How to identify my AirPods model

Which AirPods Do I Have? How to Tell AirPods Generation in 3 Easy Steps

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  • Learn how to use the Settings app to determine which AirPods you have.
  • Using the model number, determine which AirPod generation your unit belongs to, even without a phone.
  • Look through photos and descriptions to figure out which model AirPods you have.

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Via iPhone Settings (Quickest Way)

  1. Open Settings on your phone.
  2. Select Bluetooth.
  3. Look for your AirPods on the list.
  4. Tap the “i” or the info button.
  5. Match it with our list of AirPods generation and their model numbers below.
How to identify AirPods name or generation

Via the Model Number (If You Don't Have Your iPhone With You)

  1. Look for the light gray text and numbers in your AirPods.
    • For Earbuds Type: Look near the stem’s base.
    • For Over-ear Type: Check the upper inside where the over-ear piece connects to the headband.
  2. Match the model number with our table below to identify your AirPods model.
AirPods Pro model number
AirPods Max model number

Via Your Eyesight (Last Resort)

Use the information on each AirPods we provided below and match it with yours to identify which model you have.

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Do you know which AirPod generation you have? Perhaps you intend to resell it to purchase an upgraded model or make extra money.

Whatever your reason, knowing the specific generation or model of your wireless earbuds is essential for easier trade-in. This only applies to the original AirPods, not fake AirPods, as trade-in stores do not accept them.

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1) Using your iPhone: How to Tell which AirPods You Have by Model Number

If you’re trying to determine the model or generation of your AirPods, the simplest method is to look for its model number.

Where do I find the model number?

You can find the model number on the Settings app of the phone you paired your AirPods with, the wireless charging case, or on the device itself. The model number is usually placed near the serial number.

The format of AirPods’ model number is an A followed by four numbers (e.g., A####).

How to determine the Airpods model number via Settings:

How to identify AirPods name or generation

AirPods work when you connect them to a device via Bluetooth. For most devices, the controls for AirPods are on the Settings or Settings app.

Even though AirPods are Apple products, they also work when paired with Android smartphones or tablets, unlike the Apple Watch.

To check the Airpods’ model number via your device’s Settings app:

  • Open Settings on your phone.
  • Select Bluetooth.
  • Look for your Airpods on the list.
  • Tap the “i” or the info button. The button shows your AirPods’ model number.
  • Match it with our list of AirPods generation below.
Model NameModel NumberRelease Year
AirPods MaxA20962020
AirPods Pro 2nd Generation (USB-C)A3047, A3048, A30492023
AirPods Pro 2nd Generation (Lightning)A2931, A2699, A26982022
AirPods Pro (1st Generation)A2083, A20842019
AirPods (3rd Generation)A2564, A25652021
AirPods (2nd Generation)A2031, A20322019
AirPods (1st Generation)A1722, A15232017

2) Identify your AirPods with the model number

Another method to identify the generation of your AirPods is by examining the AirPods themselves. Each unit, from the first-generation AirPods to the AirPods Max, has a unique model number and serial number.

Due to the small size of the AirPods, you will need to use a magnifying glass to see the model number, which should not be confused with the serial number.

  • Take a look at your AirPods and search for light gray text and numbers
    • For earbuds type: Look near the stem’s base.
    • For the over-ear type: Check the upper inside (near where the over-ear piece connects to the headband)
  • Match the model number you found with our list below.
AirPods Max model number
AirPods Pro model number
Model NameModel NumberRelease Year
AirPods MaxA20962020
AirPods Pro 2nd Generation (USB-C)A3047, A3048, A30492023
AirPods Pro 2nd Generation (Lightning)A2931, A2699, A26982022
AirPods Pro (1st Generation)A2083, A20842019
AirPods (3rd Generation)A2564, A25652021
AirPods (2nd Generation)A2031, A20322019
AirPods (1st Generation)A1722, A15232017

3) Using Your Eyes: How to Tell What AirPods You Have by Sight

If you now have the model number of your AirPods, it’s time to figure out which version of AirPods or what series of AirPods you have by matching them with our list.

We made a list that you can use as a reference.

AirPods (1st generation)

Apple AirPods 1st Gen & Charging Case

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Released: 2017
Model Numbers: A1722, A1523

The first-generation AirPods are well-made headphones with a plastic casing and brushed aluminum, giving the earbuds a top-quality appearance to suit their price. These AirPods come in white and have microphones that reduce background noise during phone calls.

They can be recharged with the AirPods charging case. They innovatively connect to your iOS device and have a battery that can last up to 27 hours.

Trade-in Value: None

AirPods (2nd generation)

Apple AirPods 2nd Gen & Charging Case

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Released: 2019
Model Numbers: A2031, A2032

The second-generation AirPods are available in white and are known for their long-lasting battery. They can deliver five hours of listening time and up to three hours of talk time. Second-generation AirPods are recharged with a lightning charging case.

The Airpods (2nd generation) are nearly identical to the first-generation AirPods, with only minor differences. They are open-back earbuds that do not restrict ambient noise but are ideal for outdoor activities.

