How to find phones model number, serial number or IMEI number

Last Update date : Nov 14. 2021

All mobile devices have a unique identity that is made up of an IMEI number, serial number and model number. Depending on your device model, there are a few different ways to find out this information.

Before you try the recommendations below, be sure to check if your device's software and related apps are updated to the latest version. To update your mobile device's software, follow these steps: 

Step 1. Go to Settings > Software update.

Step 2. Tap on Download and install

Step 3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

What is model number, serial number, and IMEI

A serial number is a unique number assigned by the manufacturer (like Samsung) to help identify an individual device, like a phone, tablet, TV, and so on. For example, your phone's serial number will be different from every other phone Samsung has made. Serial number makes it easier for the makers to organize and keep track of their products.

On the other hand, an IMEI or MEID is only used for phones or other communication devices. Depending on the carrier, your device will have either an IMEI or MEID. These two numbers are different from a serial number. They are used at an international or global level, not just by manufacturers. Both types of numbers can help network providers track down a device that has been stolen or lost.

A model number is a specific number that applies to a range of products (i.e., Galaxy Note20, Galaxy Z Fold2, etc.). The number will vary depending on the year the product was released, its color, the carrier, and some other factors. Every model that falls into that category (same color, etc.) will have the same model number. 

Step 1. Navigate to Settings and then tap About phone.

Step 2. Details about your phone number, IMEI, model number and serial number will be displayed on-screen.

Find the number through the settings


  • For lower version devices, you may need to tap Status to view this information.

Step 1. Navigate to Settings and then tap About phone.

Step 2. Details about your phone number, IMEI, model number and serial number will be displayed on-screen.

Look at the back of your device

Step 2. The IMEI, Serial number and Model number are printed on the back of the device.


  • Most modern devices do not have a removable battery. If your device does not have a removable battery, do not attempt to remove it as this may damage the device and void the warranty.

Step 1. Open the Phone app.

Step 2. Dial *#06# on the keypad.

Step 3. Details about your devices IMEI and serial number will automatically appear on the screen.

IMEI and serial number


  • Available settings and screens may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and device.

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