The easiest way to tell the difference between AirPods generations is to find the model number. You can find the model number written on the AirPods, or you can find it on your phone by going to Settings > Bluetooth, clicking the Info icon, then locating the Model Number.
Various types and generations of AirPods have been released over the years, and the differences may affect your experience. If you’re not an AirPods expert and can tell the difference between generations just by looking, try to find the model number.
The model number of each type of AirPods
The first thing you’ll want to know is which model number corresponds to which generation of AirPods. While there are differences between each generation, the difference in appearance between each generation of AirPods may not be that noticeable to some. Matching the model number of the AirPods model to the ones you own is the easiest way to tell which model you have.
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How to find the model number of your AirPods
If you’re having trouble identifying your AirPods by sight, you can find the model number on your AirPods and match it that way. There are a couple of ways you can do this. One way to do this is to look at your AirPods, just below the bud and at the top of the stem.
However, even with perfect eyesight, it is extremely difficult to read the AirPods serial number due to the light coloring and small size of the text. Luckily, there is another way.
First, take out your iPhone and open the Settings app. Near the top of this screen, click “Bluetooth.”
Find your AirPods in the “My Devices” section on the next screen and click the Information icon (circle with an “i”).
Finally, look for the model number in the About section.
Match it with the model number in the table above to find out which AirPods you have.
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