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How To Check If iPhone is New, Refurbished, Or Replacement

In this short guide, we teach you how to check if your iPhone is new, refurbished, personalized or a replacement

This short guide teaches you how to check if your iPhone is new, refurbished, personalized, or a replacement.

Suppose you buy a used iPhone or purchase a brand new iPhone from a third-party seller. You may wonder if you can find out if the iPhone was bought as new, is a refurbished model, or is a replacement device provided by Apple via a service request. Of course, this information is also applicable case you’re buying an iPad.

However, an interesting device model identifier trick is to discover if an iPhone or iPad is new, refurbished, a replacement, or even personalized by engraving. This information is particularly important for those buying their iPhone or iPad from a third-party seller or through a non-Apple website.

Also read: How To Check If iPhone You’re Buying A Stolen Or Not

How to Determine if iPhone is New, Refurbished, Replacement, or Personalized

You can decipher the device model prefix to determine the original status of an iPhone or iPad device. Here’s how:

  • Go to the Settings
  • Tap ‘General’
  • Got to ‘About’ section
  • Search for ‘Model’

Once you find the ‘Model’ option, read the model identifier next to that text, it will look something like “MN572LL/A” the first character will let you know if the device is new, refurbished, replacement, or personalized:

Source: iDownloadBlog
  • M – Brand new device, meaning the device was purchased new
  • F – Refurbished device, meaning the device has been through a refurbishing process
  • N – Replacement device, meaning the initially bought device was replaced by this model likely due to a service request
  • P – Personalized device with engraving, meaning the device was customized with an engraving on purchase

How To Check If iPhone is New or Refurbished

There you have it. This is how you can find out if an iPhone is refurbished, a replacement unit, brand new, or personalized. Knowing this information can be handy in situations when you are buying a new or used iPhone from a third-party seller and not sure of what you’re buying exactly.

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