How to Tell What iPhone You Have (3 Ways)

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  • If your phone turns on, find it in settings > general > about > model name
  • All iPhones have the model number on them somewhere that you can match to our list in the table below
  • If all else fails, we have front/side/back photos and descriptions

With so many iPhone models looking alike, it sometimes gets confusing as to which model you have. It’s important to know what iPhone model you have to know which apps to install and software updates to download.

In this article from BankMyCell, our team will help you learn how to tell what model iPhone you have in three simple ways.

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1) Settings Menu: How to Tell What Type iPhone You Have by Model Number

One of the simplest ways to know your iPhone’s model is by tracking its model number via the settings menu. Follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Go to About.
  4. The Part Number is right next to the Model Number.
  5. Tap it to display the Model Number.

It’s that simple. You can easily confuse your iPhone part number and model number. While model numbers begin with the letter A, part numbers usually start with the letter M. You might want to check the list below to see various iPhones and their corresponding model numbers.

Is Your iPhone Locked or Broken?

You should always check to know if the iPhone you plan to buy is carrier-locked before paying for it. Otherwise, you may end up being disappointed, especially if you can’t easily return the iPhone after purchase.

You can check if an iPhone is unlocked by following these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap on Cellular
  3. Find the option labeled “Cellular Data Network.”

If the option is available, then your iPhone is unlocked. Otherwise, your iPhone is carrier-locked.

Your iPhone can also become locked if you input a wrong passcode more than ten times. When locked, the message “iPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes” will pop up from time to time. There are several ways to unlock your disabled iPhone, depending on the model.

2) On Your iPhone: Look on the Back for the A number

You can tell what iPhone you have by looking for the A number printed on the phone’s back.

This method applies to the iPhone 7 or earlier models. The number begins with the letter A, with the label ‘Model’ beside it.

If the number is too small for your naked eye, a magnifying glass can come in handy. The iPhone 8 and newer models don’t have the A number printed on the back. That means if you can’t find this number on the back of your device, you can be sure you have an iPhone 8 or later version.

For an iPhone 8 or later, you’ll need to remove the SIM tray and look for the number on the upper side of the SIM tray slot. Find a place with bright light overhead to see the number.

Model NameModel NumberRelease Year
iPhone 12 Pro MaxA2342, A2410, A2411, A24122020
iPhone 12 ProA2341, A2406, A2407, A24082020
iPhone 12A2172, A2402, A2403, A24042020
iPhone 12 miniA2176, A2398, A2399, A24002020
iPhone SE (2nd Generation)A2275, A2296, A22982020
iPhone 11 Pro MaxA2161, A2218, A22202019
iPhone 11 ProA2160, A2215, A22172019
iPhone 11A2111, A2112, A21132019
iPhone XS MaxA1921, A21012018
iPhone XSA1920, A20972018
iPhone XRA19842018
iPhone XA1865, A19012017
iPhone 8 PlusA1864, A18972017
iPhone 8A1863, A19052017
iPhone 7 PlusA1661, A1784, A1785, A17862016
iPhone 7A1660, A1778, A1779, A17802016
iPhone SEA1662, A1723, A17242016
iPhone 6S PlusA1634, A1687, A1690, A16992015
iPhone 6SA1633, A1688, A1691, A17002015
iPhone 6 PlusA1522, A1524, A15932014
iPhone 6A1549, A1586, A15892014
iPhone 5sA1453, A1457, A1518, A1528, A1530, A15332013
iPhone 5cA1456, A1507, A1516, A1526, A1529, A15322013
iPhone 5A1428, A1429, A14422012
iPhone 4SA1387, A14312011
iPhone 4A1332, A13492010
iPhone 3GSA1303, A13252009
iPhone 3GA1241, A13242008
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3) How to Tell What iPhone You’ve Got by Sight

If, for any reason, you can’t tell what iPhone you have using the methods above, we have a simpler method for you. You can tell what iPhone model you have by looking at its physical features, as outlined in this guide.

iPhone 12 Pro Max

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Released: 2020
Colors: Pacific Blue, Gold, Silver, and Graphite
Model Numbers: A2342, A23410, A2412, A2411

The iPhone 12 Pro Max features a textured matte glass back with three 12-megapixel cameras. A flat-edged stainless steel band surrounds the frame, and the side button is on the right side of the device. The device comes with a 6.7-inch display. The SIM tray on the left-hand side is for a “fourth form factor” (4FF) nano-SIM card.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 12 Pro

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Released: 2020
Colors: Gold, Silver, Pacific Blue, Graphite
Model Numbers: A2341, A2406, A2408, A2407

