I have two motorola phones - One that I fastboot erase all'd 'accidently' and lost £300, so I was wondering if I could just transfer the IMEI from one phone to another?

  • What Moto device? It varies... Inside back cover, silkscreened on bottom, on SIM tray, maybe more. In the newest models it isn't, it was determined that electronic was good enough.
    – acejavelin
    Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 0:14
  • Don't ever try doing that - isn't that even illegal in some regions?
    – Andy Yan
    Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 0:28
  • @AndyYan Yes, in some countries it is... Although in most it would be OK to transfer the IMEI from one phone to another, provided when you're done only one device has that IMEI number, meaning you have to remove the IMEI from the "donor" device or destroy it.
    – acejavelin
    Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 0:32
  • Why not just find out the original IMEI of the phone you have and put it back on that device? Your carrier often has it in their online service portal, it's on the device, on the box, etc...
    – acejavelin
    Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 0:33
  • @acejavelin ...which, from the tone of OP I don't think he's willing to do. Also, I don't think anyone (well maybe other than service centers) could just "write" EFS stuff back, or else countless EFS wipe mistakes would be saved easily.
    – Andy Yan
    Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 0:41

2 Answers 2


No, you can not move one IMEI to another phone. That number is a lot like MAC address of every device that we use now a days. In theory, and with the help of root. Yes you can change the IMEI. However, that is alot of work.

The IMEI is unique to each phone and is how the authorities can help locate missing phones or even in many cases missing persons.

As for where you might find it. Look in your battery bay. or on the covers. if you have any of the documentation or even the box still.. you can also locate them there.

  • I know exactly what my IMEI number is. I just don't have it in my phone, because I deleted it accidentally. Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 5:00
  • but what i am suggesting is... look for it on the phones physical shell. a lot of times that info is written on the label. just like the mac is. Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 7:28

You can reset or change your IMEI number without rooting your android phone.

Just follow this tutorial -> http://crazytechtricks.com/change-imei-number-android-mobile-phone-without-rooting/

Note: But, The risk is yours. There may be anything gonna happen.

  • 1
    The method on the page seems to be only for MediaTek-based devices.
    – Andy Yan
    Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 3:51

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .