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How to Find the IMEI or ESN Number on Your Cell Phone

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September 8th, 2009

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If you’re looking looking for the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Indicator) or ESN (Electronic Serial Number) number on your cell phone, you don’t need to look far. Depending on your device, your IMEI or ESN number can be found in up to three different places.

  • Below the battery: If you remove the battery on most devices, you will find a sticker or placard noting the IMEI, ESN, and/or serial number (often abbreviated as S/N).

  • On the outside of the box: If you have the box your device came in handy, there should be a sticker with a set of numbers and bar codes somewhere on the outside of the box. You should be able to find any information you are looking for here.

  • Using the handset: On some devices, you may be able to look up the IMEI or ESN number directly on the handset. Of course, this process will vary depending on the manufacturer and model of your device. On a BlackBerry, for example, the ESN and PIN (Personal Identification Number) can be found by opening the ‘Options’ menu and selecting ‘Status.’

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7 Responses to “How to Find the IMEI or ESN Number on Your Cell Phone”

  • SHOULD I BUY A PHONE WITHOUT AN ESN NUMBER AND IF I DO CAN I STILL USE THE PHONE.

    • Hi Remy,
      I would not buy a phone without being able to see the serial number. The phone might be on a do not activate list with the carrier and you will waste your money buying it.
      -Scott at Wirefly

  • Janice Welch
    October 12, 2010

    How can I change my pin number?

  • early harris
    July 28, 2010

    i want to look at my phone record

  • what is PIN number for? can i give away?

    • It is your “password” to ur provider.

    • PIN= Personal Identification Number, and yes you can give it away though you should not do so. PIN numbers are most commonly used for security reasons.

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