How to Find the IMEI on an iPhone

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The IMEI number, or the International Mobile Equipment Identity number, is a unique identifier for all cellular devices including smartphones. It is usually used by cellular network providers to verify that a phone receiving service is the one a client signed up for.

There are a few methods to locate the IMEI of an iPhone. Methods 1-3 require your device to perform. Methods 4-6 are methods that do not require your device.

Method 1: iPhone About Page

  1. Go to the Settings app
  2. Navigate to the General section and About
  3. The IMEI and will be listed near the bottom of the page.
Credit: Apple Support

Method 2: SIM Card Tray

Note: This method only works for:
iPhone11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
iPhone XS/XS Max
iPhone XR
iPhone X
iPhone 8/8 Plus
iPhone 7/7 Plus
iPhone 6s/6s Plus (Excluding the iPhone 6/6 Plus)
iPhone 3G/3Gs
iPhone 4/4s
For other iPhones, please use a different method. (Method 3 for nonworking devices)

On some iPhone models (listed above), the IMEI number is listed on the SIM card tray.

Credit: Apple Support

Method 3: Back of iPhone

Note: This method only works for:
iPhone 6/6 Plus (Excluding the 6s, 6/6 Plus only)
iPhone 5/5c/5s
iPhone SE
For other iPhones please use a different method. (Method 2 for nonworking devices)

Some iPhones (listed above) have their IMEI number listed on the back of the device under the iPhone marking and above the regulatory markings.

Credit: Apple Support

Method 4: Finder/iTunes

Your iPhone’s IMEI can also be found in Finder (newer macOS versions) and iTunes. (older versions of macOS or on Windows)

  1. Connect your iPhone to a Mac or a Windows device (with iTunes installed)
  2. Open Finder (on Macs with macOS 10.15 or later) or iTunes (All other Macs and all Windows computers.
  3. Open your device and go to the General (Finder) tab or the Summary (iTunes) tab.
  4. Tap/Click on your phone number located underneath the name of your device. It should reveal the IMEI number.

Method 5: Original Packaging

If you still have your iPhone’s original packaging and box, you would be able to find your IMEI number on a label, along with part numbers, serial numbers, etc.

Credit: Apple Support

Method 6: Apple ID

If you do not have your device or it’s an original box, your iPhone’s IMEI number can be accessed through Apple’s Apple ID website.

  1. Visit Apple ID’s website by going to
  2. Once signed in, scroll to the Devices section
  3. Locate and select your device to view your IMEI number
This Article Was Last Updated: May 6, 2020 @ 8:39 pm