The iPhone 12 Pro is similar to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but it has a smaller (6.1 inches) screen. It also has a flat-edge stainless band around the frame and three 12-megapixel cameras on the back.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Mini

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Released: 2020
Colors: Black, White, Blue, Green, Red
Model Numbers: A2176, A2398, A2399, A2400

The iPhone 12 Mini has all the iPhone 12 features but with a smaller (5.4 inches) display. Like all other iPhone 12 models, it has the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number inscribed on the SIM tray. IMEI is a unique 15-digit code that specifically identifies your device.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 12 Mini

iPhone 12

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Released: 2020
Colors: Black, White, Blue, Green, Red
Model Numbers: A2172, A2402, A2403, A2404

The iPhone 12 features a glass back with two 12-megapixel cameras. The device comes with a 6.1-inch display, and a flat-edged anodized aluminum band surrounds the frame.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 12

iPhone SE (2nd Generation)

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Released: 2020
Colors: Black, White, Red
Model Numbers: A2275, A2296, A2298

The iPhone SE (2nd Generation) features a 4.7-inch display, measured diagonally, with a curved-edge glass front. The device has a glass back with an anodized aluminum band surrounding the frame. Another outstanding feature is the Touch ID-enabled solid-state Home button.

Trade-in Value: iPhone SE 2020

iPhone 11 Pro Max

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Released: 2019
Colors: Gold, Silver, Midnight Green, Space Grey Black
Model Numbers: A2161, A2220, A2218

The notable physical difference between the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max is that the latter has a bigger (6.5-inches) display and measures 158mm x 77.8 mm.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 11 Pro Max

iPhone 11 Pro

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Released: 2019
Colors: Gold, Silver, Midnight Green, Space Grey Black
Model Numbers: A2160, A2217, A2215

The iPhone 11 Pro features a 5.8-inch display, three 12-megapixel cameras, and a textured matte glass back. A stainless steel band surrounds the frame.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11

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Released: 2019
Colors: Black, White, Green, Red, Purple, Yellow
Model Numbers: A2111, A2223, A2221

The iPhone 11 features a 6.1-inch display, glass back, and anodized aluminum band surrounding the frame. One feature that sets it apart from other iPhones is the rear-camera configuration. This device has two 12-megapixel cameras on the back, arranged in a vertical configuration in a square block. It has no Home button.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 11

iPhone XS Max

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Released: 2018
Colors: Gold, Silver, Space Grey
Model Numbers: A1921, A2101, A2102, A2103, A2104

You can tell the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max apart by the screen size. The latter has a larger (6.5 inches) display with a notch at the top. Like the other X-series iPhones, the iPhone XS Max has no Home screen.

Trade-in Value: iPhone XS Max

iPhone XS

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Released: 2018
Colors: Gold, Silver, Space Grey
Model Numbers: A1920, A2097, A2098, A2099, A2100

The iPhone XS comes with a 5.8-inch display and two 12-megapixel rear cameras. The back is glass, and a stainless steel band surrounds the frame. It also features a Quad-LED True Tone flash on the back.

Trade-in Value: iPhone XS

iPhone XR

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Released: 2018
Colors: Black, White, Red, Blue, Yellow, Coral
Model Numbers: A1984, A2105, A2106, A2107, A2108

You can identify the iPhone XR by its 6.1-inch screen without a notch at the top. This device also has no home button, and it features a single 12-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Trade-in Value: iPhone XR

iPhone X

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Released: 2017
Colors: Space Grey, Silver
Model Numbers: A1865, A1901, A1902

The iPhone X and iPhone XS are practically identical, and it can be difficult to tell them apart. iPhone X doesn’t have a Home button, and the 5.8-inch screen comes down almost to the bottom of the chassis. The device has two 12-megapixel rear cameras arranged vertically.

Trade-in Value: iPhone X

iPhone 8 Plus

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Released: 2017
Colors: Silver, Gold, Red, Space Grey
Model Numbers: A1864, A1897, A1898

You can tell the iPhone 8 Plus apart from the iPhone 8 because it has a bigger (5.5 inches) display, measured diagonally. The iPhone 8 Plus has a twin-lens camera protruding a little from the back. It has no earphone jack and no A number inscribed on the back.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 8

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Released: 2017
Colors: Silver, Gold, Space Grey
Model Numbers: A1863, A1905, A1906

The iPhone 8 comes with a 4.7-inch display, measured diagonally. The glass front is flat with rounded edges. The device has a Touch ID-enabled solid-state home button, but it has no earphone jack. You can also identify this device because it has no A number inscribed on the back.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 8

iPhone 7 Plus

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Released: 2016
Colors: Black, Red, Silver, Gold, Jet Black, Rose Gold
Model Numbers: A1661, A1784, A1785

