What is the ICCID Number? How to find ICCID on Android and iPhone?

The full form is the Integrated Circuit Card Identifier. It can be a maximum of 22 digits long. The ICCID number is printed on the sim card and also stored inside. This is a globally unique identifier for a SIM. The technical specifications are in ITU-T recommendation E.118 as the Primary Account Number.   Other than ICCID, IMSI is also a unique global identity for a SIM.

ICCID Number

But with the feature of multi-IMSI, where IMSI could change over the air. ICCID  more accurately identifies a physical sim card chip.  A mobile operator stores the sim card information in HLR, based on IMSI, MSISDN, and ICCID.  Each digit of the number has a meaning which defines the purpose or creator of a sim card.

What is the format of ICCID? 

As this long number is unique globally. From the number, the full details of the card issuer can be obtained.  To achieve uniqueness, it follows a hierarchical structure.

ICCID = “Industry Code + Country Code + Issuer Code + other information” .

The ISO has been published the Industry codes for numbers. Following is the list of codes according to the source.

Industry Code
ISO and Other Industry 0
Airlines 1
Financial 2
Travel 3

How to find ICCID Number? 

While using a mobile phone, no one cares what the ICCID number is. Even mobile operators too.  But mobile operators have a list of all sim card numbers assigned to them. Each ICCID value maps to the IMSIs. So that anytime they can get SIM information from IMSI.

ICCID number is not transferred in any message from the handset to the network and vice versa, while IMSI and IMEI do. E.g. in location update, IMSI and IMEI numbers are sent to the VLR/SGSN, but no sim number or ICCID information.

As a sim number is printed on the sim card, one can take pictures of a sim or can note down the sim card number.  There are also other ways to get the information when the phone switches on.

Get ICCID on iPhone:

  1. Go to settings
  2. General Tab
  3. About
  4. Now you can scroll down and see ICCID.

Find ICCID on android:

Not all android phones need to have ICCID information available to the mobile user. In that case, remove the sim card and note down the number. The following are the steps to get ICCID in android phones.

  1. Go to settings
  2. Got in about
  3. Click on IMEI,
  4. This will display either an IMEI or ICCID number.

Mobile apps for ICCID:

There are third-party apps developed for getting a sim card number. One has to download the app from the app store and can get the ICCID. The advantage of the app is that you don’t need to switch off the mobile phone and remove the sim tray.

In iPhone:

iPhone has an inbuilt app for reading the number. For that got do settings then general.  Along with other details (IMEI  etc.), the ICCID number will be shown.

Iccid number checker:

It is a long number. If one gets the number, how can one make sure that this is a valid number?  There is a procedure or database to get the ICCID number details. If these match with your mobile network provider, then the number is correct.  An ICCID  number checker can find the mobile country code and mobile network code from the sim card number.


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