iPhone 11 Authenticity Check: Spotting Real vs Fake

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Last Updated on June 19, 2024 by Ch David

THIS…. Is the ultimate iPhone 11 authentication tutorial.

It works for: iPhone 11 (Base model), 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.

How to spot a fake iPhone in 2024

You can spot a fake iPhone by typing the serial number (Settings > General > About > Serial Number) on Apple’s Check Coverage website. Fakes never have a valid purchase date, while authentic iPhones always do.

1. Serial number

1.1. Where to find it

  • Turn on your iPhone.
  • Open the Settings app.
  • General > About > Serial Number.

1.2 How to scan it

Apple Check Coverage website

1.3. Authentic results

  • Copy your iPhone’s serial number
  • Go to Apple’s https://checkcoverage.apple.com website.
  • Type out what you’ve just copied.
  • Pass the Captcha Human test.
  • Notice a “Valid Purchase Date” — that’s what makes your iPhone legit.

Above, we can see that this iPhone 11 Pro Max is indeed authentic thanks to its valid purchase date and the other details, as well as its product ID code matching the physical product

1.4. Fake results

  • The fake iPhone 11 didn’t show up any results.
  • Apple’s website won’t tell you directly that your item is counterfeit — they ask you to properly introduce the serial number.

Since we’ve introduced the serial number properly and no results showed up, it is now 100% a fake iPhone.

Finding it too hard? Reach out to our Apple experts:

2. Warranty

What we will check for this step is how the inscriptions are positioned, and what their font looks like.

To get here:

  • Open your iPhone.
  • Go to Settings > General > About.
  • The fake item does not provide any warranty information.
    • Of course, there are authentic phones that don’t have that section, since not all of the products have the “Limited Warranty” anymore.
    • So, don’t worry if your device does not have a “Limited Warranty” section in “About”.
  • Fake iPhones will never have a warranty section.
  • The fake Apple device doesn’t show you the “Applications” section, as it is missing.
  • While the real iPhone says “Available” (memory), the fake iPhone says “Usable Content” — that’s always a sign of a fake
    • Hence, the fake Apple iPhone 11 does not use the right inscription that indicates the device’s free memory.
  • On the lower side, the fake iPhone 11 device has its EID section missing.

Back to the real Apple iPhone 11, you can see how its EID section is there, indicating the device’s unique code.

3. Cameras

  • The fake iPhone 11 Pro Max has cameras with three white outlines.

The authentic cameras have a black outline. Keep in mind that they are never white on a real iPhone!

4. Lock screen

  • The fake device has its text using a totally different font from the real deal.
  • The fake Apple iPhone 11 has its time and date inscriptions looking too thin.
  • The replica iPhone 11 has its WiFi & Battery symbols really small, as they are too far away from the top of the screen.
  • On the fake item, the career/SIM text is placed too much on the left side of the screen.
  • The same “NO SIM CARD” is placed too low when looking from the top.
  • The fake “NO SIM CARD” text is too thin on the fake phone, while on the real deal, it is thicker.

A quick mention:

  • The steps we’ve written so far are the BEST ways to authenticate this item
  • The next few steps are still reliable methods…
  • … but they apply to non-top-versions of replicas available for this item

If in doubt, we recommend double-checking the steps we’ve explained above this line.

5. Home screen

  • The fake phone has its text looking really thin.
  • The fake text looks like it on an Android device, unlike the authentic Apple font.
  • At the base of every replica iPhone, there is the Android system that is masked to look like an iOS device.

Even with this mask, you can see how some of the details slip, such as the time’s print, which on the fake item highlighted above, it does not use the right font.

6. Lock screen buttons

  • The three buttons are misplaced.
  • The flashlight button is placed too high from the bottom of the fake iPhone’s screen.
  • The white bar that helps you open and close apps is too high on the fake.
    • The genuine Apple iPhone 11 device has the same line placed lower, as it is closer to the bottom edge of the screen.
  • The fake Camera button is placed too high from the bottom side.

7. Display

All of the genuine Apple iPhone 11 devices will always have their screen/display at the same sizes, without any inch/centimetre in plus or minus.

