The International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) is a number, usually unique, to identify 3GPP (i.e., GSM, UMTS, and LTE) and iDEN mobile phones, as well as some satellite phones. It is usually found printed inside the battery compartment of the phone, but can also be displayed on-screen on most phones by entering *#06# on the dial pad, or alongside other system information in the settings menu on Smartphone operating systems.
The IMEI number is used by a GSM network to identify valid devices and therefore can be used for stopping a stolen phone from accessing that network. The IMEI is only used for identifying the device and has no permanent or semi-permanent relation to the subscriber. Instead, the subscriber is identified by transmission of an IMSI number, which is stored on a SIM card that can (in theory) be transferred to any handset.
However, many network and security features are enabled by knowing the current device being used by a subscriber. The 15-digit IMEI number indicates the origin and model of the device. The first eight digits indicate the device’s origin and its model while the last six digits identify the manufacturer of the device. If you subscribe to a mobile tracking service, you can use the IMEI number to track the device even it uses a different SIM card.
But, one question many of us get in our minds is that can we change the IMEI number of a particular device? Like many other things out there, changing IMEI number has both advantages and disadvantages.
- Make your Android untraceable. By changing your IMEI constantly, you will throw off the tracks of people who are using it to stalk you!
- Fix any invalid IMEI-related issues such as lost or invalid IMEI numbers. Once you change your IMEI, your Android device with the same benefits and features.
- Obtaining a completely new device ID.
- Sometimes, your Android device model may not be able to get the newest OS updates because it is an older device. Changing the IMEI number to a one that indicates it is a newer model you will be able to enjoy new OS updates by resetting, repairing and updating your Android device.
- Have you ever yearn for that cheap BlackBerry plan your network carrier keeps on promoting? The 15-digit IMEI indicates the origin and model of your device. Therefore, by changing your Android’s IMEI number to that of a BlackBerry’s, you will be able to subscribe to a cheaper mobile plan.
- In some countries, it is illegal, so do check if it is legal in yours. As far as we know, it is legal in Africa and Asia, and illegal in Europe.
- The IMEI number is hard coded into your device. Therefore, changing the numbers could damage your device in the process.
- Legally, you have forfeited your ownership of your mobile device. When you purchase your device, the seller will jot down the original IMEI number on your receipt. So if you change your IMEI and lost it, you may not be able to make a claim on it. This is because authorities cannot see if it is truly yours because the IMEI numbers no longer correlate with each other.
Change Android IMEI Number Without Rooting:
Change IMEI Android numbers without rooting can be a bit daunting if you have no idea how to do it yourself because it is a very complex procedure. You can tell by the disadvantages of changing your IMEI numbers in the section above. Here is how you can do it just remember that this will erase everything from your device, so make sure you have backed up everything:
1. Open your Android device’s Settings module.
2. Find Backup & Reset and tap on it.
3. On the next menu, find Factory Data Reset and tap on it.
4. You will then get a notification. Click on Create new (random) Android ID.
1. Dial *#7465625# or *#*#3646633#*#*on your android device.
2. Now, click on Connectivity option or call pad,
3. Now look for CDS information and then click on it.
4. Then, check out for Radio information.
5. Now, if your android device is a dual SIM device. Then you will get two option like IMEI_1[SIM1] and IMEI_2[SIM2]. Then select any one or of which you want to change IMEI number.
6. Now, change your IMEI number illustrated below,
AT +EGMR=1,7,”IMEI_1” and “AT +EGMR=1,10,”IMEI_2”
7. Now, just replace IMEI1 or IMEI2 with your any your desired number. and then click on SEND.
This tutorial is for Educational purpose only. We are also not responsible for any harm happened to you or your Android device by our methods.
I hope this article will educate you well and do not perform this for any wrong purpose. Do it for good sake and research purpose. If you have any queries let us know in the below methods.
Which method do you use to change the IMEI number of your Android smartphone?