How to recognise a fake iPhone from a genuine refurbished iPhone?

According to an IFOP study, more than four out of ten French people have already bought a fake iPhone without knowing it! So how do you know if the refurbished iPhone you are buying is a real iPhone? We tell you everything in this article.

3 tips to recognise a real refurbished iPhone from a fake iPhone

To recognise a genuinely refurbished iPhone from a fake iPhone, you can check the IMEI number and the external appearance of your phone. Platforms like Back Market offer real refurbished iPhones, thus there is no risk at all to come across any fake iPhones here!

#1 Find the iPhone IMEI number

When you receive your refurbished iPhone, go to its settings to find the IMEI number. This is your smartphone's identity card which is made up of 15 to 17 digits. You can find it by performing the following actions:

Settings > General > Information

Then, to check if this number is the right one, go to a web browser like Google for example. Enter the address: https://checkcoverage.apple.com/uk/en/ then enter the number you found in your settings.

If it is a fake iPhone, an error message will appear “please enter a valid serial number”. If not, then it will be a real iPhone.

This trick can be very useful if you want to make sure your brand new iPhone 11 is of good quality.