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How to sell your iPhone

How to sell your iPhone

How to Sell Your iPhone

Every September a new iPhone launches and dozens, if not hundreds or thousands of people scramble to sell their late model iPhones for the newest and best versions. In fact, one of the most commonly searched phrases around this time of year is “How to Sell Your iPhone”. Because of that, we have went ahead and put together a guide that will help you estimate the value of your current device, find a local location and sell it for the highest profit.

Of course, we always recommend selling it to us over here at Quik Fix Phone Repair because not only will we buy your iPhone for cash – we will purchase it even if it’s broke!

When Should I Sell My iPhone

Now, before we get into how to sell your iPhone, let’s talk about when you should. Selling an iPhone isn’t exactly like selling stock exchanges, but there is one major resemblance; you want to sell when the prices are high. Well when is that, you might ask. Historically speaking, an iPhones greatest value is at its  peak right before the next model is released. After that, any potential customer or shop buying your iPhone is more interested in current models.

While it could change, Apple has proven to be a creature of habit. For the past four years, Apple has released its flagship iPhones and new model previews early September, and allow them for pre-order by mid or late month. This makes early to mid Q3 a great time time to sell your device.

If you have to, we even suggest buying a cheap phone to use before Apple’s announcement and flipping your current iPhone for its highest value.

What To Do Before You Sell Your iPhone

When looking to sell your iPhone, these next few things are of the most vital importance, especially when trying to maximize your value.

Unlock Your Phone

An unlocked phone of any kind is a phone that can be used on any cellular service. What does this mean for you? Well, it means that you have a broader range of people you can sell your phone to, and if you’re selling it to a store location like Quik Fix Phone Repair, it means can honor a much higher price point for it.

Most iPhones come unlocked, but some do not. Your first step in unlocking your phone should be to contact your cell phone service provider. Some carrier charge a fee to unlock your phone, but a lot do not. Even if there happens to be a charge, it could still be worth the extra money you will make to sell an unlocked phone. (More later on how to determine the value.)

Back Your Phone Up

Before you head off to sell your phone, make sure you have an up to date backup of your iPhone. This includes your contacts, passwords, account logins, pictures, music, videos and more. There are two ways to back your phone up; via a connection to a computer through a cable, or on iCloud. We recommend using iCloud for ease of use. To create your backup, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Make sure your phone is connected to Wi-Fi.
  2. Make sure your phone is above 50% battery life, or plug it into a wall.
  3. Launch your Settings application from your home screen.
  4. Tap on your Apple ID Banner, at the top of your screen.
  5. Tap on iCloud
  6. Scroll down to tap on iCloud Backup
  7. Tap on Back Up Now

Erase Your Personal Data

Once your data is safely backed up, it’s time to head back into the screen you were previously on to disable find my iPhone. With this feature enabled you will be able to remotely lock your device, and most people will not buy it from you. To turn it off head back into Settings > Apple ID Banner > iCloud > Scroll Down to Find My iPhone > Toggle to Off. After completing this step, we will erase your entire phone, and all of it’s content and information.

  1. Launch the Settings app again from the home screen
  2. Tap on General
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap on Reset
  4. Tap on Erase All Content and Settings
  5. Tap on Erase iPhone
  6. Tap on Erase iPhone again to confirm
  7. Enter your Passcode, if applicable

Clean Up Your Phone’s Housing & Case

When looking to sell your iPhone, a lot of its value will be determined by how clean and aesthetically pleasing its condition is. Your phone should not only be clean on the inside, but also on the outside and free from dust or debri.

When cleaning your device make sure to only use water or a chemical that says it’s specifically intended for the use of electronics. Take note to clean off any smudges, oil, dirt or stains from all sides. In addition, you may consider taking a tooth pick with and clearing out any dust or grime from around the seams of the device.

Make sure to also clean all accessories and your case, wiping them all down individually, as these parts will also add to the total resale value of your phone.

Estimating The Value of Your Phone

Ever heard the saying – “Something is only worth as much as someone will pay for it”? Well, this couldn’t be any more true towards your situation when you want to know how to sell your iPhone. iPhones and phones in general are only worth what the current price for each model is and a great place to get this information is from Ebay or Gazelle.

Both of these online store fronts will give you a round about price of what your device is worth. If you’re wanting more cash for your device we always recommend contacting us first however at Quik Fix Phone Repair, as we tend to give you more than online sites will.

Note: Make sure to also look for the current condition of your iPhone when price matching with Ebay or Gazelle, as well as the internal specifications. Example: if your phone is in less than mint condition with 64GB of storage, do not base what you believe your phones value is off of a 128GB phone in mint condition  iPhone.

How to Sell your iPhone to Quik Fix iPhone Repair in Tucson

Now that we have covered exactly how to sell your iPhone, let’s discuss how you can sell it too one of our shops for the best value.

Contact us today at one of our store locations. One of our technicians will walk you through the process of selling your device. If you happen to live local, just visit us at the store locations below – we would love to help you sell your iPhone and put money back in your pocket, or get a newer device.

Quik Fix Phone Repair, Store Locations


Store – 2843 N. Campbell Ave Tucson, AZ 85719
Office Phone – (520) 850-6637
Monday – Saturday – 9:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday – 10:00am – 5:00pm

South Tucson Location
Store – 702 W Irvington Rd #140, Tucson, AZ 85714
Office Phone – (520) 463-7044
Monday-Saturday – 9:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday – 10:00am – 5:00pm

East Tucson Location
Store – 245 S Wilmot Rd #155, Tucson, AZ 85711
Office Phone – (520) 448-4883
Monday-Saturday – 9:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday – 10:00am – 5:00pm

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