How do I determine the generation of my AirPods?

Before purchasing a replacement, it is important to determine which generation you own. Currently there are two models available: 1st generation and 2nd generation. They look identical, but they are NOT compatible. To determine your generation, locate the model number in the first text line on the underside of the AirPod. An example is shown below:

Once you have found the model number, use the below table to determine the correct generation:

Model Number


A1523 or A1722

1st Generation

A2032 or A2031

2nd Generation

If you can’t read the text, follow Apple's instructions here.