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Trade in Your Old Tech for Apple Credit with the Apple GiveBack Program!

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Trade in your old tech for credit with the Apple Giveback Program.

Do you have an old phone laying around somewhere in a junk drawer? How about a laptop that’s been collecting dust since you purchased a new one?

Turn that old technology into Apple Store credit with their GiveBack Program!

Even better? Your device doesn’t even have to be an Apple product. Their program allows trade-ins on other popular brands like Google, LG, Dell, Samsung, HP, and more. Sweet!

How do I trade in my used devices for Apple credit in the Giveback Program?

Follow these few simple steps to get an estimate on the value of the items, and you’re on your way to some spending money at the Apple Store! Even if your old hardware isn’t eligible for a monetary return, you can still send it in (for free!) to have it properly recycled.

1. Head over to Apple’s Trade-In site to get your estimate.

Smartphone, computers, tablets, and Apple Watches are the only items that can be traded in for Apple Store credit. However, you can still send in other electronics for recycling.

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2. Select your device.

It’s best to have your product with you so you can answer the questions correctly and look up any necessary info you may not know off hand. Worried you won’t know where to look? Apple has helpful hints along the way that guide you to where item specifics can be found.

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Apple only asks pretty basic questions about the brand, model, storage capacity, and if you have any additional accessories like charging cables (your trade-in is worth more when they’re included). Based on your type of device, they may ask for a serial number right away to confirm the specifications without having you answer the internal hardware questions.

You’ll also be asked about the condition of the device, such as screen cracks and whether or not it turns on.

3. Find out what your device is worth.

After answering those few questions, Apple will give you the trade-in value and let you choose whether to continue with the trade in or cancel out the process.

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My trade-in value on an iPhone 7 Plus 128 GB with all functioning hardware came to $315. It’s worth noting that other sites such as Gazelle, Nextworth, and Best Buy (along with your service carrier) offer trade-ins on old devices, so check their payout values compared to Apple to get the most money.

Hip Tip: For trade-in advice and payout estimates, check out CNET’s comparison of popular trade-in websites.

4. Verify your device’s serial number.

Not so fast – if even for a second you thought you might be able to fudge the facts about your trade-in, Apple (and pretty much any other trade-in site) requires a serial number to make sure everything’s legit.

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5. Fill out your address for the free trade-in kit.

You’re so close! This is the final step where you agree to the terms and conditions, along with filling out your mailing address so that Apple can send you your FREE trade-in kit. Once you get it, package your device according to Apple’s instructions, and you’re on your way to Apple Store credit! OR, you can also take your device directly into an Apple store to trade-in.

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Another upside to trading in with Apple? From now until April 30, Apple will donate to Conservation International based on the total number of devices received. And with Earth Day coming up, this is an easy way to help our planet thrive.

Join The Discussion

Comments 18

  1. Kcmiami

    I was bummed I have an Asus laptop that I wanted to trade for an Apple product but they are not accepting Asus products right now

    • LauraL

      Check best buy, as long as the device powers on I think they will give you a $50 gift card. (You can always sell the gift card for about $45 on the gift card trade websites).

  2. MissLauraLou

    Do they let you accumulate credits from multiple items to put towards a new product? Can they be saved or do they need to be redeemed pretty quickly?

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      On Apple’s FAQ, it says that your device’s quoted value will be issued as an Apple Store Gift Card. So if you send back multiple items, I believe you can use multiple gift cards together for a future purchase.

  3. AZinOZ

    I’ve sold some items to Amazon before too. Just search for the product, and on the right hand side a bit under the add to cart button there might be a “Trade in now” option. You get an amazon gift card to use on anything.

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Good to know! Thanks for the tip 🙂

  4. Casey

    Thanks for this! I’m heading there tomorrow to trade in my old iPad!

    • Liza (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re welcome Casey!

  5. Mary

    This is very interesting, I will check how much my iPad is worth.

    • Luv

      Best Buy also has a trade in event going on for iPads I think they are giving up to $125. You may want to check with them as well. 🌺

  6. Mary Ann Rimmer

    Does anyone know the deadline? Going on vacation until the 29th.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi there! Here is what I found in the details – “Donation period lasts from April 19 to April 30, 2018. Not all devices are eligible.” Hope that helps!

      • A. Marie

        This is not correct. The “donation period” refers to Apple’s donations to Conservation International, not to the Apple tradei-in program.

  7. riss

    My iPhone 3g is ready to be recycled, teehee. I just need to find it…

  8. MekaRTR

    For my flawless Sprint Note 2 ( gazelle asked about the carrier affiliation so that could affect the offer I guess) I was offered $5, best buy offered $25 (they too asked about carrier affiliation and the color also), *Apple offered $50* & nextworth didn’t appear to be accepting it. It’s an old phone so I was impressed with Apple’s offer. Apple offers Apple gift card or trade toward a device

  9. Casey

    UPDATE: Went in today with my iPad Air. It’s about 5 years old in good condition. They gave me $120 store credit to use right there towards a new iPad purchase. It was super quick and easy, because I had already backed up and reset it. What a deal. Thanks, again!!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Woohoo! You are so welcome Casey! Thanks a bunch for sharing with us how well it worked for you!

  10. Meredith C.

    I have an almost mint condition iPad 2 and they’re only offering me $50 back. ☹️

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