IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. This is a fifteen-digit number that serves as your phone’s unique identification code. IMEI numbers are a part of your phone’s hardware, so you can’t change them.
Every phone in the world comes with an IMEI number. Counterfeit phones are the only exception, but you’re very unlikely to run into those in your everyday life.
So what are IMEI numbers for and how do you find out what your phone’s IMEI is?
The Purpose of IMEI Numbers
These identification numbers give you information about the brand or model of your phone. When you contact a repair shop, they’ll probably look for the IMEI number before anything else.