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Have you found AirPods on the internet at unbeatable prices? Afraid of getting ripped off? We have gathered in this article all the tips to spot at first glance real AirPods or AirPods Pro from a vulgar counterfeit..

Detect AirPods knockoffs

AirPods have revolutionized the world of sound. Sales of Apple's wireless headphones around the world literally soared to the point that the brand struggled to keep up with demand during the first months of marketing despite a very high price.

Obviously strong consumer demand has whetted the appetite of counterfeiters and criminal networks. Just type AirPods followed by the word cheap to see dozens of counterfeits..

The worst part is what this kind of products are propagated on some unscrupulous sites. When ordering, consumers don't know they are buying a fake and think they are getting a good deal.

Make no mistake, counterfeit AirPods don't offer the same quality or level of technicality as true Apple wireless headphones. For example, you won't be able to turn your AirPods into a hearing aid system or share your music on two different pairs of headphones..

Spot fake AirPods

The first thing to do when you want to buy AirPods is to check their exterior aspects. You should know that since their launch, Apple's wireless headphones have only been marketed in white. So if an internet seller offers you a model in black, go your way.

Also check the presence of L (left) and R (right) inscriptions on the headphones. Some counterfeiters don't bother to point them out. The original AirPods Pro also have a motion detection sensor which is rarely the case with counterfeits.

Check serial numbers

The companies behind the AirPods clones continue to progress. Counterfeit headphones are sometimes almost identical to real AirPods. If you absolutely want to know if your wireless headphones aren't fake, this is an absolutely unstoppable method.

  • Open the charging case of your headphones
  • You will find the serial number of your AirPods highlighted in the locking cover
  • Write this unique code down on a piece of paper
  • Then go to the Apple support site
  • Enter your serial number
  • The site will confirm if the code is valid or not

This is the most reliable way to authenticate your AirPods. Obviously this method requires having the headphones in hand. This is the only weak point of this technique. Below is another trick to find the serial number of your AirPods.

  • Click on the settings icon on your iPhone desktop
  • Press the Bluetooth section
  • Click on the i icon next to your AirPods Pro
  • A new window will appear with various technical information about the headphones and in particular the serial number

As AirPods are very popular, counterfeits sold on the web are increasing. But with the advice given on this page, you should easily be able to detect fake AirPods quickly.


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