Languages

MacBook Pro: How to find the serial number

Learn how to find the serial number of your MacBook Pro.

You can find your serial number in several places:


In OS X

On most computers with OS X, you can find the serial number in the About This Mac window.

Note: A limited number of MacBook Pro computers shipped with a different serial number on the computer label than the one that appears in the About This Mac window. If the About This Mac window says that the computer's serial number is something like 23456VJ0LL, follow the instructions in the next section to check the serial number in the battery bay—if the two differ, use the serial number in the battery bay instead of the one in About This Mac. MacBook Pro computers of model MA463LL/A with serial numbers W8612xxxxxx may be affected.

On the surface of the computer

Depending on your model of computer, you can find the serial number either on the back of the case or inside the battery bay.

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)
  • Macbook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)

You can find the serial number on the bottom case of the computer after the copyright information.

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011) 
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011) 
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53GHz, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011) 
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) 
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011) 
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011) 
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (17-Inch, Early 2009)

The serial number for these models is laser etched on the back of the computer, just below the agency approval icons.

Back of computer showing serial number location
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008)

Turn off the computer and open the computer's battery bay. For instructions, refer to How to remove or install the battery.

The serial number and Ethernet ID (also called a MAC address) are located on the front wall of the battery bay, as shown in the image below.

Front wall of the battery bay with serial number location
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4/2.2GHz)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch 2.4GHz)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Core 2 Duo)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Core 2 Duo)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Glossy)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch)
  • MacBook Pro (Original)

Turn off the computer and open the computer's battery bay. For detailed steps, refer to How to remove or install the battery.

The serial number and Ethernet ID (also called a MAC address) are located on the bottom of the computer, underneath the battery in the battery bay, as shown in the image below.

Underneath the battery, in the battery bay


On the original product packaging

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

On the original receipt (or invoice)

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

Additional Information

Learn how to find the serial number on other Apple hardware products.

Last Modified: Aug 25, 2014
Helpful?
Yes
No
  • Last Modified: Aug 25, 2014
  • Article: HT1559
  • Views:

    95486
  • Rating:
    • 100.0

    (1 Responses)

Additional Product Support Information

Start a Discussion
in Apple Support Communities
See all questions on this article See all questions I have asked