If you’re the proud owner of a pair of authentic Apple AirPods, then congratulations! You have some of the most advanced pieces of consumer tech around. After all, Apple’s engineering and design are more than enough to justify its hefty price tag. However, with the ingenuity of the Chinese copy industry, how can you be sure if your AirPods are indeed authentic? Read to find out How To Check If Your AirPods Are Authentic.
AirPods clones are getting more and more difficult to discern from the originals, and unless you have a trained eye, you might not ever be able to tell whether or not your AirPods are fake or authentic until the day they finally break down on you (in Apple’s case, it won’t).
There’s an unbelievable amount of AirPods knock-offs out there that range from cheap $10 to $20 copies that might be able to fool your grandparents into thinking they’re authentic but nobody else, to pricey $80 to $100 super copies that even trained experts will have trouble differentiating from the real thing. Even the software can be a clone based on Andriod instead of iOS.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to check if your AirPods are authentic so that you know that for the price you paid for them, you’re getting the original, ground-breaking pieces.
Apple AirPods definitely guarantee high-end quality and performance. That being said, if you’re into cheaper, budget-friendly clones that do a good job without burning a hole in your wallet, then more power to you.
This guide is primarily for those who bought and paid for authentic Apple AirPods and want to verify if they really did get what they paid for. You should ideally refer to this guide if you’ve purchased these earbuds through an E-commerce site. So with further ado, here’s How To Check If Your AirPods Are Authentic.
- How To Check If Your AirPods Are Authentic
- AirPods: Fake vs Real
- The 1:1 SuperCopy
- Tips & Tricks to Checking Your AirPods’ Authenticity
How To Check If Your AirPods Are Authentic
AirPods: Fake vs Real
Here’s the thing: with the hundreds of available AirPods clones available on the market today, it’s going to be hard to discern which AirPods are fake without having an authentic pair to compare them to.
Later on this in this guide, we’ll show you the sure-fire way to check your AirPods’ authenticity, but before that, here are a few simple tricks.
#1 — Price
Of course, we acknowledge the existence of deals and promos across the board that could have possibly let you buy an authentic pair of AirPods for dirt-cheap. So just because you got your AirPods for $50 or less doesn’t necessarily mean they’re fake – although it’s likely.
- The original Apple AirPods launched at a list price of $159, and so did the AirPods 2 when they came out. The Apple AirPods Pro, on the other hand, launched at a retail price of $249.
- If you got your pair brand-new for under $100 from a Black Friday sale or some other super-low discount price, then either you’re lucky, or your AirPods, unfortunately, may not be authentic.
The same goes for new “AirPods” that you got for under the $50 range. If you got a brand-new pair for $20 or less, then you can probably already tell that they’re fake since you most likely won’t be getting the best build quality at $20 or less.
#2 — Packaging & Case
One of the easiest ways to spot a pair of fake AirPods would be to observe the packaging. Unless your AirPods are a pricey 1:1 super copy, then it’s most likely that a close look at the packaging would immediately let you know whether or not your AirPods are authentic.
- Color: Packaging for the Apple AirPod comes in a nice, clean white, while knock-off brands usually look off-white or yellowish.
- Labelling: The original AirPods, AirPods 2, and AirPods Pro all come with distinct labelling that is uniform everywhere in the world. If you find that your box doesn’t have the same labels as the original ones, then it’s most likely fake.
- Snug Fit: If you’ve ever bought an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, then you know how snug and tight Apple packages its products. If the packaging feels loose and comes off too easily, then it might not be an authentic Apple product.
#3 — Sound Quality
Again, this might depend on the overall price and quality of AirPods clones, but as a general rule (it would be embarrassing to Apple if it wasn’t) the original Apple AirPods should have superior sound quality over any fakes.
- One of the Apple AirPods’ best selling point is that it can produce high-quality sound worthy of the Apple brand.
If you find that your AirPods are constantly missing out on any highs, lows, or mids in sound quality, then they might not be authentic.
#4 — Connectivity
Apple, Inc. designed the AirPods to provide a one-of-a-kind wireless earphone experience. Powered by the revolutionary W1 chip, Apple-made AirPods pair quickly and seamlessly with your iPhone.
- Thanks to the power of Bluetooth, they’re also capable of long-range connectivity up to forty feet for the AirPods and exceeding 100 feet for the AirPods Pro.
If your AirPods have trouble connecting over short to medium distances, they might not be authentic.
The 1:1 SuperCopy
While most of the time, it’s easy enough to spot a fake pair of AirPods from an authentic one, some of the latest AirPods clones blur the line between fake and authentic almost completely.
- In a video from EverythingApplePro on YouTube, the creator shows us how the latest 1:1 AirPods SuperCopy matches the original in terms of both build quality and hardware performance.
- The SuperCopy is so well-done that even seasoned Apple users will have trouble determining its authenticity, even when compared side-by-side to an original pair of AirPods.
The 1:1 SuperCopy is reportedly available at around half the price (~$70 – $80), of course without Apple’s quality guarantee and warranty. While some may opt for the cheaper, but still well-made knockoff, everyone should still be wary of paying full-price for potentially fake AirPod.
