Simple questions: What model is my iPhone?

So you received an iPhone as a present. Maybe you got it from your company, from a good friend, 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 model I have?". Fortunately, there are several ways in which you can find this information. If you want to know them, we have the perfect tutorial for you:

1. Identify the model of your iPhone by checking its Settings

One quick way to learn 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 the Settings.

The Settings icon on an iPhone's screen

On 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 in the list is the iPhone that you are holding right now. Right under its name, you should see the model of your iPhone, written in small text. In my case, it is a cheap iPhone SE.

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. There, you can see its exact model displayed under the 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. Identify the model of your iPhone by looking at its model number

Another method that lets you identify the exact model of your iPhone is based on reading the model number written on its back. This method is slower, but its big advantage is that you can use it to determine the model of an iPhone even if it is not working (it is bricked) or if you cannot unlock it.

Take your iPhone and look at its back. Among other information that is etched there, you should find a piece of text that says "Model A" followed by four numbers.

The model number etched on the back of an iPhone

The "Model A[XXXX]" is the exact model number of your iPhone. All you have to do now is to match the numbers on your iPhone with the ones in this list:

  • iPhone XS: A1920, A2097, A2098 (Japan), A2100 (China)
  • iPhone XS Max: A1921, A2101, A2102 (Japan), A2104 (China)
  • 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: 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

NOTE: You can also find the model number of your iPhone in the Settings app, by following this path: General -> About, and then tap on Model.

The model of an iPhone, shown on the About page

Which is your favorite iPhone model?

Now you know how to find what model of iPhone you have. What is 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, and let's discuss.