How to Find Your iPhone's IMEI Number – The Mac Observer

If you have an old iPhone sitting around you want to unlock so it can be used on another carrier’s network you’ll need to its IMEI number. Read on to learn where it’s hiding.
When you buy a smartphone, including Apple’s iPhone, it’s typically locked to a specific carrier. Buy an iPhone for your AT&T account, for example, and the phone can’t switch the phone to T-Mobile without first unlocking it.┬áCheck with your carrier to see how long you need to have your phone before they’ll unlock it so it works on other cell networks.
IMEI, or International Mobile Equipment Identify, is a unique identifying number similar to a serial number. Cell services providers use the number to identify phones on their network and need that when you request to have your old iPhone unlocked.
Here’s how to find your iPhone’s IMEI number:
You can copy the IMEI number with a tap-and-hold so you don’t have to worry about mis-typing it in your cell carrier’s unlock request Web form.
Your iPhone’s About section includes some other useful numbers, too. Here’s what you can find:
You need to go to your carrier’s website to request to unlock an iPhone or any other smart phone. Be sure to check the requirements listed on the site before requesting an unlock.
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