Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Find Its IMEI Number

Previuosly I was wrote the article that is quite heavy in my opinion about how to root Samsung Galaxy SIII, this time I will write a short article about the IMEI.


What is IMEI?
For those of you who do not know about the IMEI, IMEI acronym for International Mobile Station Equipment Identity. IMEI is usually a series of numbers printed on the backside of your phone's battery.

Image Credit: samsung.com

So, why do we need to know our phone's IMEI? Yes, we need it because the IMEI number can be used to deactive the phone when it is lost or stolen. Of course this is a simple thing that you should know as a precaution when you experience unwanted situation on your Samsung Galaxy SIII.


How to get the IMEI number on the Samsung Galaxy S3?
You can follow the easy steps below to get to know your phone's IMEI, as written on ilaks.com:
  1. Tap Phone icon on your Home screen. Or you can go to Apps through Home screen then tap on Phone.
  2. Tap on Keypad tab.
  3. Enter *#06# then press the call icon.
  4. Your IMEI number will be displayed on your phone screen.

Very easy, right? When the phone has been blocked, then IMEI would be "blacklisted". Hopefully these simple tips can be useful for you. So, let me know your feedback through the comments below :)

Update on May, 24 2013 : Thanks Matty.K for remain me :)

42 comments:

  1. I'm glad to find this article useful for you. Thanks for visiting my blog :)

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    1. Hi, Barbara.
      Thanks for the visit and comment. I'm so sorry for late answer. I had just recovered from a very painful migraine. I've never done unblacklist S3 IMEI. Looks like its a carrier that can do it.
      Hope this short answer will help :)

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  3. Awesome. So easy to use, thanks.

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    1. Hi There,
      I'm so happy found this article is useful for you. Thanks for the visit and comment. Be back again soon :)

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  4. My samsung galaxy s3 was stolen two days ago and i dont now how to find my phone out of coops i now i can find my pone wit IMEI but i dont have the software to search my phone with IMEI series...can somebody help my please,this is my email adress hulutag@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi There,
      I'm so sorry to hear that. Here may the things you can do:
      1. Go to the police to file a report for a stolen phone. They will track your phone using your IMEI. Usually the phone stolen will be sold on the flea market. When anyone turn it on the police will know the location of your phone and get it back for you.
      2. Contact your provider and ask them to disable your SIM card, or your network and give them your IMEI to block your phone. So, when the thief insert any SIM card inside it, it will not register on any network on your country.
      3. If previously you had to register at Samsung.com, you can try to login to SamsungDive.com then you can lock, restore and located your device from here.
      4. If you want, you can try third-party app to track your phone, such as Lookout, SeekDroid or Cerberus. Some users reported these apps can help solve their problems. But, these tracks app is reported to be useless when the phone has been factory reset.

      Hope this short answer will help you.

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  5. umm... stupid question. How do i key in the *#06# from my home screen?

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    1. No.. no.. it's not you, but it's me.
      This stupid mistakes have successfully made me laughing myself for a few minutes: D
      Big thanks for you, Matty. I will update this post to make some corrections. Actually what I mean is to call *#06# as when we making a call by entering a phone number.
      However, thanks for remain me and enjoy your visit :)

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    1. You're welcome, Esmeralda.
      Thanks for the visit and comment.
      Happy reading :)

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  7. hello
    i lost my IMEI (GT-I9300) but i don't know how i lost it .
    when i call *#06# the result is null\null ?can you help me please?what can i do ?

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    1. Hi Omar,
      Did the phone new or not? Can you use your phone? The imei may be blacklisted.

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  8. I had my galaxy s3 stolen and stupid me DIDN'T write down the IMEI before the incident. Is there a way to find it? I've had it connected to my laptop through kies and have a google account... Thanks for any help!

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    1. Hi Soren Kirk Jensen,
      I'm so sorry to hear that.
      If you still have the box of your Galaxy S3, you can find your 15-digit IMEI numbers there.
      Hope it helps :)

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  9. what can i do if my imei is blacklisted?

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    1. Hi Gabriel Michael,
      Thanks for coming here.
      Till now I can't figure out how to unblacklist blacklisted IMEI numbers. If you don't mind, please tell me why your IMEI be blacklisted? Since when did it happen? IMEI is usually be blacklisted because of the reports that the phone is lost or stolen. And have you contacted the carrier where you buy this phone?

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  10. i have a samsung galaxy s3 my imei is null i bought it from 3rd party

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    1. Hi SHAAN CHOUDRY,
      Thanks for coming.
      Seems you have a similar problem with Omar Arafah who also leave his comment here. Your IMEI may be blacklisted with any reason you don't know. Try to contact your seller and ask them to give you some explanation associated with the IMEI. If it possible, try to return it and get the new one which is has no problem with the IMEI.
      Hope this helps :)

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  11. my samsung galaxy s3 is made by samsung. is it good or not? and is it real samsung or fake? and product is the same samsung company? i want to know and some people said made by vietnam or korea is the best.. how to classified?

