Which iPhone Do I Have? How to Identify iPhone Model

If you don’t deal with iOS and iPhones day in day out, such as we do, it can get a little confusing when you’re supposed to pick the right firmware update file or prepare to sell your device. If you ask yourself the question: “Which iPhone do I have?” this little article will show you how to find that out.

How do I know what kind of iPhone I have?

Visually similar models such as the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S or the iPhone 5 and iPhone SE and of course the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s are sometimes hard to distinguish without knowing the model number.

To be sure, simply check the back of your device and look for a tiny number that corresponds to the following format:

Model A[1234]

Note that we are not at all looking for the longer IMEI number, which is more of an unique identifier rather than a model signifier that groups together a bunch of technically identical devices. The model number typically consists of the letter A followed by four digits. Once you have the model number, identifying the actual iPhone model is a piece of cake.

If you have one of the newer iPhone models, you can find the model number no longer on the back, but in the “Settings”. Go to “General”, tap on “About” and choose “Legal” further down the screen. After that, tap on “Regulatory”. You will find the model number of your iPhone directly at the top.

Using the following list, you can determine which iPhone you have by simply comparing the model number on the back of your device with the ones listed below:

  • A1203: Original iPhone
  • A1241: iPhone 3G
  • A1303: iPhone 3GS
  • A1332, A1349: iPhone 4
  • A1387: iPhone 4S
  • A1428, A1429: iPhone 5
  • A1456, A1507, A1526, A1529, A1532: iPhone 5c
  • A1453, A1457, A1528, A1530, A1533: iPhone 5s
  • A1549, A1586, A1589: iPhone 6
  • A1522, A1524, A1593: iPhone 6 Plus
  • A1633, A1688: iPhone 6s
  • A1634, A1687: iPhone 6s Plus
  • A1723, A1662, A1724: iPhone SE
  • A1660, A1778, A1779, A1780: iPhone 7
  • A1661, A1784, A1785, A1786: iPhone 7 Plus
  • A1863, A1905, A1906: iPhone 8
  • A1864, A1897, A1898: iPhone 8 Plus
  • A1865, A1901, A1902: iPhone X
  • A1984, A2105, A2106, A2107: iPhone XR
  • A1920, A2097, A2098, A2100: iPhone XS
  • A1921, A2101, A2102, A2104: iPhone XS Max
  • A2111, A2223, A2221: iPhone 11
  • A2160, A2217, A2215: iPhone 11 Pro
  • A2161, A2220, A2218: iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • A2275, A2298, A2296: iPhone SE (2nd generation)

Identify iPhone model by external features

By the way, you can determine your iPhone model not only by the model number, but also by external features.

  • Round corners, 30-pin dock connector (wide charging cable connector), physical home button, headphone jack, 3.5-inch display, curved plastic back, Black or Silver: iPhone.
  • Round corners, 30-pin dock connector (wide charging cable connector), physical home button, headphone jack, 3.5-inch display, curved plastic back, Black: iPhone 3G
  • Round corners, 30-pin dock connector (wide charging cable connector), physical home button, headphone jack, 3.5-inch display, curved plastic back, Black or White: iPhone 3GS
  • Angular, edged, 30-pin dock connector (wide charging cable connector), physical home button, headphone jack, 3.5-inch display, black line on the left side of the frame (bottom), glass back, Black or White: iPhone 4
  • Angular, edged, 30-pin dock connector (wide charging cable connector), physical home button, headphone jack, 3.5-inch display, two black lines on the left side of the frame (bottom and top), glass back, Black or White: iPhone 4s
  • Rounded corners, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), physical home button, headphone jack, 4-inch display, aluminium back, Black or White: iPhone 5
  • Rounded corners, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), physical home button, headphone jack, 4-inch display, smooth polycarbonate back, White; Blue; Pink; Green or Yellow: iPhone 5c
  • Rounded corners, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), physical home button with fingerprint recognition, headphone jack, 4-inch display, oval-shaped dual-LED flash, aluminium back, Space Gray; Silver or Gold: iPhone 5s
  • Rounded shape without corners and edges, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), physical home button with fingerprint recognition, headphone jack, 4.7-inch display, aluminium back, Space Gray; Silver or Gold: iPhone 6
  • Rounded shape without corners and edges, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), physical home button with fingerprint recognition, headphone jack, 5.5-inch display, Space Gray; Silver or Gold: iPhone 6 Plus
  • Rounded corners, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), physical home button with fingerprint recognition, headphone jack, 4-inch display, oval-shaped dual-LED flash, aluminium back sporting the letters “SE”, Space Gray; Silver, Gold or Rose Gold: iPhone SE
  • Rounded shape without corners and edges, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), physical home button with fingerprint recognition, headphone jack, 4.7-inch display, aluminium back sporting the letter “S”, Space Gray; Silver, Gold or Rose Gold: iPhone 6s
  • Rounded shape without corners and edges, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), physical home button with fingerprint recognition, headphone jack, 5.5-inch display, aluminium back sporting the letter “S”, Space Gray; Silver, Gold or Rose Gold: iPhone 6s Plus
  • Rounded shape without corners and edges, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), virtual home button with fingerprint recognition, no headphone jack, 4.7-inch display, aluminium back, Jet Black; Black, Silver, Gold or Rose Gold: iPhone 7
  • Rounded shape without corners and edges, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), virtual home button with fingerprint recognition, no headphone jack, 5.5-inch display, aluminium back, dual-lens camera, Jet Black; Black, Silver, Gold or Rose Gold: iPhone 7 Plus
  • Rounded shape without corners and edges, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), virtual home button with fingerprint recognition, no headphone jack, 4.7-inch display, glass back, Space Gray; Silver or Gold: iPhone 8
  • Rounded shape without corners and edges, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), virtual home button with fingerprint recognition, no headphone jack, 5.5-inch display, glass back, dual-lens camera, Space Gray; Silver or Gold: iPhone 8 Plus
  • Rounded shape without corners and edges, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), almost bezel-less display with no home button, no headphone jack, 5.8-inch display, glass back, dual-lens camera, Space Gray or Silver: iPhone X
  • Rounded shape without corners and edges, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), almost bezel-less display with no home button, no headphone jack, 5.8-inch display, glass back, dual-lens camera, Space Gray or Silver: iPhone X
  • Rounded shape without corners and edges, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), almost bezel-less display with no home button, no headphone jack, 6.1-inch display, glass back, Red; Yellow; White; Coral; Black; or Blue: iPhone XR
  • Rounded shape without corners and edges, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), almost bezel-less display with no home button, no headphone jack, 5.8-inch display, glass back, dual-lens camera, Space Gray, Silver or Gold: iPhone XS
  • Rounded shape without corners and edges, slim casing, Lightning connector (narrow charging cable connector), almost bezel-less display with no home button, no headphone jack, 6.5-inch display, glass back, dual-lens camera, Space Gray, Silver or Gold: iPhone XS Max

Check technical capabilities of your iPhone

Since some iPhones are similar in appearance, you may want to check out your iPhone’s technical capabilities if you’re unsure.

Siri:

  • No voice control: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4
  • Voice control available, but “Hey Siri” only possible if iPhone is connected to power supply: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
  • Voice control with complete “Hey Siri” support: iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X

3D Touch:

  • 3D Touch available: iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max

Tipp: In another article we show you how to find out which iOS version is installed on your iPhone.