Guide to buying used iPhone

How many times have you heard the horror stories of people who got scammed when buying a phone and watched their money going down the drain? Even if you’re buying from a friend or a family, you still don’t know what you’re getting into. A pre-owned iPhone is usually more expensive than a used Android phone. So, if you get scammed not only will you be frustrated but you’ll also lose some hard cash. However, here are few factors to consider before you buy used iPhone.


Guide to buying used iPhone

Verify the IMEI number from both body and software

It is possible that the phone has a replaced body. Even though the exterior might look shiny or brand new, the interior could tell a whole different story. One the back of the iPhone there’s IMEI/MEID. Compare the first 14 digits with the one in the OS. Go to Settings > General > About and scroll down to locate IMEI number. So if the body is indeed changed, you might manage to get it at a cheaper rate.


Check legitimacy

Apple is known for its helpful customer care service along with its online service for make sure the legitimacy of a pre-owned phone. All you have to do is visit the check coverage page on the and type in the device’s serial number. If you make it to the next page, it means that the iPhone is legit and hasn’t been reported stolen.


Inspect it for water damage

All iPhones have liquid contact indicators inside the sim tray. Apple iPhone devices are not waterproof or water resistant. As soon as the device comes in contact with liquid or water the indicator turns to red.
Here are the water damage indications for different models:

  • iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, & SE (Red dot on SIM tray slot)
  • iPhone 6, 6 Plus or iPhone 6s, 6s Plus (Red smudge on SIM tray slot)
  • iPhone 8 & 8 Plus (Red Line on SIM tray slot)

Only the older iPhone 4 & 4S had their water damage indicators in the charging port.


Check the Warranty

All iPhones have a warranty against manufacturing and hardware defects for one year. There are many tools available online through which you can check whether your iPhone is covered by the warranty or not. All you need is the IMEI or serial number.


Test the Battery

An iPhone battery lasts for about 10 hours of talk time on 3G. As the recharge limit of any battery is reached, the battery capacity decreases. Consider the cost of a new battery if you’re buying a used iPhone.

Bottom line

Buying an iPhone can be huge financially. However, iPhones tend to last longer than any other phone, so you might not be wasting your money completely. There always will be shady characters out there, so if you plan on buying a pre-owned phone make sure that you get what you’re paying for.

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