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    1. Hi Htet Htet Nandar Nyo,
      Thanks for coming.
      To know it's fake or not, you can call Samsung and give them the serial to check. Galaxy SIII design are from Samsung Korea, but this device may produced and assembled in another country. In my opinion, wherever it made in and assembled, it should has the same quality control. Some peoples said that Vietnam is the best due to Galaxy S3 made in Vietnam is at least in return.
      Hope this helps :)

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  12. Hello.. when i checked my galaxy s3 imei number in www.imei.info... the phone shown for the imei,it's not my phone.. but nokia c3.... but.. when i called samsung centre... they said my phone was original phone... somebody... help me plezzzz....

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    1. Hi john...,
      Thanks for coming.
      If Samsung said that your phone was original, then try to trust them. Now, go back to www.imei.info, once you check the IMEI it will show the Information and phone's picture. Below the picture you will see three button, click to THIS IS INCORRECT! button. Fill your phone model then click Send button to report error then give them a time to check.
      Hope this helps :)

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  13. When I daily the *#06# it says imei null

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    1. Hi Benjamin Nana Addison,
      Thanks for coming.
      Here I found useful links that may be able to help you solve your problem.
      -http://www.sammobile.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13140
      -http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2370699
      Hope this helps :)

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  14. Hi I dont have a phone app installed on my phone. Is there a way to find my IMEI?

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    1. Hi Martin Blanchard,
      Thanks for coming.
      What's your carrier? The Phone app is the stock app that should be available in any smartphone that used to make a calls. However, if you don't have this app for any reason, you can also find the IMEI number in the box of your Galaxy S3, you can find your 15-digit IMEI numbers from there. Or, you can also find the IMEI number in the backside of your phone's battery.
      Hope this helps :)

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  15. HEY WHEN I DIAL *#06# IT CALLS .
    AND SAYS PLEASE CHECK THE NUMBER DIALED .
    WHY ?

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    1. Hi Vijay,
      Thanks for coming.
      Did this error also happen when you dial another code? However, try to restart the phone then re-dial that code and see whether it helps. Another way, you can also find the IMEI number by going to Settings> tap More tab> tap About device> tap Status> here you should see your IMEI number.

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  16. hello
    i lost my IMEI (GT-I9300) but i don't know how i lostwhen icall *#06# the result is null\null ?can you help me

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    1. Hi Buddy,
      Thanks for coming.
      Please take a look at my reply in the Benjamin nana addison's comment. He has the same problem with you.

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  17. I purchased used s3 yesterday nd its showing imei as null if I root it nd change my imei nd thn use my sim thn what will hapen.. will the police will treat me as a theaf? Or everything will remain ok ?

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    1. Hi Farrukh Awan,
      Thanks for coming.
      In certain country, change the phone's IMEI is illegal. So, better if you try to call back the one whom you purchased his S3 and if possible you can ask to cancel your purchase.

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  18. Hi,
    How can i check either my s3 is original or first copy....please give me a better

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    1. Hi Hasan Habib,
      Thanks for coming.
      Someone in androidcentral forum has started a thread to discuss about a fake Samsung Galaxy S3. He noticed that there's a little differences between the original and the fake. In the Apps menu of the original Galaxy S3, there's an app named "Samsung apps" while in the fake Galaxy S3 it only says "Apps".
      Other way, you can also try to check your phone IMEI in the http://www.imei.info/

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  19. Hi

    I dropped my s3 in water and alowed it to dry which worked fine however, the IMEI is now showing null. How can i fix this?

    thanks

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    1. Hi Julie Bozinoski,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try to visit this link:http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2370699
      It may be able to help you to solve your problem.

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  20. Hi i bought mys3 mini 3rd party but late a notice that the emei at tha back is different to what i dial in *#o6#... Is it fake?? But all the apps is the same to my cousin s3

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    1. Hi Karen Krista Tosim,
      Thanks for coming.
      I can't say that it's fake, but the original phone should have the same IMEI numbers on the back of the phone, on the box and on the phone itself(when you dial *#06#). If possible, return the phone and ask for cancelling the purchase.

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  21. I have a Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 that will turn on but the screen is broken. How do I get the IMEI number I'm trying to submit a claim for insurance.

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    1. Hi Bradley Kolb,
      Thanks for coming.
      Aside from seeing the 15-digits IMEI number in the settings menu or by dialing *#06# via Phone app, you can also see the IMEI number on the backside of your phone battery, or on your phone box (it's usually printed in a label that is used to seal the box).

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