How To Verify Iphone Authenticity
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How to check iPhone for authenticity on Apple?
This method is the most suitable, because for its application you do not even need to print the box and remove the device itself. Follow the instructions:
Step 1. Find the serial number of the device on the package – it should be located on the back of the box between the IMEI and the batch number (Part No.). The serial number consists of 11 or 12 characters (numbers and letters).
If the iPhone is printed and activated, check the "serial" on the packaging and in the device settings (path "Settings"-"The main"-"About this device").
Step 2 Go to the website http://www.apple.com/en/ and in the upper right corner select the tab “Support".
Step 3. Scroll down and find the block "Warranty & Repair". Here you need to follow the link "Warranty Status Check".
Step 4. Enter the serial number of the device in a special window, then enter the captcha code.
After entering the data, click "Continue". If you entered the number incorrectly, the system displays the following message:
Recheck the serial number. If there are no errors, then the iPhone is “gray”, and you must refuse to purchase it.
After entering the serial correctly activated IPhone you will see this screen:
Pay attention to the checkmark in the green field opposite the item “Valid Acquisition Date"- it is she who confirms that the gadget is original. The remaining items are devoted to the international warranty for the device, which has a duration of 1 year from the date of purchase, and the right to a free consultation by phone – this right can be used by the iPhone owner for 3 months. As you can see, using the service you can establish not only the authenticity of the device, but also the approximate period of use of the gadget (more than 3 months, more than a year). In our case, the warranty has already expired, so the system offers only paid handling.
If iPhone is still not activated, you will see an exclamation mark in the yellow box and the signature "You must confirm the date of purchase product".
The fact that the service found this device in the database, but did not give an error, confirms the originality of the gadget.
Please note: if the serial number of the gadget starts with a combination of "5K", then in front of you is the iPhone of the Refurbished category, that is, repaired by the manufacturer or seller. Refurbished iPhone can not be called completely new despite the fact that the repair is usually of high quality and that Apple gives a full guarantee for such a device.
How to check whether the original iPhone or not, by IMEI?
Checking for originality is also carried out through IMEI iPhone. There are several ways to find the IMEI number:
Find on the packaging with a barcode. IMEI is lower than the serial number.
Find on the tray under the SIM card.
Through the "Settings" of the gadget. The path the user needs to go through is “Settings"-"The main"-"About this device".
Through a combination. Just dial # 06 # and the IMEI number will appear on the screen.
IMEY consists of 15 digits – letter characters do not occur.
You can verify the authenticity of the gadget by IMEI using two services:
International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI).
Actually, the site of the international identifier itself is available at www.imei.info. To check, enter the 15-digit number in the "Enter IMEI".
After entering the number, click "Check". Information about the iPhone will appear on the screen.
If this information is not enough for you, click the "Read "- a full description of the device’s functionality will appear, accompanied by a photo and 3D animation.
If the iPhone by the IMEY number is found in the database, the gadget is original.
Important: when registering on the site www.imei.info through the mailbox, check the Spam folder – most likely, the letter with the offer to activate the account will be there.
This service allows you to check how high-quality the hardware of the smartphone being tested is – as a rule, “clandestine” manufacturers use the lowest-grade components. Service CNDeepInfo is universal and is suitable for checking not only iPhone, but also gadgets of other brands.
Enter the IMEI number in the box and click the "Verify". The result of the check will consist of several parts. First part – certificate.
The certificate confirms that the Apple iPhone is not the stolen or lost real owner.
If you want to know more about what information the certificate gives, click on the round button with the letter “i” – in the figure it is circled in red.
A certificate in the form of a banner can be inserted into other resources. Click the "HTML code to embed on sites and forums", And all sorts of links and codes will be available to you:
A link, for example, to an image of a certificate, an iPhone seller can place in an advertisement for sale – this will increase the degree of trust of potential buyers.
The second block is “Decoding IMEI".
From this block it becomes clear that the whole IMEY can be divided into 3 components:
- TAC Number – describes the model and origin of the phone (8 first digits)
- Gadget serial number – is unique for each device (6 subsequent digits)
- Check digit – The 15th figure in a row, allowing you to check the correctness of all previous ones. The check digit is calculated by the algorithm "Moon»- you can familiarize yourself with this algorithm here.
There are no two phones with the same IMEI numbers.
The third block is “Detailed information".
Alas, detailed information is not available with a free scan – after clicking on the "Get information»You will be offered to pay.
If you scroll down the page with the results of the scan, you will find the button “Add to the list of lost or stolen. "
If you lose the gadget, you should use this particular button – so you complicate the task of selling the phone to an attacker.
Checking iPhone by serial number and IMEI is better if you buy a sealed gadget – it is unlikely that the seller will agree to open the package just so that you look at the smartphone. But when buying an iPhone with hands without a box and documents, it is very important to pay attention to visual inspection – the typical signs of Chinese fakes are described here.