How to Quickly Identify Your MacBook’s Model (And Other Information)

When planning an upgrade, troubleshooting a problem, or figuring out what hardware your MacBook has, it’s important to know what model MacBook you own.

But what if you didn’t save the box it came in? What if you don’t remember anything about buying it? What if someone else bought it for you? What if Apple didn’t change the design over the past few years, and they all look alike? How do you figure out what your model number is?

Actually, it’s very easy to do.

Using System Profiler To Quickly Identify Your MacBook’s Model Number

1. Click on the Apple in the upper left and choose “About this Mac”.

Quickly Identify Your MacBook's Model with System Profiler

2. When the box opens up, it shows important information such as the processor installed and the type and amount of memory.

Quickly Identify Your MacBook's Model with System Profiler

3. Click on the “More Info…” button to open System Profiler.

4. In the window that opens, look for the “Model Identifier”. This is your model number. (In my case, it’s a MacBookPro 6,2)

Quickly Identify Your MacBook's Model with System Profiler

Now, once you have important information such as your Model Number, you can quickly determine what parts you need if you’re upgrading or repairing. You can search for known issues with that model series, and easily find your serial number if you’re taking the machine to an Apple Service Provider.

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