Here’s a short guide to working out what model your phone is.
Check your phone’s settings
The easiest way to check your phone’s model name and number is to use the phone itself. Go to the Settings or Options menu, scroll to the bottom of the list, and check ‘About phone’, ‘About device’ or similar. The device name and model number should be listed.
Check the phone and its box
This may sound like an obvious one, but you should be able to find some mention of the phone or its model number on the phone, or among the things you found in the box. The box itself is also a great indicator, with most including the model name and number on a small white sticker. If nothing stands out as a potential model name, then try googling whatever words or numbers that you can find. This same sticker can also be found inside some older phones, usually inside the battery cover (and potentially behind a removable battery).
Check the Bluetooth name
Another nice way to get a clue to your phone’s name is via Bluetooth. Each Bluetooth device has a preset name it uses to connect, so by connecting to another smartphone or device, you can see what device name is listed.
Identify your iPhone model
Need to identify which iPhone you have? Check out Apple’s excellent support page on the subject, which includes information like the colors, model numbers, capacities and release date.
Still can’t figure it out? Post a picture in the comments below with as much information as you can find (any words or numbers printed on the phone and its packaging), and our mobile detectives will try to help you out!