How Do I Know if My iPhone Screen Is Original?


If you are thinking of buying a used iPhone from someone, you really want to make sure that the screen looks original. In fact, some statistics suggest that around a third of iPhone owners break their phone screen every year. That’s a huge number and it only increases the chances of getting an iPhone with a non-original screen if you decide to buy a used device.

The good news is that there are several ways to check if your iPhone screen is original or not. We will explore them below.

By the way, you can use the same methods if you just bought an iPhone labeled “NewFrom a questionable website. Or maybe you recently had your screen replaced by a third party repairer because it was cheaper and you have some doubts about the screen.

How to check if the iPhone screen is genuine

IPhone 11 and iPhone 12 warn you if the screen is not original

If you have an iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 device, things are a bit simpler. These iPhone models automatically display a warning if they detect that your screen is a non-genuine replacement. The message reads as follows: “Important display message: Cannot verify that this iPhone has a real Apple display“.

Cannot verify that this iPhone has a real Apple screen

To check if such a warning is present on your device, go to Settings, select General, and touch About.

The good news is that this notification does not affect or limit your ability to use your iPhone. However, it sows doubt in the minds of users.

Activate maximum brightness

use siri to increase screen brightness on iPhone
Ask Siri to increase your screen brightness for you!

One way to test whether your iPhone’s screen is genuine or not is to put it on maximum brightness and then open a black image. You can also zoom in on the image to make sure the whole screen is black. If the screen doesn’t even seem to be on, you’ve got a real OLED screen. On the other hand, if you notice the slightest grain of gray or white, it indicates that the screen is not authentic.

As a reminder, an OLED screen can produce pure black pixels and has a higher pixel density than other types of screens. Apple uses OLED displays on most iPhone models, although some devices like the iPhone 11’s IPS LCD display still use LCD screens.

Shine a torch or flashlight on the screen

Another method to check if your iPhone screen is original is to shine a torch or flashlight on your phone screen. Then look closely at the reflection of light on the screen. An original iPhone screen does not have a grid line running through it. On the other hand, a non-authentic screen will be crossed by visible grid lines.

Other telltale signs that your iPhone screen is not authentic

  • When you slide your finger in the menus, the image is ghosted or leaves a trail.
  • There is a too bluish tint visible on the screen. Or the screen has a yellowish tint due to incorrect screen color calibration.
  • There is a visible color mismatch between the home button and the bezel color.
  • The receiving grid is aligned perpendicular to the surroundings. On an original device, the alignment should be parallel.
  • The proximity sensor is split in half and has a bright purple color.
  • Aftermarket displays are often raised above the original Apple displays.
  • Adhesive based dust collectors generally tend to stick to the screen longer probably due to poor oleophobic coating or lack of it.
  • If you put a sticky note on the screen and shake your iPhone, the sticky note has no problem adhering tightly to the screen. On an authentic screen, the sticky note should not remain attached to the glass.
    • However, keep in mind that the results of this test are not very reliable if the device has been used for a long time. After months or years of use, the device will no longer have a uniform coating.
  • Multi-Touch does not respond to certain areas of the screen.
  • During phone calls, the phone may register accidental touches and the screen may remain on.
  • True Tone is not working properly.
  • The screen dims or brightens inaccurately due to ambient light sensor issues.
  • When set to maximum brightness, the display isn’t really that bright. In addition, some areas are not uniformly bright.
  • The battery drains faster. Well, that’s to be expected, as aftermarket iPhone displays aren’t optimized for battery performance.


If you want to enjoy a real iPhone experience, it is always best to purchase your device directly from Apple or an authorized Apple reseller. This way you can be 100% sure that your device is original. If you break your iPhone screen, go to an Apple repair center to have your screen replaced.

If you buy a used iPhone or have your device repaired by a third party repairer, you will always run the risk of getting a screenshot of the iPhone. The choice is yours.


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