Did you just purchase a new iPhone or are contemplating buying one and want to know if your purchase is well worth the money spent? Glide along with us as we clarify one of the most asked questions by iPhone users: “How do I know if my iPhone is new or refurbished?”. You see looks can be deceiving and reality is not what it seems like. As in, you can get a lot of iPhones in the market. Be it brand new, refurbished, used, or replaced.

Well, fret not, today we have for you a bit of very significant guide on how to know if your iPhone is refurbished, new, or an Apple replacement device and more. Let’s get started.

Check the iPhone model

Launch the Settings app on your iPhone, tap General, and then About. This section is where you’ll find vital details of your iPhone such as the phone name, software version, model number, and serial number. For the sake of this article, let’s focus on the Model Number part of the iPhone. It is simply the model designation of a particular iPhone release. For example, the Model Number you see in the screenshot belongs to any white 64GB iPhone SE (2020). And yes, the screenshot also belongs to our own white 64GB iPhone SE (2020).

identify iphone model is used, new or refurbished
Identify iPhone model designation

Okay, to identify if an iPhone is replaced, refurbished, or brand new is to take note of the first alphabet of the Model Number.

  • M: The device is a brand new retail unit. Meaning it is one that’s available in stores for purchase.
  • F: The iPhone is an Apple-certified refurbished unit available on Apple’s official website.
  • N: Apple or any Apple Authorized Service Provider has provided you a replacement iPhone under warranty.
  • P: This is an engraved device. Apple as an option allows you to engrave anything on the device you purchase via their online store.

Check before purchase? yes, you can!

All you have to do is just look under the box of the iPhone. A label with the Model Number printed on it sits at the bottom of the box. It’s that easy!

Have any questions, you can chime in the comments section below. Thank you for reading!

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