iPhone WARNING – 3 costly mistakes people make when buying a used device

Buying a used iPhone is a great way to save some money, but there are a few things to keep in mind to avoid getting ripped off.

Many people sell old cell phones cheaply on sites like Facebook Marketplace.

Buying from third-party marketplace sites comes with some risks...


Buying from third-party marketplace sites comes with some risks…Credit: Alamy

But since the sellers you’re dealing with aren’t trusted retailers, such bargains come with risks.

TikToker Kagan has revealed some useful tips when meeting up with an iPhone seller that are worth checking out before parting with your money.

battery condition

One thing you want to check is the iPhone battery health.

Apple has an option to see how well the battery is doing, which you can find by following these steps.

This is important because if it’s not a good percentage, you’ll find yourself charging the device all the time.

But a high percentage is also somewhat suspicious.

“If you’re trying to buy an iPhone X or iPhone 11 and you see 100 percent battery health, that’s a massive red flag,” Kagan explains.

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“I mean, think about it? How is the phone 100 percent after so many years on the market?”

He says less than 88 percent isn’t good because the battery probably won’t last as long as you’d like.

“So anything between 90 and 96 percent is currently a fair deal for a used iPhone.”

Activation of the iPhone

The TikToker recommends activating the iPhone you want to buy at the point of sale, if of course it is not already activated.

“That does two things for you,” he explains.

“You can actually check if the phone is iCloud locked, so you can just end the deal if it is.

“In addition, by inserting the SIM card, you can verify that it works with your local network. That way you won’t have any problems.”

Check call quality

While the iPhone looks and works well on the surface, people forget about its main function, calls.

Kagan says to try calling a friend for a chat to test everything from the earpiece to the microphone to the speaker.

“Continue talking just to make sure we can understand each other clearly, if we can’t there may be something wrong with the earpiece or mouthpiece on this phone.”

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