What Kind of iPhone Do I Have? Find Your Model Number & Generation

Most of the time it's surprisingly easy to identify which iPhone you have, but not for older iPhones.

Are you wondering, “what iPhone do I have?” You’ve come to the right place. Prior to iOS 10.3, it was not easy to figure out which iPhone model you had. If you were trying to identify your iPhone’s model, you’d need to find the model number and look it up. For devices running iOS 10.2.1 or older, we’ll cover how to tell what kind of iPhone you have based on the model numbers assigned to each iPhone generation. If you’ve updated to iOS 10.3 or later on an iPhone 5 or later, figuring out what iPhone you have is as easy as it should be. If you've been wondering, "what kind of phone do I have?" read on to learn what model and iPhone generation you own, whether it's the first iPhone, the iPhone 5, an iPhone 11, or one from Apple's latest iPhone 12 line.

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What iOS Do I Have on My iPhone?

This is the first question you need to answer before continuing. Figuring out what iPhone you have starts here, iOS 10.3 expedited figuring this out, and the same steps apply for iOS 14. To figure out what iOS your iPhone is running:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Select About.


     
  4. Where it says Software Version, you’ll see what iOS you have.
  5. Depending on the iOS you have, select either Part 1 or Part 2 below.

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Choose Which Option Describes Your iPhone:

Choose from the options below to learn how to find the model number of your iPhone. Then, take note of that model number and view iPhone Generations & Model Numbers to figure out which iPhone you have based on the model number you found.

What Is My iPhone Model or Generation? iOS 10.3 or Later

Apple's release of iOS 10.3 to the public was a smaller update, but included some big features. One helpful new feature was the ability to quickly look at what iPhone you have within the Settings app. On an iPhone running iOS 10.3 or later (including iOS 14):

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on your Apple ID profile at the top.
  3. Scroll down until you see your devices. The first should be your iPhone. Tap on it.


     
  4. Under Device Info, you’ll see Model.


     

There’s your iPhone model! How wonderfully easy is it know what iPhone you have now.

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What iPhone Do I Have? iOS 10.2.1 or Earlier

If you haven’t yet upgraded to iOS 10.3 or have an iPhone that’s not able to upgrade beyond iOS 9.3.5, you’ll need to locate your iPhone’s model number. You can also do this if you’re trying to figure out what iPad you have.

  • Your iPhone’s model number is located on the back near the bottom of the phone.

    • It’s in extremely fine print. You might want to take it to a window for more light or have someone with top-notch vision look if need be.

    • It will say Model: A#### (The letter A followed by four numbers).

  • Make note of the model number.


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Find Your iPhone Model if Numbers on the Back Are Scratched Off

If you want to know what kind of iPhone you have and you're looking for your iPhone's model number, you've probably tried looking on the back of your iPhone already. If the numbers on the back are impossible to read, you can try looking in Settings under the About menu. Follow these steps to see if you're able to locate the model number. Please note that your screen may not match my screenshots, but they can still help guide you!

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on General.

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  3. Tap About.

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  4. If you see a Model Number section, it will likely show a longer number, not a number in A#### format. Try tapping on that longer number to see if it reveals your actual model number, which will be the letter A followed by four numbers. 

    If you see a long model number, tap on it to reveal the shorter 5-digit model number that begins with an "A"The number formatted A#### is your iPhone model number

If you don't see a model number or if you can't complete these steps due to your iPhone type or iOS, your last step should be to call Apple Support and the team members there will ask you specifics to help identify your iPhone model for you! The screen you've just found will give you some information to provide when Apple Support asks for identifying numbers. Best of luck! 

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iPhone Generations & Model Numbers

Now use the list below to look up your iPhone model number. I’ve listed them in order of their generation, starting with the original iPhone and moving toward the newest lineup of iPhone 12s. Here are all the iPhone model numbers and the iPhone models that go with them. In case you want to jump to a generation, here is a way to quickly navigate this list:

iPhone (original, 2007) Model Number: A1203 


iPhone 3G (2008) Model Numbers: A1324 & A124

iPhone 3GS (2009) Model Numbers: A1325 & A1303


iPhone 4 (2010) Model Numbers: A1349 & A1332

iPhone 4s (2011) Model Numbers: A1431, A1387 & A1387


iPhone 5 (2012) Model Numbers: A1428, A1429 & A1442

iPhone 5c (2013) Model Numbers: A1456, A1507, A1516, A1529 & A1532

iPhone 5s (2013) Model Numbers: A1453, A1457, A1518, A1528, A1530 & A1533


iPhone 6 Plus (2014) Model Numbers: A1522, A1524 & A1593

iPhone 6 (2014) Model Numbers: A1549, A1586 & A1589

iPhone 6s Plus (2015) Model Numbers: A1634, A1687 & A1699

iPhone 6s (2015) Model Numbers: A1633, A1688 & A1700


iPhone SE (2016) Model Numbers: A1723, A1662, A1724


iPhone 7 Plus (2016) Model Numbers: A1661, A1784 & A1785

iPhone 7 (2016) Model Numbers: A1660, A1778 & A1779


iPhone 8 (2017) Model Numbers: A1863, A1905 & A1906

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iPhone 8 Plus (2017) Model Numbers: A1864, A1897 & A1898 

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iPhone X (2017) Model Numbers: A1865, A1901 & A1902 (Japan)

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iPhone Xs (2018) Model Numbers: A1920 

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iPhone Xs Max (2018) Model Numbers: A1921

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iPhone XR (2018) Model Numbers: A1984

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iPhone 11 (2019) Model Numbers: A2111, A2223 & A2221

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iPhone 11 Pro (2019) Model Numbers: A2160, A2217 & A2215

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iPhone 11 Pro Max (2019) Model Numbers: A2161, A2220 & A2218

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iPhone SE (2nd Generation, 2020) Model Numbers: A2275, A2296 & A2298

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iPhone 12 (2020) Model Number: A2176

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iPhone 12 mini (2020) Model Number: A2172

iPhone 12 Pro (2020) Model Number: A2341

iPhone 12 Pro Max (2020) Model Number: A2342

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