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How to transfer your AppleCare plan in a few easy steps

Let’s face it. iPhones don’t come cheap, so investing in an AppleCare plan to avoid spending on expensive repairs is a smart move. But if you plan to upgrade soon and sell or give away your old iPhone, you may be asking whether you can transfer your AppleCare plan to its new owner so they can benefit from the same peace of mind.

The short answer is yes, but it depends on some conditions. Read on to learn more about how to transfer an AppleCare plan and what you need to do it.

How to transfer your AppleCare plan to a new owner

Transferring your AppleCare plan to a new owner requires a quick call to Apple Support. But before that, here are several details you’ll need to know before you hop on a call: 

  1. Get the AppleCare agreement number, your device’s serial number, and the AppleCare plan’s proof of coverage by going to My Support.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID → select your device → click View Proof of Coverage.
  3. Look for the original sales receipt of the device. If you bought yours online, you should find it in your email.
  4. Get the new owner’s details (name, address, email address, phone number).
  5. Once you have all this information, you can call Apple Support. An AppleCare specialist will guide you through the transfer process.

Note: If you’re on a monthly payment subscription for your AppleCare plan, you won’t be able to transfer the plan to a new owner because the plan is linked to your Apple ID. To add, users in specific regions or countries may not be able to transfer their AppleCare plan to another owner.

Can you transfer your AppleCare plan to another device?

If you had a device upgrade, you might wonder if you can just transfer the AppleCare plan of your old device to your new device. Sadly, this isn’t possible since the AppleCare plan is tied to the device.

This is only possible if Apple provides you with a replacement device instead of repairing it. Then they’ll automatically transfer your plan to your new device.

A workaround – Cancel, refund, and get a new coverage

If you had an upgrade and want your new device covered, you may wish to cancel your existing AppleCare plan and get your new device coverage using the refund instead. 

You may be able to get a full refund if you cancel your AppleCare within 30 days of purchase. Note that Apple will deduct the value of any service they’ve already provided.

You can still get a refund even if you cancel beyond 30 days of the plan’s purchase date. The refund will be based on the percentage of the unexpired plan coverage minus the value of any service they already provided for your device.

Canceling your AppleCare plan depends on your payment method. If you paid in full, contact Apple Support with your plan agreement number, the device’s serial number, and your original sales receipt. 

Cancel annual or monthly AppleCare subscription

If you’re on an annual or monthly subscription and wish to cancel it, here’s what you need to do:

On your iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings → tap your name.
  2. Select Subscriptions. Tap your AppleCare subscription.
  3. Tap Cancel Subscription.

On your Mac:

  1. Open and sign in on the App Store app.
  2. Click your name → go to Account Settings.
  3. Go to Subscriptions → click Manage.
  4. Look for your AppleCare plan → click Edit.
  5. Click Cancel Subscription.

Once you’ve canceled your old iPhone’s AppleCare plan, you can use the refund to purchase a plan for your new device. Here’s how to get an AppleCare plan for your iPhone, iPad, or Mac after purchase.


Can I cancel AppleCare and buy it again?

Once you cancel your AppleCare monthly or annual plan, you won’t be able to renew it again. You can’t add a plan to your device once it’s no longer eligible for the plan.

Can AppleCare be refunded?

Yes. You can get a full refund minus the services you received if you cancel your plan within 30 days after its purchase date. Beyond that, you’ll receive a refund based on the percentage of the unused coverage minus the value of any services received.

Wrapping up…

Now that you know how to transfer your AppleCare plan, you can confidently give or resell your device with the assurance that it’s covered.

While you won’t be able to transfer your plan to a new device, you can cancel it and possibly get a refund you can use to purchase coverage for your new device. Questions? Let us know below!

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  • Rachel

    Rachel, an experienced Apple technology writer since 2021 and a long-time user since 2003, began her journey with a silver iPod Classic. Currently, she owns an array of modern Apple gadgets. At iGeeksBlog, her expertise shines through in the crafting of comprehensive how-to articles, informative guides, and well-curated roundups.

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