May 24, 2024

Whether you’re in the market for a new iPhone 15 or planning to go big with the iPhone 15 Pro, don’t just toss your aging phone in a drawer when you upgrade. Sell your iPhone! That old hunk of glass is more valuable than you might think. There are quite a few services that will give you cash or store credit for a used iPhone. We’ve compared some popular services for trading in an old device. Most of these services accept Samsung and Google devices too, and all of them take iPhones.

Updated September 2023: We’ve updated phones and pricing.

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Tips to Get a High Resale Price

If you want the maximum resale value for your phone, make sure you take care of it. Buy a good case (check out our guide on picking a good phone case) and consider a screen protector (AmFilm protectors work well). They’ll keep your device looking new, which is the best way to ensure you get the most money possible when you sell.

Always buy an unlocked phone. This not only gives you the freedom to switch carriers, but you’ll get more for it when you go to sell it. Unlocked phones work on any wireless network that they have the antenna to support. There’s no reason to chain yourself to one carrier. Generally, unless a carrier tells you a phone is unlocked, it probably isn’t, especially if you buy it on a payment plan.

The last thing to do before you run off to cash in your old phone is to back up all your data using iCloud. Be sure to check the option to backup your Messages so iCloud will store your text messages, which sometimes include photos and videos you haven’t saved to your Camera Roll. Remember to unpair your Apple Watch if you have one, and wipe your phone’s data as well.

1. Best for Pristine iPhones: Swappa

An eBay clone of sorts, Swappa seeks to eliminate some of the problems associated with eBay: high seller fees, poor seller-buyer communication tools, and too many poor-quality devices. You won’t be able to sell your iPhone here unless it’s in good shape, fully functional, and undamaged.

So long as your phone meets Swappa’s listing criteria and you’re willing to put in a little effort, this is where you’ll get the most money for your old device. As you would on eBay, you’ll need to put together a listing with photos. Be sure to take the case off your phone, and be honest about the condition. Remember to factor in shipping when setting your sale price.

Currently, a 128-GB iPhone 14 sells for around $730. An iPhone 13 is somewhere between $395 and $565, depending on the storage capacity and condition.

2. Best for Reliable Cash: Gazelle

Gazelle is the old hand in the world of used phones. The company has been buying phones since 2006, and it has the simplest process.

You fill out an online form and answer some questions about your device—whether it works, which carrier it’s tied to, and whether there’s any cosmetic damage. You’ll then get an offer based on the answers you give. If you accept the offer, Gazelle will send a box complete with a shipping label, and you’ll ship the phone in for inspection. Once the company has looked over your device and verified that it’s in the condition you said it was, you’ll be paid—usually in about seven to 10 days. Payment can be in the form of a check, PayPal, or Amazon gift card.


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