What iPhone model do I have?

13 May 2020, 00:03

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While enthusiasts can identify an iPhone by sight, the rest of us can’t. Here’s how to find out which model of iPhone you have. This can be useful if you want to sell it, or get support from somebody because of a problem.

How to identify your iPhone model
Possibly the quickest way to get all the details is as follows:

  1. Open the Settings app on the iPhone, and then tap About.
  2. Look at the Model Name heading. This will give you the basic details – iPhone 8, for example. This might be all you need.
  3. But look at the Model Number heading. This will be something like MQ6H2B/A. Tap and hold this entry in this list, then tap Copy.
  4. Switch to the Safari web browser, then paste in what you copied earlier in order to search for it. (Tap the address field, and then tap Paste and Search.)
  5. In the search results you should see all details about your phone from vendors that are selling it – from its model name, to its storage, and even to its color scheme (e.g. silver, rose gold etc). You can usually click on one of the results to learn more. Check a couple of results just to compare – some sites might list incorrect details, so it pays to check multiple sites.

How to identify your iPhone model if you don’t have it at hand
There’s no way to find out the iPhone model just by calling it, or by messaging it. However, if you have another Apple device like a Mac or iPad, and all of them are connected to iCloud, then you can look at your iCloud account details to see the model.

For example, on a Mac you can open the System Preferences app, then click the Apple ID icon, and then look at the bottom left to see all your Apple devices. On an iPad, you can open the Settings app, then tap your login photo at the top, and again scroll down to see a list of your Apple devices connected to that iCloud account.

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