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What Model iPad Do I Have? How to Determine iPad Model

How to determine what model iPad you have

Ever needed to know what exact model of iPad you have? Maybe you aren’t sure if your iPad is an iPad Pro or an iPad Air, or what generation it is? Maybe you don’t know if your iPad is a 9th generation or 10th generation, or iPad Pro is 3rd generation or 4th generation? Fortunately you don’t need to guess, because your iPad has this information directly on the device, and you can access it easily at any time.

If you need to determine what model of iPad you have, we’ll show you exactly how to find out what model iPad it is by using the Settings app on the iPad itself.

How to Tell What Model iPad You Have

  1. Open the “Settings” app on your iPad, it looks like a gear icon
  2. Tap on “General”
  3. Tap on “About”
  4. Look for “Model Name” to find the exact model name of your iPad (ie: iPad Pro)

This will give you a human readable obvious iPad name, like “iPad Pro 11-inch 2nd generation”, which will tell you what your iPad model is, and help you determine compatibility with apps, accessories, and other devices.

In the same Settings > General > About section, you can also tap on the “Model Number” to access the model number and model identifier, if you need those for whatever reason.

Why it helps to know what model iPad you have

Not all iPad models are the same, here are some helpful reasons to know which iPad model you have.

  • System Software compatibility – Different iPad models often support different versions of system software, whether that is iOS or iPadOS. Knowing your model helps ensure that you download and install the appropriate software updates for your specific device, and so you can determine which versions of iPadOS are compatible with your particular iPad
  • App compatibility – Some apps and/or features may have specific requirements or limitations based on the iPad model. Furthermore, developers may optimize apps for particular iPad models, taking advantage of specific hardware capabilities or features that are not available on other models. Knowing your model can help you determine if certain apps or features are compatible with your device.
  • Using accessories and peripherals – Certain accessories, such as keyboard cases, cases, styluses and pencils, hubs, and more, may be designed to fit specific iPad models. Knowing your iPad model helps ensure that you purchase accessories that are compatible with your device. A prime example of this is the Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard, where iPad compatibility is specific.
  • Technical support – When seeking technical support for your iPad, either independently or through a support channel, you need to know what model of iPad you have so that information provided can be accurate, and relevant guidance offered. Knowing the model ahead of time can streamline the support process.
  • Resale – If you plan to sell or trade in your iPad, knowing the model is critical for accurately pricing and listing your device for sale or trade. Prospective buyers or trade-in services may inquire about the specific model to determine its market value.

In short, knowing your iPad model can help you make informed decisions about everything from software updates, to troubleshooting, to accessory and app compatibility.