Looking for a used iPhone? Do some homework beforehand!
If you are thinking of buying a good iPhone but you don’t want to break the bank, you can opt for a used iPhone. There are hundreds of platforms out there selling used devices at cheaper prices.
However, there are some common pitfalls that you need to understand so that you don’t fall for them.
The phone market is full of a lot of fake iPhone models out there on the market, either computer village which is the most popular phone market in Nigeria or any other mobile phone markets around and sometimes it becomes really difficult to spot the fake iPhone. Likewise, in some cases, you can get a genuine iPhone but making sure that every feature of that set is working or not is a terrible process. Sometimes, you check something but miss something else and later you find that feature is not working.
Don’t worry; we are here to help you with some tips so you can get the best used iPhone. Just continue reading.
7 Things To Check Before Buying a Used iPhone
1. Verify the ESN, IMEI Or MEID Number.
Every cell phone on the planet has a unique serial number, which is used to identify that device. This helps to lock the stolen device as well when needed. The GSM carriers use the IMEI number and the CDMA service providers use the MEID number to identify the device.
There are chances that the used iPhone or any other iPhone which you are going to purchase is carrier-locked because of non-payments or is locked because it was stolen. Similarly, there is a possibility that the set in your hand is fabricated and the device was opened to repair and in this process, its body was changed. To avoid any such issue, you should make sure to check the IMEI or MEID on the back of your iPhone with the one embedded in the OS.
To verify this go to Settings >> General >> About. Or dial *#06# and the IMEI or MEID number will appear on the screen. You can verify the IMEI or MEID number at the Verizon website as well.
2. Verify the Device Is Not Stolen and the Carrier Locked.
As we discussed above, IMEI or MEID number also helps to identify if the device was stolen and locked. To make sure the used iPhone you are going to buy has not been stolen, go to the Apple Activation Lock Status Tool and enter the IMEI or the serial number of your device and the tool will tell you the status of the device.
3. Make Sure That The Phone Is Not Water Damaged.
No matter if you are going to buy the used iPhone with a warranty or a new one, the Apple one-year limited warranty or an AppleCare Protection Plan (APP) does not cover the water (or liquid) damage. So before buying a used iPhone or any other old model, always make sure that there is no water or liquid damage.
All the iPhone models including the iPhone 6S and iPhone come with Liquid Contact Indicator (LCI). An LCI will be turned RED as soon as the phone will come in contact with any liquid like water, tea or coffee. The LCI colour is normally silver or white when it is not damaged by water or any other liquid.
Remember, the Liquid Contact Indicator (LCI) will never turn to red due to humidity and temperature changes that are within the product’s environmental requirements. You can further read on this topic at Apple website.
Once the phone you are going to buy has passed all the tests above, it is time to check the important features to make sure everything is in place and every hardware piece is working almost like a new one.
4. Check the Camera by Taking Pictures and Making Videos.
Taking pictures and making videos is one of the most important features of every smartphone. The iPhone comes with a very good camera and gives appealing results. The camera of the used iPhone will give the same results as the new iPhone if it is in good condition.
You must take pictures with the used one and compare them with a new one, if possible, to see the quality of the images. Similarly, at least make multiple videos of 30 seconds in a span of 5 minutes to make sure the camera of the device works perfectly.
5. Check the Battery Life of the Device.
One of the biggest concerns for smartphone users generally and iPhone users especially is the battery life. A new iPhone gives normally one and a half-day of battery life with normal usage. You must test the battery life of your used iPhone before you decide to buy it.
To check if the battery is in good condition, use all the features of the iPhone simultaneously. Like, set the screen brightness to maximum, turn on the WiFi and Bluetooth, start taking pictures and making videos quickly and then make a call of at least 3 minutes. If the device battery goes down very quickly and you find your device is getting hot, it is most probably because the battery is damaged.
6. Test the WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
One important test to do before buying a used iPhone is to check the WiFi connectivity, data transfer through Bluetooth, and making sure that the GPS is in working condition. If the previous owner of that used iPhone took care of his/her phone carefully, all these features should work in full capacity.
7. Test Hardware & Important Features On The Phone
Although in all of the above tests, you should test the home button and volume buttons many times, check all the Buttons like Home Button, Power Button, and Volume Rockers. Check the Speaker of the Phone. Make a Call and Check the Quality. Check the Touch ID and the 3D Touch Feature. Check if it’s compatible with your network carrier.
Where to Buy a New iPhone
If an iPhone is right for you, you need to decide where to pick up the phone. There is our store where you can buy at an affordable price and also pay on delivery.