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Hello, I lost my IMEI number on my Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 today and I would like to restore my original IMEI back to my phone. I still have my original IMEI of my phone written down. And my Sim Card is not detected.

I do not have any backups!
I didn't make any backups of /efs (sorry!), will do that when I have this problem fixed and backup it on all my computers.

I have searched Google and www.Android.StackExchange.com but couldn't find anything that worked for me. (So please don't mark this as a duplicate question)


In short:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505
  • I live in The Netherlands
  • My carrier is KPN (if you wanted to know that)
  • I have my IMEI number written down
  • I do not have any backups of /efs! (sorry!)
  • IMEI = Unknown
  • Baseband = Unknown
  • Sim Card not detected

Screenshots:

I dialed *#06# to get the IMEI number:

Screenshot - I dialed <code>*#06#</code> to get the **IMEI** number

The hidden menu in Android: (*#*#4636#*#* or *#*#INFO#*#*):

Screenshot - The hidden menu in Android: (*#*#4636#*#* or *#*#INFO#*#*)


What I have tried:

  • Of course, I flashed the stock ROM back on my phone. (Android 4.4.2)

  • I downloaded a backup of /efs from someone else on the internet and flashed that on my phone. However the IMEI is still "Unknown".

  • When I flash the stock ROM on my phone for my country (The Netherlands), it did restore my IMEI. However WIFI didn't work on the stock ROM, and when I flash Cyanogenmod back on my phone, I don't have an IMEI anymore. (So I think the IMEI wasn't written permanently on my phone).


Any help is appreciated.
If I need to add some more information, just tell me. Thanks!

  • If you are able to restore your IMEI by flashing a stock ROM, try to find an appropriate MODEM and flash it after CM. it seems like CM does not come with a compatible MODEM for your device so give it a try. – GiantTree Jun 28 '15 at 16:37
  • @GiantTree I will give it a try, thanks for your response. – Thomas Vos Jun 28 '15 at 17:32
  • @GiantTree I flashed the appropriate modem for my country. However, my IMEI is still "Unknown" like before and my SIM Card is still not detected. Do you have any other solutions? Thanks! – Thomas Vos Jun 28 '15 at 17:52
  • Which version of CM are you using? AntaresOne & Alucard24's optimized CM12? Seems like you are using a ROM that is not in a stable state. – GiantTree Jun 28 '15 at 18:15
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After all this was a simple bug in the cm12.1-20150623 nightly. It has been fixed in the cm12.1-20150629 nightly. For more information about this bug you look here: CM12.1 Nightly no Sim found. For all the people helped me so far, thanks for your support.

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If you have root access.

Try apps like XPOSED Imei Changer

  • Just open app and select Set Orignal if it doesnt show your orignal imei just type the imei you have written and tap apply.
  • This won't be a permanent solution. – Thomas Vos Jun 28 '15 at 18:57
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find the correct baseband first(baseband depends for which country the phone was made). if your baseband is still unknown try to write nv for the phone so that at the correct cp file (modem) you will find ime = 000000... or 35000.... or any other number different from unknown or null imei. when you get this write imei certificate file. finished phone fixed. remember use only stock os and root the phone.

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If you flashed a custom ROM using TWRP or CWM Recovery and your IMEI no longer be able to show or unknown baseband:

  1. First, root your device.
  2. Dial *#1234# to find the CSC Version (example: Ã750FODM1ARK9), then copy it. Change the first letter with
  3. Use a file manager, go to EFS Folder, edit nv_data.bin and replace the 6th line with the CSC Code, and save it.

  4. Reboot your device, your EFS will restore and IMEI is done.

  • Looks like there's missing info on "change the first letter with... [what character?]" – Andrew T. Apr 3 at 13:09

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