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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