What is an IMEI stand for?

Your IMEI number stands for International Mobile station Equipment identity. It is a unique 15-digit number that is specific to your phone. An IMEI number is what is used to identify your phone, similar to the way a human’s fingerprints can be used to identify them. The number can also be used to track a stolen, or lost, phone; which is why it is useful to know your IMEI number; you never know when you might need it! Mobile phone companies also use the phones IMEI number to match the phone to their network.

The police can use IMEI numbers to put stolen phones onto a blacklist, this makes stolen phones extremely difficult to sell on official websites in the UK. It is important to take this into consideration when buying second-hand phones! If you are buying a phone from someone you do not know you should ask them for the phones IMEI number to ensure that the phone has not been stolen and that the seller is legit. you check to see if the phone has been blacklisted here.

How can I find my IMEI number for Apple devices?

For any iPhone that is newer than the iPhone 5 you can find your IMEI number by following these three simple steps:

  • Open up your keypad
  • Type in *#06#
  • No need to press the green call button! Your IMEI number should automatically come up.

 Now it’ll show on your screen! It is a good idea to write this number down somewhere safe, just to be on the safe side.

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For the older iPhone models if you simply look at the back of your phone you will see small writing at the bottom, here, if you look closely, is where you can find your IMEI number.

You can also find your phones IMEI number via your phone’s settings:


  • Go into the settings app
  • Click on General
  • Click on About
  • Scroll down until you find IMEI

How can I find my IMEI number for Android users?

These simple steps to finding your IMEI should work on all android phones, just simply:


  • Open up your keypad
  • Type in *#06#
  • No need to press the green call button! Your IMEI number should automatically come up.

Also, similar to iPhones, you can also find your IMEI number on your settings by following these steps:


  • Go to Settings
  • Click on About
  • Click on IMEI
  • Click Status and then scroll down to see the IMEI information.

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