AirPods Fake Vs Real (How To Spot Fake AirPods)

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Looking to learn how to spot fake AirPods? Scared of getting scammed? Look no further, as we’ve compiled the most complete legit check guide for Apple AirPods.

To put it shortly, the quickest way to spot fake AirPods is to scan the serial number found on the inside of the case (see pictures below on how to find that serial number). Once you get that code, pop it through checkcoverage.apple.com and see whether Apple confirms it for you. If you can’t get ahold of this code, we’ve added fake vs real comparisons for the actual AirPods below!

Remember, fake AirPods will always compromise on quality. To highlight the most common places where these compromises are made, we’ve put together the comparisons you’ll find below.

Without any further ado, let’s jump into the fake vs real Apple AirPods legit check guide.

Step 1: Check whether the serial number matches Apple’s official records

This is absolutely the most reliable tell in our guide on how to spot fake AirPods. It makes sense why real AirPods will come with a serial number that would be confirmed by Apple on their official website.

I understand this sign can only be checked in a face-to-face meeting or once the AirPods are with you, thus this is why we’ll continue the guide with more steps below so we can teach you how to spot fake AirPods by just looking at them.

Coming back to this guide, you will want to find this unique Apple AirPods serial number once you open the case like so:

AirPods serial number fake check

Over there in the highlighted area you will find a code that’s unique to every AirPods case.

Have a look at the picture below with an authentic Apple serial number so we can make it clear for you how to find this code:

How to spot fake AirPods by serial number

Once you get that code written down, you will have to go to https://checkcoverage.apple.com

Over there, simply pop in the serial number and this is how we’ll find if your AirPods are fake or real.

Checking authenticity for Apple AirPods

As you can see, an authentic pair of Apple headphones will come with confirmation points from their official website.

This should clear out 99% of AirPods legit checks — however, it’s not impossible that someone might switch the case and put in fake AirPods. Very unlikely but not impossible.

Therefore, this is why we’re not stopping this AirPods legit check guide here.

Step 2: Check for any inconsistency with the fake vs real AirPods box comparison

I understand people are concerned with the fake vs real AirPod headphone comparison, yet we’ve placed the box higher on this list since the flaws are easier to identify here.

For obvious reasons, the quality lacks on the box that comes with the headphones since fake manufacturers don’t care that much about the small details.

For starters, we’ll have a look at the bottom side of the enclosed box.

AirPods box fake vs real

Over here we can notice three things:

  1. The space between the cover and the box is super tight on the authentic box. On the fake AirPods box, you can see there’s more space and that gap is fluctuating in width.
  2. The font on the fake box is thicker than its authentic counterpart.
  3. Last but not least, the lightning cable illustration on the fake box is truncated on the bottom part.
AirPods box real vs fake

Moving on to the side, the AirPods text is significantly different. For one, the classic San Francisco font is not used on the fake AirPods box.

Besides that, the fake text has reflective properties, while the authentic box has this textbox simply printed in grey.

Fake AirPods box vs real AirPods box

On another facet of the box cover, you will notice a huge giveaway for the replica. As you can notice, multiple separate stickers are attached to the authentic box.

Besides that, it seems like the fake AirPods come with Chinese text in the upper left corner. Whether there is or isn’t Chinese text anywhere on the box can vary based on the region where the Apple AirPods were purchased from.

However, it looks like regardless of the region, the text found on the fakes is slightly thicker.

How to spot a fake AirPods box

Moving on to the side with the Apple logo, it seems that once again the fakes have this area printed with a reflective material, rather than simply printing it in grey.

"Designed by Apple in California" fake vs real Airpods box

Last but not least, upon opening the box you will notice the covering cardboard with instruction papers.

Yet again, the properties of this text are different. The fake AirPods have this “Designed by Apple in California” printed in black, instead of grey.

Step 3: Analyse the bottom side of the AirPod

Having a look at the actual headphone, you will notice a grilled area — that’s what we’ll refer to as the diffuser.

Have a look at the real vs fake AirPods comparison below:

Replica AirPods how to spot

As you can see, the shape of this diffuser is different. The shapes vary on authentic AirPods as well, but they should always come in an oval shape.

Fakes, on the other hand, seem to get this diffuser shape closer to a circle, rather than an oval.

Besides, highlighted in a square you will notice the difference in the two white strips that can be noticed at the bottom.

Not only there’s a difference in colours, but the fake AirPods have these strips placed at significantly deeper levels.

Step 4: Closely analyse the diffuser found at the top

Moving on with our “how to legit check AirPods” guide, we’ll closely inspect the top area of the headphone.

Counterfeit AirPods vs authentic AirPods

The diffuser found here must never ever be misaligned. The fake example we’ve attached above seems to not be properly aligned with the circle that sits next to it.

Besides that, if you closely inspect the grille, you will notice a difference in quality.

Step 5: Real vs fake AirPods case

Having a look at the rear side of the case, we’ve found three main flaws.

Replica AirPods vs real AirPods

For starters, the circle button is placed higher than it’s meant to be on the fake AirPods case.

Next up, the “Designed by Apple in California / Assembled in China” text is not only thicker on the fake AirPods case, but also printed in a different shade of grey.

As a consequence, the spacing between the hinges and the text is different. We’ve highlighted the difference in the grey boxes.

Last but not least, we’ll address the difference found in the hinge area. Here’s a closer picture comparison:

How to spot fake AirPods headphones

As you can see, the way the hinge is segmented is significantly sharper on the fake AirPods case. That, once again, shows a lack of craftsmanship and quality, since fake manufacturers are compromising for the sake of a cheaper price.

On top of that, the replica case used this mirror-like material on the hinge — which reflects everything more than the material found on the authentic case.

Step 6: Check out the lightning port

Flip the case over and have a look at the lightning port, the port through which you would charge the case.

How to authenticate AirPods

As you can see here, this metal outline that wraps this port is thicker on the fakes, thus having a different shape.

Besides that, even though the light angle in the fake vs real AirPods comparison is different, we can point out there’s a difference in colour.

Step 7: Quickly scan the light-up indicator

Last but not least, one very important detail for how to spot a fake AirPods case can be noticed by opening it up and inspecting the light-up indicator.

AirPods original vs fake

As we’ve highlighted in the picture above, it looks like the light-up indicator on the AirPods case is misplaced.

This flaw is not always found on the replica AirPods, since it’s obviously a blatant mistake, but we felt like adding it to our guide just so that you will be reminded to have a quick check of this detail as well.

Real vs fake AirPods technical details

We will finish this authentication guide by mentioning there are technical differences on the counterfeit AirPods.

It almost goes without saying that this happens since replica manufacturers don’t plan on perfectly replicating the Apple chips that are found inside the original AirPods — and most likely, nor do they have access to what Apple has developed.

We will note here:

  1. Authentic AirPods were never released in any colourway other than white (for the time being)
  2. The authentic AirPods connect faster to your phone. It’s estimated that it shouldn’t take longer than 10 seconds to connect the headphones to your device.
  3. The battery life is significantly shorter on fake AirPods
  4. Some fake AirPods have a female voice audio file playing when connecting to your device — authentic AirPods only play a sound that’s specific to Apple
  5. Some fake AirPods come with the USB-C port instead of the classic Apple Lightning port
  6. Naturally, find my AirPods under find my iPhone will not work with the counterfeit version.

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girl
2019-08-07 16:43:29
i got mine for xmas, wrapped in the plastic brand new unopened never used them. decided to try them and cant pair their not recognised then when hold button down at the back of case just get solid white light. i then noticed that the serial number on the AirPods case and the serial number on the box are different :s