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Simple ways to search for IMEI number on smartphones


The Nigerian Communications Commission’s decision to automatically capture the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number of mobile devices owned by Nigerians has caught many off guard.

One of the key reasons, WuzupNigeria learnt, was because a larger percentage of the masses neither understand what it means or how to check for it on their phones.

On the other hand, a number of Nigerian elites have kicked against the NCC’s directive, arguing that it is a violation of privacy.

The International Mobile Equipment Identity is a unique number to identify your mobile phone or smart device on any network.

It should be noted that no two devices have the same IMEI number, which makes it a very useful tool for tracking lost or stolen cell phones.

WuzupNigeria presents below simple means of searching and securing IMEI on smartphone devices:

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How to Check Phone’s IMEI Number Using USSD code

This is the simplest method of finding your phone’s IMEI number. The good thing about this method is that it is more or less universal. It works on almost all feature phones and smartphones, so try this before you go hunting for the phone’s bill.

  1. Dial *#06# on your phone.
  2. The IMEI number will now be displayed on the screen. You should note it down somewhere safe or you can always take a screenshot.

How to Check IMEI Number on the Phone

If you have an iPhone 5 or newer iPhone, the IMEI is also engraved on the back panel. Just flip the phone to note it down. On iPhone 4s or older iPhones, the IMEI is printed on the SIM tray.

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How to Check Phone’s IMEI Number Via Settings

On Android, go to Settings > About > IMEI to see the IMEI number. Tap Status and scroll down to see the IMEI information.

On an iPhone, tap Settings > General > About and scroll down to IMEI.

On most other phones with a removable battery, the IMEI is printed on a sticker that is inside the phone, under the battery. Take the battery out to check.

When you don’t have the phone:

Check Phone’s IMEI Number on Retail Box or Bill

The retail box and the bill both have the IMEI number written on them, which is a good reason to keep them safe instead of throwing them out. Keep the box safe at least, because it will be useful if you need to check the IMEI, or if you choose to resell the phone at a later date. The IMEI number will be on the sticker on the side of the box.

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How to Check Phone’s IMEI Number on Android

Android users can check their device’s IMEI number even if they’ve lost the phone. All the methods mentioned above work perfectly and are faster, but if you’ve lost the phone and not kept the box, this can still bail you out.

  1. Log in to Google Dashboard using the Google account linked to the Android phone.
  2. Click Android, next to the green robot logo.
  3. This will reveal a list of devices registered to the account, along with their IMEI numbers.