Samsung Android

Losing pre-loaded IMEI is one of the issue smartphone users are currently facing – people experiment with their phones without first thinking of creating a backup incase something goes wrong. It is a necessary precaution to first backup initial stock ROM that comes with a smartphone before tampering with the system files or doing advance configurations such as rooting, installing custom ROMs and custom kernels. While some stock ROMs are easy to find if mistakenly formatted, some may proved very difficult to get.

Most people don’t know that doing nandroid backup before installing custom ROMs may save their neck in losing their IMEI. While is very easy to change or re-write MediaTek-based Android IMEI, it is very difficult to do so on Snapdragon powered devices. Samsung mostly use Exynos or Snapdragon processors in their phones, that is why you’ll hardly see any tutorial on changing Galaxy S5 IMEI on the internet because it proved difficult.

What we are about to share may not help in changing your IMEI (it is ILLEGAL you know), but it will help you not to lose your IMEI again if ever you purchase a new Galaxy S5.

Tips: If your Galaxy S5 IMEI is null (check using *#06#), try to hook it up to a WiFi network, go to Settings -> About Phone and check for new update. If your phone detect an update, download and install it. Your IMEI should be back after doing so.

DISCLAIMER: Tampering the IMEI number is illegal in some countries, we will not be held responsible for any consequences that befall the changer. Use it at your own risk.

If you have lost your phone IMEI you can follow the tips written above. If you’re a new Galaxy S5 user you may consider following the steps below to prevent losing your IMEI later in the future. This is a precaution every Galaxy S5 users must take before diving in to experimentation.

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Root is required. if you haven’t root your Galaxy S5, download and install Kingoapp to your PC, install Samsung driver, plug in your phone, launch Kingoapp and follow the instructions to start the rooting process. You can also try SRS root.

Now, back to our discussion. The tool we are about to share work with these Samsung Galaxy S5 models:

  • SM-G900A, SM-G900E, SM-G900M, SM-G900P, SM-G900R4, SM-G900T, SM-G900V, SM-G900W8, SM-G900H, SM-G906S, SM-G901F.

Follow the steps below to backup your Galaxy S5 IMEI number

  1. Download EFS BackUp/Restore zip file from here to your PC
  2. Enable USB Debugging and connect your phone to the PC via USB
  3. Unzip EFS Backup/Restore to your desktop, open the folder and double-click on EFS.bat to run it
  4. Follow the step by step guide to backup your Galaxy S5 IMEI number

To restore your IMEI anytime, simply follow the procedures as listed above but chose Restore instead of Backup. Thanks to Mr Wolf on XDA for this great software.

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