Like every other mobile device, iPhone also comes with a unique IMEI number. IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity and comes in useful in a range of scenarios. If your mobile phone ever gets lost or stolen, you can track it using the IMEI number. You can read more about it in our guide here. iPhone users need to be aware of the IMEI number while switching between network carriers. In this article, we bring you 7 easy methods to find the IMEI number on your iPhone or iPad.
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Dial the USSD code
This is the universal method to find the IMEI code of any mobile phone, regardless of the platform. Simply dial *#06# on your iPhone’s dialer, and a pop-up window will appear displaying both the IMEI codes. Take a screenshot and back it up on iCloud in case you lose your phone and need the IMEI number to trace it.
Find the IMEI number using your iPhone’s settings
Another quick way of finding out your iPhone’s IMEI number is by checking the device settings. Go to Settings and select General. Tap on ‘About’ and scroll down to find the IMEI number. You will be able to spot it under the ‘Primary’ section. You will also find Network details, Carrier details, and Certificate Trust Settings here.
Find the IMEI number on the SIM tray
If you haven’t made the switch to iPhone 14 yet, you can easily find the IMEI number of your device by popping out the SIM tray. All iPhones after the iPhone 6s have the IMEI number printed on the SIM tray. Apple recently made the switch to e-SIMs, so this method won’t apply to iPhone 14.
Use the Finder app on Mac to view your iPhone’s IMEI number
Connect your iPhone to a Mac using a Lightning to USB cable. Open the Finder app and click on your iPhone on the left side menu. Go to the General tab and click under the device name several times to reveal the IMEI number. This method comes in handy if your iPhone is locked or if you use an e-SIM exclusively.
Find your iPhone’s IMEI number using iTunes
While the Finder app is exclusive to Mac, iTunes runs on PC as well. This is the only way you can find your iPhone’s IMEI number using a PC. Connect your iPhone to the PC using the Lightning to USB cable and open iTunes. Click on the iPhone icon on the top left side and select ‘Summary’. Click on ‘Phone number’ on the right panel to view the IMEI number.
Find the IMEI number on the phone’s packaging
If you still own your iPhone or iPad’s retail box, you can easily find the IMEI number there. Inspect the box for the sticker that contains the model number. You will find the IMEI code printed there. Sometimes the sticker is placed inside the box to ensure it is only visible to the buyer.
Use the Apple ID website
This is the best way to find your iPhone’s IMEI number if you don’t have your device on you. Go to the Apple ID website and sign in using your Apple ID. If your device is still connected to your iCloud account, you will be able to view its IMEI number. Go to the devices page and select your iPhone. Scroll down and you will be able to view the IMEI number.
These are the best 7 ways to find the IMEI number of your iPhone or iPad. If you lost your device or if it doesn’t have a SIM tray, one of these methods will surely work for you. You can also try looking for the IMEI number on the bill or invoice. Some iPhones (iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus) have the IMEI number printed on the back panel.