The choice by the Nigerian Communications Fee to robotically seize the IMEI (Worldwide Cell Tools Id) variety of cellular gadgets owned by Nigerian residents has been a serious speaking level since its announcement.
Many, together with some public figures, have opposed the coverage on the grounds that it’s a violation of the privateness of the citizenry.
The IMEI quantity is a 15- or 17- digit code that identifies and permits the registration of any cellular gadget. No two gadgets have the identical IMEI nunber, which makes it a really great tool for monitoring misplaced or stolen cell telephones.
On this piece, The PUNCH presents a variety of methods by which customers of sensible gadgets can verify discover their gadget’s IMEI quantity.
Examine by dialling common code
One strategy to do verify your gadget’s IMEI quantity is by dialling the IMEI code on the gadget. Dial *#06# and your gadget’s IMEI quantity will seem on display. You may then take a screenshot or write it down.
Observe: Most telephones will inform you if the quantity is displayed is an IMEI or MEID quantity. In case your cellphone doesn’t, you may confirm which quantity it’s by checking what provider you utilize. GSM networks like AT&T and T-Cell use IMEI numbers. CDMA networks equivalent to Dash, Verizon, and US Mobile use MEID numbers.
Examine Cellphone’s IMEI Quantity Through Settings (for Android)
On Android, go to Settings > About > IMEI to see the IMEI quantity. Faucet Standing and scroll right down to see the IMEI info.
Examine Cellphone’s IMEI Quantity Through Settings (for iPhone)
On an iPhone, faucet Settings > Basic > About and scroll right down to IMEI.
Examine gadget’s authentic bundle
You’ll find your gadget’s IMEI quantity written on the unique bundle by which the gadget was saved upon buy.
Find the barcode label caught to the field, which can have been positioned over the opening to behave as a seal. Then search for the IMEI, which needs to be clearly labeled and often listed along with the barcode and serial quantity.
Additionally, Android customers can nonetheless verify their gadget’s IMEI quantity even when they’ve misplaced their gadget or the unique bundle by which it got here.
They’ll do that by logging into their Google Dashboard by way of the Google account linked to the Android cellphone. The subsequent factor is to click on the “Android” icon, which is subsequent to the inexperienced robotic emblem.
Doing that may reveal a listing of gadgets registered to the account, together with their IMEI numbers.