Friday, December 9, 2022

Easily Detect Fake Airpods In 9 Simple Steps

Bought AirPods and want to find out if it is real or fake? Apple AirPods is an outstanding earbud, but there are multiple companies producing its evil twins.

So, here is a complete guide to telling if your AirPods are fake. Have a look!

How To Tell If AirPods Are Fake?

Follow the methods given below to easily check the originality of your AirPods.

Also, know what to do when an unnecessary accessory is detected near you.

1) Price Difference Between Original And Fake AirPods

By comparing the price, you can easily say whether the AirPods are fake or original.

Apple AirPods with wired charging cases cost about $119.00, and AirPods with lightning charging case costs around $169.00.

So, if your AirPods are much cheaper than these, then you can easily spot that they are fake.

2) Check The Packaging

To make sure whether your AirPods are real, check the box in which it came.

Apple is meticulous about packaging. The box should look legitimate, and the fit should be snug. The lid should come apart from the box easily.

There is no hologram sticker on the front of the Apple AirPods box. So, if you find anything like that then make sure it is fake.

Also, check if there is any laminated AirPods sticker on the top of the box.

The fake AirPods box has a printed sticker, not a laminated one.

3) Check the Apple Logo


Check the Apple logo and AirPods name inscribed on the box.

The original Apple logo is sharper and has a more defined edge along the bite area.

The counterfeit mostly has round edges. Besides, it should be designed by Apple in California and not anywhere else. So, check it.

4) Check the AirPods Box

The original Apple AirPods should have a lightning port. The case should snap shut magnetically and has the status LED at the front.

The fake ones do not have these features. The counterfeit generally has USB – C ports at the bottom.

So, to spot fake AirPods, you must check these.

5) Check the AirPods

Check the AirPods closely. The fake manufacturers try to make the AirPods close to the real ones, yet you can spot the difference if you observe them meticulously.

The bottom of the original AirPods should have an oval-shaped vent. The fake ones mostly have round-shaped vents.

But this varies from AirPods model to model. The AirPods Pro version does not have vents at the bottom of the AirPods.

6) Check The Other Contents Of The Box


The fake and the original boxes contain similar items, but a few basic differences will help you spot the fake ones.

The instruction manual of the original Apple AirPods cones is on premium quality paper.

The fake one provides a low-quality of paper. Besides, there should not be any spelling mistakes in the original manual.

The counterfeit provides a cheap quality cable. If you inspect these properly, you can easily say which one is fake.

7) Check The Serial Number

Serial Number is one of the most important things that you should check to spot fake AirPods.

The Apple AirPods’ serial number should be located at the back on the barcode. The same serial number should be located inside the charging case’s lid.

Look on the underside of your AirPods box. The original serial number should be located case to the status LED when the AirPods case is closed.


You can cross-check the serial number with Apple. To do so,  enter the serial number here and check with Apple.

8) Check The Sound Diffuser

You will see an elongated rounded line beside the circular IR sensor. This is the sound diffuser. The original AirPods should have the sound diffuser should be aligned with the black circle beside it.

The counterfeit has a sound diffuser with visible grills.

9) Check The Latency

Latency is another thing that can easily detect whether your AirPods are original or fake.

The original AirPods will not have lags while playing music or listening to content.

The fake AirPods will give lags, and the connectivity is rather slow compared to the original AirPods.

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

  1. How to tell if your AirPods are fake in a variety of ways?

You can easily say if your AirPods are fake by checking the Apple logo and the serial number.

  1. Does the AirPods case have the Apple logo?

Original AirPods have prominent Apple logos on the case and the earbud. It is not hidden anywhere else.

  1. How do I know if my AirPod case is real?

Check the Apple logo on the box to identify if your AirPod case is real.

The serial number should be located at the back on the barcode. The same serial number should be located inside the charging case’s lid.

Closing Up

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Sanchita Das
Sanchita Das
Creative and focused. Always ready to learn new techniques and improvise accordingly. Loves to meet new challenges and explore new possibilities.


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