Here’s How You Can Check If an iPhone is New, Refurbished or Replacement


The folks over at OSX Daily have shared a handy guide, that lets you check if an iPhone is new, a refurbished model or a replacement device from Apple. The process relies on an interesting device model identifier trick, and provides valuable information for buyers of used devices.

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Simply follow these steps to decipher an iPhone’s model prefix and determine its original status.

Step 1:

Go to the Settings app on the iPhone.

Step 2:

Scroll to General > About and look for its “Model”.

Step 3:

Now read the model identifier next to that text, which will look something like “MN572LL/A”, the first character will let you know if the device is new, refurbished, replacement, or personalized:

  • M – Brand new device, meaning the device was purchased new
  • F – Refurbished device, meaning the device has been through refurbishing process
  • N – Replacement device, meaning the originally bought device was replaced by this model likely due to a service request
  • P – Personalized device with engraving, meaning the device was customized with an engraving on purchase

That’s it. Now you can easily determine if an iPhone is new, repaired or has been replaced.


  • Parksy

    Mine was replaced by Apple under AppleCare but still shows “M”. Not sure if this a coincidence or I got lucky.

  • Steve

    So what’s a A?

  • Steve

    Oops… never mind. I looked at the last letter not the first. Mine shows replacement which it is.

  • FragilityG4

    Hahaha I did the same thing at first

  • Jack

    you got lucky…

  • Also various new things to check, because of you can change given status using crack.

  • aRhyno

    My wife’s iPhone 6 got replaced under apple care 23 months in and it’s got an “M” as well. My iPhone 6 Plus got replaced at Apple store not under apple care for the screen glitch and it’s got an “N”

  • Steve W

    I wonder if this is the same for iPads, iMacs and Macbooks?

  • MrXax

    Interesting. My iPhone SE was sold as a refurb from Koodo, but model number says it’s new. Maybe it was simply returned without being opened or something.

  • Tom Fenske

    Just checked my refurbished iPad Pro and it’s got an F serial number.

  • Rmac

    N is an M in a plain white box that’s all.