Hackers and cyber police can easily trace your mobile phone using the IMEI number. So if you are looking for how to change IMEI number on android with and without root then you are at the right place. In this tutorial, I will provide different tips and softwares you need to change the IMEI number. The best part is you can also change the IMEI number without rooting your device.
What is an IMEI Number?
IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity which is a Unique Identification or Serial Number given to each smartphone. It is a 15 digit long number printed on the backside of your phone which is used to track a device when lost or stolen.
You can find the IMEI number below your mobile’s battery or on the phone’s packaging box. You can also check it by dialing *#06# from the dial pad.
Advantages of changing IMEI number
- You can make your android phone untraceable by changing your IMEI number. It is very useful in situations where people are stalking you or tracking you.
- Fix any IMEI-related issues such as lost or invalid IMEI numbers and obtain a new device ID.
- Sometimes your Android phone may not be able to get new OS updates or download new OS updates. But if you change the IMEI number to a new one then it will indicate that your phone is the latest model and then you will get all the new OS updates.
- There a lot of companies that make certain offers that are available to users based on IMEI numbers but you can change your device’s IMEI number and avail those offers.
Disadvantages of changing IMEI number
- In some countries like the UK, the US, and some EU, it is illegal to change your IMEI number. So do check if it is legal in yours. While it is legal in some African and Asian countries.
- The IMEI number is hardcoded into your device. Therefore, changing the numbers could damage your device in the process of changing it.
- When you change your IMEI number it proves that, legally, you have forfeited your ownership of your mobile device. When you purchase a smartphone, the seller jots down the original IMEI number on your receipt. So if you change your IMEI and lost it, you may not be able to claim it. This is because authorities cannot check if it is truly yours. After all, the IMEI numbers no longer correlate with each other.
Prerequisites for Changing IMEI Address on Android
Before proceeding further make sure that you have written the original IMEI Addresses of your device as the process needs to work successfully. In case you don’t know what your phone’s IMEI number is you can check it by typing *#06#, find it on the back of your smartphone, or behind the battery of your phone.
After you find it write it down on a piece of paper or save it inside the notepad of your PC as you will need it to change the IMEI address on android.
Also, don’t forget to download and install the Mobile Uncle Tools on your smartphone as this tool will help us to change the IMEI number on our android phone.
Also, turn on the USB debugging of your smartphone. To do so go to Settings of your phone and open the About section of your phone. Then find the Build number option and tap on it 8 times. This will turn on the Developers Options. After that open the Developers Options and find the USB debugging option and turn it on. Once it is turn on you can now successfully change the IMEI number of your android phone.
You can watch the video on how to do this.
How to change the IMEI number without root?
Note: This method works even on a non-rooted device. But remember that this method won’t work on all android phones but if it works on your android phones then you are really lucky. Do comment down in the comment section to let me know if it worked for you.
Step 1: Go to your phone’s dialpad & dial *#*#3646633#*#* or *#7465625#
Step 2: Click on CDS Information
Step 3: Now click on Radio Information
Step 4: Now, if your android device is a dual sim device then you will get two options life IMEI_1 (SIM 1) and IMEI_2 (SIM 2). Select any one of the numbers whose IMEI number you want to change.
Step 5: Now it will show something like this:
AT +EGMR=1,7,”IMEI_1” (for SIM 1) and “AT +EGMR=1,10,”IMEI_2” (for SIM 2).
Step 6: Now replace the IMEI1 and IMEI2 with your desired IMEI number you want and then click on SEND.
Note: You can also change the IMEI number to any Blackberry [BB] IMEI number.
This method requires you to erase all the data (such as files, images, videos, etc.) from your device so make sure you have backed up everything.
Step 1: Open your Android device’s Settings.
Step 2: Find the Backup & Reset option and tap on it.
Step 3: On the next screen, you will see the option of Factory Data Reset, tap on it.
Step 4: You will now get a notification. Click on the Create new (random) Android ID.
How To Change Android IMEI Number for MTK Devices
In this method, we will change the IMEI number of the android phone using the app called Mobile Uncle app. This method is suitable for MTK devices such as Realme 1, Nokia 5.1 Plus, etc. For this method, you don’t have to root your phone. So let’s follow the steps to change the IMEI number in your android mobile.
Step 1: First of all download Mobile Uncle App on your device.
Step 2: After downloading, install it, and open the Mobile uncle app on your android.
Step 3: Now select the Engineer tab and choose the Engineer Mode (MTK) option.
Step 4: Now scroll down and search for the CDS Information option and click on it.
Step 5: Now, click on the Radio Information option.
Step 6: Two options will appear on your screen called Phone 1 and Phone 2. Click on the Phone 2 option from the list.
Step 7: After clicking on the Phone 2 option, you will see a new option of AT+.
Step 8: Now replace the AT+ with “AT+(space)Your 15 Digit New IMEI Number Here“.
For Ex. – AT+ 121234345656787.
Step 9: Now, click on SEND AT COMMAND to save your settings.
Step 10: To confirm that the IMEI number has changed to reboot your device and dial *#06# to check your new IMEI number.
If you see a new IMEI number then it means you have successfully changed it.
How to change IMEI number on android with root
In this method, you will need to root your android phone to change the IMEI number. You will also need to download the following apps:
Now follow these steps:
Step 1: Make sure your android phone is rooted.
Step 2: Dial *#06# on your phone’s keypad, and it will show you the IMEI number of your smartphone. Write it down somewhere such as on paper or in Notepad of your PC.
Step 3: Install the IMEI Changer App on your phone.
Step 4: Now open the Xposed Installer APK and go to Modules, then click on the checkmark on the IMEI Changer App option.
Step 5: Reboot your device as you do normally or you can try rebooting from the Xposed installer app.
Step 6: After restarting the device, open IMEI Changer App. It will show you your current IMEI Number on your phone. To change it, click on the New IMEI Number box and enter your desired number and click on the apply button to save changes.
Step #7. Now again reboot your device. To see if the changes have taken place dial *#06# in your dialpad and see if IMEI number has changed or not.
Thank you for reading this guide on how to change the IMEI number on the android phone till the very end. I have mentioned different ways using which you can change the IMEI number of your phone without rooting your device and also if you have a rooted device.
If you have any doubt or if you faced any difficulty you can comment down below and I will help you to solve it.
Note: Changing your IMEI Number is illegal in many countries. I would advise you to try this at your own risk.
PS: This post is just for Knowledge Purpose, I would recommend you to try this at your own risk.