For some unknown reasons, iTunes doesn’t show the UDID of iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and iPhone XR, unlike earlier models. But worry not as we’ve discovered the workarounds to overcome the roadblock.
Before going ahead with the story, let us give you some brief. UDID stands for Unique Device Identifier and is required to identify a device. Developers need it for multiple purposes like installing an app, registration, and more.
How to Find the UDID of iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR
Apple has tweaked the format of UDID for its latest iPhones. The new format looks like 0000CHIP-000ECID. There are three ways through which you can get the UDID of 2018 iPhones. Dive in to check out how they work!
Get iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and iPhone XR UDID Using Xcode
If you have chosen to walk through this first method, let me tell you that it’s rather painful. Thus, you’ve got to have plenty of patience to get through. Literally.
However, it’s a safer method. So, if you don’t mind digging a bit, check out the below method.
Step #1. First off, download Xcode (a tool for developing apps for iOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS) on your Mac, if you haven’t already. You need the macOS 10.13.6 or later version to get this app.
Note: The installation of Xcode takes a lot of time. So, you need to be a bit more patient to let it finish peacefully.
Step #2. Now, you need to connect your iPhone to the Mac using a USB cable.
Step #3. Next, open Xcode app → Click on Window and select Devices and Simulators.
Alternately, you can just enter Command + Shift + 2 key
Step #4. Next up, ensure that Devices tab is selected.
Then, check out the Identifier that’s the UDID of your iPhone.
Now that you’ve got the ID, copy it and use it wherever you want.
View the UDID of iPhone Xs, Xs Max or iPhone XR Using Mac
This one is not just pretty easy to follow but also secure–only if you have a Mac.
Step #1. First off, connect your iPhone to your Mac.
Step #2. Now, click on Apple menu at the top right and select “About This Mac.”
Step #3. Next, click on System Report.
Step #4. Hardware section, click on USB.
Step #5. Next up, click on iPhone.
Step #6. Check out Serial Number label. You need to copy the number that is next to it and paste it in a note. Now, you have to add a – (hyphen) after the 8th digit.
Let’s say, the serial number looks like: 000011114567899. When you include the hyphen, it will be: 00001111-4567899. It’s your iPhone’s UDID.
While looking for a quick way to view the UDID of the latest iPhones, I stumbled upon this Reddit page where I got the link of https://showmyudid.com. I gave a try to it and found it pretty effective.
The best thing about this trick is that you don’t have to use your Mac/Windows PC and it hardly takes a few steps. Even though the site says that only your UDID will be transmitted to its site and nothing will be installed on your device, it might not be a 100% safe bet. So, keep this thing in mind before going ahead with the below steps.
Find UDID of iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR Without iTunes
Step #1. Launch Safari on your iOS device and head over to https://showmyudid.com
Step #2. Now, hit the “Tap to Show UDID.” Next, a popup will appear on the screen saying, “This website is trying to open Settings to show you a configuration profile. Do you want to allow this?” Tap on Allow.
Step #3. Next up, its Show My UDiD Check profile will open in the Settings app. (If it doesn’t open automatically, head over to Settings app → General → Profiles → Show My UDiD Check.
Tap on Install at the top right and confirm.
Step #4. As soon as you’ve installed the configuration profile, you will be taken to its site where you should see your iPhone’s UDID.
That’s it! Now, you can take a screenshot of the ID or note it down so that you won’t have to go through the same steps again.
Sticky note: Once you have viewed the UDID, you can remove the downloaded profile from your iOS device. To do so, go back to Settings → General → Profiles → Show My UDiD Check → Remove Downloaded Profile.
I can’t tell with full assurance as to why Apple has prevented iTunes from showing device identifier of the latest iPhones. However, I guess the tech giant wants to put a shield on this sensitive information for additional safeguard.
As a user, I would want to restore the previous method as it’s pretty simple. And from what I can sense, most iPhone users are willing to switch back to the old way. Which side are you on?
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