How to identify which iPhone you have
Apple devices look rather similar, so it is possible to have difficulties while differentiating between the models. If you are not sure which model you have, this article can help you identify it.
1. Model A number on the back
The iPhone identification number is written on the back of your phone. It appears after “Model” and starts with the letter A. The number is rather small, so you may need a magnifying glass to read it.
If you have the number, you can find it in the following list and see which model you have:
- A1203: Original iPhone
- A1241: iPhone 3G
- A1303: iPhone 3GS
- A1332, A1349: iPhone 4
- A1387: iPhone 4S
- A1428, A1429: iPhone 5
- A1456, A1507, A1526, A1529 or A1532: iPhone 5c
- A1453, A1457, A1528, A1530 or A1533: iPhone 5s
- A1549, A1586 or A1589: iPhone 6
- A1522, A1524 or A1593: iPhone 6 Plus
- A1633 or A1688: iPhone 6s
- A1634 or A1687: iPhone 6s Plus
- A1660, A1778 or A1779: iPhone 7
- A1661, A1784 or A1785: iPhone 7 Plus
- A1723, A1662 or A1724: iPhone SE
- A1863, A1905 or A1906: iPhone 8
- A1864, A1897 or A1898: iPhone 8 Plus
- A1865, A1901 or A1902: iPhone X
If you cannot find the Model A number on the back of your phone, it means that you have the newest iPhone. Luckily, there are other ways to find out exactly which phone you have.
2. The M number (or SKU model number) in Settings
Another way to identify your phone is by going to Settings and selecting General -> About. Here you will see a number beginning with an M (or an N, if you have a replacement model). This number is usually referred to as the M number or the SKU. If you use this number to search the Web, you will find information about the model of your phone, its color, its storage capacity, etc.
If you cannot find neither one of the above mentioned numbers, you may be able to figure out which model you have by simply checking the iPhone’s external features.
The original iPhone has a silver back with a black band at the bottom. Here is what it looks like:
iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3G and 3GS has a curved black or white plastic back. If the rear is white, you have iPhone 3GS. If it is black, it may be either one. However, the Apple logo and the imprint on the 3GS are the same shiny silver, while on the 3G, the imprint is less shiny than the logo.
iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s
iPhone 4 and 4s have a glass front and back. They come in black and white:
iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s are rather similar. One of the differences between them is that there is no SIM tray on the right-hand side on the CDMA version of iPhone 4. It must be noted, however, that iPhone 4 has a version with and without the SIM tray, whereas iPhone 4s always has a SIM tray.
Another difference between the two models is the storage capacity. iPhone 4 may have 8GB, 16GB or 32GB capacity, while iPhone 4s may have 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, or 62GB capacity. You can check your phone capacity in Settings -> General -> About. If you find that your phone capacity is above 32GB, you have iPhone 4s.
iPhone 5 is similar to iPhone 4 and 4s, but its display is taller. iPhone 5 has five rows of app icons (iPhone 4 and 4s have four) and a dock row at the bottom.
iPhone 5s is almost identical to iPhone 5, except for one key difference: the Touch ID fingerprint scanner instead of the square Home button. On the black models, the fingerprint scanner is completely black, while on the white model, there is a shiny metal ring around the edge. The back of the phone comes in new color schemes: Gold, Silver, and Space Grey.
iPhone 5c comes in a variety of bright colors and has a curved plastic rear. It is taller and slightly more square than the other plastic models like iPhone 3G and 3GS.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s
iPhone 6 looks somewhat different from its predecessors. It has rounded-off edges and a larger screen (4.7in diagonally). iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s come in such colors as Silver, Gold, and Space Grey. iPhone 6s also comes in Rose Gold and has the letter S on the back right below “iPhone”.
iPhone SE comes in the same colors as iPhone 6s, but it is more similar to iPhone 5s in terms of its design. At the back of the phone, you will find the SE stamp.
iPhone 7 has a glass front and an aluminum back. It looks similar to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, however, it is slimmer. It also does not have a headphone jack at the bottom. Instead, there is a Lightning port in the middle with speaker grilles on each side. Moreover, at the back of the phone, you will no longer find the horizontal lines that are a part of the previous models’ designs.
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 7 Plus is very similar to iPhone 7, the main difference is its size and its camera. iPhone 7 Plus has a larger, 5.5in display, while its rear camera is a horizontal twin-lens:
iPhone 8 is also very similar to iPhone 7. The only difference is that instead of an aluminum back, it has a glass back. iPhone 8 comes in silver, Space Grey, red, and pinkish gold. It also does not have the A number on the back. Moreover, iPhone 8 has 64GB and 26GB capacities, while iPhone 7 comes in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 8 Plus differs from iPhone 8 in that it has a twin-lens camera and a larger 5.5in display:
iPhone X does not have a Home button on the front. Its screen comes down almost to the very bottom and it has a notch taken out of the top. The phone also has two vertically-arranged rear cameras. It comes in 64GB and 256GB capacities, while its color schemes include silver and Space Grey.