The IMEI is a unique 15 digit number that identifies a cellular device. The most likely scenario in which users will require it is when they need their iPhone repaired. For example, if you call Apple support with an issue, the engineer will ask for it to make sure both they and the customer are discussing the right, and the same, device. Given most users are likely to need it at a point when they are panicking about their device, it’s good to know how to find it easily.
How to Find an iPhone IMEI Number
An iPhone’s IMEI number can be found in various places. Firstly, on the device itself. Go to Settings > General > About. Scroll down to Primary > IMEI.
The 15 digits are printed on the back of the box your iPhone came in, labeled IMEI/MEID. They can be found on the SIM tray of any iPhone from the 6S onwards too.
You can also get it online:
- Go to appleid.apple.com
- Sign in with your Apple ID
- Scroll down and click Devices
- Select the device you need the IMEI number for
Share iPhone IMEI Number
For security reasons, it is generally best not to share an iPhone’s IMEI until it is required for things like repairs. However, there are legitimate instances where it might be necessary to copy and paste it, for example, entering it on the Apple website. On an iPhone, you follow the steps above and then long hold the IMEI number. The Copy option is there. Tap it, and the IMEI number is available to Paste. Users can select and copy and paste in the normal way when getting their iPhone’s IMEI number via the webpage too.
[Updated April 8: Video added]