I'm using an automation platform that has an ADB session which requires the device_serial_list, which is the serial number. However, if I do adb get-serialno I get a different value than the one shown in this website

Edit: when you input your IMEI, it shows you several info about your phone and one of them is the Serial Number which is different than the previous one, so I'm not sure what should be the one to use in this case.

Edit 2:

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The previous pic comes in a link starting by "https://www.imei.info/check/lg-warranty-checker"

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    adb devices will display device serialno
    – alecxs
    Commented Mar 26, 2020 at 11:27
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    @alecxs You are right but this command will result in xxxx device as the output and since OP is automating, device will need to be stripped whereas get-serialno only returns the number.
    – beeshyams
    Commented Mar 26, 2020 at 12:11

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It looks like you are confusing two different numbers:

  • adb get-serialno gives you the serial number of the device.

  • Link in your question is referring to IMEI number which can be obtained by adb shell service call iphonesubinfo 1 (see this and this for more)

Going by the context, you should use the first number (serial number) and not IMEI number.

Both serial and IMEI numbers are usually found in the about phone section in device settings.

Edit: Post the edit made by OP, I entered my device IMEI number and it returned the following info, only format shared here, not actual digits IMEI.info: TAC: AAAAAA FAC: BB SNR: CCCCCC CD: D [1]

The serial number you are referring to SNR above is the 6 digit (6 C's) is the serial number, which is manufacturer-defined, NOT the serial number returned by adb (verified, adb command returns 8 digit serial number)

So, the answer remains same, use the adb command output

Additional Info

[1]: Output in the linked site corresponds to pre 2004 format

As of 2004, the format of the IMEI is AA-BBBBBB-CCCCCC-D, although it may not always be displayed this way

(see section - Structure of the IMEI and IMEISV (IMEI software version) in the IMEI wiki

  • No, but in the website, if you input the IMEI it shows you a Serial Number. I know they are 2 different things :)
    – Natiya
    Commented Mar 26, 2020 at 16:47
  • @Natiya in that case, it is best if you post a screenshot. I tried that website and I couldn't get a serial number for the IMEI I used (from google images, a Galaxy S4).
    – Firelord
    Commented Mar 26, 2020 at 18:21
  • Natiya 1. Please make it a point to be as clear as possible in the question, so that the answer can be relevant and not end up wasting time of the person who answers. I was tempted to down vote your question on this account but I didn't 2. If you had bothered to read the linked IMEI wiki, it would have been clear (there's a reason for citing sources) 3. I trust the revised answer makes it clear. If not, ask. @Firelord as FYI since you too have a OnePlus
    – beeshyams
    Commented Mar 26, 2020 at 20:00
  • I'm afraid the SNR you mentioned in the answer is not the same I'm referring too. I'll try to add a screenshot
    – Natiya
    Commented Mar 28, 2020 at 22:08
  • @Natiya Linked page points to LG devices. There is no page that corresponds to my device that gives this extra information, so I can't check. The SNR number in the screenshot, how is it different from 1. adb result 2.SNR as in my answer. I am asking in terms of number of digits, alpha numeric etc but even if you give you this information, I doubt I can answer for sure because I can't check
    – beeshyams
    Commented Mar 29, 2020 at 0:54

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