Skip to content

How old is my Phone? 6 ways to figure it out

Whether you’re buying an old phone or just checking up the manufacturing date on your present one to plan an upgrade, knowing exactly how old your phone is can go a long way in such decisions. 

However, every manufacturer has its own ways of marking manufacturing dates on their phones. In this article, we’re going over six ways you can possibly find out how old is the device you have in hand.


Check the box

Oneplus, Motorola and a few other manufactures are considerate enough to print the manufacturing date on the box itself. So a good look around the box your phone came in can tell you quite a lot about it actually.

Also read: What happens when you reset Network Settings on Android and iOS?


Check the settings

Some manufacturers, including Apple, add the date in the phone settings along with other important information like the IMEI number and system software version.

Where exactly you’ll find the date in the settings remains different from brand to brand but it generally should in the about section of your phone settings. And while some have the date clearly marked, some include it in the phone’s serial number.

For example, in Apple serial numbers, the 3rd digit refers to the last digit of the year and the fourth and fifth digits are typically meant to represent the week of the year the phone as made.

Samsung devices include the year code and month number in the fourth and fifth digits of their serial numbers respectively. So if these digits are for example N5, your phone was made in May 2020.

You’ll find all the month values for Samsung serial codes in the table below.

YearJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Month and Year code123456789ABC
2001RR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9RARBRC
2002TT1T2T3T4T5T6T7T8T9TATBTC
2003WW1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9WAWBWC
2004XX1X2X3X4X5X6X7X8X9XAXBXC
2005YY1Y2Y3Y4Y5Y6Y7Y8Y9YAYBYC
2006A. LA1,L1A2,L2A3,L3A4,L4A5,L5A6,L6A7,L7A8,L8A9,L9AA,LAAB,LBAC,LC
2007PP1P2P3P4P5P6P7P8P9PAPBPC
2008QQ1Q2Q3Q4Q5Q6Q7Q8Q9QAQBQC
2009SS1S2S3S4S5S6S7S8S9SASBSC
2010ZZ1Z2Z3Z4Z5Z6Z7Z8Z9ZAZBZC
2011BB1B2B3B4B5B6B7B8B9BABBBC
2012CC1C2C3C4C5C6C7C8C9CACBCC
2013DD1D2D3D4D5D6D7D8D9DADBDC
2014FF1F2F3F4F5F6F7F8F9FAFBFC
2015GG1G2G3G4G5G6G7G8G9GAGBGC
2016HH1H2H3H4H5H6H7H8H9HAHBHC
2017JJ1J2J3J4J5J6J7J8J9JAJBJC
2018KK1K2K3K4K5K6K7K8K9KAKBKC
2019MM1M2M3M4M5M6M7M8M9MAMBMC
2020NN1N2N3N4N5N6N7N8N9NANBNC
2021RR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9RARBRC

Of course, different OEMs have their own standards. If you suspect your phone’s serial number might have the date hidden in it somewhere, try Googling it and it should help you figure the date out. 

Also read: How to fix ‘Android System WebView Won’t Update’ error?


Try an app

This method is most likely to work on Samsung phones, but its worth a shot with any phone you have. Apps like Device Info, Droid Hardware Info, Phone Info SAM work great with Samsung phones. 

The Google Play Store is littered with apps that can read your phone’s data (given the right permissions of course) and that data might just include the manufacturing date as well. 


Use the IMEI number

Your IMEI number contains a lot of essential information about your device, including its manufacturing date. You can find out the IMEI either by checking the phone’s box, the settings or if you’re on a Samsung phone, by dialling *#06# in the dialler. 

Once you have the IMEI number, you can look it up on websites like imei.info, imeipro.info or imei24.com and it should give you all the information you need. 

How old is my Phone? 6 ways to figure it out | Candid.Technology

Checking the IMEI can also give you information on the warranty and the manufacturing country or the country of origin. 

Also read: ADB Commands Cheatsheet


Check activation date

Now, this isn’t a super accurate method, and if you’re buying a second-hand phone, it won’t work at all. However, if you’re the original owner of the phone and you logged in to the phone with your Google account the day you unboxed it, you’d at least know the unboxing date of the phone.

Step 1: Open the Google Play Store settings page on your mobile or desktop browser. 

How old is my Phone? 6 ways to figure it out | Candid.Technology

Step 2: Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be able to see all your phones, when did you register the, and when you last used them as well. You can edit the device nickname from here as well. 

How old is my Phone? 6 ways to figure it out | Candid.Technology

Manufacturer codes

If nothing else works, you’re going to have to try a manufacturing code. The problem with these is that these codes can be OEM or even model specific. 

You can try dialling *#197328640#* or *#*#197328640#*#* and it should bring up a service menu. However, if these codes don’t work for you, you’re going to have to Google the specific code for your phone’s make and model.

Also read: How to delete Metadata from photos on Windows and Android?

Hello There!

If you like what you read, please support our publication by sharing it with your friends, family and colleagues. We're an ad-supported publication. So, if you're running an Adblocker, we humbly request you to whitelist us.







>