Buying a used iPhone is always a risk, because in addition to honest sellers, scammers often operate on the Internet by offering non-original apple devices. That is why we will try to figure out how to correctly distinguish the original iPhone from a fake.
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Checking the iPhone for Originality
Below we will consider several ways to make sure that before you is not a cheap fake, but the original. To be sure, when studying a gadget, try to use not one method described below, but all at once.
Method 1: IMEI Comparison
Even at the production stage, each iPhone is assigned a unique identifier – IMEI, which is entered into the phone programmatically, printed on its case, and also registered on the box.
Checking the authenticity of the iPhone, make sure that the IMEI matches both the menu and the case. The mismatch of the identifier should tell you that either the device was manipulated, about which the seller did not speak, for example, the case was replaced, or in front of you is not an iPhone.
Method 2: Apple site
In addition to IMEI, each Apple gadget has its own unique serial number, which you can use to verify its authenticity on the official Apple website.
- First you need to find out the serial number of the device. To do this, open the iPhone settings and go to the section "Basic".
Select item "About this device". In the graph "Serial number" You will see a combination of letters and numbers, which we will need later.
Go to the Apple website in the device verification section using this link. In the window that opens, you will need to enter the serial number, indicate the code from the image below and start the verification by pressing the button "Continue".
In the next moment, the device under test is displayed on the screen. If it is inactive, this will be reported. In our case, we are talking about an already registered gadget, for which the estimated end date of the warranty is additionally indicated.
Method 3: IMEI.info
Knowing the IMEI device, when checking the phone for originality, you should definitely use the online service IMEI.info, which can provide a lot of interesting information about your gadget.
Go to the website of the online service IMEI.info A window will appear on the screen in which you will need to enter the IMEI device, and then to continue confirm that you are not a robot.
Method 4: Appearance
Be sure to check the appearance of the device and its box – no Chinese characters (unless iPhone was purchased in China), there should be no errors in spelling words.
On the back of the box, see the specifications of the device – they must completely match the ones that your iPhone has (you can compare the characteristics of the phone itself through “Settings” – “General” – “About this device”)
Method 5: Software
As the software on smartphones from Apple, the iOS operating system is used, while the vast majority of fakes are running Android with an installed shell that is very similar to the apple system.
These are the main ways to determine if the iPhone is in front of you or not. But perhaps the most important factor is the price: the original working device without significant damage can not be significantly lower than the market price, even if the seller justifies it by the fact that he urgently needed money.
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