI number is important in case of theft or loss of your device, as it helps track and locate your phone.
In this article, we’ll show you 7 different ways to find your iPhone’s IMEI number in just a few simple steps. Whether you’re looking to access warranty information or report your phone as lost, we’ve got you covered.
When you might need your IMEI
To check if your iPhone is original or fake: Using the IMEI number and Apple’s official website, you can find out if your iPhone is real or fake, if it has a valid purchase date, and if it has active repairs and coverage. More on this later.
To help the police find your stolen iPhone: If you misplaced your iPhone or it was stolen, police will ask for your iPhone’s IMEI number to track it down.
To do a carrier unlock: You will need the IMEI or MEID number if 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.
Find the IMEI number if you have your iPhone with you
If you have your iPhone or iPad, simply follow one of the methods below to know its IMEI number. If you don’t have it, please jump to the next heading.
From the Settings app
- Open the Settings app and go to General > About.
- Scroll down, and you will see the IMEI number. Note: If you use two or more SIM cards on your iPhone, you will see additional IMEI numbers.
- Touch and hold the IMEI field to copy it from here.
Use the Phone app
- Open the Phone app on your iPhone and go to the Keypad section.
- Enter *#06# and an interface will appear with your iPhone’s EDI, IMEI number(s), and MEID number. Unfortunately, you can’t easily copy the IMEI number from here.
Look inside the SIM tray or back of your iPhone
- Take out the SIM tray of your iPhone 6S or later using a SIM ejector tool, and you will see the IMEI number on it. Note: iPhone 14 series purchased in the United States doesn’t have a physical SIM card slot.
- On iPhone 5 to iPhone 6, you will find the IMEI number on the back of the device.
- On iPhone 3G to iPhone 4S, you can find both the serial number and IMEI on the SIM tray.
- And if you happen to have the very first iPhone, you’ll find the serial number and IMEI engraved on the back of the device.
Use your computer to see your iPhone’s IMEI number
- Connect your iPhone using a cable to your Mac or PC.
- Open Finder on Mac or iTunes on Windows PC and locate your device.
- Click your iPhone’s model name twice, and it will reveal the IMEI number.
Find the IMEI number if you don’t have your iPhone with you
If your iPhone is lost, stolen, or not powering on, you can use one of the methods below to show its IMEI number.
Use your other Apple device
- Open the Settings app on your other iPhone or iPad.
- Tap your name from the top.
- Scroll down to the devices section and pick one. You will see the IMEI number on the next screen.
See it on Apple’s website
- Visit the official Apple ID site and log in using your Apple ID.
- Select Devices and pick your iPhone or iPad.
- A small pop-up window will display with details that include your IMEI number.
Look for IMEI on the iPhone or iPad box
If you don’t have your device with you but still have the packaging from when you purchased it, the serial number and IMEI are on the barcode on the back of the box.
Use the IMEI number to verify your iPhone authenticity and warranty coverage
- Go to Apple’s CheckCoverage website.
- Enter your iPhone’s IMEI number (make sure there are no spaces between the digits).
- Enter the right verification code and click Continue.
If your iPhone is original, you will see the various details about it such as the model name, whether the device has a valid purchase date or not, and the status of phone support and repairs & service.
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