How To Discover What iPhone Model You Have

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 iPhone you have in three simple ways:

  • Settings Menu
  • On the device
  • By sight

1- Settings Menu: How to Tell What 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:

  • Navigate to Settings
  • Tap General
  • Go to About
  • The part number is right next to the Model Number. 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 on Apple’s Website 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:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap on Cellular
  • 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 A Number Release Date
iPhone 12 Pro Max A2342 2020
iPhone 12 Pro Max A2410 2020
iPhone 12 Pro Max A2411 2020
iPhone 12 Pro Max A2412 2020
iPhone 12 Pro A2341 2020
iPhone 12 Pro A2406 2020
iPhone 12 Pro A2407 2020
iPhone 12 Pro A2408 2020
iPhone 12 A2172 2020
iPhone 12 A2402 2020
iPhone 12 A2403 2020
iPhone 12 A2404 2020
iPhone 12 mini A2176 2020
iPhone 12 mini A2398 2020
iPhone 12 mini A2399 2020
iPhone 12 mini A2400 2020
iPhone SE (2nd Generation) A2275 2020
iPhone SE (2nd Generation) A2296 2020
iPhone SE (2nd Generation) A2298 2020
iPhone 11 Pro Max A2161 2019
iPhone 11 Pro Max A2218 2019
iPhone 11 Pro Max A2220 2019
iPhone 11 Pro A2160 2019
iPhone 11 Pro A2215 2019
iPhone 11 Pro A2217 2019
iPhone 11 A2111 2019
iPhone 11 A2112 2019
iPhone 11 A2113 2019
iPhone Xs Max A1921 2018
iPhone Xs Max A2101 2018
iPhone Xs A1920 2018
iPhone Xs A2097 2018
iPhone Xr A1984 2018
iPhone X A1865 2017
iPhone X A1901 2017
iPhone 8 Plus A1864 2017
iPhone 8 Plus A1897 2017
iPhone 8 A1863 2017
iPhone 8 A1905 2017
iPhone 7 Plus A1661 2016
iPhone 7 Plus A1784 2016
iPhone 7 Plus A1785 2016
iPhone 7 Plus A1786 2016
iPhone 7 A1660 2016
iPhone 7 A1778 2016
iPhone 7 A1779 2016
iPhone 7 A1780 2016
iPhone SE A1662 2016
iPhone SE A1723 2016
iPhone SE A1724 2016
iPhone 6S Plus A1634 2015
iPhone 6S Plus A1687 2015
iPhone 6S Plus A1690 2015
iPhone 6S Plus A1699 2015
iPhone 6S A1633 2015
iPhone 6S A1688 2015
iPhone 6S A1691 2015
iPhone 6S A1700 2015
iPhone 6 Plus A1522 2014
iPhone 6 Plus A1524 2014
iPhone 6 Plus A1593 2014
iPhone 6 A1549 2014
iPhone 6 A1586 2014
iPhone 6 A1589 2014
iPhone 5s A1453 2013
iPhone 5s A1457 2013
iPhone 5s A1518 2013
iPhone 5s A1528 2013
iPhone 5s A1530 2013
iPhone 5s A1533 2013
iPhone 5c A1456 2013
iPhone 5c A1507 2013
iPhone 5c A1516 2013
iPhone 5c A1526 2013
iPhone 5c A1529 2013
iPhone 5c A1532 2013
iPhone 5 A1428 2012
iPhone 5 A1429 2012
iPhone 5 A1442 2012
iPhone 4S A1387 2011
iPhone 4S A1431 2011
iPhone 4 A1332 2010
iPhone 4 A1349 2010
iPhone 3GS A1303 2009
iPhone 3GS A1325 2009
iPhone 3G A1241 2008
iPhone 3G A1324 2008
iPhone A1203 2007

3 – Last Resort: How to Tell What iPhone You Have 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

  • 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.

iPhone 12 Pro

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.

iPhone 12

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.

iPhone 12 mini

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.

iPhone SE (2nd Generation)

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.

iPhone 11 Pro

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.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

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.

iPhone 11

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.

iPhone XS

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.

iPhone XS Max

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.

iPhone XR

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.

iPhone X

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.

iPhone 8

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.

iPhone 8 Plus

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.

iPhone 7

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.

iPhone 7 Plus

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.

iPhone 6s

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.

iPhone 6s Plus

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.

iPhone 6

Released: 2014

Colors: Gold, Silver, Space Grey

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.

iPhone 6 Plus

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.

iPhone SE

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.

iPhone 5s

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.

iPhone 5c

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.

iPhone 5

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.

iPhone 4s

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

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

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

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

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