Many iPhone models look the same. Sure, if you are technically savvy, you may know about the differences by looking at the camera style, antenna lines, dimensions, etc. But what about general folks! Well, if you are someone who has trouble knowing which iPhone model you have or which one to buy used, it is an easier way to find out. Let me guide you through the process of identifying different iPhone models.
How can I find out which iPhone model I have?
Identify the iPhone model number by following the steps below, and confirm it with the list at the end of this post.
Use the Settings app
- Turn on the iPhone and open Settings app.
- Press General and press About.
- Press Model number. You will see a number beginning with ‘ONE. ‘This is your iPhone model number.
Look inside the SIM slot
On newer iPhones (8 and newer) the model number is etched inside the SIM slot. The small alphabets are difficult to read. Make sure you have a flashlight or another cell phone with a torch.
- Use the ejector to remove the SIM tray. Set it aside safely.
- Now point the flashlight into the SIM slot. You will see the small text on the upper edge of the track.
See the back of the iPhone
On older iPhones (7 and earlier), the model number is written on the back of the device. It is easily visible.
- Remove the case, cover, skin or opaque protector from the back of the iPhone.
- Under the text ‘Designed by Apple in California’ you will see the model number.
Full list of iPhones with associated model number
Once you know the model number (after following one of the methods above), you need to match the number with the list below to identify which iPhone you have.
iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- A2275 (Canada, USA)
- A2298 (mainland China)
- A2296 (other countries and regions)
iPhone 11 Pro Max
- A2161 (Canada, USA)
- A2220 (China, Hong Kong, Macao)
- A2218 (other countries and regions)
iPhone 11 Pro
- A2160 (Canada, USA)
- A2217 (China, Hong Kong, Macao)
- A2215 (other countries and regions)
- A2111 (Canada, USA)
- A2223 (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao)
- A2221 (other countries and regions)
iPhone XS Max
- A1921, A2101
- A2102 (Japan)
- A2104 (Mainland China)
- A1920, A2097
- A2098 (Japan)
- A2100 (China mainland)
- A1984, A2105
- A2106 (Japan)
- A2108 (China mainland)
- A1865, A1901
- A1902 (Japan)
iPhone 8 Plus
- A1864, A1897
- A1898 (Japan)
- A1863, A1905
- A1906 (Japan)
iPhone 7 Plus
- A1661, A1784
- A1785 (Japan)
- A1660, A1778
- A1779 (Japan)
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone SE (1st generation)
iPhone 6 Plus
- A1453, A1457, A1518, A1528, A1530, A1533
- A1456, A1507, A1516, A1529, A1532
iPhone (The first iPhone)
Here’s how to know which iPhone you have. Knowing this makes it easier to learn more about the device and its specific features.
I hope this short guide was helpful, and it answered your question. If you have more questions, you can ask via the comment field below.