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Ways To Find Serial Number Of A Mac Or MacBook
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Ways To Find Serial Number Of A Mac Or MacBook

Every product or device we use has its own unique identification number that we also call as a serial number. The serial number of a Mac or Macbook is important for a user to know during any support for technical glitches on your device or to check for the warranty, looking for specifications, and much more. Not only this, knowing your Mac model or serial number is also important when you are thinking of either selling or giving away your Mac or MacBook. A serial number also helps you to know whether your Mac is compatible with the latest operating system or software or hardware. Generally, you find the information under About This Mac. But if you couldn’t there are a few other ways as well.  

Information About Mac
Source: Apple

Check this article to know all the ways to find the serial number of a Mac or a MacBook.

A Quick Checklist To Check Mac/MacBook Serial Number

●      Check the serial number of Mac under its surface.

●      On your Mac or MacBook, check for details by choosing About This Mac under Apple menu.

●      If you want to check the serial number of your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iPod or Apple Watch, check under Settings > General > About.

Here’s How To Check Mac Or MacBook’s Serial Number

1. Use ‘About This Mac’ To Check Serial Number Mac

This hack is helpful when you have your Mac or MacBook in a well-functioning condition. With a working Mac, finding a serial number is pretty easy and smooth. Follow the steps below to learn the process to check Mac’s serial number:

  • On your Mac or MacBook, head to Apple Menu and select About This Mac. You’ll find the Apple menu icon in the upper-left corner of your screen.
  • Once you click ‘About this Mac’, you will see a screen with multiple details. Here you can see the Serial Number in the last line.
  • Not only this, you will also be able to get details regarding your macOS. The information includes the version, processor, memory, graphic card details, serial number etc.

2. Check MacBook Serial Number If MacBook Won’t Turn On

You can find the serial number of your Mac or MacBook easily even if your MacBook won’t turn on. For this, you need to turn over your device and check the serial number imprinted on the computer. Here you will see a series or a bunch of numbers that is something called as a serial number.

3. Check for Mac Serial Number Using System Report

If you are unable to check the serial number on Mac using About This Mac, you can opt for another option to find serial number from the Apple menu. For this, follow the steps below:

  • Go to the Apple menu on your Apple device and select About This Mac.
  • From the screen that pops up, choose ‘System Report’.
  • A new pop up will appear instantly showing a huge amount of information including hardware, software and other networks. The first screen that appears is ‘Hardware Overview’.
  • Here you will see the Mac or MacBook’s serial number in the last second line of the screen.

4. Use MacBook Terminal

This is the last but the important step to check for your Mac serial number. To check the serial number on Mac or MacBook, you need to turn on Terminal on your MacBook. Follow the  steps below:

  • On your device, go to the Finder search icon at the top right of your menu bar and type ‘Terminal’.
  • Once it opens, enter the following command: system_profiler SPHardwareDataType | grep Serial and press Enter.
  • On the next screen, you’ll find the serial number of your device.
  • If you couldn’t find, you can alternatively use the command below: ioreg -l | grep IOPlatformSerialNumber and press Enter.

You will get the result i.e. serial number of your Mac or MacBook soon after this.

Wrapping Up

That’s all folks! All these methods are worth a trial while you are looking for the serial number of Mac, MacBook or any of your Apple devices. Also, for the Mac serial number you can either check the purchase receipt of the product or the product box it was delivered. Both these things have the serial number written over it.

Try these methods and let us know in the comments below if you found us helpful. Also drop us a note with your queries and suggestions.

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