Since 2007, Apple has been popping out new iterations of the iPhone like it’s their job (because, well, it is). And although each generation brings something new to the table, those changes aren’t always easy to see at a glance—especially if you aren’t staring at iPhones day in and day out like we are. 

So, while it might be child’s play distinguishing the original iPhone’s thicc curves from the decidedly more svelte iPhone 11, things get a lot dicier when you’re comparing, say, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Add to that the fact that many iPhone owners jump to upgrade to the newest model each year and you’ve got a potential recipe for disaster. And nevermind all those people who have been holding on to their trusty iPhone 7 for years. Or was it an iPhone 8 Plus?

Needless to say, if you’ve found yourself wondering “What iPhone do I have again?”, we’re here to help. 

 

Gif of the Evolution of the iPhone
Evolution of the iPhone by GadgetLove via Giphy

Aside from missing out on bragging rights, not knowing which iPhone model you have can be a problem. This is especially true when the time comes to trade in or sell your iPhone, check for its compatibility with an iOS update or app, or request a repair. 

Luckily, whether you’re a fiend for technical specifications or just looking to sell your iPhone, figuring out which iPhone you have is easy enough. 

 

Contents

How to Tell Which iPhone You Have
     Model Name vs. Model Number
     Use Settings to Find Out What iPhone You Have
     Look on Your Phone to Check Which iPhone You Have
     Match the Model Number to the Model Name


How to Tell Which iPhone You Have

Depending on which iOS version your Apple handset is running on, finding your iPhone’s model might take a bit of detective work. Before iOS 10.3, you’d need to first go hunting for your iPhone’s model number—not to be confused with its model name, iPhone such-and-such. Fortunately, the process has since become much simpler. Whichever iOS update you’re using, we’re here to walk you through the steps for how to tell what iPhone you have. 

 

Model Name vs. Model Number

In general, there are two ways to identify which iPhone you have: the device’s model name and its model number. While the model name indicates which generation of iPhone you have, the model number, a five-digit alphanumeric string beginning with “A”, signifies its specific iteration or model family (i.e. basic or pro, meant for the US market or abroad, etc.). 

For example, the model number for an iPhone 11 in the US or Canada is A2111, while an iPhone 11 in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau has a model number of A2223. In contrast, the model number for an iPhone 11 Pro in the US and Canada is A2160. Its Chinese counterpart, meanwhile, has the model number A2217. 

Straightforward enough, right? Well, unfortunately, Apple goes and complicates things again from time to time by adding another alphanumeric number to the mix. More on that next. 

 

Find out which iPhone you have by looking at Settings
Find out which iPhone you have by going to Settings.

 

Use Settings to Find Out What iPhone You Have

For iPhones using iOS 10.3 or later, the quickest way to determine your iPhone model is by opening up Settings. To do that, simply go to Settings > [your name] > [your device]. Your model name will be located under Device Info

Alternatively, you can also locate the model name by going to Settings > General > About. Once there, you’ll see your iPhone’s model name followed by a line for its model number. Further down on this screen, you will also find your device’s AppleCare coverage status and its storage capacity.

 

Use settings to tell what iPhone you have
Asking yourself “what iPhone do I have?” Use Settings.

If all you needed to was check was whether you had an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus (and your iPhone is running on at least iOS 10.3), then our job here is done. If not, take a look next at the Model Number line. As you’ll notice, the number shown is not the “A” number we mentioned previously. Instead, that roughly seven-digit number is your iPhone’s part number or SKU. Beginning with an “M”, “F”, “N”, or “P”, the SKU indicates whether your phone is new (M), refurbished (F), or a replacement (N), as well as your phone’s storage size.

Finally, to see your iPhone’s model number, just tap on your device’s part number. For iPhones running on an earlier iOS version, you can also use the last path to obtain your “A” number. Then, refer to our list of model numbers below to find out which iPhone you have. 

 

Look on Your Phone to Check Which iPhone You Have 

If your iPhone won’t turn on, or for older generations of iPhone, it may also be easier for you to look for your device’s model number on the handset itself. 

For an iPhone 8 or later, pop out your SIM tray and take a peek on the upper side of the SIM-tray slot. Make sure you’ve got a flashlight handy or are near a bright overhead light as the model number can be tricky to read. 

For an iPhone 7 or earlier (or for an iPad or iPod Touch), flip over your device. Your iPhone’s “A” number will be found on the back of the phone near the bottom. Like looking in the SIM tray, reading the model number due to the small print, so be prepared to squint. 

 

Look on the back of your iPhone for its model number
Look on the back of your iPhone for its model number.

 

Match the Model Number to the Model Name

Now that you’ve tracked down your iPhone’s model number, you can easily find out what generation of iPhone you have by checking out the list below. For more specific information relating to your particular model, check out Apple’s website

TIP: Input your iPhone’s model number in the search bar to make finding the model name quick and easy.

Model NameModel Number
iPhone SE (2nd gen.)A2275 (USA and Canada), A2296 (other countries/regions), A2298 (Mainland China)
iPhone 11A2111 (USA and Canada), A2221 (other countries/regions), A2223 (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau)
iPhone 11 ProA2160 (USA and Canada), A2215 (other countries/regions), A2217 (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau)
iPhone 11 Pro MaxA2161 (USA and Canada), A2218 (other countries/regions), A2220 (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau)
iPhone XSA1920, A2097, A2098 (Japan), A2099, A2100 (Mainland China)
iPhone XS MaxA1921, A2101, A2102 (Japan), A2103, A2104 (Mainland China)
iPhone XRA1984, A2105, A2106 (Japan), A2107, A2108 (Mainland China)
iPhone XA1865, A1901, A1902 (Japan)
iPhone 8A1863, A1905, A1906 (Japan)
iPhone 8 PlusA1864, A1897, A1898 (Japan)
iPhone 7A1660, A1778, A1779 (Japan)
iPhone 7 PlusA1661, A1784, A1785 (Japan)
iPhone 6sA1633, A1688, A1700
iPhone 6s PlusA1634, A1687, A1699
iPhone 6A1549, A1586, A1589
iPhone 6 PlusA1522, A1524, A1593
iPhone SE (1st gen.)A1723, A1662, A1724
iPhone 5sA1453, A1457, A1518, A1528, A1530, A1533
iPhone 5cA1456, A1507, A1516, A1529, A1532
iPhone 5A1428, A1429, A1442
iPhone 4sA1431, A1387
iPhone 4A1349, A1332
iPhone 3GSA1325, A1303
iPhone 3GA1324, A1241
iPhoneA1203

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