How to Find the Serial Number of an iPhone

By Leigh Thompson

You can find your iPhone’s serial number through the iTunes program on your computer or by accessing your device’s About screen. Your iPhone’s serial number is a unique number that identifies your particular iPhone. This number is important because it can help the police to identify you as the device’s owner if your iPhone is ever lost or stolen. Additionally, you need to supply Apple with your iPhone’s serial number before you can access your phone's warranty protection.

Use Your iPhone's Settings Menu

Step 1

Tap the “Settings” icon on the Home screen.

Step 2

Select the “General” option from the list.

Step 3

Tap "About" to open the About screen. Your iPhone's serial number is next to the "Serial Number" entry.

Connect Your iPhone to iTunes

Step 1

Launch iTunes on your computer, then connect your iPhone to the computer.

Step 2

Click the "iPhone" button when it appears on the menu bar.

Step 3

Select the "Summary" tab. Your iPhone's serial number is listed next to "Serial Number" in the iPhone section.

Use the Preferences Menu in iTunes

Step 1

Launch iTunes on your computer, then press the "Alt" key.

Step 2

Open the "Edit" menu, then select "Preferences."

Step 3

Select the "Devices" tab, then hover your cursor over "iPhone" in the Device Backups box to display your iPhone's serial number.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your iPhone's serial number is also printed on the barcode label that is on your iPhone's original packaging.
  • Information in this article applies to an iPhone 5 running iOS 7.1. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.