13 things to check to buy a perfect pre-owned iPhone


Apple launches a new iPhone every year that offers top-notch features to its users and at some point we all wanted to use it as our daily driver. However, due to budget constraints, people often tend to buy models from previous years. Sometimes they even go for second-hand smartphones. So, in this guide, let’s discuss the things you should check before buying a used iPhone.

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Things to Check Before Buying a Used iPhone

If you’re planning to buy a pre-owned/used iPhone and you’re not sure what to check then don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve picked out every detail that you should look at before negotiating with the seller. So let’s get started.

Box contents

The first and most important step in ensuring a genuine product is verifying the box contents, warranty, and billing information associated with the iPhone used. The contents of the box for different iPhone models are as follows.

Models before iPhone 12: iPhone, charging adapter, Lightning to USB cable, wired earphones, SIM eject tool, Apple stickers, and product documentation. iPhone models before XR, XS, and XS Max also had a separate Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapter.

Models after iPhone 12: iPhone, Lightning to USB-C cable, SIM eject tool, Apple sticker, and product documentation.

IMEI, invoice and warranty

To ensure that you are purchasing a genuine iPhone from a seller, you will need an original invoice that accompanies the purchase of the product. This will help you to know about the existing warranty status of the used iPhone. You can easily check this by entering the iPhone serial number on the official Apple website.

You can check if the phone is original by matching the IMEI number with the box label. Follow this quick guide to learn how to check iPhone IMEI, warranty and coverage.

Visual Hardware Inspection

After checking the box contents, invoice, and existing warranty status of the pre-owned iPhone, it’s time to get to know the smartphone’s condition by giving it a thorough visual inspection. This will help us to be aware of any existing damage/malfunctions so that you can negotiate accordingly.

Analyze and check the iPhone display

The display is the most important parameter to analyze and check while buying a used iPhone. You should pay attention to the following on the display:

  • Tilt the phone towards a bright light to check the contours of the bezel. A real iPhone has very fine and smooth edges without any irregularities.
  • Remove any existing tempered glass or glass protector to check for scratches or cracks on the screen.
  • Apple introduced the True Tone feature from iPhone 8 and later, which only works with original Apple displays. Visit your Notification Center to see if you see the option to enable or disable the True Tone feature.
Make sure the speaker and mesh/grid are intact

The next important thing to check with a second-hand iPhone is to check whether the speaker and cover mesh/grid are intact or not. Use the following steps to diagnose existing issues.

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