What iPhone do I have? How to find out your iPhone model number

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Since its introduction in 2007, Apple has released 42 iPhone models, and with at least four new models introduced every fall, the company shows no signs of slowing down.

So far, Apple has made relatively few significant design changes. Companies tend to stick with existing designs for three or four years before changing them, which can sometimes make it difficult to know which iPhone model you have — especially if you’re buying a used iPhone (without a box that provides clues) rather than a new one.

For example, while the iPhone 15 Pro Max is clearly different from the iPhone 8, you’d be hard-pressed to tell it apart from the iPhone 14 Pro Max or even the iPhone 13 Pro Max without a trained eye. Likewise, Apple deliberately chose to use the iPhone 8 design for its 2020 and 2022 iPhone SE models, making it nearly impossible to differentiate between the three.

In some cases, the unique color may provide a clue, and there are other clues that those familiar with Apple iPhones may know. Of course, most people don’t have time to think about such little things in Apple product design, so you’ll be happy to know there’s an easier way to find out which iPhone model you’re holding.

How to find out which iPhone you have

Three iPhones shows how to access information about iPhone from the Settings app.
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Assuming the iPhone is in working condition and you can unlock it, the easiest way to identify it is to unlock it Arrangement application then select it General> About.

This page provides useful information about your iPhone, including the model number and model name if you are running iOS 12.2 or later. You can also see the installed iOS version, serial number, and information about AppleCare coverage, storage capacity, and technical information about Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and mobile hardware.

If you’re dealing with an older iPhone that hasn’t been updated to at least iOS 12.2, you’ll only see the model number, so you’ll need to dig deeper to find out the appropriate specific model name. to.

There are actually two model numbers involved here. What is displayed by default is your iPhone’s “part number” — a special code that corresponds to your iPhone’s storage capacity, color, and region. It usually starts with the letter “M”, although it can also be with the letter “N” or “F” if you are using a replacement or refurbished iPhone.

However, the number you want to see — the actual model number — is hidden behind the part number. Tap the number next to it model number, which will change to a shorter five-character code starting with the letter “A.” This model number is common to all colors and storage capacities.

Two iPhones display the Part Number and Model Number in the Settings, General, About screen.
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For example, although MQ9E3VC/A is specific to the Deep Purple, 256GB iPhone 14 Pro Max sold in Canada, the same A2893 model number is used for all iPhone 14 Pro Max variants sold in Canada, Guam, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the Islands. US Virgin — regardless of color or storage capacity.

Note that Apple typically sells a unique base model of each iPhone in different regions around the world to handle different 5G or LTE frequencies. For example, the iPhone 14 Pro sold in the US that offers mmWave capabilities has the model number A2650, while the A2889 version sold in Canada only supports sub-6GHz 5G. Apple provides a list where the 5G and LTE carriers and bands supported by each model, which is a practical way to check whether the used iPhone you receive is fully compatible with the cellular network where you live.

What to do if you can’t turn on or unlock your iPhone

IPhone 14 Plus is held in a man's hand.
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While searching in the Settings app is by far the easiest way to find out what iPhone model you’re using, it won’t be an option if you can’t get to that screen. For example, you may want to know which model of iPhone is damaged or won’t turn on so you can decide whether it needs repair.

If you’re using an iPhone 7 or older model, you can find the model number written in small print on the back, along with all the other regulatory information. However, that won’t be an option for the new models. As a result of E-LABEL ActApple stopped listing all that information on iPhone back cases starting in 2018. That means the iPhone 8, iPhone X, and all new models don’t have model numbers engraved on the back.

iPhone 7 Plus.
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Luckily, the model number is still engraved on the iPhone – just in a less obvious place. Instead, Apple has engraved it in a very fine print into the SIM tray slot. You’ll need a good eye or a magnifying glass to see it, but if you pull out the SIM tray and squint at the inside edge where it goes, you can find the A-series model number hidden on the side of the display.

If you’re using an iPhone 15 without a physical SIM card slot, you’ll find the model number inside the Lightning connector.

Complete list of all 42 iPhone models

The iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max are all lying on the table.
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Once you find your iPhone model number, you can check the following list to match it. This is a list of every iPhone model Apple has ever launched, from newest to oldest, including all model numbers for each region.

  • 2023
    • iPhone 15 Pro Max: A2849, A3105, A3106, A3108
    • iPhone 15 Pro: A2848, A3101, A3102, A3104
    • iPhone 15 Plus: A2846, A3090, A3091, A3093
    • iPhone 15: A2846, A3090, A3091, A3093
  • 2022
    • iPhone 14 Pro Max: A2651, A2893, A2896, A2895, A2894
    • iPhone 14 Pro: A2650, A2889, A2892, A2891, A2890
    • iPhone 14 Plus: A2632, A2885, A2888, A2887, A2886
    • iPhone 14: A2649, A2881, A2884, A2883, A2882
    • iPhone SE (2022): A2595, A2782, A2784, A2783
  • 2021
    • iPhone 13 Pro Max: A2484, A2641, A2644, A2645, A2643
    • iPhone 13 Pro: A2483, A2636, A2639, A2640, A2638
    • iPhone 13: A2482, A2631, A2634, A2635, A2633
    • iPhone 13 Mini: A2481, A2626, A2629, A2630, A2628
  • 2020
    • iPhone 12 Pro Max: A2342, A2410, A2412, A2411
    • iPhone 12 Pro: A2341, A2406, A2408, A2407
    • iPhone 12Mini: A2176, A2398, A2400, A2399
    • iPhone 12: A2172, A2402, A2404, A2403
    • iPhone SE (2020): A2275, A2296, A2298
  • 2019
    • iPhone 11 Pro: A2160, A2217, A2215
    • iPhone 11 Pro Max: A2161, A2220, A2218
    • iPhone 11: A2111, A2223, A2221
  • 2018
    • iPhone XS: A1920, A2097, A2098, A2099, A2100
    • iPhone XS Max: A1921, A2101, A2102, A2103, A2104
    • iPhone XR: A1984, A2105, A2106, A2107, A2108
  • 2017
    • iPhone X: A1865, A1901, A1902
    • iPhone 8: A1863, A1905, A1906
    • iPhone 8 Plus: A1864, A1897, A1898
  • 2016
    • iPhone 7: A1660, A1778, A1779
    • iPhone 7 Plus: A1661, A1784, A1785
    • iPhone SE: A1723, A1662, A1724
  • 2015
    • iPhone 6S: A1633, A1688, A1700
    • iPhone 6S Plus: A1634, A1687, A1699
  • 2014
    • iPhone 6: A1549, A1586, A1589
    • iPhone 6 Plus: A1522, A1524, A1593
  • 2013
    • iPhone 5S: A1453, A1457, A1518, A1528, A1530, A1533
    • iPhone 5C: A1456, A1507, A1516, A1529, A1532
  • 2012
    • iPhone 5: A1428, A1429, A1442
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007

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