How To Identify An Original iPhone | All We Know You Need To Know

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How To Identify An Original iPhone | All We Know You Need To Know

How To Identify An Original iPhone | All We Know You Need To Know

Getting an iPhone can be a dream come true for some people BUT who wants to get a fake i Phone? Definitely, the answer is NOBODY. Like, it’s quite unimaginable why someone would just want to spend his/her hard earned cash on a fake device.

Undeniably, we fall prey to fate and purchase fake stuff and we sure don’t feel good about them. Well, if you’ve got plans to purchase an iPhone which we all know is quite expensive, then this article will show you the difference between a fake iPhone and a genuine iPhone. Fake iPhone manufacturers often go a long way just to make their victims believe that what they are selling is the authenticated one.

Attempts by police to eradicate fake iPhones from the market have failed. So the only thing that can be done is to educate people so they won’t fall victim and purchase an iPhone from these unethical manufacturers. If you are buying an iPhone from the used market, a classified ad, or some other dealer that is not an Apple dealer, use this guide to determine if the phone you are buying is in fact a real iPhone.

How to Identify a Genuine iPhone

There are three unique ways of checking if your iPhone is a genuine or a fake one. We have grouped them into three indicators – physical, performance, and system indicators.

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Physical Indicators

You need to check on these physical signs to ensure that your iPhone is the real one:

Check for the screws.

The original iPhone uses the pentalobe security screw while the fake one uses the normal cross screws. The pentalobe security screw, from its name, has five lobes that provide a tamper-proof system for the iPhone. This is a good indicator for the consumer to ensure that they are buying the original iPhone.

Check the screen

The original iPhone should have a clear and not a pixelated screen. iPhone’s screen uses a retina display that has a higher pixel density making the screen look crispier, livelier, and full of colors. Fake iPhones have dull colored screens due to the low-cost of their parts.

Check the Positions Of Physical Buttons

Another physical quality to note is that on the real iPhone, the sleep/wake button is on the top right corner, while the volume switch and ringer switch are on the upper left side. If the switch or buttons are not where they should be, then the phone you are looking at is a fake one. Some fake iPhones have the buttons in the right positions, however, feel the buttons by running your fingers on them. Press the buttons repeatedly to check if they are not loose and are improperly fitted. Clone iPhones have poor button quality.

Check the font

Another thing that makes a fake iPhone really funny is when you try to check for the font on your messages, it gives you a Chinese character, so you have to configure your phone to enable English settings

Check the welcome screen

This is also a must. Try to turn off then turn on the iPhone. A fake iPhone will have a welcome screen, like the word “Welcome,” while the original one will show you the logo of the iPhone. On the home screen, you will find an iPhone store icon. Click on it. If it takes you to the Google store, then you know what to think.

Check For Number Of SIM cards

Try checking yourself how many SIM cards can be used, is two SIM card run at the same time. Then you will know you are getting an authenticated fake dual SIM iPhone. The iPhone can only use one SIM card. The original iPhone should bear a label that says it’s designed by Apple California and assembled in China. Without this kind of mark, your phone is a clone.

Check for the Apple logo

On the back of the phone, you must see an iPhone logo. If you can’t find the logo, then your guess should be as good as mine. Some clone iPhones also have the logo at their back. However, you can rub your finger over the logo. If you  feel a transition from the phone cover to the Apple logo, RUN! you are having the fake one.

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Performance Indicators

One of the driving factors why fake iPhones are found in the markeet is that people want to get an iPhone at a cheaper price. With the cheaper price of the device comes the obvious poor performance of the phone. Below are some key performance indicators on how to identify a fake iPhone

Multi-tasking capabilities.

Open an app (e.g Music app). Play it in the background. Open another application and check how the phone performs. Fake iPhones have a hard time supporting two applications at a time. They seem to lag. Original iPhones run smooth even if multiple applications are opened.

Camera quality.

Aside the fact that people just like flaunting their iPhones online when taking pictures. The original iPhones have superior camera quality while the fake ones take bad and blurry photos. A physically convincing iPhone with bad photos, regardless of the lighting conditions, is a possible fake iPhone. Try the other camera modes including video recording and see how bad does a fake iPhone take pictures and videos.

Quickly scroll between application screens.

Do a quick scroll to the left and right of the home screens. The fake iPhone will obviously lag down and won’t be able to keep up with your quick scrolls.

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System Indicators

Below are some system indicator that will help you identify a fake iPhone;

Check the built-in applications

The original iPhone should have the built-in Apple applications, such as Compact, Compass, Settings, Calculator, Music, and Photos. If one of those is missing, the phone might be jailbroken. To be sure you have the original phone, try to restore the original firmware. If some built-in application is still missing after restoring the original firmware, then you know what it is — a clone iPhone.

The original iPhone has a fixed storage capacity and cannot be expanded. The fake iPhones require a memory card to expand its memory capacity. If you find a memory card slot at the back or the side of the phone, then start backing out because you are looking at the fake one.

Look for the serial number.

You can dial the code “*#06#” on your dialer to display your iPhone’s serial number. On the phone, go to “Settings,” choose “General,” and then click on “About.” This will give you the serial number. You can then access the Apple website, where you can enter your iPhone serial number to see if it is a real iPhone. On the website, enter your hardware serial number. If the site says that the code is invalid, then your iPhone is a clone.

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How can you tell an original vs. fake iPhone serial number?

If you want to check the serial number, you can:

  • Click on “Settings”.
  • Then go to “General”.
  • Tap on “About”.
  • Scroll down and check “Serial Number”.
  • Take note of the numbers and check its authenticity at
  • Put in the serial number you have. If it says you have invalid numbers, your iPhone is a fake


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