When buying a second-hand device or getting an unofficial repair, you run the risk of getting fake battery in your iPhone. In this article, I’ll show you how to check if your iPhone’s battery is fake or original.
While preloved iPhones can come with a few defects, it’s best to buy devices that still have their original battery. Original iPhone battery is designed not just to work, but also to pass the necessary safety requirements for everyday use.
With an original iPhone, your second-hand device can still be covered by Apple’s warranty for repairs or factory defect recalls.
Proven ways to check if your iPhone battery is fake or original
You don’t have to have specialized equipment to identify Nongenuine iPhone battery. Let me teach you a few ways to identify a fake iPhone battery. Here are some methods to find out if your pre-loved iPhone still has its original battery:
Watch Out for Notifications
With iOS 15.2 and later and iPhone XR, iPhone XS models, and later—including iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd generation)—you can go to Settings > General > About for the parts and service history of your iPhone. You can also find out if the battery has been replaced. If the replacement was done using genuine Apple parts and processes, “Genuine Apple Part” will appear next to Battery.
An Unknown Part message will appear if the battery was replaced with a fake battery or if it was already used or installed in another iPhone
An additional message might appear that says “Apple has updated the device information for this iPhone.” This means that Apple has updated the device information maintained for this iPhone for service needs, safety analysis, and to improve future products.
Open the Battery Health Settings
With iOS versions earlier than iOS 15.2, an Important Battery Message will appear instead of an Unknown Part message. You can find the message by going to Settings > Battery > Battery Health.
Genuine batteries are designed to work with iOS to function properly, including to report charge levels and battery health. Therefore, fake iPhone batteries won’t have the ability to obtain battery health information. If you bought a pre-loved iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, or later, you will get this warning automatically.The alert reads, “Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery. Health information not available for this battery.”
Once Apple has identified a fake iPhone battery, it will keep the warning on your Lock Screen for four days and in Settings for 15 days. You can also check Settings > Battery > Battery Health at any time.
Take Your iPhone to Apple
When all else fails and you’re still not sure if your iPhone’s battery is fake or original, Apple can tell you for sure.
Schedule an evaluation with your nearest Apple Store or Apple-authorized repair center to get a confirmation. To schedule a session with Apple, go to the Apple Support page and select Start a repair request, then select iPhone as the device you want to repair.
On the next page, it will ask you to enter the issue you have with your device. There is no direct way to ask if your iPhone has fake battery, but you can opt to select The topic is not listed and type in your concern.
The danger of using nongenuine iPhone’s battery
Using nongenuine iPhone batteries can cause explosion, fire, or injury. Lithium-ion batteries are sensitive components and should be serviced with care. To avoid damage that could cause explosion, fire, or injury, only a trained technician should replace an iPhone battery. Repairs performed by untrained individuals using nongenuine parts might affect the safety of the device or might cause improper function.
Problems you may face with a fake iPhone battery
If you use a fake battery on your iPhone, your device might experience insufficient battery capacity, overheating, or performance issues. Using nongenuine batteries might also result in unexpected behavior after installation, device software updates, or while charging. Using a fake iPhone batteries might also lead to safety issues.
How to avoid getting a fake iPhone battery
Once you are a certified Apple iPhone owner, it’s important to avoid getting any future repairs with third-party providers. There is always a chance that they not only use fake parts for their repairs, but also steal the working parts and replace them without your consent.
While it may appear cheaper and your iPhone may work for a while, non-genuine battery run the risk of affecting the rest of your device. With so many iPhone models on the market, a non-Apple-trained technician may also install used, damaged, or incorrect battery for your model.
By using only Apple-authorized service providers, the repair of your device is guaranteed to use only original battery. Should there be any issues with the quality of the repair, or recalls due to manufacturing errors, Apple is also likely going to foot the bill.
Counterfeit products are everywhere. If you’re tempted to get your iPhone battery replaced by non-certified technicians because of their cheap price, remember the potential hazards it will bring. Not only can it damage your device, but it can overheat and potentially shock or catch fire.
To be safe, visiting a professional repair provider with certified technicians who use genuine Apple parts is the safest and most reliable way to get a repair. These providers include Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers, and Independent Repair Providers, who have access to genuine Apple parts.