Why does my mobile phone have or show two IMEI numbers and how do I know which one to use?

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Undoubtedly IMEI is one of the most important aspects of mobile devices as it helps to identify it. Even so, some wonder Why does my mobile phone have or show two IMEI numbers and how do I know which one to use? We will answer these questions in detail below.

You surely know that it is possible to block a stolen mobile phone via IMEI and many such actions, but the best thing is to know the details of what an IMEI is and what happens if two are shown on the mobile phone. We will talk about all this below.



What is an IMEI?

There is a lot of talk about the IMEI of mobile communication devices, well it's something very important that surely everyone should know. References IMEI International Mobile Equipment Identity which translates as International Mobile Equipment Identity. As the name suggests, it is a protocol by which we intend to identify mobile devices.

IMEI is a numeric code that we can find in everyone i devices of mobile communication (mobile phones). This code uniquely identifies the device in question and is used by telephone companies to identify the mobile phone.

This code is one of the most relevant for checking the status of a mobile device, that is, we can see if it is completely legal. Indeed, the IMEI code is used to know if a mobile is stolen, among many other functions.

In any case, many people have noticed when checking the settings of the mobile that two IMEI codes appear. Next, we will talk about this, trying to clarify all your doubts.

Why does my mobile phone have or show two IMEI numbers and how do I know which one to use?

The answer to two IMEI numbers that appear is that your mobile has the capability to have two phone numbers. Therefore, if your mobile has room for two SIM cards, the mobile will show that there are actually two IMEI numbers, one for each line that can be used on the device.



Does it matter if I only use one line?

Don't worry if you only use one line, it's perfectly fine to use your device this way too when you have two IMEIs (possibility of using two telephone lines). The fact that two IMEIs appear is only related to the fact that each telephone line has this important identifier itself.

Don't worry, each of the IMEIs contains information related to your device, so both are used to correctly identify your mobile phone. In other words, you can have two lines or swap the SIM slot, as they both contain their own IMEI which will identify your mobile.

On the other hand, remember the importance of knowing your IMEI or having it written down. In any case, if you run into problems there is a chance to get your IMEI if your phone is turned off or you don't have it nearby. Clearly, it's something you should prioritize if you have a problem like theft or loss.


How to know which IMEI to use?

Often doubts arise in relation to which IMEI should be used, this is a common mistake for those who are not very knowledgeable. It sure doesn't matter which IMEI you use if your device ha due slot SIM, since both lines are perfectly valid for use.

In other words, you can use your sim in both slot number one and slot two and this will not interfere with the functioning of the device in any way. In fact, you won't have to do any configuration, you just insert the SIM in the mobile phone and will automatically make all relevant configurations.


Also note that no matter which IMEI you use, you can block the IMEI of a stolen Apple iPhone and other similar actions.

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