How to Identify a Refurbished iPhone?

How to Identify a Refurbished iPhone?

How to know that the iPhone you’re buying is actually new or it is or is refurbished? Here we will offer you the useful methods to identify the refurbished iPhone to avoid such things. -- Natalie Aug...

Nowadays, we can see many refurbished iPhones on the market, the refurbished iPhones are repacked phones made available for sale by Apple, but they still cannot operate as well as the new iPhone. You will find the performance of iPhone is not as good as the new one, or the life of the refurbished devices is obviously shorter than that of a new one.

Therefore, it is important to know how to detect the refurbished iPhone (iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus/iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus/iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus etc.). Here I will show you some easiest ways about how to identify a refurbished iPhone.

Part 1. How to identify a refurbished iPhone 7/7 Plus

Step 1. Looking for Apple certified seal on the phone package, then this certification indicates that Apple has approved the phone as completely operational and refurbishment is carried out by Apple certified technicians.

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Step 2. Look at the iPhone's box, you will see the refurbished iPhones in white boxes or packaging.

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Step 3. Go to "Settings" > "General" > "About", then you can see your iPhone serial number. If phone is switched off, you can see the serial number on sim card tray. The number will be also printed on back case.

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Step 4. Examine the iPhone's serial number properly.

Part 2. How to identify a refurbished iPhone 6 (Plus)/6s (Plus)

Step 1. Check the appearance and accessories of the iPhone 6, you should check whether there is suffer marks or scratches on the phone's housing. Ten check the headphones, charger and USB cable, to find whether there is scratched plug, missing manuals, old or worn-out packaging.

Step 2. Go to Settings>General>About>Model to check the Model Number.
The letters mean:
M: retail unit
F: refurbished unit
N: replacement unit
P: personalised/engraved unit

Step 3. Go to Settings>General>About>Serial Number to check the Serial Number. You will see a series of letters and numbers listed, then write down the code and enter it into Apple’s database. Now go to Apple’s Check Coverage ( to type your iPhone’s serial number and the verification code, then click the button “Continue”. Later you will see your iPhone’s diagnostics page, if you see the following message: This phone has not been activated, then the phone is new.

Tips: How to back up iPhone data before the iPhone 6 refurbished

Before you return the refurbished iPhone, you should remember to have the data in the iPhone backed up if you’ve already have important data stored in it. Generally, you can use iTunes or iCloud to have your iPhone backed up. But if you don’t need all the data in it but just a small part of it, here’s another program for you.

Download WinDownload Mac

Unlike iTunes, iOS Data Recovery is a great data recovery software as well as a data backing up program which allows you to select the files you need in the backup. By this tool, you can easily back up targeted files to your computer with ease. However, to one click backup and restore iPhone Data, iOS Data Backup & Restore is also the best choice for you.

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See detailed tutorial on:

How to Backup iPhone without iTunes?

Best iPhone Backup Extractor to Extract iPhone Backup Files

Besides, to one-click transfer data from iPhone to another iPhone or Android phone, you may need this Mobile Transfer which can help you selectively and easily transfer your data from one device to the iPhone, and vice versa.

Download WinDownload Mac

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Tutorial: Transfer Data to New iPhone from the old?

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