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How to find the IMEI number of a lost phone?

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Unfortunately, retrieving the IMEI number becomes a challenge if your phone is already lost. However, knowing your lost phone’s International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number can greatly increase the chances of recovering it. The IMEI number is a distinct code assigned to each mobile device, making it traceable even if the SIM card has been changed. But fear not; there are still ways to track this vital information.

If you lost your phone and want to find its IMEI number, this article discusses three ways to do so.

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How to find the IMEI of a lost phone?

Here are three ways that might help you get the IMEI number of your lost phone:

Check the phone’s box or packaging

Most phone manufacturers include a sticker on the box that displays the IMEI number alongside other device information like serial number and model number. If you’ve kept the original packaging, this is the quickest and most straightforward way to find the IMEI number.


Search your account information

Many users link their phones to their online accounts with their carrier or the phone’s manufacturer (like Google for Android or Apple for iPhones). If you’ve done this, you might be able to find the IMEI number within your account information.

  • For Android users, sign in to your Google account and navigate to Find My Device https://www.google.com/android/find. Select your lost phone and view its details, which might include the IMEI number.
  • Apple users can try logging into their iCloud account https://www.icloud.com/ and going to Find My iPhone. Select the lost device and check its details for the IMEI number (if available).

Contact customer care

If none of the methods above work, contact your carrier directly. They might be able to look up the IMEI number based on your account information. However, this process may vary depending on the carrier’s policy.

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Akash Singh

Akash Singh

Akash is a law graduate who likes to go for bike rides on the weekends soul-searching for answers to his many existential questions. You can contact him here: singhakash95@pm.me

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