How To Spot A Fake Apple Watch

How To Spot A Fake Apple Watch

As the saying goes, imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Being one of the largest tech companies in the world, Apple products have seen its fair share of fakes. The Apple Watch is one of the top smartwatches today, so it is no surprise that a lot of knock-offs are being made. I know you wouldn’t want to be someone who accidentally wastes money and buys a fake Apple Watch, so let’s talk about how to spot a fake Apple Watch.

The Tell-tale Signs Of A Fake Apple Watch

Now there are a lot of fake Apple Watches that resemble almost 99% of the real thing. With that being said, sometimes it may be very difficult to know whether you’ve got a fake in your hands. The things I’m about to mention below might help you see the difference between a fake Apple Watch and a legitimate one without the help of an expert.

The Actual Appearance Of The Watch Compared To Photos On Apple’s Official Website

Before anything, I think it is always a good idea to compare the actual watch against photos on Apple’s official website. There are a lot of photos that you can look at on Apple’s website. This is a good idea because Apple does their best to give their customers a good look at all of their products in detail.

You can take a look at the different parts on the watch, and see if there is anything out of place or different from the pictures on Apple’s website. Also try looking closely at the screen if it has a lower quality glass on it.

This may be one of the basic and easiest ways of checking if an Apple Watch is a fake, but it may not be enough. This is because counterfeiters are becoming very good at copying the real stuff, and like I said, there are a lot of fakes that are actually well-made and resemble the legitimate watch very closely.

But I think it’s a good place to start nonetheless.

The Watch Size And Weight

This is probably something you’ll notice easily. If it somewhat feels off, maybe you’ve got a fake Apple Watch on your hands. Most fake Apple Watches are thicker and larger than the legitimate ones, and might feel a little heavier on your palm or wrist.

The Apple Watch currently only has 2 sizes. The current sizes are 38.6 x 33.3 x 10.5mm (for the smaller 38mm model) and 42.0 x 35.9 x 10.5mm (for the 42mm model). Anything smaller or larger than that could be a fake.

You might think that it would be pretty easy for counterfeiters to copy the Apple Watch’s exact dimensions, but sometimes that’s not the case. Although counterfeiters are becoming better at copying products, sometimes they may find it difficult to match Apple’s craftsmanship.

The Controls On The Watch

The Apple Watch will have a Digital Crown Dial and a Side Button. These 2 important components have to be present and need to be on the same side of the watch. On the other side of the watch, there should be a microphone and speaker openings. 

Some fakes will have extra holes on one side, or the microphone and speaker openings could be on different locations. This is actually one of the dead giveaways that you have a fake Apple Watch on your hands, so keep your eyes open for this.

Also check if the Digital Crown functions after you turn the watch on. Most of the time, the Digital Crown on a fake Apple Watch won’t do anything.

The Back of The Watch

The back of the Apple Watch is a very important part to check, as this part has a lot of things that counterfeiters might not be able to copy correctly.

First of all, there should be some text written there (specs, serial number, etc.). Check if the text has any spelling errors, as these are very good signs that your watch is fake.

The next thing you should notice at the back is a pattern of heart rate sensors. Legitimate Apple Watches should have a total of 4 circular sensors which are arranged in a diamond or star pattern. The ones on the sides will be white, and the ones at the top and the bottom are a little bit darker. If you activate the watch’s heart rate sensor, the sensors on the left and on the right will turn on and become green.

The sensors are one of the things that counterfeiters don’t usually get right. Sometimes they just look totally different than the real thing, like having different colors, or different arrangements. Some fakes don’t even have any sensors at all. Usually the sensors on the fake Apple Watches don’t function as well, so that’s also another thing you need to check after you turn the watch on.

Another important thing to check at the back of the watch is the strap-release buttons. If they are present, check to see if they actually work. Legitimate Apple Watches should have this because the straps can be replaced. This is actually another one of the more common giveaways of a fake Apple Watch. A lot of fake Apple Watches either don’t have strap-release buttons, or have them but they don’t work.

The User Interface

Counterfeiters might be able to copy the Apple Watch’s outer appearance almost 90% of the time, but the user interface and experience is something that they won’t be able to completely replicate.

This is where fakes become more obvious, so simply turning on the watch is a good idea. Once you turn on the watch, even the sound quality will most probably have a lower quality. You should also look for the Apple logo once you turn the watch on, as almost none of the fakes will have this. Some fakes also don’t even have a working touchscreen, so that’s another thing to look out for.

In general, you will most likely be able to tell right away if an Apple Watch is a fake just by turning it on and actually using it for a few minutes.

So if it doesn’t look anything like the photo below when you turn it on, then I’ve got bad news for you.

Other Signs Of A Fake Apple Watch

There are other things that you would want to look out for.

First, counterfeits tend to be packed in a smaller box that is noticeably cheaper and lower quality than the real thing. Legitimate Apple Watches will be shipped in a larger, stronger quality box.

Another thing to check would be the charger. The Apple Watch will have an induction charger pod that it attaches to magnetically. This is connected to a wall plug via USB. Having a micro USB connection means your charger isn’t Apple approved. Also check if the charger actually works. Some fake Apple Watches will have chargers that have different designs, and some don’t even work. So take a good look at the charger and try charging the watch first.

Lastly, look at the price of the watch. Apple Watches won’t cost anything under $100. So if someone sells you one for only $50, it’s probably either fake, stolen or have a serious defect.

Should You Buy A Fake Apple Watch?

I personally think there is no reason why you should buy a fake Apple Watch, or any fake gadget for that matter.

First of all, the user experience just isn’t the same. The software is noticeably low quality, and some features won’t even work. You simply won’t be able to do most of the stuff that you could do with the legitimate ones.

Fake and poorly made Apple Watches could also be fire hazards and cause serious damage or injuries. Fake watches could cause skin irritations, or might even melt on your wrist. There are even cases of fake gadgets heating up and catching fire. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to have your wrist hurt, or your house burned down, so just stay away from fake Apple Watches; and other fake gadgets as well.

In addition to that, Apple won’t be held liable for any injuries or damages caused by fake Apple Watches. So really just avoid buying fake Apple Watches, it’s just a waste of your time and more importantly, a waste of your money.

Video from: Daniel Romero Youtube Channel

How To Avoid Accidentally Buying A Fake Apple Watch

There are some measures you could take to keep yourself safe and avoid accidentally buying a fake Apple Watch.

Like with almost anything, always do your research whenever you’re planning to buy something, especially something like an Apple Watch. Make sure you know enough about the product, so that you can avoid getting scammed. So just reading this article is a good first step.

In addition to that, obviously it would be best if you buy an Apple Watch directly from the Apple Store or other approved stores like Best Buy or WalMart.

If that’s not possible for you, or if you really just want to buy one online, always look for a trustworthy seller. It would be better if you personally know the seller and have evidence that they don’t sell fakes.

Or if you’re buying from other online shops or e-commerce stores, make sure to look at the shop’s policies, and see if they have a money back guarantee for their customers. You should also look for sellers who have a high number of positive reviews.

Also keep in mind that if you see an offer that seems too good to be true, then maybe it is.

Lastly, keep this article handy so that you can refer to it before you buy an Apple Watch. Share this with your friends and family, let them see how to spot a fake Apple Watch.

You can never be too careful, if you’re not totally sure about the genuineness of an Apple Watch, it’s best to hold on to your hard earned money for now.

Raymund Labtic

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