How to Use Apple’s Trade In Program to Get Paid for Your Old Devices

How to Use Apple Trade In to Get Paid for Your Old Devices

If you’re like most people, you probably have lots of old devices that you don’t use anymore. Now, you can trade in your old iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac computer, and more at the Apple store or online. But how much can you get for your old devices, and is the Apple Trade In program worth it for you? Here’s everything you need to know about the Apple Trade In program, including how to prepare your iPhone, iPad, Mac computer, and other devices before your trade them in.

How Does Apple Trade in Work?

The Apple Trade In program lets you exchange your old devices for Apple credit. You can use this credit to buy yourself a brand-new Apple product, or you can also get an Apple Store Gift Card, which makes a perfect stocking stuffer.

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What Devices Can You Trade In?

Apple lets you trade in your old iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac computer, and even smartphones from other brands like Samsung, Google. You can trade in your devices online or at your local Apple store. However, you can only trade in your Mac computer online.  

Any device you exchange through the Apple Trade In program will either be recycled or reused, depending on its condition. Apple claims that at least two-thirds of the devices that are traded in will be used by new owners.

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If you have an Apple product that is ineligible for trade-in credit or a gift card, you can still send it in to be recycled and Apple will pay for all the shipping costs.

How Much Can You Get for Trading in an iPhone?

Apple will give you as much as $500 if you trade in the latest iPhone 11 Pro Max. You can even trade in the first-generation iPhone SE, which was released in 2016, but you will only get $30 for the five-year-old iPhone.

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If you have an iPhone 5 or older, Apple will not give you any credit for it. You will only be able to recycle an older iPhone or a damaged iPhone. Apple will still pay for the shipping costs.

How to Trade In Your iPhone

To trade in your iPhone, go to apple.com/shop/trade-in, scroll down, and select Smartphone. Then fill out the pop-up form, select your iPhone model, and click Trade it in for a gift card. Finally, open your inbox, find the confirmation email and click Confirm Quote.

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In order to trade in your iPhone, you will need to know which model you have. To find out what model your iPhone is, go to Settings > General > About. Then you will see your iPhone model next to Model Name.

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Can You Trade In a Cracked or Broken iPhone?

Apple will give you more credit when you trade in an iPhone that is in good condition. You will not get as much if your iPhone doesn’t turn on and function properly, the buttons don’t work, the camera doesn’t work, or if it has significant dents or scratches.

For example, trading in an iPhone 11 Pro Max that’s in good condition can get you up to $500. But, if its camera or touchscreen panel are not functioning properly, you might only get a trade-in value of around $120. 

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How Much Can You Get for Trading in an iPad?

Apple will give you up to $525 if you trade in the latest iPad Pro. You can also trade in the regular iPad, the iPad Air, and the iPad mini. You can even trade in the iPad mini 2, but Apple will only give you $35 for the eight-year-old device.  

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How to Trade In Your iPad

To trade in your iPad, go to apple.com/shop/trade-in, scroll down, and select Tablet. Then fill out the pop-up form, enter your iPad’s serial number, and click Trade it in for a gift card. Finally, check your inbox for a confirmation email and click Confirm Quote.

In order to trade in an iPad, you will need to have your device’s serial number. You can find your iPad’s serial number on the back of the device or by going to Settings > General > About. Then you will see your device’s serial number next to Serial Number. Finally, you can also go to appleid.apple.com, sign in, and select your device to see its serial number.

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You can also find the model name of your iPhone and the serial number of your other devices on this page. Before you trade in your Apple device, you should also select it on this page and click Remove from account.

How Much Can You Get for Trading in a Mac Computer?

Apple will give you as much as $3,040 for the latest iMac Pro or $1,530 for the latest MacBook Pro. You can also trade in a regular MacBook, a MacBook Air, a regular iMac, a Mac Pro, or a Mac mini.

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Apple will also give you more credit when you trade in a Mac with the original power adapter.

How to Trade In Your Apple Computer

To trade in your Mac, go to apple.com/shop/trade-in, scroll down, and select Computer. Then fill out the pop-up form, enter your Mac’s serial number, and click Trade it in for a gift card. Finally, check your inbox for a confirmation email and click Confirm Quote.

To find your Mac’s serial number, click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen and select About this Mac. Then you will see the Mac serial number next to Serial Number.

How to Trade In Your Apple Computer

You can also find your Mac’s serial number by going to appleid.apple.com, signing in, and selecting your device. Some Mac computers will also have the serial number printed on the back or the side of the device.

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How Much Can You Get for Trading in an Apple Watch?

Apple will give you as much as $190 for the latest Apple Watch Series 5. You can also trade in an Apple Watch Series 1, which was first released in 2015, but you will only get up to $35 for the six-year-old device.

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How to Trade In Your Apple Watch

To trade in your Apple Watch, go to apple.com/shop/trade-in, scroll down, and select Watch. Then fill out the pop-up form, enter your Apple Watch’s serial number, and click Trade it in for a gift card. Finally, check your inbox for a confirmation email and click Confirm Quote.

You can find the serial number of you Apple Watch printed on the side or bottom of the body.

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You can also find the serial number on your Apple Watch by going to Settings > General > About. Then you will see the serial number by scrolling down and looking under Serial Number. Finally, you can open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go to My Watch > General > About.

How Much Can You Get for Trading in Other Devices 

Apple will give you as much as $360 for a Samsung Galaxy S20+ or $260 for the Google Pixel 4 XL. You can also trade in other Android smartphones from Huawei, Nokia, Xiaomi, and more.

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You can also trade in other devices, such as headphones, speakers, printers, hard drives, and more. While you will not get any credit for these devices, Apple will recycle them for free and pay for the shipping costs.

What to Do Before You Trade In Your Devices

Before you trade in your iPhone or other devices, you should first backup your data and reset your device to factory conditions to remove all your data. Finally, make sure to remove it from the list of your Apple trusted devices.

If you plan to trade in your old iPhone or iPad, check out our step-by-step guide on how to back up your iPhone and iPad and how to reset your iPhone and iPad.

If you want to trade in your Mac computer, check out our step-by-step guides on how to back up your Mac with Time Machine and how to reset your Mac to factory settings.

To remove your Apple device from your list of trusted devices, go to appleid.apple.com and sign in with your Apple ID and password. Then scroll down to your list of devices and select the one you want to trade in. Finally, click Remove from account.

It generally takes two to three weeks to trade in your devices online. After confirming your quote, Apple will send you a trade-in kit and instructions on how to ship your device. The sooner you mail in your old device, the sooner Apple can verify its condition and process your credit or gift card.

Before packing your device, also remember to let the battery level drain to less than 30%, and then turn it off. If its battery has indications of being swollen or damaged, you should not send it in the mail.

Is Apple Trade In Worth It?

The Apple Trade In program can be worth it if you want a quick and easy way to get money for your old devices. But, if you’re looking to find the best values for your devices, programs by vendors such as Swappa, GadgetGone, or Gazelle might offer you more money.

Check out our previous article on how to recycle your electronics to find out other ways to sell, trade, donate, or recycle your old devices.

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