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How Do I Know If My Samsung Galaxy Phone is Genuine or Fake/Cloned?

Samsung’s line of Galaxy phones runs on Android. Since Android is an open source operating system, the source code of the OS is open to all interested parties under open source licenses. Some phone manufacturers take advantage of this by creating knock-offs of more popular devices. These companies have done quite a good job to lure consumers into buying their fake phones at a very low price. Here is a list of ways to identify a fake or cloned Samsung Galaxy device.

Perform a Physical Check-up to Distinguish a Fake Galaxy Phone from a Real One

Whether you are using a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note 3, S5 or S4, some imitations are obvious enough to be easily identified. If the device in question has any of the signs below, chances are, that device is fake.
Real versus Fake Galaxy Note 4
1.Check on the screen’s brightness and vibrancy. Samsung’s AMOLED screen sports vibrant and lively colors on-screen. Fake devices show dull colors.

2.Check the space from the screen to the edge. Cloned phones have a wide gap from the edge of the screen to the edge of the phone.

3.Run your fingers through the Samsung logo on the front screen. You can feel the Samsung logo on fake products. The name can be easily chipped off, too.

4.Check the hard buttons. Home buttons and volume buttons have abnormal gaps on the fake Galaxy phones.

5.Check the phone sensors. Some sensors are missing or misplaced on Galaxy replicas.

6.Check the screen’s glass material. Run your fingers through the screen. If it feels like plastic more than glass, then the device is bogus.

Know a Cloned Galaxy Phone Through Its Performance

Some fake Galaxy phones are so convincing that one can hardly see any physical differences from the real product. However, when put to performance tests, phony devices will drag down. Try these tests:

1.Multi-task by opening multiple applications. Play music in the background while opening other applications. Do not close applications. Instead, press the Home button and open other applications. Fake phones will either run slow or hang.
Run multiple applications
2.Test the camera. Take multiple pictures. Notice the speed of how pictures were taken. Knock-offs will drag down. Photo quality of fake Galaxy phones are unsatisfactory, too.
Test the camera speed
3.Most high-end Galaxy phones can take pictures while recording a video. Knock-offs do not have the function.
take photo while recording video

Use Samsung Kies to Identify a Real Galaxy Phone

The most reliable way of knowing the authenticity of any Samsung Galaxy device is by using Samsung Kies. Samsung Kies will scan your device and display important information about it. To use Samsung Kies to identify your phone, follow these steps:

1.Download and install Samsung Kies on your PC.
download Samsung Kies
2.Using a USB connector cable, connect your phone to your computer.
kies scanning device
3.Wait for Kies to display your device’s name and the firmware information of your phone. This is a sign that the phone is genuine.
Kies showing device info
4.If the device is not recognized, connect it again. If Kies still does not recognize your device, chances are the phone is not a real Galaxy phone.

Use Samsung Codes to Know a Real Galaxy Phone

Samsung Galaxy phones have fixed codes that can be entered to test functions or view information about the device. You just simply input the codes in your dialer app and your phone should respond to it. If the phone does not show any response, then the Galaxy device you are holding is an imitation. These are the most common Samsung codes:

*#06# [Displays device IMEI number]
*#1234# [Displays device current firmware]
*#*#1472365#*#* [GPS test settings]
*#*#197328640#*#* [Service mode main menu]
*#*#4636#*#* [Diagnostic and general settings mode]
*#0*# [General Test Mode]
*#0228# [ADC Reading]
*#0283# [Audio Loopback Control]
*#0289# [Melody Test Mode]
*#03# [NAND Flash S/N]
*#0588# [Proximity Sensor Test Mode]
*#0589# [Light Sensor Test Mode]
*#0673# [Audio Test Mode]
*#07# [Test History]
*#0782# [Real Time Clock Test]
*#0842# [Vibra Motor Test Mode]
*#12580*369# [SW & HW Info]
*#1575# [GPS Control Menu]
*#2263# [RF Band Selection]
*#232331# [Bluetooth Test Mode]
*#232337# [Bluetooth Address]
*#232338# [WLAN MAC Address]
*#232339# [WLAN Test Mode]
*#2663# [TSP / TSK firmware update]

Do you have a fake Galaxy phone? Were you tricked into buying a cloned device? Do you have other tips for our readers? Share them in the comments section.

Leomar Umpad
Leomar Umpad
A supply chain operations manager by profession. A technology-lover and a writer by heart. I have the passion to teach and inform.


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