Trade-in Value: AirPods 2nd Gen

AirPods (3rd generation)

Apple AirPods 3rd Gen & Charging Case

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Released: 2021
Model Numbers: A2564, A2565

The third-generation AirPods have a slightly different appearance than previous generations of AirPods and include a few more features and an improved battery.

The stems for the AirPods (3rd generation) are shorter compared to the 2nd generation’s. Aside from the “Hey, Siri” feature, it also has a force sensor for controlling music and calls.

Trade-in Value: AirPods 3rd Gen

AirPods Pro (1st Generation)

Apple AirPods Pro 1st Gen & Charging Case

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Released: 2019
Model Numbers: A2083, A2084

AirPods Pro have active noise cancellation, a valuable feature for commuting. They have longer battery life and a simpler touch control scheme.

Apple sells the AirPods Pro in white. They’re in-ear headphones that can be recharged with the AirPods Pro charging case.

Trade-in Value: AirPods

AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen & Charging Case

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Released: 2022
Model Numbers: A2931, A2699, A2698

The AirPods Pro second generation comes in white and has an H2 chip that enables smarter noise cancellation and 3D sound.

It looks identical to the first-generation AirPods Pro, but Apple has added a new feature called Enhanced Touch control. Users can use this to play music from the stem while gently swiping up or down to adjust the volume.

Trade-in Value: AirPods Pro 2

AirPods Max

Apple AirPods Max 1st Gen

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Released: 2020
Model Numbers: A2096

The AirPods Max are high-end over-ear headphones with active noise cancellation. They have an over-ear design and a customized mesh textile wrapping the ear cushions. The pair comes with a stainless steel frame and anodized aluminum cups.

AirPods Max have over 21 hours of playback time, which should be sufficient for most people.

Trade-in Value: AirPods Max

4) Identify Your AirPods with the Charging Case

The AirPods case serves as storage and as a charger for the device. It usually comes with a lighting connector, and it has a status light.

There are five different charging cases for the AirPod generations where you can check your AirPods’ model number and the serial number.

Lightning Charging Case

AirPods 1st Gen Charging Case

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Model: A1602
Release Year: 2017

Compatible with: AirPods (1st generation) & AirPods (2nd generation)

Description: You can find a lighting cable placed on the bottom of the charging case. Use this for plug-in charging and extending the battery charge of your AirPods.

Status Light: Found inside the charging case

Model Number & Serial Number: Found on the first line of text printed on the underside of the lid.

Wireless Charging Case

AirPods 2nd Gen Charging Case

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Model: A1938
Release Year: 2019

Compatible with: AirPods (1st generation) & AirPods (2nd generation)

Description: This is a Qi-compatible wireless case with a lightning connector for plug-in charging at the bottom of the case. A Qi-compatible device means you can use Qi chargers to charge your device wirelessly.

Status Light: Found on the front of the case

Model Number & Serial Number: Found on the lid’s underside

AirPods Pro Charging Case

AirPods Pro 1st Gen Charging Case

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Model: A2190
Release Year: 2019

Compatible with: AirPods Pro

Description: The charging case of an AirPods Pro is also Qi-compatible. It has a lightning connector found on the case’s bottom part for plug-in charging.

Status Light: Found on the front of the charging case

Model Number & Serial Number: Found on the lid’s underside

MagSafe Charging Case for AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro 1st Gen Charging Case

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Model: A2190
Release Year: 2019

Compatible with: AirPods Pro

Description: A MagSafe charging case for AirPods Pro is also Qi-compatible. It has a lightning connector found on the bottom of the case for plug-in charging. It can also magnetically align with MagSafe-compatible chargers.

Status Light: Found on the front of the charging case

Model Number & Serial Number: Found on the lid’s underside

MagSafe Charging Case for AirPods (3rd generation)

AirPods 3rd Gen Charging Case

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Model: A2566
Release Year: 2021

Compatible with: AirPods (3rd generation)

Description: This AirPods charging case is compatible with Qi-certified wireless charging, with a lightning cable found on the case’s bottom part. It can also magnetically align with MagSafe-compatible chargers.

Status light: Found on the front of the AirPods charging case

Model Number & Serial Number: Found on the lid’s underside

Lightning Charging Case for AirPods (3rd generation)

AirPods 3rd Gen Charging Case

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Model: A2897
Release Year: 2022

Compatible with: AirPods (3rd generation)

Description: This AirPods charging case has a lightning connector on the bottom that can be used plug-in charging.

Status light: Found on the front of the charging case.

Model Number & Serial Number: Found on the lid’s underside.

MagSafe Charging Case for AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

AirPods Pro 2nd Gen Charging Case

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Model: A2897
Release Year: 2022

Compatible with: AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

Description: This AirPods charging case has an external speaker at the bottom which displays current battery and charging status. It’s compatible with Qi-certified wireless chargers and magnetically aligns with MagSafe-compatible chargers

Status light: Found on the front of the charging case.

Model Number & Serial Number: Found on the lid’s underside.