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Find Your Phone and Tablet's IMEI or Serial Number

Your Phone and Tablet's IMEI or Serial Number

The IMEI (or MEID) and serial number are two forms of identification for your phone. Just like fingerprints for people, these two numbers are different for every phone. The IMEI and serial number ensure that your phone isn't a counterfeit and can help you find it if it's stolen.

Available screens and settings vary by wireless service provider and software version.

The Difference Between IMEI/MEID and Serial Number

A serial number and IMEI are similar, but have some differences. The serial number is a unique number assigned by the manufacturer (like Samsung) to help identify a specific device, like a phone, TV, and so on. It 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 your carrier, your phone may have 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 phone that has been stolen or lost.

Ways to Find the IMEI/MEID or Serial Number

Although the IMEI and serial number sound complicated, viewing them is very simple. This is the easiest way:

From Settings, touch About phone.

Below is a list of other ways to check your IMEI and serial number. 

IMEI Information Screen
  • The Back of your Device: If you have a removable battery, look under or below the battery for the phone's IMEI or serial number.

  • The Packaging: The original box may list the phone's full IMEI and serial number.

  • Your Carrier's Website: Your account details may list the phone's IMEI and serial number.

  • Bill of Sale: Review your sales receipt or contract for your phone's IMEI and serial number.

  • Samsung Members: If you have a Samsung account and the Samsung Members app installed on your phone, the serial number stored in Samsung Members is actually your phone's IMEI number.

  • Dial *#06# on the phone to display the IMEI and serial number.

    Note: This only works when supported by your carrier.

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