How to To Find an IMEA Number

Updated February 21, 2017

Every cell phone has an IMEI number, which is a serial number or identification number assigned to the cell phone. An IMEI number is useful for various reasons, ranging from alerting the cell phone provider that your cell phone is lost is stolen, to stopping the phone from being used, to unlocking found cell phones to put them back into use again. The IMEI number is a 15-digit code that you find on the cell phone.

Power your cell phone to the on position and wait for the screen to appear, indicating the cell phone is now ready for use.

Dial "#06#" using the keypad on your cell phone. The unique IMEI number appears on the screen of your cell phone.

Write down the IMEI number on a piece of paper and store it in a safe place in case you have to retrieve it in the event you need to report your cell phone lost or stolen to your cell phone service provider.

Turn the power button to the off position and power your cell phone off.

Remove the cell phone battery.

Locate the identification plate on the phone, usually located underneath the battery.

Find the IMEI number on the plate.


If you are still having problems locating the IMEI number, contact your cell phone service provider. A representative can help you locate the IMEI number for future reference.

Things You'll Need

  • Cell phone
  • Pen
  • Paper
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