How Apple’s Mail-In iPhone Trade In Program Works
You’ve got your eye on shiny new iPhone 8, or you’re contemplating picking up an iPhone X at the end of October (if you can get your hands on one). But you also have an iPhone 7 that’s currently enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program. How do you get your new iPhone and trade in your old one without having to mess with the crowds at your local Apple Store?
Apple’s new mail-in iPhone trade in program is exactly what you need. It’s the most uncomplicated way to get your new iPhone without any of the hassle.
Getting Your New iPhone
The best part comes first, when your new iPhone arrives in the mail. Before you start, create an iCloud Backup of your current iPhone. Once that’s complete, walk through the setup process on your new device and restore the backup there. What’s nice is that there’s no switching of SIM cards involved. Verify your number and it’s transferred to the new card, with the old one deactivated over air.
You’ve Got Mail
Surprisingly, the Trade In Kit wasn’t sent with the new iPhone, I had to wait about a week for that. And when it did arrive, it was in a slim box, not much larger than the iPhone itself. That’s right, you can finally ditch the original iPhone 7 packaging you’ve been holding on to for the past 12 months. Apple doesn’t want it back.
Once you break the seal (don’t worry, Apple thoughtfully includes packing tape to reseal the box), the instructions are on top to guide you through the relatively painless process of preparing your old iPhone for shipment.