Is it possible to change the IMEI of a mobile phone?

Santosh Kolhar November 1, 2012


I want to know is it possible to alter IMEI number of mobile?

I have lost my Samsung Galaxy Note and is not traceable at all by police through IMEI.

Any tips? Can this be changed?

  1. rohit pandey
    December 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    yes it is possible but it is not permitted by government as leagal stuff

  2. Naveen Kumar
    November 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

    i don't think you can change it.each and every IMEI number are unique and that can be only done by your phone manfacture.....................

  3. Raghav Gupta
    November 3, 2012 at 4:52 am

    NO not at all. Its ILLEGAL

    • Jan Fritsch
      November 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Yes it is illegal but very much possible. There are software downloads that allow you to change the IMEI programmed into the firmware of newer phones.

      On older phones you could even change it using some standard codes. For example on older Samsung phones you could perform a full EEPROM reset by entering: *2767*3855#

      Entering this code will not only fully reset the device but change the IMEI to " 447967-89-400044-0"

  4. Patrick Jackson
    November 2, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Sorry, but from now on, do keep a mobile tracker application in your new phone, which is usually a part of many anti-virus so that you can still track it and can securely erase your valuable data.

  5. Patrick Jackson
    November 2, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Unfortunately, yes. It is possible to do so. Also, trackimei might not do much help in your case as the above reason.

  6. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 2, 2012 at 2:13 am

    IMEI is issued in production and it's not possible to change the number.

  7. Erlis D.
    November 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Like the others said it can be changed! But, if it would be a way to find your phone, there could be a possibility to take it back! I don't know if your phone has it's IMEI printed on the inside (the part where you remove your battery), but you can get it back if it has it. Also, some models has it printed with a QR Code! (My phone has a QR Code... )

  8. Jan Fritsch
    November 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    As Douglas said, it is possible that someone has changed the IMEI number.

    While it is intended to be a unique identification number for each phone (in the world) this number is only programmed into the phone and can be changed with the right tools.

  9. Pwince Khan
    November 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    not possible

  10. Dimal Chandrasiri
    November 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I don't think you can change the IMEI since it's the hardware identification number of any mobile device.

  11. Aniket Singh
    November 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    it,s not possible...............

  12. Aniket Singh
    November 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    it,s not possible.......

  13. Douglas Mutay
    November 1, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Unfortunately YES...and I am afraid that what has happened to your lost phone. There is now lot of tools that can change original IMEI and program a new one. But off course it's completetely illegal.

  14. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    November 1, 2012 at 8:38 am

    yes it is possible from authorized dealers.

    • Aditya Roy
      November 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm


    • Anonymous
      November 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Absurdly Funny.

    • Harish Jonnalagadda
      November 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

      I don't think it can be done.

    • hardik
      April 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      yes it is

  15. Boni Oloff
    November 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I dont't think it is possible to do it. But if you have more technical skill maybe you can do it. Because there are many great hacker in the world, someone must have a good skill to do it.

  16. susendeep dutta
    November 1, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Give a last chance by using the site below -

    It's illegal to change the IMEI of a phone and can lead to legal action.

    Did your phone has some sort of GPS tracking app like PlanB,then it might be helpful to you.

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