How to Locate the MEID Number

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Every mobile device has a unique identifier known as an Electronic Serial Number (ESN) or a Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID). The MEID was introduced because the industry exhausted the supply of available ESNs. There are three locations on a handset where you might find an MEID number. However, if you have an IPhone, a Blackberry, or other type of non-handset phone, locating the MEID number is different for every phone.

Handset Cell Phones

  • Check the back of the phone. There may be a label toward the top that includes the MEID number.

  • Open the phone cover and look beneath the battery for the label.

  • Remove the battery and look behind it. The MEID label is often located there.

Non-Handset Cell Phones

  • Power the phone on.

  • Click "Options" or "Settings." Your phone may have a different menu to access system information.

  • Click "System Settings" and look for "Version" or "Device." Your phone may have another choice, such as "Status."

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