When buying a second-hand iPhone or getting an unofficial repair, you run the risk of getting fake battery in your iPhone. Here’s how to check if your iPhone 14 battery is original or fake.
Note: information in this article apply to iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
While a second-hand 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.
Genuine Apple parts are generally more expensive for a reason. They’re built to a higher standard than cheaper alternatives which third-party technicians may opt for to save money. This can lead to them not lasting as long, particularly when it comes to battery replacements.
With an original iPhone, your second-hand device can still be covered by Apple’s warranty for repairs or factory defect recalls. Here are some methods to find out if your iPhone 14 still has it’s original battery.
To check if iPhone 14 battery is original, go to Settings > General > About and look for the ”Parts and Service History” section beneath the device’s serial number. If the section is missing, the iPhone 14 battery is original.
What Can Go Wrong With Non-Genuine iPhone 14 Battery?
Using a fake iPhone 14 battery could lead to insufficient battery capacity, improper fit, or performance issues. Nongenuine battery might also result in unexpected behavior after installation, device software updates, or while charging. Using nongenuine batteries might also lead to safety issues.
OK, with that out of the way, here’s how to tell if a iPhone 14 battery is original or fake.
How to tell if a iPhone 14 battery is original or fake
Check parts and service history of your iPhone
The Parts and Service History feature can tell you whether your iPhone 14 battery has ever been replaced. If it has, it will tell whether the repair center used genuinebattery.
Here’s how to check your iPhone’s parts and service history:
- Launch the Settings app.
- Go into General > About.
- Look for Parts and Service History.
Don’t panic if you can’t find the Parts and Service History section. The option will only be available when either the battery, display, or camera isn’t functioning as expected or has been replaced.
You will see different messages in the Parts and Service History section.
An Unknown Part will appear if the battery installation is incomplete or if the battery:
- Was replaced with a nongenuine battery
- Was already used or installed in another iPhone
- Isn’t functioning as expected
For display and battery, 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.
Sure, warning messages won’t affect how you use your iPhone or your battery, but you should always use genuine battery.
Open the Battery Health Settings
It’s totally normal for your iPhone 14 battery health to degrade with time and use. However, poor battery life can also be a sign that your phone has been tampered with.
Battery health declining at an unusual rate can sometimes be an indication that your iPhone is working harder to compensate for non-genuine parts. Fake parts often work at a level that may be usable, but not sustainable in the long term for your iPhone.
In 2021, Apple released an update that allowed all iPhone models released from 2018 onwards to show an alert for non-genuine batteries.
The alert reads, “Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery. Health information not available for this battery.”
Once Apple has identified non-genuine 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 & Charging at any time.