How to Find the Serial Number of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

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    How to Find the Serial Number of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch




    Knowing an iOS devices serial number is useful for a wide variety of reasons, from checking warranty status, determining if it’s eligible for a free repair from Apple, checking unlock status, checking for iCloud Activation Lock, insurance purposes, repairs, registering a phone for a variety of services, amongst other reasons. We’ll show you how to quickly find the serial number on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

    There are two ways to quickly uncover the serial number of any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, one of which is done directly on the device itself through the iOS settings application, and another which can be accessed on any connected computer through iTunes. It doesn’t matter which method you use, if the device is the same, the serial number attached to it will be the same too.


    Finding a Device Serial Number in iOS Settings

    For every iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, regardless of system software version, you can find the serial number of the device through iOS Settings:

    Open the Settings app in iOS if you haven’t done so yet
    Go to “General” then choose “About”
    Scroll down to find the “Serial Number” entry, this alphanumeric code is the devices serial number you are looking for






    That applies to all versions of iOS and on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch model.

    If you’d rather find the serial number of an iOS device from a computer, you can do that too with iTunes.


    Find an iOS Device Serial Number from iTunes

    You can also quickly retrieve an iOS device serial number from iTunes by doing the following:

    Connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the computer with a USB cable
    Open iTunes and select the iOS device
    At the primary “Summary” screen for that device, look for ‘Serial Number’ — for an iPhone it will be underneath the capacity and phone number






    As you can see neither of these methods are particularly complex, though unlike finding a serial number of a Mac, you can’t have it spoken to you without enabling separate text to speech settings in iOS.






    Though the serial number may look totally random, serial numbers are assigned to devices in an orderly way, with details about the devices factory and machine ID, the week of production, the year it was manufactured, the color, and the storage size of the model. You can decipher this information about the device by reading the serial and knowing the format as it applies to the iPhone or iPad, though it does vary per model and per device.





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    Learn About an iPhone From the Serial Number




    iPhone serial numbers aren’t just randomly generated, they actually contain some interesting information about the device and it’s history, including what factory it was made in and when, the color of the iPhone, and it’s storage capacity.


    Finding the iPhone Serial Number

    If you want to follow along here with an iPhone, you can get the serial number in iOS of any device by doing the following:

    Go to Settings > General > About
    Scroll down alongside other info like model, IMEI, and baseband firmware version until you see “Serial Number”






    If the device is connected to a computer you can also look under the “Summary” tab of iTunes to find the serial number of the iPhone from there.

    Reading an iPhone Serial Number
    Serial numbers come in the form AABCCDDDEEF which can be read as follows:

    AA = Factory and machine ID
    B = Year manufactured (simplified to final digit, 2010 is 0, 2011 is 1, etc)
    CC = Week of production
    DDD = Unique identifier (but unrelated to UDID)
    EE = Color of device
    F = Size of storage, S is 16GB and T is 32GB

    For example, the serial 79049XXXA4S is from factory 79 (presumably Foxconn), was manufactured in 2010 in the 49th week, and is a black 16GB iPhone 4. Some older phones have slightly different labeling, like the iPhone 3G and 3GS may refer to 16GB as “K” rather than S, but for newer hardware this should continue to be accurate unless Apple changes something.

    This was discovered a while back by iFixIt during the whole iPhone 4 Antennagate thing as they were trying to figure out what devices were impacted, and if Apple was quietly making changes to the hardware. At this point it’s just a fun way to learn more about your iPhone, so thanks to Tim R. for sending in the tip.

    On the much less technical side, you can also use the serial number to check warranty information for the phone, including eligibility for an extended AppleCare plan.

    Update: The serial numbers of iPhone 4 CDMA and iPhone 4S are a bit different and don’t follow the same structure. Here are the three digit suffixes for iPhones that do fall into the readability list (thanks Michael):

    VR0 (iPhone 2G Silver 4GB)
    WH8 (iPhone 2G Silver 8GB)
    0KH (iPhone 2G Silver 16GB)
    Y7H (iPhone 3G Black 8GB)
    Y7K (iPhone 3G Black 16GB)
    3NP (iPhone 3GS Black 16GB)
    3NR (iPhone 3GS Black 32GB)
    3NQ (iPhone 3Gs White 16GB)
    3NS (iPhone 3Gs White 32GB)
    A4S (iPhone 4 Black 16GB)
    A4T (iPhone 4 Black 32GB)

    This extends onwards through iPhone 5, iPhone 6, s, iPhone 7 model years, etc.





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