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6 Things You Need to Know When Buying a Used iPhone

iPhone – everyone’s dream to own one! Apple has created a craze in the market when it comes to iPhones. With great features and capabilities, iPhones have also become a status symbol over the years. One of the latest features is a new color option in its iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. To know about this, you can read this informative article by Techcrunch.

But yes, it doesn’t come cheap. This is the reason why many people opt for second-hand or used iPhones. Trust us, this is quite a safe bet if you know what things to check and consider before buying one.

Easier on the pockets, these iPhones come in the latest models as well. However, there are some risks if you have no idea about the same. 

There are various platforms from where you can buy Apple phones in good conditions. Just make sure you run a thorough check before making the purchase. 

For example, you need to know how to carrier unlock iPhone if you are buying a locked one.  In this regard, let us tell you that it is legal to do the same as long as you adhere to the carrier’s standards for unlocking. There are several ways in which you can do the same.

To know more, please scroll down. 

Activation Lock

You must already know that Apple phones come with an Activation lock. It is a theft protection feature that doesn’t allow people from using your iPhone. You have to manually check this on the newly purchased phone and ensure that the previous owner does not activate it.

You will see a screen that says ‘Set up your iPhone’ to change the same. Otherwise, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings and begin the setup process. Contact the seller if the problem persists. Make sure that you remove all such data from the device.


It would be a smart idea to purchase an iPhone that is still under its warranty period. This way, you can get repairs done without any cost. You can go to Apple’s website and check this with your device’s serial number. You should also check whether you are qualified to extend the AppleCare coverage. If you ask us, we would suggest that you must extend the same. 

Original receipt

There are so many fraudulent sellers across the nation. They will try to send dupe iPhones, and you can easily get fooled by the look and feel of the device. This is the reason why you should ask him or her to provide you with proof of the purchase. You can even see the date of purchase on the bill along with the amount paid, etc. 

Even if you are buying from a seller online, it is your right to ask for the receipt. You can also get Apple’s electronic receipt from the seller.

Water damage

Pay attention to the phone and see if there is any water damage or not. This is the most important as Apple does not cover such damages. Apple has built-in Liquid Contact Indicators (LCI) on all iPhones so that you can easily check for the same. If you have bought iPhone 5 and above, check the inside of the SIM card slot. If you see a red strip or spot over there, then yes, it has faced water damage.

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Battery health

We think that you already know about Apple’s latest feature that helps you check battery health. This is one of the primary things to check, as spending money on the phone with a poor battery makes no sense!

Go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health to check the maximum battery capacity of the phone.

Over time, the battery health of a phone reduces. But do not settle for something that is shockingly low – it is not worth your money.

You will see the message – “Your battery’s health is significantly degraded. An Apple Authorized Service Provider can replace the battery to restore full performance and capacity.” if the battery health is poor. 


You should also run a basic hardware check before putting in your money. After all, it has been used by someone for some amount of time. Look for dents, spots, and cracks. The screen should be scratch-free as well. Check if the 3d touch is working properly or not.

You should also check the condition of the camera, ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, etc. Do not miss out on checking the quality of the loudspeaker without fail as well.

These are the main six things to check. Apart from these, you should also check the retail box and its accessories, activation lock, and IMEI. 

Now that you know it all, make the purchase wisely.

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