What is an IMEI?
Above all, it is interesting to know what the IMEI of an iPhone (but also of a mobile phone, in general). The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique serial number for each mobile, it is composed of 15 to 17 digits and each mobile phone has one. This is the iPhone’s ID number. Now that we know this, what good is this IMEI and how can we get it back?
What is IMEI for?
If your iPhone is blocked on a particular mobile network (Orange, SFR, Bouygues, etc.) it is thanks to this unique number that we will be able to identify the device and proceed with its de-blocking.
With the help of this IMEI, we have the opportunity to obtain crucial information in order to carry out the iPhone de-locking procedure for all operators (specific model, serial number, blacklisting status, seniority, date of purchase, original operator, etc.). Once unlocked, the iPhone will be able to accommodate any SIM card from any carrier around the world, completely permanently.
How do I get the IMEI from an iPhone?
Want to have your iPhone unlocked but don’t have the IMEI of it? Thankfully, there are many ways to get it back, we’ll describe them all one by one below:
Engraved on the back of your iPhone
Only on iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5, the IMEI is noted on the backside of the iPhone, in the lower part, just below the inscription, “iPhone.” Once again you will be forced to Write this number without being able to copy/paste it directly.
Apple recently stopped noting IMEI on the back of iPhones, including the bus for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, where you can only find the model number, the FCC ID, and IC. If you own an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, don’t worry, there are other solutions.
Engraved on SIM card drawer
If Apple hasn’t engraved the IMEI on the back of your iPhone, you can check the SIM card drawer, the IMEI is noted on it for iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (GSM model), iPhone 4s, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus.
- Bring the metal tip (supplied with the iPhone) or a paperclip
- Push the tip into the hole in the SIM card drawer on the iPhone slice
- Remove the SIM card drawer completely and flip it over
- IMEI will be written on the lower side of the stand, in very small
Again, it’s a pretty laborious operation, if you have access to the iPhone menus, there’s a much more practical method.
From the iPhone Phone app
You can find the iPhone’s IMEI directly by typing ‘#06’ into the iPhone’s “Phone” app. Exactly as if you were dialing a phone number to make a call.
- Open the “Phone” app on your iPhone
- Tap the “Keyboard” icon
- As shown above, type in #06 #
- You don’t need to touch the call button
The iPhone’s IMEI will then automatically appear on the screen. This technique is the most common method to get the IMEI from an iPhone but it is not the most convenient because you will not be able to copy the number directly on the iPhone, you will have to copy it.
In the settings of the iPhone
If the iPhone is functional and you’re not stuck at the PIN entry stage, you can find the iPhone’s IMEI directly in the device settings. This method is infallible.
- Open “Settings”
- Visit the “General” and “Information” menu
- Go down and locate the “IMEI” field
- The value listed on the right is the IMEI of your iPhone
- Leave your finger pressed on the IMEI to copy it
By plugging the iPhone to iTunes
iPhone’s IMEI is easily recoverable via iTunes, here’s how to do it:
- Connect your iPhone to a computer (PC or Mac) via USB cable
- If iTunes doesn’t open automatically, launch it
- In the top left part, select your iPhone
- Click the “Summary” tab in the left bar
- Click on the “Phone Number” field to view the iPhone’s IMEI
You can, if you wish, make a right-click to copy the IMEI into your paper press.
If the iPhone is not in your possession
If you’ve had your iPhone stolen or lost it, the previous methods may not be possible, but there are still two techniques for you.
If you still have the original box of the iPhone (be careful not to confuse it with another iPhone’s box), look for the barcode stuck on it and locate the IMEI.
If you’ve already synced your iPhone with a computer, you can also use iTunes (this time without having to plug in your iPhone) to retrieve the IMEI.
- Launch iTunes on your computer (PC or Mac)
- On Mac, click “iTunes” and then “Preferences”
- On PC, click “Edit” and then “Preferences”
- Click on the “Devices” tab
- Then you’ll see a list of backups for different devices
- Find one of your iPhone’s backups
- Leave the mouse for a few seconds on top of the backup
- iPhone IMEI appears
You now know all the possible techniques to get your hands on your IMEI, you can now unlock your iPhone for all operators!
If you have any questions or are having problems carrying out any of the procedures mentioned above, please contact us in the comments, just below.