If you ever have to ask the manufacturer or your operator to repair your smartphone, you will probably be asked for your Android IMEI in order to verify if the device is still under warranty or if you have to be charged for the service. Considering that it is a technical detail about your smartphone, you may fear that it going to require a lot of skill to find the Android IMEI; fortunately for you, it is not the case: you need to follow few simple steps to find your Android IMEI.
IMEI stands for “International Mobile Equipment Identity” and it is used to identify GSM, UMTS, and LTE mobile phones. You often need the IMEI number to ask your mobile operators to either offer technical services associated to your phone or to report a stolen phone and therefore to stop the thief to use it. You should not confuse the IMEI number with the IMSI, that is a number stored inside your SIM that your operator use to identify you as a valid subscriber.
How to find your Android IMEI
- Open the “Settings” app; you can find it in your App Drawer or by using your phone’s Menu button.
- Tap “About device” (sometime called “About phone”) at to the bottom of the Settings menu.
- Tap “Status”.
- Scroll down until you find the IMEI or MEID entry. Your phone may have both listed, so verify which one you need by checking what carrier you use. GSM networks use IMEI numbers while CDMA networks use MEID numbers.
- Here you can find the IMEI of your device. You have to write it down manually as there is no way to copy the number to your phone’s clipboard.
As you can see, it took only few seconds to find the IMEI number of your Android smartphone.