Mobile Phones Android 73 73 people found this article helpful How to Find Your Phone's IMEI or MEID Number Your mobile device number is the key to accessing network services by Melanie Uy Writer Former Lifewire writer Melanie Uy has 5+ years' experience writing about consumer-oriented technology and is an expert telecommuter. our editorial process Melanie Uy Updated on November 13, 2019 Android Switching from iOS Tweet Share Email Your phone or tablet uses a unique IMEI or MEID number, one that distinguishes it from other mobile devices. You may need this number to unlock your cell phone or tablet, to track or detect a lost or stolen cell phone, or to see if your phone will work on another carrier's network. Here's how to find the IMEI or MEID on most mobile phones and cellular-enabled tablets. The information below should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc. About the IMEI and MEID Numbers IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. It's a unique 15-digit number assigned to all cellular devices. The 14-digit MEID stands for Mobile Equipment Identifier and is similarly meant to identify a mobile device. It is sometimes known as an Electronic Serial Number. You can translate the IMEI to a MEID by dropping the last digit. CDMA mobile phones and tablets on Sprint and Verizon networks get a MEID number, while GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile use IMEI numbers. Find IMEI and MEID Numbers on Generic Phones There's no universal shortcut for finding these numbers, but one of several procedures should cover almost all devices. Dial a Special Number On some phones, you can open the phone dialing app and enter *#06#. Even before you hit the call or send button, your phone will pop up the IMEI or MEID number for you to take a screenshot of or write down. Dialing the *#06# number does not work on Verizon iPhones. Check the Back of Your Phone The IMEI or MEID code could be imprinted or engraved on the back of your phone, particularly for older-model iPhones (near the bottom). Check Your Battery If your phone has a removable battery, the IMEI or MEID number could be printed on a sticker on the back of the phone, behind the removable battery. Power down the phone, then take off the battery cover and remove the battery to find the IMEI and MEID numbers. IMEI and MEID Numbers on iOS Devices If you have an iPhone, or an iPad with cellular service, you can look up your IMEI and MEID numbers using these methods. Check Settings on your iPhone. On an iOS device, tap Settings > General > About and then scroll down to find the IMEI and MEID numbers. Tap and hold either the IMEI or MEID to copy the number to your clipboard for pasting elsewhere. Your iPhone or iPad may list both the IMEI and MEID numbers. Other Identifying Numbers There are other numbers associated with mobile devices. The ICCID is the Integrated Circuit Card Identifier that identifies your SIM card. On iOS devices, the SEID is the Secure Element ID number that helps secure Apple Pay transactions. IMEI and MEID Numbers on Android Devices Go to your device's Settings (usually by dragging down from the top navigation menu and tapping the profile icon, then the Settings gear icon). From there, scroll down to the bottom and tap About Phone. Then tap Status. Scroll down to find your IMEI or MEID number. Check Your Google Dashboard. Sign in to your Google Dashboard. Scroll down to the Android section and click on the arrow to expand it. Here you'll find a list of all your devices and the IMEI numbers for each.