If you’ve been using an Android smartphone for quite some time now, you’ve probably come across the term IMEI. You’ve also probably brushed off this information as being somewhat unimportant. However, once you learn what it is and its function, you may want to pay attention to the information in this article.
IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. By definition alone, you’ve probably already guessed that an IMEI is unique to a particular phone. Every Android smartphone has this unique identifier. If the phone is lost, it can be tracked using this number. The IMEI is coded on your device as a file. Unfortunately, in the process of tweaking the phone, changing the settings, or rooting the device, this file can be corrupted or lost. If this happens, the phone will likely lose its network settings, resulting to drop of the mobile network connection.
Fortunately, losing an IMEI number isn’t the end of the world for your Android smartphone. The number can be retrieved. However, you will need the number to restore it on to your phone.
How to find your Android’s IMEI
On your Android device, open the phone app and type in *#06#. This will display the IMEI of the device. Another method is to open the Settings > General > About. The IMEI will also be displayed there.
If you don’t have your Android phone with you and you need to find its IMEI, it will be listed on the phone’s original packaging. If you have the device on hand, open the back cover and it will also be listed there as well. If you’re in the most unfortunate situation that you’ve lost the device and the original packaging, you won’t be able to find that number anywhere else. Therefore, it will be wise to list it down while you have access to both your phone and its packaging and store the number in a safe location for emergency purposes.
Why else would you need to secure your IMEI
Another reason why it’s important to take note of your IMEI is in case you lose your phone you can make use of several websites that will allow you to track the phone by its IMEI number and block it so no one can use it. Some providers may even be able to remotely delete the information on the device to protect you from identity theft or other scams that are common nowadays.
How to restore IMEI number on Android
If for some reason the phone’s IMEI number is corrupted, there is an easy IMEI repair method you can use. However, you will need to have the IMEI on hand. You won’t be able to use the methods described here if you do not know your device’s IMEI number. Additionally, phones that have two SIM card slots will have two IMEI numbers. For both slots to work, you’ll need those two numbers, too. Now, let’s get started.
- The first step is to root your Android. Here are easy ways how to do that.
- Download and install Xposed Installer on your device. If for some reason you’re unable to do so directly on your Android, you can download it on a PC and transfer the app to the phone.
- You’ll also need to download and install another app called Xposed IMEI Changer. The app will enable you to assign the actual IMEI on your device.
- Once Xposed IMEI changer has been installed, you’ll need to enable it on the Xposed Installer app.
- Reboot your Android.
- After rebooting, open the IMEI changer app. You’ll notice two fields. The first field will display the current IMEI number, which will not be the right one. The next field will show the new IMEI number. You’ll need to fill in the correct IMEI number of your device on both fields.
- Tap on Apply.
- Restart your Android.
Upon restarting your device, use the method described above to confirm that the IMEI number has been restored. When the device works fine again, try to avoid doing anything to corrupt the number. One way to ensure that your Android is in excellent condition is to install and use apps such as Outbyte Android Care, which takes care of your device by getting rid of junk files and boosting RAM. But if it does happen that the IMEI gets corrupted again, at least you now know the correct steps to restore the IMEI number on Android.