Fixing a Scratched iPhone or iPad? Find Device Model Numbers in Settings

Apr 11, 2014 - 1 Comment

Scratched back of an iPhone

If you ever need to identify what model number an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is, typically the easiest thing to do is just flip the device over and look on the lower back panel. Alongside the trampstamp of regulatory details, FCC ID, IC, and the various symbols, you’ll find the devices model number. But what if the back of the iOS device is so scratched and damaged, that the model and other identifying details is completely obscured?

If you’re unable to read the model number off the back of a scratched iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, there’s another option available through iOS. It’s buried fairly deep in some obscure settings panel along with some sleep inducing incredibly interesting other documents and regulatory details, but nonetheless the important number remains easily accessible if you need it from a damaged device:

  1. Open Settings and go to “General”
  2. Choose “About” then scroll all the way down and select “Legal”
  3. Tap on “Regulatory”
  4. Find the device model number and EMC number at the top of the Regulatory list

Find the device model number in iOS Settings

You’ll also find other information within the Regulatory screen, including the FCC ID number, equivalent identifying information for other countries, and the various other symbols, most of which are meaningless to the average user but some are fairly amusing, like the “don’t throw your iPhone into the garbage can” symbol under the Europe section, just in case you were thinking about throwing away $600.

What’s the point of the model numbers anyway? Well, for most users they aren’t that relevant, but if you’re ever needing to troubleshoot an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or need to restore with IPSW, the model number is essential so that you choose the right firmware file to download. Also, they offer an easy way to answer the question of whether a device is CDMA or GSM, and of course if you’re doing actual physical repairs to a device it’s essential knowledge as well.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting

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  1. Fazek says:

    Finding your device’s serial number is more relevant I think, in case you want to take it to service there is a way to do it without the need of disassemble the device (goes for any ios device which powers on but without a working display or itunes won’t recognize it):
    -connect USB cable to mac
    -put device to recovery mode
    -open system information, find your device in the usb-tree and clicking on it will display the info
    -kick out of recovery

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