As the all new iPhone 8 is just about to be unveiled, many of you may be asking where to sell the old iPhone. Besides, you would want to get the best value for your iPhone so that you wouldn’t have to add up a lot of additional bucks to buy a new one, wouldn’t you? Taking each of your concern into account, I’ve made sure you are able to hit the jackpot smartly!

So, how to get started with the process of selling your used iPhone? Well, you need to first ensure that your device is not locked to any carrier. Besides, it should be in good condition to let you fetch high amount. What if your device is broken and doesn’t even turn on? Don’t worry; you can even sell an unresponsive or completely broken iPhone. Without making much ado, let’s figure out which is the right trade-in companies where you can sell your iPhone and get the desired value for it!

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Where to Sell Old iPhones

Where to Sell Your Used iPhone

Selling old iPhone is not a big deal as there are a number of trade-in companies that offer reasonable value for your smartphone. Based on what you want to get, you can choose the right offer. For example, you can get cash or gift card in-exchange of your device.

One thing you need to know that the more you work, the higher amount you will receive.

Therefore, if you want to easily and quickly sell your device and don’t mind getting somewhat less money, go for trade-in companies.

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If you wish to net more cash and don’t mind putting some extra effort, sell your device directly to the buyer.

Tip: If you have accessories like earphones, Lightning cable and even the box, gather them all as it will help you get more money. Besides, make sure to perfectly clean your device with the soft cloth so that it looks in good condition.

Apple Reuse and Recycling Program

Apple’s reuse and recycling program allow you to trade-in your old iPhone. You can use the money to either buy a new device or get an Apple Store gift-card. It’s an easy way to trade in your old iPhone.

Apple’s estimated trade-in values range from $20 to $260 and depend on the model and condition of the device.

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  • iPhone 5: $45
  • iPhone 5c: $35
  • iPhone 5s: $70
  • iPhone SE: $135
  • iPhone 6: $135
  • iPhone 6 Plus: $170
  • iPhone 6s: $215
  • iPhone 6s Plus: $260
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Not available until iPhone 7s/7s Plus and iPhone 8 are announced

Amazon Trade In

Amazon’s trade in program also offers reasonable values of your iPhone. Currently, you will get up to:

  • $190.05 for iPhone 6s (rose gold) GSM Unlocked (16GB)
  • $125.05 for iPhone 6 (gold) GSM Unlocked (16GB)
  • $160.05 for iPhone 6 Plus (silver) GSM Unlocked (16GB).
  • $60 for iPhone 5s (space gray) GSM Unlocked ($16GB)
  • $130.05 for iPhone 5 SE (space gray) Unlocked ($32 GB)

Best Buy Trade In

Currently, Best Buy pays your money in gift cards. It’s great if you are a fan of its service. It’s trade-in values are based on carrier, color, capacity, and condition of your device.

  • iPhone 7 (128GB) on Sprint, jet-black up to $235
  • iPhone 7 Plus (256GB) on Sprint, silver up to $252


What I like about Gazelle is that it offers straight cash (via check or PayPal.)

If you don’t want to have cash, you can also get an Amazon gift card for your device.

What’s more, even if your device is broken and doesn’t even turn on anymore, you will still get in between $50 and $75 for it.

However, it doesn’t offer much if your device is carrier-locked.

  • iPhone 7 (256GB) perfect condition: Up to $390
  • iPhone 7 Plus (256GB), perfect condition: Up to $420


Nextworth is also a well-known trade-in company that offers cash via check or PayPal. Just like Gazelle it also pays for broken iPhones.

What makes Nextworth stand out is that it offers more money for som carriers like Verizon and Sprint.

  • iPhone 7 (128GB), gold, unlocked: $300
  • iPhone 7 (128GB), silver, Verizon: $315
  • iPhone 7 Plus (256GB), gold, unlocked: $350
  • iPhone 7 Plus (256GB), rose gold, Sprint: $345


GameStop is another place where you can get cash for trading your old iPhone. You can also get in-store credit if you plan to purchase things on GameStop. If you’re a gamer looking for new stuff (in exchange for your old iPhone, of course), this is the best place to be.

GameStop offers up to $365 for your old iPhone 7 Plus (Verizon 256 GB). You get up to $345 for your old iPhone 7 Plus (AT&T 256 GB). Even better, you also trade in your damaged or completely dead iPhone.


uSell is more of a portal that lists possible sellers who’re willing to trade-in your iPhone for – cash! Unlike Gazelle or NextWorth, Usell only lists buyers who are ready to buy your old iPhone and pay you in cash. Think of it like a marketplace of old iPhone traders.

Other Well-Known Trade-in Companies That Offer Reasonable Value

There are quite a few other trade-in companies like Swappa, eBay, Craigslist that offer competitive value for used iPhone.

What I personally like about Craigslist is that you get the option to sell your device face-to-face. Hence, the transaction is quick. But there are few things you need to keep in mind. For example, don’t put your personal or home address in an ad, price your iPhone competitively and meet the prospective buyer at a public place.

How to Sell Your Used iPhone

Once you have found the right place to sell your old iPhone, you need to ensure your device is perfectly ready for the trade-in. Generally, you get more money if your device is not locked to any carrier. Besides, you must make a backup of your device to ensure all of your data remains secure and then clean up all the personal data.

How to Unlock your iPhone

You need to ensure your device is eligible to be unlocked if it is currently locked to any carrier.

While some carriers charge for it, others require certain contract status before unlocking your iOS device. Some iPhones get unlocked easier than others; based on the carrier and the device’ circumstances, while others have a bit complex unlocking process.

Contact your carrier

Step #1. Head over to Apple Support to find out if your carrier offers to unlock.

Step #2. Then, you need to contact your carrier and request an unlock.

Step #3. Your account needs to meet certain requirements for unlocking. Hence, make sure to tick all the boxes.

Step #4. When you submit the request, it may take a few days to complete the process. After the process is completed, your carrier will confirm it.

You can also use third-party services to get your device unlocked a bit quickly; if you don’t mind paying some extra bucks for it.

How to Back Up Your iPhone

First things first, make sure to back up your iPhone to ensure all of your data is safe and secure. It will you easily restore it to your new iPhone.

Back Up your iOS Device to iCloud

Step #1. Make sure your device has more than 50% juice and connected to Wi-Fi. You need to connect your device to power if it doesn’t have much juice left.

Step #2. Open Settings → iCloud. (In iOS 11 or later, you need to tap on your profile → iCloud.)

Step #3. Tap on Backup → tap on Back Up Now.

Back Up your iOS Device Using iTunes

Step #1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac or Windows PC and fire up iTunes.

Step #2. Next, you have to click on the iPhone icon in the menu bar.

Step #3. Now, click on Back Up Now.

Note: To provide additional security to your account, click on Encrypt Backup and add a password.

Step #4. Back up Apps, if asked.

How to Erase your personal data on iPhone/iPad

After you have successfully backed up your device, make sure to wipe out all of your personal data.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device.

Step #2. Tap on General → scroll down and tap on Reset → Tap on Erase All Content and Settings.

Step #3. Tap on Erase iPhone.

Step #4. Tap on Erase iPhone again to confirm. You may have to enter your Passcode.

Step #5. Finally, you will have to enter your Apple ID password to disable Activation Lock and remove the device from Find My iPhone.

Hurry Up!

If you are all set to put your hands-on the brand new iPhone 8, hurry up a bit! I hope you get the best value for your used iPhone. So, which trade-in company have you selected to sell out your device?

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