Want To Check Your IPhone’s Warranty? Here’s How To Do It.
If one smartphone has been able to capture the fancy of people across the globe, then it ought to be Apple’s iPhone. For its superior quality, high-status value, elite looks, etc… the phone has had no less than a cult following, which seems to be ballooning with each new model the company launches. Outside the Apple Stores, it’s not unusual to find hundreds of people swimming in the crowd, fervently praying to be able to purchase the latest model before the stocks run out.
Along with the one-year guarantee on the Apple devices, there is an additional option of buying the plans offered by Apple Care, which is Apple’s technical support division. Apple Care is often considered synonymous to the plan offering an extended warranty, which is erroneous. While it is true that this additional warranty, above the one-year guarantee, is provided by Apple Care, the plans themselves are called either Apple Care Protection or Apple Care +, depending on which Apple device you are referring to. Though all serialized products come with a limited one-year warranty and 90 days of telephone technical support, the AppleCare Protection Plan extends the length of that coverage and expands what is covered.
Apple Care +, which is what the support plan for the iPhone is called, needs to be purchased within 60 days of the purchase of the device. This further protects your iPhone for two years from the original date you buy your device and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a fee plus applicable tax.
With the advent and spurt in online purchases, it becomes imperative to take precautions. Increasingly people have been purchasing iPhones from online retailers. They need to make sure the retailer has a return policy in place and the iPhone listing has the correct model and a manufacturer warranty. If there are any problems in the future, then you can visit the Apple stores and get it taken care of.
Hence, it is essential for you to keep track of the warranty on your iPhone, and it is pretty simple, really. You don’t have to apply some vigorous mathematical formulas or follow a lengthy procedure; just in a few steps, you get to know of this said warranty. Here’s how to go about it.
The first step involves getting to know the serial number of your device. This is how you find it:
- Open the Settings app
- Tap General
- Tap About
- Scroll down until you spot the Serial Number section. Take note of the text right to it.
You would be unable to launch the Settings app, if the device is inoperable, in which case you can use the IMEI number as an alternative. The same can be found on the back of the device below the iPhone text
The second step is even easier than the first step. Now that you have your serial number/IMEI number handy, you just need to check for the warranty. For that, you need to consult the Apple website via checkcoverage.apple.com. Here you can enter your serial number next to the column “enter your hardware serial number,” and voila, you’ve unlocked the warranty status. Not only will the warranty status of your phone be displayed, but also your eligibility for extended coverage shown, on the basis of which you can purchase Apple Care +.
Also, on entering the number, you’d find yourself greeted by three headers:
- Valid Purchase Date
- Telephone Technical Support
- Repairs and Service Coverage
For a new iPhone, there should be a green tick mark across all three headers. If you’re unable to spot the positive green marks, then there are two possibilities why. Either your warranty has expired, or it wasn’t valid in the first place. In both these situations, you must return your iPhone as this is an indication that you either bought a stolen phone, or the phone wasn’t genuine. But if your iPhone is not new, then you must at least get the green check mark across the Repairs and Service Coverage header.
As mentioned earlier, knowing your iPhone warranty period and your eligibility for extended warranty in form of Apple Care + is vital because whenever your phone breaks down under the warranty period, you can obviously then get it repaired or exchanged for a new set, free of cost. That’s why it makes no sense to pay even a slight amount on getting the repairs done when they can be done for free of cost. As a consumer, it is your right. To become an aware consumer, knowing all the details about your warranty period is vital.