What is the MEID  number? MEID vs IMEI?

The MEID full form is the Mobile Equipment Identifier.  It is similar to the IMEI number but with hexadecimal digits. Hexadecimal digit means each digit will be a 4 bits value ( 0, 1,2 ….a,b,c,d,e,f)  The detailed format is defined in the  3GPP2 report S.R0048.

MEID Vs IMEI number?

Both serve the same purpose but there are a few differences,  here we will describe the differences.

  • IMSI is for GSM while MEID is for CDMA mobile devices.
  • IMEI has only numeric digits while MEID has alphanumeric digits. For example, IMEI is like 467234556677889 and MEID is A6723D55667788C.

How we can get the MEID number?

The MEID number is not visible directly on the phone. There are a few ways to get the MEID number.

From an MMI Code :

MMI code is a string that a mobile user dials on the phone screen.  The mobile device understands the MMI code and based on the code the result is shown on the screen. For MEID, a mobile user needs to dial the *#06#  on the screenThe outcome will be the  MEID of the device if it’s CDMA else we will get the IMEI.

Find MEID From device Itself :

While manufacturing a device, the manufacturer prints the MEID number within the device.  The number can be on the back of the device or on the backside of the battery.  To check on the backside of the battery, switch off the device, and remove the battery.  There you may see the MEID number.

How to get MEID on iPhone?

iOS is the mobile operating system for smart iPhone devices by Apple.  iPhone has a rich graphical user interface to interact with the phone internals.  To get the MEID on the iPhone, a mobile user needs to do the following steps sequentially.

  • Go to settings.
  • Go to general
  • Click on About
  • Scroll down to get the MEID number on the CDMA device.

How to get MEID on Android?

Android is another operating system for smartphones from Google.  To get the MEID on CDMA phones, the following are the sequential steps.

  • Click on the settings icon on the screen.
  • Go it the About phone.
  • Scroll for the MEID number.

MEID from device packing :

On purchasing a phone, phone packing, or phone box may contain the MEID number. So it is always advisable to keep the phone packing safe while using the phone. This is the only way to get the MEID number when a phone is lost.  Apart from this, even if the MEID is not there, there is a bar code or serial number from the device manufacturer.  From the bar code, it is always possible for the manufacturer to obtain the MEID of a CDMA device.