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