How to tell exactly which iPad generation and model you have in two different ways

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It should only take a minute to find what generation of iPad you have.

  • To find what generation of iPad you have, you should check the model number.
  • You can find your iPad’s model number by looking at the Settings app or the back of your device.
  • Once you know your iPad’s model number, search for it on Google or check our comprehensive list to find what generation it is.
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It’s been more than a decade since the iPad first hit the market, and Apple has since released over two dozen different models and “generations.” This means that if it’s been a while since you bought your iPad, it’s easy to forget which version you have.

Figuring out exactly which iPad model you own lets you know how much storage space you’re supposed to have, which accessories to buy, and how old your device is. It’s also useful if you ever need troubleshooting help from Apple.

Luckily, finding out which iPad generation you have isn’t hard. Here’s how to find your iPad’s model number, and use that to check the device’s version.

How to find which iPad generation and model you have

Every iPad has a model number that denotes exactly what kind of iPad it is, when it was made, and more. To quickly see what iPad you have, find this model number, and then search for it online or consult the list at the end of this article.

You can find the model number in two ways.

Finding the model number in your Settings app

If you can turn on and use your iPad, this is the fastest way to find the model number.

1. Open the Settings app on your device and tap “General.”

2. In the next menu, tap “About” at the top of the list.

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Open the “About” menu.

3. Look for the two tabs that say “Model Name” and “Model Number.” Tap Model Number to reveal a short code that starts with the letter “A.”

The Model Name line will tell you the name of your iPad and likely its screen size, but multiple iPad generations can share this name. The Model Number that begins with an A, however, is unique to your specific iPad model.

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You’ll have to tap “Model Number” once to get the right code.

Finding the model number on the back of your iPad

If your iPad can’t turn on, you can still get the model number.

Just turn your iPad over and look at the back. Underneath the iPad logo, beside the word “Model,” you’ll see a capital letter A followed by a few numbers.

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Every iPad has the model number engraved on the back.

That’s the model number, and with it you can search for your specific iPad generation online, or you can just reference our list below.

Every iPad generation and model ever released

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There are four major iPad types: the iPad, mini, Air, and Pro.

Every iPad generation has a unique model number. Take your model number and find it in the tables here to see which version you have. You can also press Ctrl + F or Command + F and type in your model number to find it in the tables immediately.

These tables are separated by iPad type, of which there are four: the iPad, the iPad mini, the iPad Air, and the iPad Pro.

Every iPad generation

iPad model

Year of Release

Internet capability

Model Number(s)

iPad

2010

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + 3G

A1219 for Wi-Fi, A1337 for Wi-Fi + 3G

iPad 2 (2nd generation)

2011

Wi-Fi, GSM, CDMA

A1395 for Wi-Fi, A1396 for GSM, A1397 for CDMA

iPad (3rd generation)

Early 2012

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1416 for Wi-Fi, A1430 or A1403 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad (4th generation)

Late 2012

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1458 for Wi-Fi, A1459 or A1460 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad (5th generation)

2017

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1822 for Wi-Fi, A1823 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad (6th generation)

2018

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1893 for Wi-Fi, A1954 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad (7th generation)

2019

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2197 for Wi-Fi, A2200 or A2198 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad (8th generation)

2020

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2270 for Wi-Fi; A2428, A2429, or A2430 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

Every iPad mini generation

iPad model

Year of Release

Internet capability

Model Number(s)

iPad mini

2012

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1432 for Wi-Fi, A1454 or A1455 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad mini 2 (2nd generation)

Late 2013 and early 2014

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular, Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)

A1489 for Wi-Fi, A1490 for Wi-Fi + Cellular, A1491 for Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)

iPad mini 3 (3rd generation)

Late 2014

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1599 for Wi-Fi, A1600 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad mini 4 (4th generation)

2015

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1538 for Wi-Fi, A1550 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad mini (5th generation)

2019

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2133 for Wi-Fi; A2124, A2125, or A2126 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

Every iPad Air generation

iPad model

Year of Release

Internet capability

Model Number(s)

iPad Air

Late 2013 and early 2014

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular, Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)

A1474 for Wi-Fi, A1475 for Wi-Fi + Cellular, A1476 for Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)

iPad Air 2 (2nd generation)

Late 2014

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1566 for Wi-Fi, A1567 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Air (3rd generation)

2019

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2152 for Wi-Fi; A2123, A2153, or A2154 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Air (4th generation)

2020

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2316 for Wi-Fi; A2324, A2325, or A2072 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

Every iPad Pro generation

iPad model

Year of Release

Internet capability

Model Number(s)

iPad Pro [12.9-inch]

2015

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1584 for Wi-Fi, A1652 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [9.7-inch]

2016

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1673 for Wi-Fi, A1674 or A1675 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [10.5-inch]

2017

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1701 for Wi-Fi, A1709 or A1852 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [12.9-inch] (2nd generation)

2017

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1670 for Wi-Fi, A1671 or A1821 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [11-inch]

2018

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1980 for Wi-Fi; A2013, A1934, or A1979 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [12.9-inch] (3rd generation)

2018

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1876 for Wi-Fi; A2014, A1895 or A1983 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [11-inch] (2nd generation)

2020

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2228 for Wi-Fi; A2068, A2230, or A2231 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [12.9-inch] (4th generation)

2020

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2229 for Wi-Fi; A2069, A2232, or A2233 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

Steven John contributed to a previous version of this article.

