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iPod: How to find the serial number

Learn how to find the serial number of your iPod.

You can find your serial number in several places:

In iTunes

If you have the iPod with you:

  1. Connect your iPod to your computer.
  2. When the iPod appears in iTunes, select it on the left side of the iTunes window under Devices.
  3. Click the Summary tab, and your iPod's serial number will display on screen. For iPod shuffle (1st and 2nd generation), click the Settings tab.

On the iPod About screen

You can find your serial number in the About screen on your iPod:

  • iPod touch: Choose Settings > General > About.
  • Other iPod models: Choose Settings > About and press the Center button until you see the serial number.

On the back of your iPod

Depending on your model of iPod, the serial number is either engraved on the back case or is on or below the clip. The images below show specific examples.

iPod and iPod touch
Engraved on the back case toward the bottom. Pictured below is the original iPod.

Engraved serial number on back

 

iPod nano
For iPod nano (6th generation), the serial number is on the inside clip edge touching the back of the device. For earlier models, the serial number is engraved on the back case toward the bottom. Pictured below is the iPod nano (5th generation).

Engraved serial number on back

iPod shuffle (4th generation)
On the clip face that touches the back of the device when the clip is closed.
iPod shuffle (4th generation) serial number
 

iPod shuffle (3rd generation)
On the back of the device under the clip in the area closest to the bottom of the device.

iPod shuffle (3rd generation) serial number

iPod shuffle (2nd generation)
On the inside edge of the clip on the back of the device. You will need to open the clip to find the serial number.

iPod shuffle (2nd generation) serial number

 

iPod shuffle
On the back of the device (the side with the Apple logo) along the bottom right side.

iPod shuffle serial number

 


On your iPod packaging

If you still have the original packaging for your iPod, you can find your serial number on the barcode label that is affixed to the packaging.

On your iPod invoice or receipt

Some retailers may include the serial number of your iPod on the receipt.

Online at My Support Profile

If you used your Apple ID to register or purchase your iPod, you may find the serial number listed in My Support Profile (available in the United States and Canada). Log in with your Apple ID and find your iPod in the "My Products" box on the main page:

Serial number in My Support Profile

Note: You may have more than one Apple ID and not realize it. For more information, visit My Apple ID and click "Find out."

 

Additional Information

Apple hardware product serial numbers may sometimes contain the number "0" (zero), but never the letter "O".

Learn how to report a lost or stolen Apple product.

Last Modified: May 31, 2011
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