How do I identify which Mac model I have? What software version is it running? What’s the serial number?

Identifying the model, version, year and serial number of your Mac is simple, but with our busier lives, sometimes even simple tasks can be a pain. In this tutorial we will help you identify various generations of Mac computers and laptops that you might have lounging around the house and/or office, from the iMac, Mac Pro and Mac Mini to the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and older models.

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How to identify which Mac you have, the short guide:

  • Click on the Apple logo at the top-left corner of your screen
  • Click on 'About This Mac'
  • Note down your model, version and serial number
  • For more information on your Mac click on 'System Report' to view your Hardware, Network and Software information

How to identify which Mac you have, the step-by-step guide:

If you're able to boot into your Mac and log into your desktop, finding all the information about your Mac couldn’t be simpler – no matter what Apple operating system you might be running.

On the toolbar, in the top left-hand corner of every Mac and in any application, you will find a small black Apple logo. If you click on the icon, you'll be presented with a dropdown menu where you'll see 'About This Mac' - click on this option and a new window will pop out.

Here you'll be able to see your operating system version, your Mac's model with its release date, basic hardware information and your very own serial number (it's best to keep your serial number confidential).

If you would like more information about your Mac, click the 'System Report' button. Once clicked it will pop out another window where you'll be able to see detailed information about the hardware, network and software components within your Mac.

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I can't switch on my Mac! How can I identify which model it is?

Do not fret, we thought about you too!

Every Mac, be it laptop or desktop computer, has a factory sticker indicating its model number and serial number.

Here's a list of Macs with the locations of their identifier stickers:

  • iMac: Found on the base of the computer. Be sure to switch off your iMac, disconnect the wires and then flip it over, preferably on a soft surface, to reveal the numbers. If you would like to see a visual representation - visit Apple’s website.
  • MacBook Air: Found on the back surface of the laptop. The location of the numbers will differ between models post-2012, 2010-2011 and Original-2009; however on all MacBook Airs, the numbers will be at the back surface of the laptop. If you would like to see a visual representation - visit Apple’s website.
  • MacBook Pro: Found on the back surface of the laptop. The location of the numbers will differ between models post-2012 and 2009-2011. For MacBook Pros that are dated pre-2008, including the original MacBook Pro, the location of the numbers will be found within the laptop. For these older models you will need to turn off your computer and remove the battery bay to reveal the numbers. If you would like to see a visual representation - visit Apple’s website.
  • Mac Pro pre-2013 (Tower computer): Found on the computer’s back panel, near the video card’s output. If you would like to see a visual representation - visit Apple’s website.
  • Mac Pro post-2013 (Cylinder computer): Found on the bottom surface of the computer. Be sure to switch off the Mac Pro before turning it over. If you would like to see a visual representation - visit Apple’s website.
  • Mac Mini (Mid 2010 and later): Found on the bottom surface of the computer. If you would like to see a visual representation - visit Apple’s website.
  • Mac Mini (Original-Late 2009): Found on the bottom housing of the computer. If you would like to see a visual representation - visit Apple’s website.

Another way to find the model and serial number of your Mac is to also check the original packaging or the original receipt/invoice - that's to say, if you still have them! 

We hope this guide has been able to assist you in a time of need - if there are newer models we will be sure to update this article. Do let us know if this guide has helped you find your vital digits - and no, we're not talking about your bank statements!

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