ByAdeline Belluz 2017-12-11 83706
Since Xiaomi smartphones are cost-effective, more people around the world like Xiaomi and willing to be a Mi fans. Because Xiaomi just sells part of their products on the international website or some desired Xiaomi devices are out of stock on the official site, people living outside of China purchase Xiaomi devices from some marketing websites like Gearbest, Amazon, eBay, etc.
Therefore, some Xiaomi users may have problems on how to check the Xiaomi devices are original or fake. It is difficult to distinguish fake Xiaomi device from its appearance and configurations, so here are 3 reliable verification methods for Xiaomi users:
Product Authentication is an official verification website for Xiaomi product, so it's reliable for you to verify your Xiaomi device. In this website, you can check in 2 ways:
This way is suitable for any Xiaomi product, like Mi tablet, Bluetooth earphone, electric shaver, electric toothbrush and so on. The security code is located at the back of Xiaomi product's package box. Here we use a Xiaomi Mi power bank 2 as an example: scratch off the coating to obtain the 20-digit security code of the Mi power bank 2.
Then enter the 20-digit security code to check if the power bank is real or not.
● Each security code matches one Mi product and belongs only to you.
● If your security code had previously been entered by someone other than you, your Mi product might not have been purchased from official channels.
● Not all Xiaomi products have security codes. For example, I purchased my Xiaomi 5S smartphone from Xiaomi official website, but there has not a security code on the box. I checked it with IMEI and S/N number, verify with Mi verification app and check through MIIT official website, all results say my Xiaomi 5S is real.
First of all, find the IMEI number of your Xiaomi phone. Then get the IMEI and S/N number at the back of phone/battery/packaging box.
After that, enter the IMEI and S/N number (do not omit the sixth characther "/" of S/N number) to verify your Xiaomi smartphone.
Mi Verification app and MIUI version are two useful methods for checking whether your Xiaomi smartphone is real or fake. Here are some verify tips for you reference.
First of all, download the Mi Verification app on your Xiaomi smartphone from the app store.
Open Performance Mode on your phone according to the instructions.
Scan QR code on jd.mi.com to verify your Mi device and wait for verifying/checking.
Finally, view the result on the webpage instead of the app. The identification result only displayed on the webpage. If the result displayed on the verification app, the Xiaomi smartphone is fake.
After you have done the Mi Verification step, check out the MIUI version installed in the device by Settings About Phone. Compare the MIUI version in your device with MIUI ROM uploaded on Official MIUI Download page. If you are able to match both the MIUI version then you have official MIUI ROM installed. You will be able to receive OTA update if you are having official MIUI ROM in your device.
If you Mi device was pre-installed with tampered ROM. You can clearly see that the MIUI version is odd and they cannot be found in the download page. Some Mi fans reported that they have not received any single MIUI update, ROM full with virus and spyware, apps get downloaded automatically and overlay advertisement. If that's the case you might have tampered ROM installed in your device. A tampered ROM (also known as unofficial ROM or fake ROM) is a ROM that has been modified by individuals to have different features or settings.
The MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) is a Chinese agency responsible for internet, telecommunications, broadcasting, computer, phone and other electronic devices.
If you know some Chinese (just follow the steps below if you don't know Chinese), you can verify your smartphone (purchased from China) at this website. Before checking your device, you should find the network access certificate of your device. Generally, the network access certificate is posted on the back of Xiaomi smartphone.
Go to the MIIT website and enter the certificate number and click "Next".
Then it appears the device's model automatically, which is the same as the model on network access certificate.
Enter the scrambling and IMEI number and click confirm button.
Finally, the result displayed in red words as shown below. The sentence means the Xiaomi smartphone is original ("是真的" means it's real; if the sentence says "不是真的", it means your product is fake).
Above are the verification methods and their processes, hope they will help you.
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