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How to Find IMEI, ICCID and EID in My Smartphone? (Samsung, IPhone, Pixel)

Jan 30,2024 | wilming

Photo esim card chip logo on the smartphone screen.

Photo esim card chip logo on the smartphone screen.

Understanding the nuances of mobile technology can often seem overwhelming, given the vast array of terminologies involved. This article aims to delineate three pivotal aspects----IMEI, EID, and ICCID, helping you delve into the inner mechanisms of your mobile device.

IMEI

What is the best way of checking IMEI number? - Commsbrief

What is the best way of checking IMEI number? - Commsbrief

Originating from the worldwide approved telecommunications standards, the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) is integral to each mobile device. It exists as a 15-digit number incorporated onto the mobile device during the manufacturing process.

The significant role of this number goes beyond being merely a numeric sequence; it serves as an identifier that tracks the device across global networks. Imaginably, the IMEI number is to your cell phone what DNA is to a person, distinct and easily identifiable.

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The IMEI number performs essential tasks such as traceability and blacklisting of devices. Say, for instance, a phone gets reported as stolen, the IMEI number turns into a beacon facilitating authorities and service providers to locate the device. Furthermore, once blacklisted, a device with that IMEI number can no longer avail service network, making it almost useless, discouraging theft, and enhancing security.

Another critical aspect to note concerning the IMEI number is its indestructibility. Regardless of the carrier services or any future alterations on the mobile device, the IMEI number remains the same. A testament to its permanence is the fact that the number gets hard-coded onto the device during manufacturing and retains its uniqueness over the device's lifetime.

EID

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Moving on to the EID or Electronic Identifier, it comes into the picture with eSIM technology. The EID is generally a 32-digit number, primarily serving as a unique identifier for eSIMs embedded in your mobile device. No longer do you need a physical SIM card; instead, an electronic one, thereby mobilizing network connectivity to an entirely virtual level.

Interestingly, the EID plays a pivotal role in the activation of the embedded eSIM. While a user decides to switch carriers or plans, the service provider will often ask for the EID. It's then used to generate a Subscription Manager-Data Preparation (SM-DP) server's activation code. This cycle helps the service provider pair your device to their network securely.

ICCID

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Moving along, let's delve into the Integrated Circuit Card Identifier (ICCID). The ICCID is a serial number of the SIM/eSIM card, imprinted on the SIM card during its creation. As you may have discerned by the name, ICCID directly corresponds to the SIM card embedded in your device, associating your device with the network carrier.

The ICCID varies from an IMEI number in its attachment mechanism. While an IMEI number binds to the mobile device, the ICCID links to the SIM card. Hence, if your SIM card is replaced, your ICCID will also change correspondingly. A unique aspect of ICCID numbers is their standardized format. It usually begins with "89", marking the telecommunication industry and the key usage of the chip within the SIM card.

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ICCID is vital for your phone's communication with the carrier network. Every time your phone races through the invisible network boundaries sending a text or making a call, it’s your ICCID playing an indispensable part. It is the bridge between your device and the carrier network, conducting the flow of information and enabling smooth connectivity.

Samsung:

  • For IMEI and EID

  • Go for " Settings"

  • Scroll down the interface and select “ About phone”, there will be relevant info including IMEI, serial number and the like about this phone.

  • Then tap on " Status information", and you will see the EID number

  • For ICCID

  • Enter into " Settings"

  • Tap on " Connections"

  • Tap on " SIM manager", there will present a list of SIMs/eSIMs

  • Select and tap on the corresponding SIM/eSIM

  • Tap on " More Information", you will see the relevant info including ICCID of this SIM/eSIM.

  • *Tip: you can dial *#06# in your dashboard, the window attached with IMEI and EID will automatically pop up.

>>>(Video)How to find ICCID on Samsung?

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IPhone:

  • For IMEI, ICCID and EID

  • Go into " Settings"

  • Select " General"

  • Select " About"

  • Scroll down to your eSIM ( usually at the bottom )

  • The IMEI, ICCID and EID is always visible here

*Tip: you can dial *#06# in your dashboard, the window attached with IMEI and EID will automatically pop up.

>>>(Video)How to find IMEI, EID and ICCID on iPhone?

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Pixel:

  • For IMEI, EID and ICCID

  • Go to " Settings"

  • Scroll down the setting interface, then select " About phone"

  • Select “ Status”, where the IMEI, EID and relevant device info wiil be present.

  • And for ICCID, tap on " SIM status"

*Tip: you can dial *#06# in your dashboard, the window attached with IMEI and EID will automatically pop up.

>>>(Video)How to find IMEI, EID and ICCID on Pixel?

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