The IMEI serial number is something that all phones have. Yet it is surprising how only a few people know about it and why is it important to know the IMEI serial number of your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus. Unfortunately, most of us find out about it when we could really use knowing it and we feel incredibly frustrated for having ignored it such a long time.
Here are several questions and the answers you need to keep in mind on this topic:
What is the IMEI serial number?
This number is a unique code attributed to every single phone ever manufactured. It is the identification code that allows telling if a particular phone is the one that its owner says it is or not. If you’ve ever looked at one, you know it’s rather lengthy, so it is always advisable to keep it written on a piece of paper, somewhere safe.
Why is this number used?
IMEI is the acronym of International Mobile Station Equipment Identity. We believe this name is self-explanatory. This unique number is used by GSM networks throughout the world to verify the status of a particular device. Is it a clean device? Is it blacklisted? Has someone reported it as stolen?
Moreover, by completing the IMEI number check with a carrier such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile will make your smartphone usable. Whenever there will be a conflict regarding who’s the real owner of a particular device, chances are it will be the one who knows what IMEI number it has. Those who steal it from you will not likely rush and check its IMEI number, so knowing it will prove that you’re the owner.
When should I ask about the IMEI serial number?
Our advice is to check the serial number of your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus the moment you take it out of the box. Right after purchase, write it down and keep it well. You never know when you’re going to need it. Even if you won’t be put face to face with a thief who claims it’s his phone, if you know this number, you will have the right to report your device as stolen and ask the carriers to block it. That way, whoever took it, won’t be able to use it once the device will be blacklisted.
Where can I get this IMEI serial number from?
So, we covered the part with what is it and why do you need it. Since it is essential to know this number as soon as possible, let’s look at these three different ways to identify your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus IMEI number:
- From the Android system details – your smartphone contains this particular information, among many other technical details. Turn on the device and head to the Home screen. From there, access the general Settings and tap on Device Information >> Status. Once in there, you will be able to read a bunch of lines, all with technical details regarding that particular smartphone. One of them is this IMEI number, write it down.
- With a service code – if you launch the dialer keypad and type in *#06# you should be able to receive the IMEI code on the display. It will pop up automatically, without you having to press any other key.
- From the package of the smartphone – if you still have the box it was packed in, you should be able to find the IMEI number on a sticker, somewhere on the back of the box. Check the original box and see if you find it.