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Find your phone and tablet's IMEI, model number, or serial number

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The IMEI (or MEID) and serial number are two forms of identification for your phone or tablet. Just like fingerprints for people, these two numbers are different for every phone and tablet. These identifiers help ensure that your device isn't a counterfeit and can also help you find it if it's lost or stolen. Additionally, sometimes you may need the IMEI or serial number to redeem special promotions from Samsung.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model. 

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 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 numbers make 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.

Finally, a model number is a specific number that applies to a range of products (i.e., the Note10, Tab S4, 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. For example, certain S8 models have a model number of SM-G950U, whereas some S9s have a model number of SM-G960U.

Most Samsung phones support dual SIM functionality, with the Galaxy Fold there is an eSIM inside the phone that can be used as the second SIM. The eSIM that is included on the Galaxy Fold is not supported in the United States.

Ways to find the IMEI/MEID, model number, or serial number

Although the IMEI, serial number, or model model may sound complicated, viewing them is very simple. You can easily view these numbers directly on the phone or tablet. All you have to do is:

Navigate to and open Settings, and then tap About phone or About tablet.

However, there are other ways to check your IMEI or serial number. Below is a list of alternative methods you can use.

Note: Do not use the eSIM IMEI on the Galaxy Fold.

About phone screen displaying information about Galaxy S10+
  • 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 device's full IMEI and serial number.

  • Your carrier's website: Your account details may list the device's IMEI and serial number.

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

  • Samsung Members: If you have a Samsung account and the Samsung Members app installed, the serial number stored in Samsung Members is actually your phone or tablet'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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