The iPhone 7 Plus is similar to the iPhone 7. The primary difference is that the iPhone 7 Plus has a larger 5.5-inch display and horizontal 12-megapixel twin-lens camera on the back. It also has no headphone jack.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 7

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Released: 2016
Colors: Black, Silver, Gold, Jet Black, Rose Gold
Model Numbers: A1660, A1778, A1779

You can easily confuse the iPhone 7 with the iPhone 8. While both have a 4.7-inch display and no headphone port, the iPhone 7 has an anodized aluminum back rather than glass.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 7

iPhone SE

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Released: 2016
Colors: Gold, Silver, Space Grey, Rose Gold
Model Numbers: A15723, A1662, A1724

The 1st generation iPhone SE features a 4-inch display with a flat glass front. You can tell the iPhone SE apart from the iPhone 5S by looking for the SE stamp at the back.

Trade-in Value: iPhone SE

iPhone 6S Plus

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Released: 2015
Colors: Gold, Silver, Space Grey, Rose Gold
Model Numbers: A1634, A1687, A1699

The iPhone 6S Plus looks much like the iPhone 6 but with a larger 5.5-inch display. The Home screen can accommodate six rows of icons plus the dock row. This device also has a letter “S” etched on the back, below the word iPhone.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 6S Plus

iPhone 6S

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Released: 2015
Colors: Gold, Silver, Space Grey, Rose Gold
Model Numbers: A1633, A1688, A1700

The iPhone 6S has a 4.7-inch display, measured diagonally. You can tell it apart from the iPhone 6 by the laser-etched letter “S” on the back. It is also available in Rose Gold, which the iPhone 6 doesn’t offer.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 6S

iPhone 6 Plus

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Released: 2014
Colors: Gold, Silver, Space Grey
Model Numbers: A1522, A1524, A1593

With a 5.5-inch display and anodized aluminum back, the iPhone 6 Plus is like the iPhone 6s Plus. However, it’s not available in Rose Gold and doesn’t have the laser-etched “S” on the anodized aluminum back.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6

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Released: 2014
Model Numbers: A1549, A1586, A1589

The main difference between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6S is that the iPhone 6 isn’t available in Rose Gold. It also doesn’t have the laser-etched “S” on the anodized aluminum back.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 6

iPhone 5S

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Released: 2013
Colors: Space Grey, Gold, Silver
Model Numbers: A1453, A1528, A1457, A1518, A1533, A1530

The iPhone 5s is similar to the iPhone 5, but you can tell them apart by the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the 5s. The Home button on the 5s features a plain circle rather than a square.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 5S

iPhone 5C

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Released: 2013
Colors: Blue, Green, White, Yellow, Pink
Model Numbers: A1456, A1516, A1507, A1529, A1532

The iPhone 5C features a flat glass front and a hard-coated polycarbonate back. It’s quite easy to identify, thanks to its bright plastic colors and curved back.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 5C

iPhone 5

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Released: 2012
Colors: Black, White
Model Numbers: A1442, A1428, A1429

The iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display that can accommodate five rows of icons plus the docked row at the bottom. While it looks like the iPhone 5s, it has a different color scheme of Black and White rather than Silver, Gold, and Space Grey.

Trade-in Value: iPhone 5

iPhone 4S

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Released: 2011
Colors: Black, White
Model Numbers: A1387, A1431

The iPhone 4s features a flat glass front and flat glass back, with a stainless steel band around the edges. There’s a + and – sign on the volume up and down buttons. The SIM tray on the right-hand side is for a “third form factor” (3FF) micro-SIM card.

iPhone 4

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Released: 2010 (GSM), 2011 (CDMA)
Colors: Black, White
Model Numbers: A1332, A1349

It’s challenging to differentiate between the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s by just looking at them. The main difference is that the CDMA version of the iPhone 4 doesn’t have a SIM tray, but the iPhone 4s always comes with a SIM tray.

iPhone 3GS

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Released: 2009
Colors: Black, White
Model Numbers: A1303, A1325

The iPhone 3GS features a curved plastic back without the black band on the original iPhone. The imprint on the rear housing is as bright and shiny as the silver Apple logo. The SIM tray on the top is for a “second form factor” (2FF) mini-SIM.

iPhone 3G

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Released: 2008, 2009
Colors: Black
Model Numbers: A1241, A1324

The iPhone 3G is practically identical to the iPhone 3GS, but the imprint on the rear is less shiny than the Apple logo above it.

iPhone (Original)

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Released: 2007
Model Numbers: A1203

The original iPhone features a grey/silver back housing made of anodized aluminum with a conspicuous black band across the bottom.

How To Discover What iPhone Model You Have