How to check if your iPhone is original or not: 10 ways to determine it

iPhone has become one of the most popular and demanded smartphones all over the world due to its advanced features and stylish design. However, with the emergence of fake products on the market, it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between a real iPhone and a fake one. Here I will tell you the different ways and methods on how to check if the iPhone is original or not.

1. Confirm the IMEI number

The IMEI number is the easiest way to check iPhone authenticity without opening the box. IMEI is an acronym for International Mobile Equipment Identifier. It serves as a unique hardware identifier for your iPhone.

  1. First, find the phone’s IMEI number on the product box.

    Check the IMEI number on the box

  2. Then go to in any browser.
  3. In the Serial Number field, enter the found IMEI number.
  4. Then add captcha → click submit.

    Support page, enter the IMEI number, paste the Captch, click submit.

  5. You should be able to see the details of the phone. If the information is missing, then the phone is fake.

Double check the IMEI number in the box and in the Settings app.

Also, the IMEI number can refer to any old iPhone, so check it against the IMEI number on the device.

  1. Go to Settings → General → About.
  2. Scroll down for the IMEI number.

    Go to General, My IMEI in Settings

  3. If the IMEI numbers on the box and in the Settings app do not match, there is a good chance that your iPhone is fake (unless the device was sold with the wrong box).

Also, the IMEI number is available on the SIM card tray of iPhone except iPhone 14 series. Alternatively, you can dial *#06# to find out your IMEI.

2. Check the model number and serial number.

After the IMEI, confirm the serial number and model number of your iPhone. There are several ways to find out your iPhone’s serial number. To get started, copy and check it on the aforementioned official Apple website. If you see a green checkmark next to Valid Purchase, the phone is original.

You can also see if the iPhone is new or refurbished. To do this, check the first letter of your iPhone’s model number in Settings → General → About.

  • M: iPhone is new and innovative.
  • F: The device has been previously repaired and used.
  • N: The current iPhone has been replaced with a broken iPhone due to a service request.
  • P: Apple made a personally engraved iPhone.

So, now you can tell if someone is trying to sell you a refurbished phone with a new phone name.

3. Walk through the outside

Some unique hardware elements make iPhone special.

iPhone theme

  • You should see the sleep/wake button, mute switch, and volume controls on either side of the device.
  • Also, your iPhone must have the Apple logo on the back.
  • Since iPhones don’t have USB Type C ports like Android phones, check for a Lightning connector on the bottom.
  • Also, look for the Pentalobe screws near the port to check if the iPhone is real.
  • Finally, pay attention to the camera module, the edges and the notch. Appearance must match the photos on the official Apple website.
  • Plus, most iPhone models are made of metal and glass for a great in-hand feel.

Fake iPhones often have a weaker build and a slightly different design than the original versions. As a result, you should carefully examine the iPhone from the outside. Your iPhone is likely to be fake if any of these parts are missing or in an unexpected location.

4. Make sure the internal parts are not modified

Some reports indicate that customers are being scammed with refurbished iPhones. The device is original, but it can be repaired using third-party parts due to some malfunctions. So the iPhone cannot provide the same user experience with the installed components.

To see if the screen is original or not:

  • Enable True Tone on the screen.
  • Run the night shift.
  • Check if you are getting haptic feedback.

Also, if you have an iPhone 11 or later (running iOS 15.2 or later) and if it has undergone any service replacements, you can see the details here:

  1. Go to Settings → General → About.
  2. In the “Parts and Service History” section, you will see the name of the part. If Unknown is displayed, the installed part is not owned by Apple or used in another iPhone.

5. Network connection

All iPhone models can connect to Wi-Fi, EDGE, and Bluetooth. In addition, Apple Pay via NFC and file sharing via AirDrop are supported. So if you bought an iPhone that can’t connect to one of these networks, it’s probably fake.

6. Sync your new iPhone with Quick Start

To check if the iPhone is real or fake, you can try to contact iTunes and see if your iPhone is recognized by iTunes. If the phone can’t install iOS backup from iCloud or sync data to your Mac, it’s not the original.

Also, bring your old iPhone close to your new iPhone for setup. If you can’t use Quick Start to setup, the latter is fake.

Quick start on your new iPhone

7. Confirm iOS

iOS on iPhone is significantly different from Android in terms of look, feel, and performance. Therefore, fake iPhones try to copy the interface.

To find out your iPhone’s operating system, go to Settings → General → Software Update.

Also, when you set up your new iPhone, it asks you to create an Apple ID. If it prompts you to sign in with your Google account or something like that, the iPhone isn’t real.

8. Find system apps

iOS apps

iPhone comes with a different App Store for iOS apps only. So, you can try to unlock it. If you see Google Play Store, the iPhone is not original. In addition, Apple includes certain system apps such as Safari, Health, Music, Compass, Calculator, etc., which cannot be uninstalled. So, if any of them are missing, the phone is either hacked or fake.

You can restore the original firmware by going into DFU mode and reinstalling the operating system. It is possible that your iPhone is fake if the original apps are still missing.

9. Activate Siri

Activate Siri on the iPhone

Siri is an entirely in-house technology from Apple. So fake iPhone makers can’t include Siri on their phones and use Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or other voice assistants instead. Instead, try activating Siri by long pressing the power button. If it does not appear, then the iPhone is not real.

10. Get verification from an Apple Store or service provider.

If you still think it’s fake, you can take the iPhone to the nearest Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider. Your iPhone may undergo diagnostic tests performed by a retailer to check your Apple iPhone.

Beware of iPhone Scams!

Buying a fake iPhone can lead to loss of money and frustration. Thus, you must check your Apple iPhone before purchasing to make an informed purchase and avoid being scammed. Whether you just bought an iPhone or are planning to buy it, I hope this guide will provide you with the information you need to check if your iPhone is original.

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