Your IMEI number, which is short for International Mobile Station Equipment Identity, is a unique number that is given to every phone and acts like the i.d. of that particular device. God forbid you lose your phone or someone steals it, the very same IMEI number can help you to track down the device. You can provide this number to the law enforcement agencies and they can work with the telecom providers to find the SIM card that’s currently using the mobile phone.
The IMEI number of the phone is often written at the back of the phone in the case of an iPhone and inside the battery wall for an Android. You can also dial the code *#06# on any phone to get the IMEI number.
It’s a wise practice to have your IMEI code backed up somewhere safely. But in case you forgot to do this and have now lost your phone, this article will show you how you can retrieve it without the device or the original packing box.
Finding the IMEI Number of Lost Android Devices
We always complain about the fact that Google stores all your data on it’s servers. But today you will be thankful that it did. If you open the Google dashboard and navigate to the Android settings, you will see a list of all the Android devices that you have used on your account. With the device name, you will also find the IMEI number, manufacturer name, and the last time the device was active on the Play Store.
That’s it, you can now provide the number to your telecom operator and law enforcement agencies to take necessary action.
Cool Tip: Install this Anti-Theft app on your Android phones to increase security. They help to track the device even using SMS commands.
Finding the IMEI Number of Lost iPhones
Unlike Google, Apple doesn’t store the device information on its servers. But if you have ever made a local backup of the device using iTunes, you can easily track down the IMEI number. Open iTunes and navigate to Edit—>Preferences. Here, open the Devices tab and you will be able to see all the devices you have backed up using iTunes. If you will just hover the mouse over the device, you will be able to see the IMEI number along with the serial number of the device. That’s it, make a note of it and take necessary action.
However if you never created an offline backup of your phone, there’s no way to find the IMEI number of the lost iPhone. Still, you can try to log in to your iCloud account and select the option Find my iPhone. If the device is at all connected to the internet, you can send stress signals to the phone and locate it anywhere on a map.
That was how you can track down the IMEI number of your lost Android and iPhone if you don’t have the box in which the device was shipped. If you are aware of any additional trick to find the IMEI number for a device please share it with us, it can help someone to recover their lost phone.