Buying a preowned iPhone? Here is how to inspect it

The latest iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models launched in September and many iPhone users might be looking to upgrade their older iPhone models, even the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro owners. As an iPhone lasts for many years, there is a market for selling and buying preowned iPhones.

When upgrading to a newer model, some iPhone users prefer to sell their older iPhones to save money for the newer model. When buying an iPhone for the first time, some users prefer purchasing a used or preowned iPhone for a lower price than a new iPhone.

If you are looking to purchase a preowned iPhone, here are to tips on how to inspect it by Apple.

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5 tips to inspect a preowned iPhone

  1. Check the iPhone for damage like dents, scratches, and scuffs on the display, sides, the camera lens, and the charging connector.
  2. Turn on the iPhone and make you see the Home screen.
  3. Check if the parts are replaced via Settings > General > About. If a part has been replaced, you might see a Parts and Service History section after the serial number.
    • Genuine replacement parts are labeled ‘Genuine Apple Part’.
    • Nongenuine replacement parts are labeled “Unknown Part”.
  4. Check battery.
    • Charge the phone to see if the battery holds capacity.
    • Check the battery health via Settings app > Battery > Battery Health & Charging.
  5. Test the display, camera, speakers, and microphone
  6. Connect to Wi-Fi.

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Don’t buy a preowned iPhone if,

According to Apple, the following conditions are big red flags when buying a preowned iPhone:

  1. If the iPhone is Activation Locked, don’t buy it. Learn about Activation Lock.
  2. If the battery doesn’t charge, don’t buy it.
  3. If the parts are replaced with non-genuine parts.

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