Get your IMEI check free: 3 simple steps

  • 1
    Locate IMEI number

    Type *#06# into the smartphone keypad. The device’s 15-digit IMEI number will appear on the screen.

  • 2
    Activate IMEI search

    Enter the device IMEI number into the search box above. Press ‘Check Now’.

  • 3
    Get your personalized report

    After running comprehensive checks against your mobile device, we’ll email your report in under 2 hours.

    View sample report

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The benefits of an IMEI check

An IMEI (or international mobile equipment identity) check is a comprehensive health assessment of a phone. Best-practice when buying a device (new or used) from a private dealer, it’s the only way of guaranteeing that the advertised spec is accurate. It also offers peace of mind by confirming whether or not a phone is legitimate and usable, and not blacklisted or network locked. If you’ve inherited a device, an IMEI check is also a great way of getting to know your new phone better.

How our IMEI check works

The IMEI numbers of millions of mobile devices are stored centrally in a database maintained by the GSM Association (commonly referred to as 'the GSMA'). Representing the mobile network industry and its operators, this Type Allocation Code (TAC) database links each IMEI number with information about each phone.

Using authorized access to this IMEI database, our software scans the information to locate the 15-digit ID and extract all available device data. To ensure the most up-to-date and accurate results, the data we extract is revised and refreshed daily.

Our free IMEI check covers all of the basic information. Our advanced checks look in detail at more specific areas of a phone’s back-history


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6 different checks, one IMEI number

iPhone Check

The market for second hand iPhones is booming. But before you handover any money, make sure the device is worth your hard-earned cash. Our IMEI check works in under 2 hours to provide all you need to know about a used Apple iPhone. Find out when it was manufactured, see if it’s in warranty, ID its network, check to see if its ‘Find My iPhone’ activation lock is enabled, and assess its simlock status. With all the important areas ticked off, you can invest with your eyes wide open.

IMEI iPhone

Samsung Check

About to buy a second-hand Samsung device? First check its DNA. With our IMEI check you can see if the used device is locked to a specific carrier. This could determine if the phone is usable or not and will play an important part in your decision to continue with your purchase. You can also find out if it’s still in warranty and get accurate manufacturing information.

IMEI Check Samsung

Device Replacement Check

It’s impossible to tell simply by looking at a used phone what its history is. It may look brand new but the reality could be something quite different. Using your IMEI you can check to see if the phone was purchased new, is a refurbished model, or is a replacement device supplied by the manufacturer. Of course, the device performance and reliability of refurbished and replacement devices may be equivalent to brand new devices. But it may impact insurance costs and resale value.

Device Replacement Check

Carrier Check

If you’ve bought or are planning on buying a second-hand smartphone, the network or carrier it’s registered to matters. If it’s a network you’re already on, you may be able to put the SIM card you currently have into the SIM card slot and start using the device. If it’s a different carrier, you may have to get your phone unlocked to use your existing SIM card. Or consider moving over to another network. Running an IMEI unlock check will clarify the situation.

Network Check by IMEI

Blacklist Check

Not all phones are squeaky clean. Some have a dark and murky past. The problem is that if there are secrets, they’ll be well-hidden behind-the-scenes. An IMEI blacklist check digs deep into a phone’s history to see if it’s been blocked by local or international providers due to unpaid bills, theft or loss. With a blacklisted phone you might not be able to make calls, send text messages or connect to the internet. Get peace of mind before you buy a used phone by checking its status first.

Blacklist IMEI Check

iCloud Activation Check

Apple devices are sought after when it comes to design, security and functionality. But if you’re buying a used Apple iPhone or iPad, some of those features could stand in your way. The most common example of this relates to the iCloud account linked to the device. If the iCloud account is locked, your access will be limited. The same goes for the ‘Find Devices’ feature on iCloud. If it’s still activated, the Activation Lock will also be activated. This means you won’t be able to log in using your iCloud credentials and you won’t be able to use the device. The easiest solution? Check the iPhone status before you buy.

iCloud Check


IMEI check: Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I find my IMEI number?

    There are three ways to find a phone’s IMEI number:

    • Type *#06# into your smartphone keypad.
    • Go to your phone settings/About Phone/Status/IMEI Information
    • Remove the battery and locate it on the white label underneath.

  • How to check if a phone is unlocked with IMEI?

    Simply enter your device IMEI number into our website and get a free IMEI check.

  • What’s an ‘Activation Lock’?

    Part of Apple’s ‘Find My’ app, Activation Lock is a security feature. It’s designed to prevent unauthorized people from using a device. It’s automatically enabled if the ‘Find My’ feature is turned on. The registered Apple ID and password will then be required in order to erase or reactivate the device.

  • Is the IMEI the same as a serial number?

    The device imei number is different from the serial number. While the IMEI is used to identify an individual handset, the serial number is used by manufacturers to track products.

  • What phone models can you check?

    Our IMEI check service isn't tied to any one phone model or network. It's compatible with all networks and devices, including both Apple and Android devices.

  • Is your IMEI check free?

    Yes! We provide a free IMEI check. We also offer specialized services such as blacklist check, iCloud check, network check and device replacement check.

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