Things to look out for before buying a used iPhone 

iPhones are the most popular phones in the world. They have arguably been the best brand of mobile phones since they launched in 2007.

They have provided users with amazing features every year with each product they release. Their amazing features and functions are what make them very popular.

And this is the reason why for anyone looking to buy an iPhone, you need to make sure you check every part of the phone to make you get all the features for which you’re buying the phone.

Using an iPhone without these features like the Face or Touch ID, good battery health, their very large memory size, amongst other amazing the iPhone provides, is just like using a normal phone. 

Battery health

iPhones batteries are known to be very strong.

They perform very well when taken gold care of and charged fully. However, a used iPhone cannot have 100% battery health as the owner may have used it for months or years unless they bought a new battery into the phone before they placed it on the market. When buying a used iPhone, one of the most important parts is checking how strong the battery is.

There’s a battery health feature in the settings that determines the battery state. It tells you how strong the battery is according to the percentage of the battery.

As I said earlier, A used iPhone cannot have a 100% battery unless a new battery was bought. So checking the battery of the used phone, you might see 90% or around 80% and above.

That’s not so bad for a used iPhone. Normally people prefer buying used phones at 87% to 96% battery health.

The battery’s performance is very good within such ranges but below 80%, and your battery is nothing but just an existence in your phone.

Check whether it’s locked or unlocked

The creators of iPhones built the phone so that it’ll be impossible for whoever stole it or found to use it when you lose it.

They have factory unlocked phones, temporarily unlocked phones and locked phones. All these types can be used. Software developers also came up with ways to use iPhones even if they are locked.

When buying the phone, you can decide if you want to buy the locked, factory unlocked or temporary unlocked ones. But if you decide to buy the factory unlocked ones, you need to check to be very certain you’re buying the factory unlocked phone.

This is because iPhones are very complex phones designed to help the users from any theft. To check if the phone is factory unlocked or not, you need to reset the phone, and when you still have access to every feature on the phone after resetting it, then you’re good to go.

Memory size

The memory die of iPhones is best around the world. iPhones have a memory size of 16GB to 512GB. So buying, you specify which memory size you want and make sure you get exactly that.

Normally you’re asked to make sure you get what you asked for because that might be your first time using an iPhone. So you make sure you ask the seller to open the phone settings and show you what the memory of the phone is to be sure.

Check if some features are working or not

There are features in an iPhone that make using the phone fun and simple that you need to make sure you are functioning when buying the phone. Features like the Face ID feature, which was introduced for the iPhones without the home button like iPhone X, XR, XsMax, iPhone 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, 12 Pro, 12 pro max and 12 pro mini.

Touch ID also for phones with home buttons like iPhone 5,5s, 6,6s,6s Plus,7, 7plus,8, and 8 plus and the functioning of the home button.

These features are very important in the usage of an iPhone. To check if the Touch ID and Face ID are working, open your settings and go to passwords, and tap adds a Face or a fingerprint each for phones with Face ID and Touch ID, respectively.

You also need to check the mouthpiece of the phone. Make a call to make sure everything is intact, both at your end and the person you called. Also, check the charging port and make sure it works. The speaker, too, plays some music or a tune to test the speaker.

Check to see if the phone is an original

Many sellers sell refurbished phones to users out there. It would help if you made sure you don’t fall victim. Luckily for iPhones, there’s a way you can check to make sure you’re buying an original iPhone.

Open Settings on your iPhone and choose “general. “Tap on “about” after you choose “general.” In this section, you’ll see everything about the phone you’re buying. You’ll see the model of the phone, that is, iPhone 12 Pro Max or whichever one you’re buying. Also, the serial number and model number of the phone. You copy the serial number and model number and check them on google to make sure it’s an original phone. After checking, your phone is ready for you.


Because of the complex nature and how expensive these phones are, one needs to take absolute caution when buying such phones.

Check for the battery health, make sure it’s the one you prefer, and check to make sure it’s an unlocked phone, check the memory size, and make sure all phone features are working perfectly. Above all, check to make sure it’s an original phone.

If you don’t have enough knowledge of iPhones, you can ask a friend you think knows much about iPhones to accompany you to avoid wasting your money. 

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