How to sell your old iPhone, and get the most money possible to put towards your new iPhone 6!
Now that Apple has announced the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, available for preorder on Friday and shipping Sept. 19. it’s time to start weighing your options. If you’re plan to buy a brand new iPhone 6, one of the best ways to pay for it is to sell your old iPhone. No matter what price point you’re going to end up paying for your new iPhone 6, the proceeds from selling your old one definitely help lessen the impact. Whether you’ve got an iPhone 4 that desperately needs replacing or something even newer, we can guide you through all the steps you should take in order to get top dollar for your current iPhone.
Preparing to sell your old iPhone
Before actually placing a listing for your iPhone, there are a few things you should consider before starting sell your iPhone. (How to transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone 6)
Disable Find My iPhone
How to disable Find My iPhone or iPad?
- Launch the Settings app on your old iPhone when you’re ready to erase everything.
- Tap on iCloud.
- Turn Off the option for Find My iPhone.
- Enter your iCloud password to confirm.
How to remove a device from an iCloud?
- Turn the iPhone or iPad in question Off or put it in airplane mode. If the device is on and Find My iPhone has an active location, it will not allow you to delete it.
- Launch the Find My iPhone app from a different iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and sign in to the account that is currently tied to the iOS device in question.
- Find the device in the list and tap on it.
- In the top right hand corner, tap on Remove.
Read more: How to free up iCloud storage?
Erase data on your old iPhone and protect your data
Before you sell your old iPhone to get a new one, you need to make sure you protect your data. You don’t want to give the next owner access to all your old pictures, messages, accounts, and other private information, of course.
How to Erase all data from your iPhone or iPad?
- Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
- Now tap on General.
- Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap on Reset.
- Tap on Erase All Content and Settings.
- You will be prompted to confirm your selection, tap on Erase iPhone.
- Once more you will be reminded that you can’t undo this action, tap Erase iPhone one more time to confirm.
Clean up your iPhone and take great pictures
iPhones hold their value rather well as long as you take care of them. If you’ve taken excellent care of your iPhone you can probably get a little more for it than someone else who is trying to sell off a banged up old iPhone. First of all, clean it up. Make sure you remove any surface dirt and get any gunk or lint out of the corners, crevices, and ports as you can. It doesn’t matter how great your iPhone works if it looks like crap, you won’t get the best price. This also includes removing fingerprints from the screen before taking photos. Nothing is more unattractive to buyers than seeing a device with tons of fingerprints caked on the screen.
The key to making a quick sale is to make sure you’re honest and open about the condition of your iPhone. To make sure you are representing your product, take high quality pictures of the actual iPhone and avoid stock images at all costs. Many buyers will skip over listings that have stock images in them and only buy from sellers that include pictures of the actual iPhone. If there are any minor scratches or nicks, photograph those too. Buyers like honest sellers and it helps build trust.
Include accessories and original cables
If you’ve got the original cables and accessories that came with your iPhone, that’s a great selling point. If you have the original box it came in, that’s even better. For an even quicker sale, you can include some accessories or cases you’ve purchased for it over time. If you’re upgrading from an iPhone 4S or older, cases and chargers won’t be compatible so throw them in to sweeten the deal and sell your iPhone faster.
Jailbreak and unlock your iPhone
If you’ve got an iPhone that’s unlocked, it will most likely sell a lot quicker. AT&T and some other carriers will unlock out of contract iPhones, so if you’re out of contract you may be able to just call your carrier and request an unlock.
If you aren’t out of contract, you may still be able to unlock it through jailbreaking with the help of a jailbreak tool . This will depend on which model iPhone you have and what firmware you’re running, so make sure your iPhone can be unlocked before attempting it. And keep in mind this step is not necessary but if you’re determined to fetch the highest dollar, it’s not a bad idea.
Even if you can’t unlock your iPhone, jailbroken iPhones and ones that can be jailbroken tend to fetch a higher dollar amount than ones that can’t. So be ready to answer that question if a seller asks if the iPhone can be jailbroken. In other words, it’s a good idea not to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 8 or any future firmware. Let the buyer decide whether or not they’re going to do that.