Fortunately, despite the quality of the clone, there are still ways to determine whether or not it’s authentic.
Tips & Tricks to Checking Your AirPods’ Authenticity
#1 — Look Up The Serial Number
Here it is the number one, sure-fire way to check whether or not your AirPods are authentic. This method will work on just about any variant of the Apple AirPods, whether it’s the 1st Gen, the 2nd Gen, or the AirPods Pro. In fact, this method will work on any Apple product.
- All Apple Products come with unique identifiers called serial numbers, which are located on the device itself. With the AirPods, you can find the serial number on the underside of the lid of your charging case.
Refer to the image below for the exact location of your serial number.
- Once you have your serial number, all you have to do is visit checkcoverage.apple.com, type in your serial number, type in the captcha code to verify that you’re a human, and if your AirPods are authentic, you should be able to view all of the details regarding your genuine Apple product.
- However, there’s still the very unlikely chance that your AirPods may not be authentic, even if they came with a genuine charging case.
- This is next to impossible if you bought your AirPods on retail, but it’s still a possibility to consider, especially if you bought your AirPods second-hand. For those special cases, we have a few more tricks up our sleeve.
#2 — Check For Easy Pairing
One way to check your AirPod authenticity (although you might not experience this in higher-end copies) is to measure they’re pairing speed. Apple AirPods take pride in their super-fast pairing speed. All you have to do is flip-up the lid on your AirPods charging case, and wait until you see the prompt on your iPhone that lets you connect to them.
If it takes too long, or if it doesn’t connect seamlessly even after several attempts, it’s either you have a faulty pair of authentic AirPods, or they’re not authentic at all.
However, Apple’s quality control is among the best in the world, so it’s far more likely to be the latter.
#3 — Try The Magnet Trick
This is one of the lesser-known tricks to determining whether or not your AirPods are authentic (we heard about it from Life Entertainments on YouTube!).
- It works especially well since it’s not very widely-known, meaning the folks behind these AirPods clones most likely haven’t figured out a way around this.
- Known as the Magnet Trick, this hack works on the knowledge that every pair of authentic AirPods comes with a small but relatively strong magnet in each ear-piece.
- The magnets in each ear-piece have the same polarity, so if you remember your high-school physics class, then you know that these magnets will, without fail, repel each other.
To do the magnet trick, refer to the image shown below:
- All you have to do is take your AirPod out of their charging case, and put one of them in your hand and the other on a flat surface. Then, you have to try and push the earpiece in your hand onto the earpiece resting on the surface.
If you see that the earpiece moves, as in it’s being repelled by the one in your hand – then chances are your AirPods are indeed authentic. If they don’t, then you can be pretty sure that they’re fake.
#4 — Listen For Bluetooth Voice Notification
Again, this trick might only work for lower-end AirPods clones, but if you hear a voice notification letting you know that your “Bluetooth Device is Connected”, then your AirPods are 100% fake.
- Apple AirPods simply play a short notification beep when they successfully connect to your device.
#5 — Check Out The Lightning Port
Probably one of the first things you can easily do to check the authenticity of your AirPods would be to flip the charging case over and take a look at the lightning port.
- If the charging port is seamlessly fused to its surroundings then it’s a Real AirPod. Basically, if you see a thick metal edge around the AirPod or some type of gap between the lightning port and the charging case, then it’s highly likely you have a Fake Airpod.
- Sometimes they can be well disguised. However, check if the lightning port is rounded or sharp. If the port looks rectangular then it’s definitely a fake.
- The last thing you can check to see is if your AirPod actually uses a lightning port. Sometimes the charging cases of Fake AirPods have a Type-C charging port or a Micro-USB charging port instead of a Lightning port.
Most of the Fake Airpods out there are built with cheap materials to cut cost so they’ll definitely cut corners. Either in the design or the tech itself. Since the lightning port is proprietary to Apple, Fake AirPods are usually equipped with a USB-C or a Micro-USB port. Just check to see if you’re dealing with a trapezoidal port as opposed to Apple, oval/cylindrical port.
There you have it: our list of the best tips and tricks to check if your Apple AirPods are authentic. Do you have any other tips and tricks you’d like to share with us? If so, we’d like to hear it. Check back with us again soon for the best guides and reviews on the latest products.
How do you check if your AirPods are real?
There are various tips and tricks you can do in order to check the authenticity of your AirPods. Some of the basic things are:
- All genuine Apple products will burn a tint hole if your wallet. Apple AirPods usually, retail for around 159$ to 249$. Of course, you can get it down to 100$ during Black Friday. However, if you ever see a deal where the AirPods are price less than 50$ then there’s a high probability it’s a fake.
- Another indicator is the serial number. As obvious as this sounds, it’s actually the most accurate test. You’ll find the serial number of your device underneath your charging case. Head over to checkcoverage.apple.com and type that serial number and check the product details. This is the most sure-fire way.
Of course, there are other test’s as well. So be sure to read our article thoroughly to find out How To Check If Your AirPods Are Authentic.