10 Major Differences Between Real and Fake iPhones – How to Check if Your iPhone is Original

Owning an Apple iPhone comes with a sense of pride – the reputation and quality that Apple products have in the world is unmatched.
And it is for this reason that people sometimes blindly purchase iPhones or other products without even inquiring if the product is real or not.
You can guarantee that your iPhone is original if you purchase it directly from the Apple store, of course, but, sometimes the need to buy used, or to save a few dollars make sense considering the hefty pricetag of an Apple iPhone.
If you do purchase from another place, other than an Apple store (whether virtual or online), you might find yourself having to verify the phone’s authenticity.
With such a huge market for Apple products, the “fake iPhone” market has become very lucrative for dishonest phone manufacturers.
Seeing the popularity, quality, demand, and iPhone users’ faith in their phones, many dishonest Smartphone manufacturing companies now create fake iPhone lookalikes. And, the clones are so well-fabricated that it’s very hard to differentiate between real and fake iPhones.
Some earlier iPhone knock-offs are so poorly done that it’s super easy to differentiate them from real iPhones. However, as technology has developed over time, some fake iPhone clones are so well-done that they are physically very similar to a genuine iPhone. Fake iPhone manufacturers go a long way to make their victims believe that they are selling authentic versions.
Many legal attempts to apprehend fake iPhone manufacturers in the market have unfortunately failed. Now, the only thing that we can do is educate people so they won’t fall victim to these unethical manufacturers. So, next time whenever you or your friends buy an Apple product, this article should help you identify the difference between real and fake iPhones.

Differences Between Real and Fake iPhones – How to Check if Your iPhone is Original

1. Packaging Box Of Apple iPhone:

Real and fake iPhones packaging

First and foremost, an easier difference between real and fake iPhones is the box. The build and quality of both boxes can be very similar, but there will always be a slight difference in the box sizes. The real box is compact whereas the fake one will tend to be larger. You can also check for the Apple logo on the box, and also its color.

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2. Serial Number:

Every iPhone has a serial number that identifies it. Locate the serial number on the iPhone by tapping “Settings > General > About > Serial Number.” This number must be verified from the Apple official website “https://selfsolve.apple.com/agreementWarrantyDynamic.do.” Search it up to confirm its originality.

iPhone Serial Number

Check the iPhone’s warranty period by entering the serial number. If you receive the message “We’re sorry, this serial number is not valid. Please check your information and try again,” then it is a fake iPhone.

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3. iTunes Connectivity and Syncing:

A remarkable feature of an iPhone is its ability to entertain its users with iTunes. You can check if your iPhone is fake or original by trying to connect it to iTunes. If it does not connect, or it is not recognized by iTunes, then it’s definitely not an original iPhone. Before coming to this conclusion, ensure that your iTunes and iOS software are both up to date.

If you cannot sync information between your iPhone and your computer, attempt to restore your iPhone through iTunes. An iPhone that doesn’t connect to iTunes or the App Store after being restored is either fake or damaged.

4. Applications:

iPhone Applications

The iPhone arrives with native or built-in Apple-branded apps. Unless an iPhone is jailbroken, these apps cannot be removed. Some examples of built-in applications include “Contacts,” “Compass,” “Settings,” “Calculator,” “Music” and “Photos.” If any these applications are missing, the phone is either jailbroken or fake. You can restore the original firmware by entering DFU mode and reinstalling the operating system. If native applications are still missing, then your iPhone is likely fake.

5. 3D Touch Feature:

The iPhone 6S and later versions’ 3D Touch display is the latest evolution of the multi-touch display and it is also one of the key improvements we have seen. Apple has improved the display in various ways. Apart from the size and resolution details, there is a new feature dubbed as 3D Touch.

So you can spot a fake iPhone 6S or above phones by trying to use the 3D Touch feature. If this is not present/doesn’t work, the iPhone is not real.

6. Apple Store or Authorized Service Provider:

Authorize Apple Service Provider

If your iPhone has passed several of these steps but you still suspect that it’s fake, bring it to your closest Apple store or Apple authorized service provider. A store technician can run diagnostic tests on your iPhone to verify its authenticity or lack thereof. Thus, you can identify whether it’s a fake or real iPhone.

7. Check for Siri:

Siri in iPhone

The most important feature that would be absent in a fake iPhone is Siri. Siri is the voice recognizing digital assistant of yours, to help you use your iPhone with simple voice commands. If it doesn’t recognize your voice or an error appears, then it is a fake iPhone.

8. Pentalobe Screws:

Pentalobe Screws

To identify a fake iPhone, check its screws. Apple uses the Pentalobe screws in real iPhones, whereas a fake iPhone just has normal cross screws. Here is an image of the Pentalobe screws as well as their location on the iPhone.

9. External Memory Card Slot:

Apple iPhone 6S or later models have no external memory card slots like their predecessors. So, if you have an iPhone 6S or any other model of iPhone with an external SD Card, then it is a fake iPhone.

10. Check the Physical Buttons:

One of the main aspects that can indicate if an iPhone is fake or not is the physical button placement. It is very important to check that the physical buttons on your iPhone are where they should be located. In an original iOS device, the sleep/wake button is on the top right corner, while the volume switch and ringer slider are on the upper left side. If the buttons are placed somewhere else, then it is a guarantee that the device is fake.

A Few Bonus Tips To Check If The iPhone Is Original Or Fake:

We would be amazed if the above tips didn’t work for you. No problem, following are some short tips that may also help you detect the reality of the iPhone; whether it’s original or fake.

  • Check the screen: The screen of original iPhone should be clear and not pixelated.
  • Only iOS: Apple uses the only iOS as its official operating system. If you see any application other than iOS, it is 100% fake.
  • No warranty: Sellers of fake iPhones will not give you a warranty to a certified iPhone service centre.
  • Cheap price: If it is being sold far cheaper than a regular iPhone’s suggested price, then think twice before buying the product.

I hope the tips and checkpoints in the article can help you if you need to tell the difference between real and fake iPhones. Stay tuned and keep updated on the topic, and please let us know if you have ever bought a fake iPhone. If so, share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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Models of iPhone that you can check:

This article pertains to all versions of the iPhone including the iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, the iPhone 11, XE, 8, 7, and lower models as well.