how to get udid of iphone with iTunes And in other ways
How to Obtain the Identifier Number (UDID) for an iPhone, iPod or iPad
how to get udid of iphone : All the portable devices of Apple, iPhone in the first place, are characterized by an alphanumeric code of 40 characters that allows to univocally identify them: a sort of license plate or fiscal code, if we want to simplify the concept, which certifies the identity.
The name of this code is UDID (acronym of Unique Device Identifier) and, although in the daily use of an iPhone or an iPad it is not important to know it, it has a fundamental importance in the field of development, for example when it is necessary to authorize a device for installing apps still in the testing phase.
With today’s tutorial, therefore, I want to teach you how to find UDID iPhone along all the possible roads: from the simplest and most immediate, which involves the use of the iTunes software, to those a little more “inaccessible”, which can be useful in particular situations (when, for example, iTunes is not available on the PC in use). You will find everything explained below, then banning the talk and move on to action!
How to find iPhone UDIDs with iTunes
The official method for finding the UDID of the iPhone, as well as the simplest one to put into practice, is the one that foresees the use of iTunes: Apple’s multimedia software with which you manage iOS devices from your computer.
iTunes is “standard” installed on all Macs, while it is available as a free download for Windows. If you have a Windows PC and have not yet installed it, get it immediately using the Windows 10 Microsoft Store or the classic installation package available on Apple’s official website. For the complete procedure I refer you to my tutorial on how to download iTunes for free.
Once iTunes is installed, all you have to do is connect the “iPhone by” to the computer and select the iPhone icon from the menu located at the top left, in the main window of the program (which in the meantime should have opened automatically). If this is the first time you have connected your iPhone to your computer, you must authorize the connection by replying in the affirmative to the warnings that appear on both devices and entering the unlock code on the phone.
At this point, select the Summary option from the iTunes sidebar and click on the serial number entry in the center of the window, to display the identification code of the phone, ie the UDID. Easier than that?
If you want, you can also copy the UDID to the Windows or MacOS clipboard simply by right-clicking on it and selecting the Copy item from the menu that opens.
How to find iPhone UDIDs without iTunes
Now we come to the most hidden techniques, those that allow you to find the UDID of iPhone without iTunes: they can be useful when, for example, you install a beta version of iOS on a device not yet associated with your developer profile and, not recognizing the terminal, iTunes prevents displaying the identification code.
In cases like these you should install a public version of iOS on the iPhone, retrieve the UDID from iTunes, associate the smartphone with your developer profile and repeat the installation of the beta: a real nuisance! This is why it is important to know these “tricks” and know how to put them into practice. I’ll list them later.
A system that you can exploit to find the UDID of the iPhone without resorting to iTunes is that which foresees the use of the Registry Editor. How? I’ll explain it to you immediately.
- Press the combination Win + R on the PC keyboard to call up the Run … panel, and type the regedit command in the box that appears on the screen, followed by pressing the Enter key on the keyboard;
- This will open the Registry Editor. Then use the left sidebar to select the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM folder CurrentControlSet Enum USB;
- Expand one by one the folders whose name starts with VID and select their sub-folders, until you find the one that contains the FriendlyName key with value @ oem1.inf,% iPhone.DeviceDesc%; Apple Mobile Device USB Driver: the Your iPhone’s UDID is the name of the sub-folder you selected.
If you are taking the first steps in the development world for iOS and want to know the UDID of your iPhone for reasons related to the testing of the app, you can rely on Xcode, the official software for the development of applications for iOS available for free on the App MacOS Store (not available on Windows).
To get the UDID of your iPhone via Xcode, start the relevant software on your Mac, connect the iPhone to the Mac using the supplied Lightning cable and go to the Window> Devices and Simulators menu, located at the top.
In the window that opens, select the entry for your iPhone in the left sidebar and check the value next to the word Identifier: that is the UDID of your iPhone.
System information (macOS)
On Mac you can still use another, even simpler procedure. All you need to do is connect the iPhone to the Mac using the supplied Lightning cable, click on the apple icon in the menu bar (on the top of the screen, on the left) while holding the alt key on the keyboard and select the entry System information from the menu that appears.
In the window that opens, you must then select the USB entry in the left sidebar, then you have to click on the iPhone name and note the serial number shown in the central box: that is the UDID of the device.
Other systems to find iPhone UDIDs without iTunes
Around the Net, it is not difficult to come across alternative systems to find the UDID of iPhone without iTunes, such as the one that requires the installation of an external certificate on the smartphone.
Although some of these systems are actually functional, as well as very simple to use (generally, just press on a link in Safari and accept the installation of a certificate), my personal advice is to not exploit them. The reason is that installing unofficial certificates on the iPhone can unnecessarily expose the device to privacy and security risks.
I say “uselessly”, as there are several different ways to find the UDID of iPhone without iTunes and, for example, all the ones I illustrated to you before provide for the use of only official tools, absolutely safe and reliable.
In short: why expose your iPhone to potential risks when you can get the same result safely and just as easily?