Find out your mobile number from your SIM card

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Find out your mobile number from your SIM card
Find out your mobile number from your SIM card
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Since you rarely message your own number or call your own cell phone, remembering your own number isn't that important to most people, especially those who use postpaid services and don't have to provide their contact information. However, remembering your mobile number can be important. You can give your contact information to people if you don't have a business card with you. If you do not know or have forgotten your number, you can identify it via your SIM. If you know your phone number and are trying to find your SIM card serial number (ICCID), use this article. The ICCID is also often printed directly on the SIM card.

Steps

Method 1 of 7: Ask the provider

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Step 1. Take the SIM card to a store that sells it

If you find an old SIM card but don't have a phone to test it with, take it to a store that sells SIM cards from the same carrier. The staff there will usually be able to identify the number.

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Step 2. Call the provider

If you have a working phone but don't want to use it to activate the SIM card, look up the carrier's customer service number listed on the SIM card. Almost all SIM cards have a serial number printed directly on them. Give this number to the person who answers your call and ask them for the number associated with the card.

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Step 3. Understand how new SIM cards work

Many carriers do not assign a phone number to the SIM card until it is activated. If you buy a brand new SIM card, it may not have a number at all. When you place it in a phone to activate, you are assigned a number.

Method 2 of 7: Using a phone's SIM card

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Step 1. Use your carrier's help codes

A few service providers have a special code that you can call or text that automatically displays the mobile number:

  • T-mobile customers can #NUM# (#686#) call.
  • EE customers can speak number text to 150.
  • Vodafone customers can call from some devices to *#1001.
  • O2 customers can try NUMBER to text to 2020.
  • Telstra prepaid customers can #150# to call.
  • Other carriers may or may not offer this feature. Try searching online for other carriers followed by 'phone codes'. As of March 2017, this service is not available with AT&T and Verizon.
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Step 2. Call your service provider

Some SIM cards do not display their number within a phone's settings. In these cases, you may need to call your SIM card's service provider and ask about it.

If you call from a phone with an unknown number on the SIM card, the provider may be able to detect the number automatically. If not, keep the SIM card handy so you can read the serial number

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Step #3. Send a text message or call another phone

Use the SIM card whose number you want to know. Any phone with Caller ID will detect your SIM card number unless you use a private number.

Method 3 of 7: iPhone

Using your phone's settings

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Step 1. Open 'settings'

Tap the gear icon to open your iPhone's settings screen.

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Step 2. Click on 'Phone'

Select 'Phone' from the list of options in the 'Settings' menu.

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Step #3. Search for 'My Number'

This shows the number of the SIM card that is in your iPhone.

From the contact list

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Step #1. Open your contact list

Tap the green phone icon at the bottom of your iPhone's screen or anywhere else on the screen to display your phone's contact list.

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Step #2. Swipe down from the top of the contacts list

Scroll to the top of your contacts list. Place your finger over the first contact and swipe down. The phone's contact information should appear, including the phone number for the current SIM card.

Connect to iTunes

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Step 1. Open iTunes on a computer

This method should work on both Mac and Windows computers.

  • Beware:

    if you haven't connected your iPhone to this computer yet, please be careful. A mistake during this method may delete the music on your phone.

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Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer

Every iPhone comes with a USB cable. Plug the end into the charging port of your iPhone. Connect the other end to the computer's USB port.

This method also works with wireless sync

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Step 3. Sign in to the iTunes Store if desired

Some users will see a popup that says "Sign in to the iTunes Store". If you see this, enter the Apple ID you use on your iPhone.

Skip this step if this popup does not appear

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Step 4. Click 'Cancel' when prompted to sync

Some users will see a pop-up asking if you want to wipe and sync the phone. If this happens, click 'Cancel'. Syncing with someone else's computer can delete all music on your phone.

Skip this step if this popup does not appear

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Step 5. Click the "Devices" button in iTunes

The location of the button depends on the version of iTunes you're using:

  • iTunes 12: Click the small button with a picture of a phone in the top left corner.
  • iTunes 11: Click the button that says "iPhone" in the top right corner. If you don't see it, click 'Library' in the top right corner to exit the store. If you still don't see it, select "View" from the drop-down menu, then "Hide sidebar."
  • iTunes 10 and earlier: Search for "Devices" in the left sidebar. Click your device's name below that word.
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Step 6. Search for your phone number

This should appear near the top of your iTunes window, near the image of an iPhone.

If you don't see a phone number, click the 'Summary' button. It can be found in the left sidebar or as a tab at the top of the screen

Method 4 of 7: Android device

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Step #1. Open the settings

Tap the gear icon on the app screen to open your Android device's settings menu.

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Step #2. Tap "About device" or "About phone"

Select "About device" or "About phone" from the list of options displayed in the Settings menu. You may have to scroll down to find this option.

On the LG G4, you must first tap on the 'General' tab and then 'About phone.'

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Step #3. Tap Status or Phone Identity

Depending on your device, one of these two menu options will lead to your phone number.

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Step 4. View your number

Scroll through the status screen and you will find the 'My phone number' field which shows the number of your SIM card.

If you don't see your number, search for 'SIM status'. Tap to display the last submenu where your song appears

Method 5 of 7: Windows Phone

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Step 1. Go to your contact list

Tap the Phone tile on your Windows phone's home screen to open your contact list.

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Step #2. Find other options

Tap the three dots icon in the lower right corner of the screen to see additional options.

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Step #3. Go to Settings

Select "Settings" from the options displayed to access your contact list settings.

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Step 4. View your number

Scroll down and you should see your SIM card number under the "My Phone Number" heading.

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Step 5. Try other menu layouts

Some Windows phones have a slightly different menu layout:

LG Optimus Quantum: Menu → Settings → Applications → Phone → Search for 'My Phone Number'

Method 6 of 7: Blackberry Phone

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Step #1. Check out more apps

Swipe left on the screen to see more apps on your Blackberry phone.

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Step #2. Open the Settings

Tap the gear icon on the app screen to open the Blackberry system settings screen.

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Step #3. Go to Category under 'About'

Select 'About' from the System Settings screen and tap 'Category' to open a list.

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Step 4. View your number

Tap "SIM" from the drop-down list and your SIM's mobile number should be displayed on the screen.

Method 7 of 7: iPad

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Step 1. Click on 'Settings'

This is the gray gear icon.

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Step #2. Tap on 'About'

This is usually at the top of the list.

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Step 3. Find your SIM number

It can probably be found as 'Cellular Data Number'.

iPads are not designed for calling. It uses the SIM card to download data

Tips

  • The above methods only apply to GSM phones or devices that use SIM cards to work.
  • If you have a CDMA phone or a device that doesn't use a SIM, you'll need to call your service provider to find out how to get your mobile number.

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