All smartphones are assigned IMEI – unique serial numbers, which, according to international requirements, allow the phone to be identified. The ID is also needed for the optimal functioning of the 3G module. This number is assigned to the device at the factory assembly stage and stored in its memory.
International Mobile Equipment Identity is a 15-digit number divided into four numeric groups. Each iPhone has its own number, which is not repeated in other devices. Some users of these gadgets have a desire to change IMEI.
Happy owners of a brand new iphone should immediately after opening the box with the device check whether the number is the same on the device and on the package. This will protect the buyer from buying a stolen gadget, since such models are accounted for on a global scale. You need a visual inspection of the iPhone if its future owner often crosses the border with a change of mobile operator, which binds its services directly to IMEI.
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You can find an identifier in iPhone up to the fourth generation on the SIM card slot. In newer versions of devices, it has become easier to find the number – you can visually identify the digital combination on your iPhone above the 5th series – it is printed on the back of the gadget. It is necessary to compare the identity of the number for accuracy with the number printed on the package. It looks like a barcode sticker.
You can also find IMEI directly on the phone by dialing # 06 #. After that, the information will be displayed on the screen. This option works with almost all world mobile operators, but if the iPad has a cellular module, this option will not work.
You can find out the number through the settings menu: go to 'General', then 'About this device'. This section contains all the data on the gadget.
It is possible to measure IMEI, but it will be quite difficult to do this, since today it is a criminal offense. It is unrealistic to do it on your own. For this procedure, you need to contact the service center Apple in your country or write to the developer of the device, indicate the reasons that prompted the change IMEI, attach documents, photos, and wait when you will answer. Most often, the need to change the identification number appears after the gadget was found after it was stolen.