You rarely need your IMEI number, so that you are not familiar with it is very understandable. However, it can sometimes be useful, such as theft or insurance. This is how you can find the IMEI number.
Find the IMEI number
The IMEI number is used to identify your phone. The 15-digit code is unique and is linked to a specific device by a provider or manufacturer. For example, a provider can block the device on the basis of the IMEI number, making it unusable. You also sometimes need the number for the insurance and in case of theft, the police can ask you to pass on your IMEI.
This makes it useful to write this number down somewhere, if you need it and can’t check it on your phone. For that, you just have to find that number. Sometimes it is already on the packaging of your device, and it is found that way. However, if it is not there, or if you have lost the package, there are other ways.
Requesting your IMEI number on your smartphone is fortunately fairly easy. On your smartphone, go to the ‘phone’ or ‘call’ app and enter * # 06 #. A small window will open on which you can read the code. If that doesn’t work, you can also find it through your settings. To do this, go to ‘Over the phone’ in the settings, then ‘Status’ and finally ‘IMEI information’.
This way the IMEI number protects you
IMEI stands for ‘International Mobile Device Identity’. It is comparable with, for example, the serial number on a car or other electronic product. You are the only one who has a product with this number, making it recognizable and unique. The number does not change even if you insert another SIM card, although there is (illegal) software that sometimes overwrites the IMEI number.
The code makes your smartphone very easily identifiable if someone steals the device and tries to resell it. It is therefore wise to note down your IMEI number. In the event of theft, you can report it to the police, who will blacklist this number. They can often, in cooperation with the provider, send a text message to the IMEI number. If the ‘new owner’ of your smartphone has exchanged the SIM card, he can still be informed via this message that the device has been stolen.