Find the IMEI Number of Your iPhone

Edited by Preetam Kaushik, Eng, Shelley

How many times have you checked your pocket or wallet to see if your iPhone is where it should be while you're out somewhere? Given the cost that the brand carries along with it, it's only natural to worry about the whereabouts of your iPhone. If your phone is lost or stolen, there are ways to get it back.

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The International Mobile Station Equipment Identity abbreviated as IMEI is a unique identification number for your iPhone. It enables you to track your device in case it gets lost or stolen.

By virtue of the IMEI, the company can trace down callers by matching it with the networks through which calls are made. Finding this number is no gargantuan or cumbersome task, either. There are several ways in which you can find your iPhone's IMEI number. Here are a few of them.

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Via Code Dialing

One of most the common ways to find your iPhone's IMEI number is to get the 15 digit code which appears when you open your iPhone Application and dial *#06#. Within a second, you will see the 15 digit code that appears. You can then jot down the IMEI number.

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Follow these steps:

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    Tap your phone app on the iPhone home screen
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    Tap keypad
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    Dial *#06#
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    Note down the 15 digit code or IMEI number.
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The only issue with this method is that you need to have a pen and paper handy, since copying and pasting of the code is not possible from the display of your device. If you don't have a pen and paper with you, you can grab an iPad or any other available device with a camera to quickly capture a snapshot of the code.

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Via the iPhone Settings

This is one of the easiest ways to track down your IMEI code. Your iPhone setting already has your IMEI number embedded in it, so it will hardly take you a few minutes to trace it.

All you need to do is:

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    Go to the 'Settings' on the home screen of your iPhone.
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    Select 'General'.
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    Go to 'About'.
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    Scour through it by scrolling to find the unique IMEI number.
    Once you have found it just hold on to the number and wait for the Copy bubble to pop up and then just Copy and Paste it to some other application where you can locate it easily.
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Look at the Rear Side of the iPhone

If you are using any of the 5 or later series iPhone, your device will have the IMEI number embedded on the rear side close to the bottom of the phone. For any other older versions of iPhone such as the 3 series or the 4 series, the SIM card tray of the device will contain the IMEI number.

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Utilize the Help of iTunes

Who says iTunes only comes in handy when you want to listen to music? You can use it to locate your IMEI number, as well. You must connect your iPhone device to a Mac device via a USB wire, select the Summary tab, then choose the iPhone option. The box at the top between the Serial Number and Capacity will show you your IMEI number when tapped. This too can be copied by right clicking on the number and then pasting it somewhere you will remember.

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Apart from these methods, if you have retained the package of your device, you can even get your IMEI number beside the barcode level. This is usually stuck along the opening of the package. Once you get your IMEI number, you can relax knowing your iPhone can be traced no matter where it is.

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