Each Apple product has a unique serial number, which is a long series of numbers and letters. You often need this number to check your device's warranty, plan a repair, or make an insurance claim. Fortunately, there are usually several ways to find it.
Here you will find all the places where you can find the serial number for your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods, Apple TV or HomePod.
Common places to find your Apple serial number
Before you look at the specific serial number locations for each device, there are a few simple methods you should know to find the serial numbers for one of your Apple products.
Typically, these options only work if the device is linked to your Apple ID account or if you originally bought it from Apple. On the plus side, each of these universal options is available, even if you can't get your hands on the device yourself. This makes them particularly useful when you need to search for the serial number after losing your device.
1. The Apple ID website
You can view the serial number and other details of all of your Apple products on the Apple ID website. This includes all Apple devices that are currently signed into your account. Unfortunately, no accessories such as AirPods are included.
Visit the Apple ID website from any device or computer and sign in with your username and password. If you use two-factor authentication
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You may need to enter a security code to access your account.
Go to after signing up equipment Section to display a list of all of your Apple devices. Select a device – iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc. – to view details about it, including the serial number.
2. The Apple ID settings
You can also find the serial number of all devices signed into your Apple ID account in the settings menu of your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. Even with this option, the serial number for accessories like AirPods is not shown.
Open the on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch the settings App and tap your name at the top to see your Apple ID settings. Scroll down to see all the devices signed into your account, and then tap one to see more details, including the serial number.
Open the on a Mac System settings and click Apple ID. Any device that uses your Apple ID account will appear in the sidebar. Click one to view details, including the serial number.
3. The original invoice or receipt
If you buy an Apple product directly from Apple, you will receive a purchase receipt with details of your new device, including the serial number. If you bought your device from an Apple store, you may have a paper receipt. However, if you bought it online, you should have an email receipt with the serial number of your device.
Search your email for past Apple receipts. The subject line could say:
- Your Apple bill
- Your Apple Store invoice receipt
- Your Apple receipt
After you find your attached Apple invoice, read the fine print to find your serial number.
4. On the original packaging
If you still have the original packaging of your Apple product, you should find the serial number next to a barcode on the sticker. Check each side of the packaging to find this sticker. Make sure you read the serial number, not the UPC, which is next to another barcode.
If you cannot find your serial number using the universal methods above, follow the device-specific instructions below.
How to find your iPhone, iPad or iPod serial number
If you can turn on and use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings> General> Info Here you will find the serial number and further information about your device.
If your device turns on but you can't open the settings – possibly due to a cracked display – find your serial number by connecting to a computer instead. Use a Lightning to USB cable to connect your device to a computer running iTunes (or Finder on macOS Catalina and higher).
to open iTunes or finderThen select your device to view information about it. Find your serial number in iTunes on the Summary Tab. In the Finder, click the gray text under your device name at the top of the window to display your serial number.
If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch doesn't turn on at all, you may find the serial number printed or engraved on the device itself. Check the back of your device down. Alternatively, you can eject the SIM tray (if your device uses one) and check it instead.
On an iPhone or iPad with a mobile phone, you may find the IMEI number, but no serial number. The IMEI number is an equally unique sequence of numbers that you can use to identify your device instead of the serial number.
Older iPod devices
If you have an iPod Classic, iPod nano, or iPod shuffle, you may find it difficult to find your serial number. However, the serial number should be engraved somewhere on the device. Check each surface to find it. For an iPod shuffle, it is printed under the clip.
How to find the serial number of your MacBook, iMac or Mac Pro
Regardless of which Mac you have and whether it's turned on, you can easily check the serial number in the Apple menu. Press the Apple Icon in the upper left corner and select About this Mac. You can find important Mac information here
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including your serial number in the window that appears.
If your Mac won't turn on, you can find the serial number on the bottom of the case.
With an iMac, you may need to look at the bottom of the stand to find your serial number. Older Mac Pro models have the serial number on the back under the video connectors.
How to find the serial number of your Apple Watch
Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch and navigate to General> About to find the serial number.
If this is not possible, look for the serial number instead with an iPhone connected. Open the on the iPhone Apple Watch App and go to My clock Tap General> About to find the serial number of your connected Apple Watch.
If your Apple Watch won't turn on and isn't connected to an iPhone, look for a serial number that is printed on the watch itself. After removing the wristband, check the edge of the sensor or the tape slots.
How to find your AirPods or AirPods Pro serial number
The easiest way to find the serial number for your AirPods or AirPods Pro is through the Settings app on a connected iPhone. Go with the AirPod case open Settings> General> Info on your connected iPhone. Then scroll down and select your AirPods to find the serial number for them.
If you cannot pair your AirPods with an iPhone, the serial number should still be in the lid of the charging case. The serial number is also printed in extremely small letters on the underside of each AirPod, unless you have first-generation AirPods.
How to find your Apple TV serial number
Go to your Apple TV home screen Settings> General> Info to find your serial number. If this is not possible, you can also find the serial number in the Apple Home app on another Apple device.
Open that At home App from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. Tap and hold (or double-click) on your Apple TV, and then scroll down to see more details, including the serial number.
Finally, you can find the serial number in reflective print on the bottom of the Apple TV. You may need to flash a flashlight to clearly read the reflective serial number.
Apple TV and Siri Remote
Your Apple TV remote or Siri remote is also assigned a unique serial number. Find this serial number from Settings> Remote Controls and Devices> Remote on your Apple TV.
How to find your Apple HomePod serial number
If your Apple HomePod is connected to your Apple Home network, open that At home App on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. Tap and hold (or double-click) your HomePod and scroll down to find the serial number.
Alternatively, you can find your HomePod serial number on the bottom of the device.
Use the serial number to check your warranty
Apple offers a generous one-year limited warranty from the date of purchase of a product. After you find your serial number, use it to check when your Apple warranty expires
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. Make sure all repairs are completed within the warranty to avoid an expensive bill.
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