What iPhone do I have?

So you received an iPhone as a present. Maybe you got it from your company, from your significant other, or maybe even from your grandma. What if no one knows what model of iPhone that is? How do you answer this simple question: "How do I know what iPhone I have?". Fortunately, there are three easy ways to find this information. If you want to know them, read this article:

1. What model of iPhone do I have? Find out in its Device Info Settings

One quick way to see what model of iPhone you own is to check its Settings. However, although this is one of the easiest ways to find out, it also means that you must be able to unlock your iPhone. On your iPhone's home screen, tap on Settings.

The Settings icon on an iPhone's screen

At the top of the Settings list, tap on your Apple ID.

The Apple ID entry from the iPhone Settings

Scroll down until you find the list of the devices that you own. The first one on the list is the iPhone that you are holding right now. Right under its name, you should see its model, written in small text. In my case, it's an old iPhone SE (1st generation).

The iPhone model shown in your list of devices

You can also tap on the name of your iPhone to get to the Device Info screen.

You can now see your iPhone's model displayed under its picture at the top, as well as in the Model field from the Device Info section.

The iPhone model shown on the Device Info screen

2. What kind of iPhone do I have? Find out from its About Settings

The Settings app also offers another way to find the model number of your iPhone. Open the Settings and go to General.

The General entry from an iPhone's Settings

On the General page, tap on About.

The About entry from an iPhone's General Settings

This opens the About page, where you can see your iPhone's Model Name displayed at the top of the list.

The model of an iPhone, shown on the About page

If none of the previous methods work for you, the next one should, regardless of how new or old your iPhone is.

3. How do I tell what iPhone I have? Check the model number on your iPhone's back

This method of identifying the exact model of your iPhone is based on reading the model number written on its back. It is a slower way to do it. Still, it has the big advantage that you can use it to determine the model of an iPhone even if it's not working (it's bricked) or if you cannot unlock it.

Take your iPhone and look on its back. Among other information etched there, you might find a piece of text that says "Model A," followed by four numbers. If you don't see any model number, it means that you have an iPhone 8 or newer. In that case, remove your iPhone's SIM card tray and look inside the opening. The model number should be printed on the edge of the opening.

The model number etched on the back of an iPhone

The "Model A[XXXX]" is the exact model number of your iPhone. Now you can match the numbers on your iPhone with the ones in this list:

  • iPhone SE (2nd generation): A2275 (Canada, United States), A2298 (China mainland), A2296 (other countries and regions)
  • iPhone 11 Pro: A2160 (Canada, United States), A2217 (China mainland, Hong Kong, Macao), A2215 (other countries and regions)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: A2161 (Canada, United States), A2220 (China mainland, Hong Kong, Macao), A2218 (other countries and regions)
  • iPhone 11: A2111 (Canada, United States), A2223 (China mainland, Hong Kong, Macao), A2221 (other countries and regions)
  • iPhone XS: A1920, A2097, A2098 (Japan), A2099, A2100 (China)
  • iPhone XS Max: A1921, A2101, A2102 (Japan), A2103, A2104 (China)
  • iPhone XR: A1984, A2105, A2106 (Japan), A2107, A2108 (China mainland)
  • iPhone X: A1865, A1901, A1902 (Japan)
  • iPhone 8: A1863, A1905, A1906 (Japan)
  • iPhone 8 Plus: A1864, A1897, A1898 (Japan)
  • iPhone 7: A1660, A1778, A1779 (Japan)
  • iPhone 7 Plus: A1661, A1784, A1785 (Japan)
  • iPhone 6s: A1633, A1688, A1700
  • iPhone 6s Plus: A1634, A1687, A1699
  • iPhone 6: A1549, A1586, A1589
  • iPhone 6 Plus: A1522, A1524, A1593
  • iPhone SE (1st generation): A1723, A1662, A1724
  • iPhone 5s: A1453, A1457, A1518, A1528, A1530, A1533
  • iPhone 5c: A1456, A1507, A1516, A1529, A1532
  • iPhone 5: A1428, A1429, A1442
  • iPhone 4s: A1431, A1387
  • iPhone 4: A1349, A1332
  • iPhone 3GS: A1325, A1303
  • iPhone 3G: A1324, A1241
  • iPhone: A1203

Which is your favorite iPhone model?

Now you know how to find what model of iPhone you have. What's your favorite iPhone model? If you skip the part about performance and newness, which iPhone do you believe it was the best that Apple ever made? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.