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3 reliable ways to verify if your Xiaomi device is original

3 reliable ways to verify if your Xiaomi device is original

By  Adeline Belluz 2017-12-11 50510 6

If you did not purchase Xiaomi devices from Xiaomi official website and want to check if your Xiaomi smartphones are fake or original, continue reading this Xiaomi verification guide.



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Since Xiaomi smartphones are cost-effective, more people around the world like Xiaomi. 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 phones from websites like Gearbest, eBay, etc.

Therefore, some Xiaomi users may have problems on how to check the Xiaomi devices are real 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 (specifically, most are for Xiaomi smartphone users):

Verify your Xiaomi on Product Authentication.

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:

1. Use the 20-digit security code to check any Xiaomi product.

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.

Xiaomi security code

Then enter the 20-digit security code to check if the power bank is real or not.

verify Xiaomi through security code


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.

2. Verify your Xiaomi phone with IMEI and S/N number.

First of all, find the IMEI number of your Xiaomi phone. Then get the S/N number at the back of phone/battery/packaging box.

Find out Mi phone IMEI number

After that, enter the IMEI and S/N number (do not omit the sixth characther "/" of S/N number) to verify your Xiaomi smartphone.

verify Xiaomi through IMEI and S/N

Check your Xiaomi phone through Mi Verification app.

First of all, download the Mi Verification app on your Xiaomi smartphone from the app store.

Mi Verification app

Open Performance Mode on your phone according to the instructions.

Xiaomi smartphone performance mode

Scan QR code on to verify your Mi device and wait for verifying/checking.

check Xiaomi product on

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.

verification result on

Verify Xiaomi electronic device on official apartment MIIT.

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.

network access certificate of Xiaomi device

Go to the MIIT website and enter the certificate number and click "Next".

certificate number of Xiaomi device

Then it appears the device's model automatically, which is the same as the model on network access certificate.

model number of Xiaomi device

Enter the scrambling and IMEI number and click confirm button.

scrambling number of Xiaomi electronic device

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).

Xiaomi verification result

Above are the verification methods and their processes, hope they will help you.

 You may also want to read:
 How to create your own MIUI themes for MIUI devices
 How to set up a smart home with Xiaomi AI smart speaker
 What's new features of MIUI 9 and how to update your Xiaomi phones?
 How to use MI Cloud to find your lost Xiaomi phone?


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