Your IMEI number is your phone's own identification number. There isn't one device that has the same IMEI number as another device. Your IMEI is basically the same thing as a vehicle's VIN number.
Your MEID is also a personal device identification number. The difference between the two is the amount of characters in each identification number.
GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile use IMEI numbers. CDMA networks such as Sprint, Verizon, and US Cellular use MEID numbers.
If you want the MEID number, ignore the last digit in the IMEI number.
There are multiple ways to find your IMEI number.
- You can dial the universal IMEI *#06#. You won't need to press the call button as it will automatically pop up on your screen.
- Phone 3,3G,3GS,4 or 4s have the IMEI engraved on the SIM card tray.
- Original iPhone, iPhone 5,5c or 5s have the IMEI engraved on the back of the device.
On your iPhone:
- Click on settings.
- Tap General
- Tap About
- Scroll down the about page to locate IMEI.
On the computer
- Plug your phone into computer and open iTunes.
- Select your phone from the device menu in the upper right corner of the iTunes page.
- Click Summary tab
- Click on Phone Number between the lines capacity and serial number.
- You click it once and MEID pops up
- You click it twice and IMEI pops up
- Remove your battery from your device. The location of the IMEI number varies from device to device but the number should be printed on the sticker under the battery.
On your phone:
- Open the Settings menu.
- Tap About Phone
- Tap Status
- The IMEI number will be right there
On the computer:
- Go to Google Dashboard
- Log in to your Google Account associated with Android device
- Make the Android section larger by clicking the Android title.
- Locate your device.
- The IMEI will be right there beside your device name.
If you are looking to keep your phone and switch to a new carrier here are a selection of carriers that offer Bring Your Own Phone (BYO)