You can know if your iPhone 11 is original by running its serial number on the Apple Check Coverage website. An original iPhone has a valid purchase date, while a fake never does.
If you want to learn what to look for in order to spot fake Apple iPhone 11 devices, then you sure are in the right place.
Whether you are a fan of the Apple iPhone series or you want to buy an Apple iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max, you should know how to authenticate one of these.
We are going to sort out the information in our guide in a few steps. With every step, we will link real vs fake Apple iPhone 11 images.
This guide works for all models: iPhone 11, Pro, and Pro Max.
In this guide, we are going to cover 11 ways on how to authenticate Apple iPhone 11.
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.
Let’s go more into detail!
1. Serial number
This step works for any iPhone: 11, 12, 13, 14 and others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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About the Author
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.