To use a mobile network, a phone needs an IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number. To use an eSIM, a phone also needs an EID (Embedded Identity Document) number. When you set up a new SIM, you may need to give your carrier your phone’s IMEI 1, IMEI 2, or EID numbers.
Learn about IMEI 1 & IMEI 2
Pixel phones that can use both eSIM and SIM cards have 2 IMEI numbers, one for each kind of SIM. Learn which Pixel phones use both kinds of SIMs.
If you have 2 IMEI numbers, IMEI 1 is usually paired with the first SIM you set up with your phone. To confirm, check with your mobile carrier.
If you have a Pixel 3a or later Pixel phone, you can use two SIMs: one physical SIM card and one eSIM. You can choose which SIM to use for which action, like messaging or calling. This option is called Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS).
To find your phone’s IMEI number, check:
- Your phone's box.
- Your phone's SIM card tray.
- Your phone's Settings app.
- Tap About phone, then look for "IMEI."
- Google Find My Device.
- At the top left, tap your phone.
- Tap Information .
If your carrier asks for your IMEI number in order to give you an eSIM to use DSDS, you may need to give them your phone’s IMEI 2. To find your IMEI 2:
- Turn on DSDS. Learn how to turn on DSDS.
- Open your phone’s Settings app.
- Tap About phone and look for IMEI (SIM slot 2).
To find your phone’s EID number, check:
- Your phone’s box.
- Your phone’s Settings app:
- Tap About phone SIM status. Find “EID.”
To find your phone’s EID QR code:
- Open your Settings app.
- Tap Network & internet.
- Next to “Mobile network,” tap Add Download a SIM instead?.
- Tap Next Activating in a store?.