Uncovering the Mystery of IMEI Numbers on MacBooks

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The IMEI number is an important component of any mobile device, including a MacBook Air. It stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity and is a unique number assigned to each device. This number is used to identify the device on the network and track it in case of theft or loss. It also serves as an authentication tool, as it helps validate that the device is genuine.

For users of Apple’s MacBook Air, they may be wondering where they can find their IMEI number. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t straightforward as MacBook Airs don’t have an IMEI number. Instead, they have a serial number that can be used to track and identify the device in case of theft or loss.

The serial number for your Macbook Air can be found in several places: On the surface of your product; By choosing About This Mac from the Apple menu; and In Settings > General > About on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iPod, or Apple Watch.

Your serial number should not be confused with an IMEI or MEID code – these are two numbers assigned at an international or global level and are used on devices equipped with Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) capability such as iPhones and iPads. If you need to activate your WWAN-equipped device with a wireless carrier then you will require these codes rather than your serial number.

We hope this blog post has helped clarify what an IMEI number is and why MacBook Airs don’t have one – but if you do still have any questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

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Difference Between Apple Serial Number and IMEI

No, the Apple serial number is not the same as an IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) or MEID (Mobile Equipment Identifier). An Apple serial number is a unique string of numbers and letters that identifies a specific device. It is used to differentiate between different Apple products, such as iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. An IMEI or MEID is a unique 15-digit number that identifies a cell phone on a cellular network. It is used to identify phones for service contracts and for tracking lost or stolen devices.

Do Laptops Have IMEI Numbers?

Yes, laptops that are equipped with Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) capability have an IMEI number. This number is assigned to the device and is used by the WWAN carrier when activating the device. The IMEI number can be found on the back of the laptop or underneath the battery, depending on the make and model of your laptop.

Can the IMEI Number Be Obtained From an Apple ID?

No, you can’t get an IMEI number from an Apple ID. Your Apple ID is a unique username that you use to access Apple services like the App Store, iCloud, iTunes, and more. It is not related to your device’s IMEI number in any way. An IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number is a unique 15-digit code used to identify a specific mobile device. It is usually printed on the back of your device or on the SIM tray.

What is an Apple IMEI Number?

The Apple IMEI number is a unique identification code associated with every Apple device, such as iPhones, iPads, and iPods. This number is used to identify the device for various purposes, such as when activating a wireless service plan or when looking up technical support information. To find your IMEI number on an Apple device, simply go to Settings > General > About and you will see it displayed near the bottom of the screen. You can also dial *#06# on the phone’s keypad to display the IMEI.

Checking IMEI Using Serial Number

Unfortunately, it is not possible to check an IMEI number by serial number. The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique 15-digit code that identifies your phone from all other phones in the world, while the serial number is usually a shorter 8- or 12-digit code that identifies a particular device within a product range. To check an IMEI number, you must use the dial pad of your phone and dial *#06#. This will prompt your phone to display its unique 15-digit IMEI code.

Is the Device Number the Same as the IMEI?

No, a device number is not the same as an IMEI. A device number is generally a serial number or model number assigned to your device by the manufacturer. An IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique 15-digit code used to identify mobile phones as well as some satellite phones. The IMEI is used by a GSM network to identify valid devices and therefore can be used for stopping a stolen phone from accessing that network. Additionally, the IMEI can sometimes be used to track the location of a phone, however, this depends on the carrier’s specific implementation.


In conclusion, MacBooks do not have IMEI numbers. Instead, they have serial numbers which can be used to identify the specific device. However, if your MacBook is equipped with Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) capability, it will also have an IMEI number assigned to it. This number is required when activating the device with your WWAN carrier. To find the serial number of your MacBook, you can either look at the purchase receipt or use a link online to discover it.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.