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How to delete apps on your iPad, or offload apps to save their data

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Deleting apps on an iPad is so simple it takes only a few taps.

  • You can delete apps on an iPad directly from the home screen or in Settings.
  • When you delete an app on your iPad, you will lose all of its saved data.
  • If you want to remove an app but save its data, you should offload it instead.
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An app-cluttered home screen makes using your iPad much less pleasant when you have to comb through dozens of little icons to find the app you want.

You can delete unwanted apps from your iPad’s home screen to clean up its appearance, free up storage space, and improve your interface experience.

When you delete an app from the home screen, any data stored within the app, such as levels beaten in a game, will be lost.

If you want to delete an app and archive its data, you can instead “offload” the app in Settings. Then, when you re-download the app, your data will be recovered.

Here’s how to delete, remove, or offload apps on your iPad.

How to delete apps on an iPad

1. Press and hold your finger down on the app you want to delete on your iPad home screen.

2. Tap “Delete App” in the pop-up menu that appears.

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Select “Delete App” in the pop-up.

How to offload apps on iPad to save their data

If you want to delete multiple apps at once or save an app’s data before you remove it, you can offload or delete the apps in Settings.

1. Open the Settings app on your iPad.

2. Tap the “General” tab and select “iPad Storage.”

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In “General,” tap “iPad Storage.”

3. Scroll down to find a list of apps and tap the one you want to offload or delete.

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Select an app in the list of apps.

4. Tap “Offload App,” then confirm by hitting “Offload App” again. This will delete the app, but keep its documents and data. You can also select “Delete” instead of “Offload App” if you want to delete multiple apps this way.

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Tap “Offload App” to offload the selected app, or “Delete App” to delete it.

5. You can also choose to let your iPad automatically offload unused apps when it’s low on storage. On the iPad Storage page, tap “Enable” beside “Offload Unused Apps.”

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Tap “Enable” to turn on automatic offloading.

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Yes, you can use a mouse with your iPad – here’s how to connect and use a Bluetooth mouse

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It’s easy to connect a wireless mouse to your iPad.

  • You can use a wireless mouse with an iPad that’s running iPadOS 13.4 or later.  
  • To use a mouse on your iPad, you’ll need to pair them using the Bluetooth menu.
  • Once paired, you can use a mouse with your iPad to navigate, make selections, start apps and more.
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Over the past few years, Apple has put more and more effort into marketing the iPad as a replacement for your laptop. One major example of this is how new iPads can connect to a wireless computer mouse, and use it in lieu of the touchscreen.

If you have iPadOS 13.4 or later, you can connect a wireless Bluetooth mouse to your iPad. Connecting a mouse lets you navigate through apps, select items, and click buttons without touching the screen.

Note that some wired computer mice can also connect to an iPad, but you might need a special USB-C adapter for them. Check out the manual for the specific mouse you want to use, or contact the manufacturer for more information.

Here’s which iPad models can use a mouse, and how to connect it.

Which iPads can connect with a mouse?

You can use any wireless Bluetooth mouse with any iPad running iPadOS 13.4 or later. And since the iPad has a Bluetooth receiver built into it, you won’t need a Bluetooth dongle.

These iPad models are compatible with iPadOS 13.4 or later, and can use a mouse:

  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad 5th generation or later
  • iPad Air 2 or later
  • iPad Mini 4 or later

 

To make sure you’re running iPadOS 13.4 or later, start the Settings app and tap “General,” then tap “About.” If your iPadOS version is too old, head to the “Software Update” screen and see if a new version is available.

How to connect a wireless mouse to your iPad

1. Turn on your mouse and put it into pairing mode. Generally, there should be a pairing button on the underside of the mouse or in the battery compartment. Press it until you see a blinking light that indicates pairing mode is on. 

2. Start the Settings app on your iPad. 

3. Tap “Bluetooth.”

4. Look for the mouse in the list of devices. When you see it, tap the name of the mouse.

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Find the mouse in the list of Bluetooth devices.

5. In the pop-up window, tap “Pair.” Follow any additional instructions, if necessary, to pair it with the iPad. This may include entering a passcode.

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Tap “Pair” to complete the setup process.

How to use a mouse with an iPad

Once paired, the mouse should work automatically whenever it’s turned on and in range of the iPad. As you move the mouse, you should see a small dot, which is the mouse pointer. 

As it hovers over buttons and icons, you should see them expand or highlight to indicate they’re selected. If you move the pointer into a text field, you should see the I-beam indicating you can type. 

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The cursor is a gray dot that can be hard to see, but you’ll see items highlight or get larger when the pointer is over them.

If you stop moving the mouse, the dot will disappear so it’s not in the way. To get it back, just move the mouse again. 

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