If you want to send your phone to Apple for service, prepare it to be sold or just document it for inventory or insurance records, you will most likely have to know your iPhone’s serial number.
Be aware that these instructions will work for other iOS devices like the iPad.
Below are the 4 ways to locate your iPhone serial number:
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- 1 How Can I Locate The Serial Number In My Phone Settings?
- 2 How Can I Check My iPhone Serial Number With iTunes?
- 3 How Can I Find My Serial Number Engraved On My Device?
- 4 How Can I Find My iPhone’s Serial Number On The Device Packaging?
- 5 How Can I Find My iPhone’s Serial Number With An iPhone Backup?
How Can I Locate The Serial Number In My Phone Settings?
If your iOS device is functioning properly, you can locate the serial number by adhering to these instructions. It can be done like this:
- Before anything else, click Settings.
- After that, click General.
- Then, click About.
- In "About," your iPhone’s Serial Number will be visible.
Do not play with your serial number, it is one of the numbers that set your phone apart from the rest. It has to be kept private.
If you mistakenly publish it and it reaches the wrong person, it can be used to submit a false service claim with Apple or used to report your phone as stolen, which will result in a lot of problems for you.
To make a copy of your iPhone serial number, simply click and hold your finger on the serial number till "copy" is visible.
After that, click "Copy" then Paste your iPhone Serial Number where it is needed.
How Can I Check My iPhone Serial Number With iTunes?
Your iPhone serial number can be checked through iTunes on your Mac or your personal computer. To confirm your Serial Number with iTunes, link your phone to your PC with a Lightning or 30-Pin USB cable, launch iTunes, then choose your iPhone from the device list that will be shown to you.
Be certain that you are on the “Summary” tab and all the simple information of your iOS device will be displayed. Your serial number will be one of them.
After that, you can copy your iPhone serial number by right-tapping (Control-clicking on a Mac) on the serial number and choosing Copy.
How Can I Find My Serial Number Engraved On My Device?
If you own an iPhone 5 or newer, do not bother about this section because these phones do not come with an engraved serial number.
For the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S, your phone’s serial number will be found on the SIM tray.
With a SIM tray removal tool or a straightened paper clip, you can remove your iOS device’s SIM tray from the side of the phone. When it is removed, the serial number will be seen on the bottom of the tray.
For the original iPhone and all models of iPad and iPod touch, your serial number will be visible on the back of the phone.
Because of the adoption of the smaller Nano SIM standard, beginning with the iPhone 5, the SIM tray does not have the space to occupy the iPhone serial number.
How Can I Find My iPhone’s Serial Number On The Device Packaging?
If you want to see your iPhone serial number without unpacking the box, or if the phone is faulty and you cannot use the other methods listed above, the serial number of all iPhones iPads and iPod touch can also be found on their retail box.
Every iOS device box comes with a sticker. On the sticker, you will see the serial number.
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How Can I Find My iPhone’s Serial Number With An iPhone Backup?
If you have zero access to your iOS device, but you have been backing up your device with iTunes, the serial number of the phone can be seen in the info you will see in the backup. The backup itself does not even have to be opened for you to recover your phone’s serial number.
Check your iPhone device’s backups by launching iTunes on your Mac or computer, then adhere to these instructions:
- From the iTunes menu, choose Preferences.
- Then head to Devices.
- After that, find the latest backup from the list of backups.
- Lastly, hover your mouse or trackpad cursor over the backup name in the Device Backups list.
- After some time, a pop-up will be visible and it will list your phone’s phone number, IMEI number, and serial number.