How to tell whether you have an iPhone or an Android Smartphone

This page explains how to tell if you have an Apple iPhone or Android phone, if you have a tablet you can see our page on iPads and Android tablets here.

There are separate books for Apple's iPhone and for Smartphones that are based on Google's Android system. That way, you get a product for the actual system that your Smartphone uses.

The only snag is, you need to know what you have! But fear not, this should help you tell...

First of all, one of the easiest ways to tell is to look at the back. If it says "iPhone" or you can see a picture of an apple with a bite out of it, then it's an iPhone. It looks like this:

the iPhone has a picture of an Apple on the back of it

The backs of Android Smartphones look different from each other, as they're made by all sorts of companies. They don't even necessarily say Android on them - though it usually says "Google" on the screen while you turn it on. But if it says any of these then it's likely to be Android:

  • Nexus
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Sony Xperia
  • LG
  • Asus ZenFone
  • OnePlus
  • HTC
  • Alcatel

In general, the simplest way to tell is simply to work out if it's an iPhone - that's easy because they say iPhone on the back (you might need to take it out of the case if it's in one). If it isn't an iPhone, then it probably uses Android.

The only other possibility is that it might be running Windows 10, 8.1 or 8 That's common on laptops and PCs but pretty rare on Smartphones, but you can check. If it's running Windows then when you start it up you'll get a screen a bit like this, with rectangles called tiles:

So if you don't have a screen like that, it's not Windows.

And if it's not an iPhone (because it doesn't say iPhone on the back) and it's not running Windows (because it doesn't have the rectangular tiles), then it must be running Android

One last thing: If you're not sure you've got it right, you can always ring up (01229 777606) and ask to talk to Jess, Emma or Michelle and they'll help you identify it. And if the worst comes to the worst, and you find you've ordered the wrong book, don't worry. Just let us know and we can just swap them over for you.

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