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What kind of phone do I have?

By Ashley Burnett

Originally published January 31, 2024

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Last Updated February 6, 2024

Mint Fox wondering what kind of phone he has

Despite spending all day with your phone, you might not know exactly what kind of make and model your phone actually is. And that’s totally okay — maybe it was a gift or maybe you’ve just forgotten. Whatever the reason you might have for wondering what kind of phone’s in your pocket, read on to figure it out once and for all.

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Mint Fox with copy that says “Reasons to ask yourself 'What kind of phone do I have?'” with this list:
You want to check compatibility with other carriers
It might be time for a new phone
You want to be prepared if it gets lost/stolen
You want to see if you’re eligible for a trade-in

Reasons you might ask yourself “What kind of phone do I have?”

Before we dive into figuring out what kind of phone you have, here are a couple reasons why that info is so important.

  • You want to check compatibility with other carriers 

Maybe you’re trying to switch to a low-cost carrier that offers premium wireless for just $15/mo* (sup). Knowing what kind of phone you have can help if you want to bring your own phone over to your new carrier, or just switch in general.

  • You’re wondering if it’s time to buy a new phone

Still rocking an iPhone 6? That’s vintage… and probably also not working so great. Knowing if your phone is outdated will help if you’re trying to decide whether to finally switch to a new model.

  • You want to be prepared just in case it gets lost/stolen

Being able to tell people its manufacturer and model will help if you ever lose your phone. Without it, it’s kind of like looking for your missing dog with a stick figure picture instead of a photo. 

  • You want to see if you’re eligible for a trade-in

Some carriers will let you trade in certain models for a brand-new phone. Knowing if you’re eligible could be the difference between rocking the aforementioned iPhone 6 or the latest model.

What iPhone do I have? 

Know you’ve got an iPhone but have no clue which iPhone? It happens. Here’s how to get to the bottom of it:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap About
  4. Under About, you’ll find your phone’s name and model number

What Android phone do I have? 

Know you’ve got an Android phone but not sure which Android phone? Here’s how to figure out which one you’ve got:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap About Phone
  3. Under About Phone, the model name and model number should be displayed
Mint Fox with copy that says “Ways to figure out which phone you have” with this list:
Look at the back of your phone
Check the box it came in
Look up your IMEI number
Check your wireless carrier account

Other ways to tell what kind of phone do you have

Maybe you’ve got no clue if you have an iPhone or an Android phone. Here are a few other ways to figure out which phone you have.

Look at the back of your phone 

If you want to get a general idea of what phone you have, the first step is to see what brand of phone you have. It’ll usually have the brand name on the back of it.

Check the box it came in

Millennials are known for keeping their phone boxes forever. Well, they’re on to something. The box your phone came in will often have its model and make somewhere on the lid. 

Look up your IMEI number

Your IMEI number identifies your device and can help you figure out what kind of phone you have. Dial “#06#” and your IMEI number should appear on your screen.

Check your wireless carrier account 

Whatever carrier you’re on, your carrier account will have a record of what type of phone you have. Just log into your account portal and you should find your phone’s make, model and serial number. You’ll usually find it under account details, but if not, reach out to your carrier’s customer care team.

Now that we’ve answered “What type of phone do I have?,” bring it to Mint 

Okay, we’re guessing you figured out what kind of phone you have. Now that you know, you can check its compatibility with Mint Mobile so you can join the movemint with your newly-identified phone in hand.

 *New activation & 3-month plan req’d. Taxes & fees extra. Addt’l restrictions apply. See mintmobile.com for full terms.

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