Just like every person on the planet must have some kind of ID, so does your Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max smartphone. In the particular case of these devices, however, that identification code is a 16-digit number called IMEI or International Mobile Station Equipment Identity.
With the help of the IMEI, you can report the smartphone when stolen and you can check a new smartphone that you want to buy, making sure that it wasn’t previously reported as stolen. If there is any kind of problem with a particular phone and its rightful owner makes a complaint to the carrier, the device will be blacklisted. And this label attributed to the smartphone’s particular IMEI will be accessible to all the other carriers. Stolen devices are blacklisted to prevent the thieves from being able to use it. Since the device is banned from any network, there’s no point in keeping it or trying to make anything with it.
Whether you get your Apple iPhone from Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon, the first thing you must check is the IMEI. Find it, test it – there are plenty of websites where you can check for it – and make sure you write it down. You don’t want to lose this number!
Use the dedicated service code to find out the Apple iPhone 8, iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max IMEI:
The simplest and fastest way to get to the IMEI number of your Apple iPhone is through the service code. This 5-digit code typed into the dialer keypad will automatically launch a new window on the screen, where you will see the IMEI code. Unlock the phone and launch the Phone app to do so. Switch to the dialer pad and type in: *#06#. After that, you don’t need to do anything, the information will be automatically displayed.
Take a look at your Apple iPhone 8, iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max’s packaging to find the IMEI:
The packaging is often overlooked and many Apple owners are only keeping it in case they want to return the device or they ever want to use the warranty. If you too have kept the original packaging, you might as well take it out from wherever you were hiding it and check the information imprinted on it. Somewhere on its back, you should find a sticker with the detail you were looking for.
Check out the iOS system details to find your Apple’s IMEI number:
Since the IMEI is such an important indicator for your Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs, or iPhone Xs Max you can also expect to find this information listed alongside all the other system details. Unlock the device and head to the main Settings section. Find the Device Information tab and select it to make it to the Status submenu. In there, you’ll find a lot of information entries about the device, the IMEI number included!