Every Apple product has a unique serial number that’s made up of a long string of numbers and letters. You often need this number to check your device’s warranty, schedule a repair, or make an insurance claim. Fortunately, there are usually a few different ways to find it.
Here are all the places 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 delving into the specific serial number locations for each device, you should know about several easy methods to find the serial numbers for any of your Apple products.
Typically, these options only work if the device is linked to your Apple ID account or if you originally purchased 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 itself—making them especially useful if you need to find the serial number after losing your device.
1. The Apple ID Website
You can view the serial number and other details of all your Apple products from the Apple ID website. This includes any Apple device that is currently signed in to your account. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include accessories, like AirPods.
After signing in, go to the Devices section to see a list of all 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 any device signed in to your Apple ID account from the settings menu of your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Again, this option doesn’t show you the serial number for accessories, like AirPods.
On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open the Settings app and tap your name at the top to view your Apple ID settings. Scroll down to see every device signed in to your account, then tap one to view more details about it, including the serial number.
On a Mac, open the System Preferences and click Apple ID. Every device using your Apple ID account appears in the sidebar; click on one to view details about it, including the serial number.
3. The Original Invoice or Receipt
When you buy an Apple product directly from Apple, you receive a purchase receipt with details about your new device, including the serial number. If you bought your device in an Apple Store, you may have a paper receipt. But if you bought it online, you should have an email receipt with your device’s serial number attached.
Search through your emails to find previous Apple receipts. The subject line could say:
- Your Apple invoice
- Your Apple Store billing document
- Your receipt from Apple
After finding your attached Apple invoice, read the small print to find your serial number.
4. On the Original Packaging
If you still have the original box your Apple product came in, you should be able to 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 and not the UPC, which is next to a different barcode.
If you can’t 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 > About to find the serial number listed alongside other information for your device.
If your device turns on, but you can’t open Settings—perhaps 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 later).
Open iTunes or Finder, then select your device to view information about it. In iTunes, find your serial number on the Summary tab. In Finder, click the gray text beneath your device name at the top of the window to reveal your serial number.
Finally, if your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch doesn’t power on at all, you may be able to find the serial number printed or engraved on the device itself. Check the back of your device, towards the bottom. Alternatively, eject the SIM tray (if your device uses one) and inspect that instead.
On an iPhone or cellular iPad, you might find the IMEI number but no serial number. The IMEI number is an equally unique string of numbers that you can use to identify your device instead of the serial number.
Older iPod Devices
You may struggle to find your serial number if you have an iPod Classic, iPod nano, or iPod shuffle. However, the serial number should be engraved somewhere on the device. Keep checking every surface to find it. On an iPod shuffle, it is printed beneath the clip.
How to Find Your MacBook, iMac, or Mac Pro Serial Number
If your Mac doesn’t power on, you should find the serial number printed on the bottom of the casing.
On an iMac, you may need to look at the bottom of the foot stand to find your serial number. And on older Mac Pro models, you can find the serial number on the back panel, beneath the video ports.
How to Find Your Apple Watch Serial Number
Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch and navigate to General > About to find the serial number.
If this isn’t possible, find the serial number using a connected iPhone instead. On the iPhone, open the Apple Watch app and go to the My Watch tab. Tap General > About to find the serial number for your connected Apple Watch.
If your Apple Watch doesn’t power on and isn’t connected to an iPhone, look for a serial number printed on the watch itself. Check around the edge of the sensor or inside the band slots after removing the watch strap.
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 from the Settings app on a connected iPhone. With your AirPod case open, go to Settings > General > About on your connected iPhone. Then scroll down and select your AirPods to find the serial number for them.
If you can’t pair your AirPods with an iPhone, you should still be able to find the serial printed inside the lid of the charging case. The serial number is also printed in extremely small type on the bottom of each AirPod itself, unless you have first-generation AirPods.
How to Find Your Apple TV Serial Number
From your Apple TV home screen, go to Settings > General > About to find your serial number. If that isn’t possible, you can also find the serial number from Apple’s Home app on another Apple device.
Open the Home app from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Tap and hold (or double-click) on your Apple TV, then scroll down to reveal more details about it, including the serial number.
Finally, you can also find the serial number in reflective print on the bottom of the Apple TV itself. You may need to shine a flashlight to read the reflective serial number clearly.
Apple TV and Siri Remote
Your Apple TV remote or Siri Remote also has a unique serial number associated with it. Find this serial number from Settings > Remotes 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 the Home app on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Tap-and-hold (or double-click) on your HomePod, then scroll down to find the serial number.
Alternatively, find your HomePod serial number printed on the bottom of the device.
Use the Serial Number to Check Your Warranty
Apple offers a generous one-year limited warranty from the purchase date of any product. After finding your serial number, use it to check when your Apple warranty expires. Be sure to get any repairs completed inside the warranty to avoid an expensive bill.