How to tell if an iPhone is fake

While there seem to be many methods to spot a fake iPhone, we have been able to come up with the 8 quickest tips to do that.

Whether you want to detect a fake iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iphone X, or any model of iPhone, these tips work just fine.

Packaging Box Of Apple iPhone

First and foremost, a clear difference between real and knockoff iPhones lies in the box. Both boxes’ build and quality can be very similar, but there will always be a slight difference in the box sizes. The real package is compact, whereas the fake one will tend to be larger. You can also check for the Apple logo on the box, and the color should be uniform.

Physical Indicators of a fake iPhone 12

You need to check on these physical signs to ensure that your iPhone 12 is the real one:

  • Check for the screws: The original iPhone 12 uses the pentalobe security screw while the fake iPhone 12 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 perfect indicator for the consumer to ensure that they are purchasing an original iPhone 12.
  • Check the physical buttons: Another physical quality to note is that on the real iPhone 12, 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 device you are looking at is a fake iPhone 12. Some fake iPhone 12 devices 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 iPhone 12 devices have poor button quality.
  • Check the screen: The screen of original iPhone 12 should be clear and not pixelated. iPhone’s screen uses a retina display that has a higher pixel density making the screen look crispier, livelier, and full of colors. Fake iPhone 12 has dull colored screens due to the low-cost of their parts.
  • Check for the Apple logo: This is one of the most reliable tell in our guide on how to spot fake iPhone 12. On the back of the iPhone, you must see an Apple logo. If you can’t find the logo, then it’s a fake iPhone 12. Some iPhone 12 clones are so good in imitating the original ones that they also have the logo at their back. However, you can rub your finger over the logo. You will feel a transition from the phone cover to the Apple logo if you are having a fake iPhone 12.
  • Check the welcome screen: This is also a must, especially if you can’t distinguish the fake iPhone 12 to the original by looking at the physical features. Try to turn off then turn on the iPhone. A replica iPhone 12 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. Try to click on it. If it takes you to the Google store, then you know what to think.
  • Check the font: Another thing that makes an iPhone 12 knock off 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.
  • Ask how many SIM cards can be used: When you check how many SIM cards run on an iPhone, a dealer of an iPhone 12 clone might proudly tell you that you can use two SIM card running at the same time. Then you will know you are getting a counterfeit fake dual SIM iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 can only use one SIM card. Additionally, an original iPhone 12 should bear a label that says it’s designed by Apple in California and assembled in China. Without this kind of mark, your iPhone is a clone.

Charging Port

Next up is the charging port. Most fake iPhone manufacturers have evolved past the need to put fake charging ports in their products. However, one way to tell the difference between a real iPhone and a fake one is the border around the port. Fake ones will have a plastic border, or just an engraved line to emulate the styling that Apple gives their real iPhones.

This is one of the best ways of telling the difference between an original iPhone and a knockoff. Original iPhones ship with special PentaLobe screws (they look like stars with 5 points). So, if your supposed iPhone has the normal cross screws instead, then it is definitely fake.

Sign 1: Packaging

Always look for irregularities in packaging to the official retail packaging from Apple. In case you see a unofficial color of box art then in all probability, you have a fake iPhone 11.

Keep in mind to scrutinize accessories, as well as incorrect information that may be on the box.

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