  • The fake iPhone 11 has a thicker border, as it covers up too much of the space where the display should be at.
  • The fake iPhone’s display is actually crooked because it leans to the left side of the phone.
  • The fake item has its black case covering too much of the display at the bottom. As the case goes up, it starts covering less and less, going back to the normal size.

To re-cap:

  • Original iPhones always have the same dimensions for their display and for the case.
  • Sometimes, fake phones have their case badly proportioned, either covering too much or too little of the phone.

8. App icons (GUI)

Remember what we previously discussed about the iOS being impossible to replicate, and how the fake iPhones are basically Android devices?

If so, then you are going to probably laugh at this step.

  • This only happens only to low-quality fakes of the iPhone 11.
  • Looking at the Facebook, Messenger and at the YouTube icons, you can see how the fake item has the Android-looking icons, as they have this sort of grey patch beneath them.
  • The authentic icons are designed the same as on the rest of the Apple devices.

Major flaw: The fake iPhone 11 has the Google Play Store. You can’t download this app on a real iPhone!

So, if you ever see the Google Play Store on an iPhone, you are 100% looking at a replica mobile phone.

9. Rear case

  • The fake device has its patch with the cameras coming out of the case too much.

On the other hand, the legitimate Apple iPhone 11 device has its patch with the cameras fit deeper into the case, not coming out of it as much as the fake phone’s patch.

10. Bottom

  • The iPhone clone has its two screws next to the lightning port placed too far away from the port.
  • The speakers are too small and narrow on the fake iPhone, and on the authentic device, they are bigger and wider.

11. Box

  • The fake phone has its cameras with the white outline of which we spoke about at the third step of the guide.

On the authentic items box as well, you can notice how there is supposed not to be any white outline, as the legitimate outlines of the cameras are black on the box as well.

Shortlist: How to know if an iPhone 11 is fake

  1. Check the serial number of your Apple iPhone 11 on Apple’s website. The authentic items should be registered and their serial numbers should show results in Apple’s database
  2. Verify the details in the “About” section on your Apple iPhone 11 device. Most of the fake items use the wrong inscriptions and miss some of the inscriptions that can be found on the legit pieces
  3. Analyze the cameras on the rear side of your phone. The fake Apple iPhone 11 phones commonly have a white outline for their cameras, while the authentic iPhones always have their outlines in black
  4. Verify the font used for the text on the lock screen of your phone. The fake iPhone 11 devices commonly have their font too thin
  5. Check the font on the top-left side of your screen (once the phone is unlocked), because most of the fake phones have their current time inscription’s font too thin, looking like on the Android devices
  6. Brief the three buttons at the bottom side of the lock screen on your phone. The replica Apple iPhone 11 devices have their buttons placed too far away from the bottom edge of the screen
  7. Examine the case on the edges of your screen and make sure it has the right shape and size so that the display’s area wouldn’t be covered by the case or vice-versa
  8. Have a look at the icons on the apps of your phone. If you ever see the Google Play Store icon on your iPhone, then you are 100% looking at a fake phone
  9. Verify the patch with the cameras on the rear side of your phone. The replica Apple iPhone 11 devices commonly have their patch too thick, as it uses to come out of the case too much on the fake pieces
  10. Check the charging port and the speakers at the bottom of your phone. Most of the fake iPhone 11s have their screws near the charging port placed too far away from it, as well as the speakers looking too small
  11. Look at the box of your iPhone. Mostly, the replica iPhone 11s will have their cameras outlined in white instead of being in black

This guide is for when you don’t have enough time to look at the detailed real vs fake iPhone comparison.

Hence, whenever you’ve got trouble telling a fake iPhone, refer back to this list. The bolded text is the short way to tell a fake, and the continuation is a more detailed comparison.

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Whether you lack confidence in following this guide or are constrained by time, you can easily send us high-quality images of your Apple iPhone 11.

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Thank you for reading this,

Ch Daniel and Ch David

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David is the co-founder and co-CEO of Legit Check By Ch. David's experience: 5+ years of creating educational content in the fashion industry. 6+ years of authenticating luxury items. Currently, David is the Head Editor of the LCBC Library, where 1,000,000+ words have been published, in free guides, for over 1,000 items.
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