IMEI -Short of “International Mobile Equipment Identity”.
The IMEI number is a unique identification or serial number that occurs in all mobile phones and smartphones. It is normally of 15 digits. The IMEI number can be found under the battery pack of your phone, or on a silver sticker on the box of your phone.
This number is very important for security purposes, such as;
▪️In case of, someone reported the handset to be stolen,
▪️For Identification of the manufacturer,
▪️At the time of service defects or damage.
Q) Why should an Forensic Investigator/Cyber Expert understand what an IMEI value is used for?
▪️It is a 15-digit unique identification or serial number that all mobile phones and smartphones.
▪️Phone carriers and manufacturers share IMEI numbers to enable tracking of smartphones that may be stolen or compromised.
▪️This value will show up in many automated forensic tools when compiling a final report.
How to find IMEI number of your phone:
Open the Settings app on your Android phone/iPhone
▪️Go to the About section of the settings app on the device
▪️On an Android smartphones look for a section called Status > IMEI Information Tab. Press and hold on the IMEI number to copy it to the clipboard.
- Settings > About Phone > Status
- Settings > General > About Device > Status
- Settings > System > About Phone > Status
- Settings > About Device > Status
On an iPhone, open the IMEI tab under the Bluetooth option in the About section. Press and hold on the IMEI number to copy it to the clipboard.
Check the SIM Card Tray for IMEI Number: Some devices display the IMEI number on the SIM tray.
Dial this number from your phone to know to IMEI number: *#06#
The IMEI number reveals a lot of information about the phone, including the brand, year of release and specification. You can also check these details by entering IMEI number on following website: IMEI.info