If you’re like most people, you probably have lots of old devices that you don’t use any more. Now, you can trade in your iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac computer, and more at the Apple store. You can get hundreds of dollars for your old devices, and you’ll be helping the environment at the same time. Here’s how the Apple trade-in program works, and how much you can expect to get for your old devices.
How Does Apple Trade in Work?
Apple’s trade-in program lets you exchange your old devices for credit. You can then use this credit to buy yourself a brand new Apple product. Alternatively, you can also get an Apple Store Gift Card, which makes a perfect stocking stuffer.
You can trade in a mobile phone, a tablet, a computer, a laptop, or an Apple Watch. Any device that you trade in will be recycled or reused, depending on its condition. In fact, Apple claims that at least two-thirds of the devices that are traded in are used by new owners.
If your device can’t be reused, robots will take it apart, and the parts will be used to make new devices. You can read more about Apple’s efforts for sustainable and environmentally-friendly production here.
Can You Trade In Your iPhone at the Apple Store?
Apple lets you trade in your old iPhones, or even devices from other brands, like Blackberry, HTC, LG, Nokia, Samsung, and more. If you trade in an iPhone, you can get as much as $600 or an XS Max. You can even trade in your iPhone 6, which is five years old at this point, for $100.
If you have an iPhone 5 or older, you will only be able to recycle your phone, but it’s better than sitting in some drawer in your house, taking up space.
Don’t know which iPhone you have? You can easily find the model number by going to Settings > General > About. Then you can match the numbers to the corresponding iPhone model here.
If your iPhone is in good condition, you will get more money for it. Apple looks to see if your iPhone functions normally, all the buttons and camera works, and there are not too many dents or scratches.
Can You Trade in an Apple Watch?
You can trade in an Apple Watch Series 1 for up to $30, and an Apple Watch Series 4 for up to $110. However, you will only get paid the maximum amount if your device is in good condition.
Can You Trade in Your Apple Computer?
You can get up to $4,240 for trading in your old iMac Pro, and $2,500 for trading in your old MacBook Pro. However, you can only do so online at the moment. But it is important to note that the online trade-in process can take up to three weeks.
Can You Only Trade In Apple Products?
Apple will accept certain third-party devices, but, just like other trade-in programs, the value of the device will be determined by Apple themselves. The value will depend on the model of your device, how long you’ve had it, and what condition it’s in.
When you make the trade in, Apple will ask you questions about the device. Then, Apple will give you a trade-in estimate value based on your answers. If you accept the price, Apple will give you credit towards your next purchase or a gift card for use anytime in any Apple store.
Apple will need to verify the value of your smartphone or tablet when you bring it in or ship it to them. If you provide the right information, the value will likely remain the same as the estimate. Otherwise, Apple will adjust the value after verification and give you the adjusted credit towards the purchase of an Apple product or a gift card.
What if My Device is Worth Nothing?
If, for some reason, your device was marked ineligible for trade-in, you don’t have to hold on to it. You can still send it in for recycling, which is conveniently included in the Apple Trade-in Program. Recycling is free, but it’s only offered for Apple-made products.
Now you know how the Apple trade in program works. If you want to trade in an old device, but you’re concerned about privacy, check out our guide on how to factory reset your iPhone.