Since new iPhones come out every year, keeping up-to-date with the latest features and technology can be a real pain. It’s not only expensive, but you might end up with a whole collection of iPhones that need to be sold off to recuperate some of your costs. Unless you plan to hand them down to your children or gift to a friend, your best option is to use it to make the cost of upgrading your iPhone cheaper.

So in this article, we’re going to look at a couple of different ways to sell or get money for your old iPhone to make the cost of upgrading a lot cheaper. It’s also going to help you recycle your tech so that you don’t end up with a collection of old and outdated iPhones that are doing nothing!

Sell your old iPhone on a marketplace like eBay

One of the most common places to sell your iPhone is in a marketplace like eBay. If you’re already used to selling on online marketplaces, then you can get a pretty good deal on your iPhone if you set it to bid with a reserve. Just make sure you take some flattering pictures and describe the phone accurately to increase your chances of selling. You can usually get more if you have the original box, manual and accessories to go with it.

Sell your old iPhone on a local marketplace like Gumtree or Craigslist

If you’re fine meeting with someone in-person then selling on sites like Gumtree and Craigslist is a great option. You can usually get an excellent price for your iPhone this way but the buyer is likely going to try and haggle it down a little bit. If you’re prepared then it can also be one of the faster ways to find a buyer. If you do agree to meet in person, make sure you follow some quick safety tips to avoid being scammed or even robbed when you meet in person.

Sell your old iPhone to a friend or family member

Alternatively, you could sell your iPhone to a friend or family member. This is great if you’re not bothered about the price and just want to quickly get rid of it and ensure it’s going to someone who can make good use of it. It’s also really convenient if the friend or family member you’re selling it to is trustworthy.

Trade in your old iPhone to Apple

Arguably the most convenient way to sell your iPhone is to trade it into Apple when buying a new one. Apple offers trade-in programs to make the cost of a new device much more affordable. All you need to do is bring in your device to the store or send it via postage. Just keep in mind that you usually don’t get too much for your device, but it certainly is much more convenient than other options.

Trade in or sell your old iPhone to an electronics store

If you have a local electronics store such as a CeX and want to make a quick sale then it’s usually the best option. You might get a choice between cash or in-store credit. The credit is usually worth more but is a little useless if you don’t plan to buy anything in the store. Be warned that these stores will usually offer a very low price for your device!

Sell your old iPhone to a specialised online service

One of the best balances between price and convenience when selling your iPhone is to look at online services. Selling your old iPhone online is convenient because you can simply enter your phone and compare the prices of different companies that are looking to buy your iPhone model. They’ll give you a quote and some guidelines on what the condition of your phone must be before they’ll pay you. This is a great way to get a rough idea of how much your iPhone is worth before you decide to sell it or trade it.


There are plenty of different ways to exchange your old iPhone for money that can go towards your new one. Whatever choice you pick, there are pros and cons to each one and we highly suggest that you do a bit of research beforehand! While selling it to a specialised online service is usually the best choice (assuming the prices are right for you), the other choices might offer more convenience or even more money for your iPhone if you shop around.

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