Ever since you are using a mobile phone, you must have heard the term IMEI. IMEI is an acronym that stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity which is a 15 digit unique number that is assigned to every phone to identify them in the network.
In case your phone has been stolen, the IMEI number assists the police to track, trace and locate the exact tower where your phone is located as soon as a phone has been made even after changing the SIM card.
Many advanced Android users used to flash a custom ROM in their phones. The disadvantage of it is that while flashing custom ROM, there are chances that you may lose the IMEI number in the process. Loosing or tempering of the IMEI number may make the phone unable to make calls from it.
You will come to know about the technique of backup and restoring IMEI little later. But before that why not have a look at the structure of an IMEI number?
Structure of an IMEI Number
The IMEI number is structured by an organization named British Approvals Board for Telecommunications(BABT). The IMEI number consists of 15 decimal digits in which 1 digit is a check digit. The first 8 digit of the IMEI number will let you know about the brand and model of the device. The remainder of the digits is manufacturer defined with a Luhn check digit at the end.
How to find IMEI Number of your device
As you have already known that every phone has its unique IMEI number, you should be curious to know how and where to find the IMEI number in your phone. Well the process of finding the IMEI number of your phone is quite straightforward. You will have to just dial *#06# in your phone and your IMEI number will appear in the screen.
Steps to Backup and Restore IMEI Number Mediatek
So, till now you should have got the idea that losing the IMEI number is not a cool thing at all. Well there is a solution for everything though and this problem is also not an exception. There is an amazing app that will let you backup and restore your IMEI number. This app named Mobile uncle tool, which is available in the Google play store has the has feature of backup/restore of IMEI number of phone. More importantly, this app is freely available in the Play Store. You can just follow the below mentioned step to backup as well as restore the IMEI.
Step 1: Before installing the Mobile uncle app in your phone you must be sure that the phone is rooted. If you have already rooted your phone, install the app from Google Play Store.
Step 2: Launch the app. You will need to grant super user access to the app.
Step 3: On completing the above step, you will be taken to a screen with lots of options. Here it may look confusing for you. But do not worry. Your job is to simply find the IMEI backup and restore option. Tap on that option and you will get four more options. The first and second options are to take backup of the IMEI number and store in the phone’s internal storage and SD card respectively. While the third and the fourth options are to restore the IMEI number from the backups stored in the internal memory and the SD card respectively.
Step 4: To store the backup in the phone’s internal memory, just tap on the first option. You will get a confirm alert message where you have to tap on OK.
Step 5: After completing all these above steps, quit the app and verify the backup file from the storage location.
How to Block a Mobile Using IMEI Number?
Let’s assume that your phone has been lost or stolen. What steps will you take so that it is not misused by unscrupulous hands? Your first and foremost will be to lodge a complaint in the nearest police station. The police will use IMEI tracking technology to track the lost phone.
However, in certain cases the officers may fail to track the phone. In that case you will have to go to the next step where you will block your phone using the IMEI number. Contact the network provider and ask them to block the phone using the IMEI number. You might need to provide them a copy of the police complaint and additional identities. Once you give all the details, your network provider will block the phone. It should be noted that if a phone is blocked in one network, it will also be blocked in all other networks. This is why even if the thief change the SIM card, he will not be able to use the phone or access the data contained in it.
Cautions to take while buying used Smartphones
Most people prefer buying a second hand mobile instead of a brand new one. While for some it may be a preference, for others the budget and price may be an issue. Nevertheless, there is a huge risk in buying second hand mobiles. This is because in most cases these second hand mobiles may turn out to be stolen items. If the owners of the stolen mobile has blocked the phone using IMEI , it will be useless of buying such a phone and doing so will mean you lose your money as the network carriers will unblock the phone only if you provide proper authentic documents.
Hence before buying the second hand phone you should check the phone’s at here, to see if blocked. You should still be careful as information in this website is updated only 24-36 hours after a stolen phone is reported and blocked. The bottom line, therefore is that even if you are buying a second hand phone, always do the purchase from trusted sources. The other way, if in case your phone has been stolen or lost, you should not waste time to report in the police station and block the IMEI by calling your network provider’s customer care number.