Over the last decade, iPhones have become one of the most coveted and preferred smartphones globally because of the innovative approach, stylish design and impressive features. On the other hand, they are not very affordable, as the considerable consumer interest keeps their prices high. Therefore, if you want to own one of the latest iPhone models, but also save money, a good option is to buy a second-hand mobile device.
However, if you choose this option, you should know that buying a used iPhone carries some risks. If you are not careful enough and do not look at the important details, it may be that the device is damaged and you have paid more than you should. To make sure you’re buying a used iPhone that works well and can be used seamlessly, here’s a list of the most important things to check beforehand.
What to check when buying a used iPhone?
Frame and display
Start with something easy but important. Examine the frame and display carefully. Small scratches are a normal sign of use that most used models have on the frame of the screen. However, if you notice more serious cracks and deep scratches, you better not buy this phone, because very soon the screen may stop working and the replacement will cost you extra money.
No one benefits from a phone that has to be constantly connected to the charger. Unfortunately, over time, the battery may start to drain faster. To make sure that the iPhone you want to buy does not have such problems, do the following check. Open Settings, go to Battery and then click Battery Health. Check the maximum capacity and if the percentage is above 90, you can be certain that the phone will not have battery problems any time soon. If this percentage is below 80, then it is better to skip the purchase.
Ports and buttons
Be sure to check if the lightning port and the jack (for earlier models) work smoothly. If you have the chance, test the phone charging and make sure that the cable fits well and there are no difficulties plugging it in. It is a good idea to test all the buttons and make sure that they also work smoothly.
We all know that iPhones are also preferred because of the quality of the photos they take. If this is the main reason you chose this model, make sure the camera works properly, otherwise, you risk ruining your selfies. Start by first inspecting the camera for scratches. Then take a few pictures and see if there is any hidden damage.
Make sure the phone is not stolen
To avoid the risk of getting a stolen device, make sure you choose a trusted seller who will not take advantage of you. If you still decide to buy an iPhone from an unauthorized dealer, you can use the phone’s IMEI or MEID number to check online if the device has been stolen. You can find it in the About tab in the General settings.
Last but not least, check the speakers by playing a song or a video. If you have the opportunity, insert your SIM card in the phone and call a friend. This way you will be able to test the microphone and make sure that you will not have problems with conversations from your new iPhone.
This is a list of the most important things to consider when buying a used iPhone. If you are also looking to buy a phone with good quality, take a look at our iPhones for sale online or visit our store in Edmonton.