Putting your old iPhone up for sale
Now that you’ve got all the information collected about your iPhone and what accessories you want to include in the sale, it’s time to actually list it sell it. There are many places online that you can utilize as well as listing sites that allow you to meet up with buyers locally. We’ll cover the ones we recommend and you can decide which one is best for you personally.
Apple in-store trade-in program
Apple offers their own in-store trade-in program for iPhones that make it easy to walk in and trade in your current iPhone for credit towards a new one. Trade-in prices will vary depending on what country you’re in, where exactly you’re located, what condition your iPhone is in, and what the capacity and model is.
Keep in mind too that Apple’s in-store program requires you to get a new iPhone at the time of trade-in as well as sign a new contract with the carrier of your choice. That means this isn’t an option for those looking to buy outright with no contract. Apple’s reuse and recycling program would is still an option as are many of the others below, they just won’t be on the spot credit like Apple’s in-store program, which may make it appealing for those that don’t want to go through the hassle of selling their iPhone privately.
To get accurate pricing info for your area, you’ll need to visit your local Apple Store or check through the Apple Store app.
Apple Reuse and Recycling Program
Apple will gladly buy back your old iPhone and either reuse it as a refurbished unit or recycle it on your behalf through their Reuse and Recycling Program. You’ll be asked a series of questions regarding the condition, capacity, and color of your iPhone. It’s important that you’re honest because Apple will of course check that what you told them matches the actual condition once they receive the iPhone.
After Apple certifies that the iPhone is in working condition they’ll issue you an Apple Store gift card that you can use towards any purchase. For most of you, that’ll be towards your new iPhone. Currently a 16GB iPhone 5 in good working condition will fetch you a gift card for $225. You can of course click the link below to price out your exact model. Note that it doesn’t look like Apple accepts iPhone 3GS and older. And at the time of writing, iPhone 5s is not listed either.
Amazon Trade-In Store
Amazon, like Apple, will buy back your old iPhone as well through the . The only hitch here is that you’ll be given payment in the form of an Amazon gift card. If you’re looking for hard cash to put towards a new iPhone purchase and you don’t want to wait for Amazon to have it in stock, it may not be the best option.
• Visit the Amazon Trade-in Store
Gazelle offers a service that lets you easily turn most electronic devices into cash. Simply send in your iPhone and Gazelle will send you money after confirming the item condition. The first thing you’ll need to do is tell Gazelle what you’re selling and what condition the item is in. You can choose from poor, fair, good or excellent condition, and it’s important to be honest when rating the condition so there’s no hiccups or snags along the way
• Visit Gazelle
SellYourMac offers a similar service to Gazelle by letting you send in your old iPhone for payment with little to no hassle involved. They’ll not only buy your old iPhone, but any Apple gear you have laying around. This is a good option if you have other Apple products you’re willing to sell besides an old iPhone.
• Visit SellYourMac
mendmyi has just launched a new service in the UK called buymyi
• Visit buymyi
Swappa is a marketplace that allows you to quickly and easily list your iPhone for sale. Since prices are based on what other users are buying them for, it makes values a little more reasonable
• Visit Swappa
If you’ve ever used eBay for selling things in the past then you know the selling process isn’t all that tricky, however there are still some things to keep in mind when using eBay to sell your iPhone. For instance, eBay charges fees for each auction based on the item you’re selling and how much it sells for, among other things
Craigslist allows you to list items for sale in your area so you can perform the transaction locally and face-to-face. This is a quick way to get some cash for your iPhone on the spot and also an easy way to let the buyer check out the iPhone in person before committing to the purchase
Sell your iPhone to a friend or family member
Even you aren’t willing to part with your old iPhone for free it doesn’t mean friends or family members aren’t interested in buying it from you. Perhaps they don’t have an iPhone or aren’t eligible for an upgrade and don’t care about having the newest model available. Using this method you ensure that your old iPhone finds a good home and you know the buyer isn’t a scam artist.
Ask around and offer a reasonable price and you may be surprised how many of your friends or family members could be willing to snag your old iPhone. Throwing in accessories such as cases can help sweeten the deal as well. I’ve sold many devices this way simply by posting a Facebook status.