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September 14, 2022

What to Look for When You Buy a Used Apple Watch

Apple launched the Apple Watch in 2015 and is now up to a series 8. There’s no denying the usefulness of this smartwatch, with its ability to do everything from tell time to monitor your heart rate. The history of the Apple Watch has seen a lot of changes and many versions  throughout the years, so it may be a good time to consider buying a used Apple Watch over a new one. But what should you look for when you’re considering buying a used Apple Watch? Here are tips to help you as you contemplate  your purchase.

Check for Structural Damages

The most obvious thing to look for when buying any used product is its physical condition. This steadfast rule applies to used Apple Watches. When purchasing a used AppleWatch, be sure to check it for scratches, dents, and chips. You should also verify the digital crown and side button to make sure that they are in working order. Dust or dirt can get lodged under them, so you want to ensure there are no problems.

Photos of the Apple Watch will help assure you that the seller has accurately described any defects or issues. Make sure that the listing does not use stock photos or only has pictures of the phone turned off. That’s a red flag, and you should look for a different device!

Test the Speaker and Microphone

The speakers and microphone are essential to an Apple Watch. Be sure to test them to make sure they’re working.  It’s not uncommon for used Apple Watches to have water damage, which can ruin the speakers and microphones.

You can message the seller and ask for a video of them using the speakers and microphones to help ensure they work correctly.

Ensure the Watch Has Had Secure Data Erasure

When you’re looking to buy a used Apple Watch, you want to find one that has gone through secure data erasure. Listings on Swappa, eBay, Back Market, and other marketplaces indicate if the Apple Watch has gone through this process and lists details like model type, software status, battery capacity and more, using this new tool in Phonecheck's device certification suite.  

Make Sure the Activation Lock Has Been Removed

Somewhat similar to a SIM Lock [link to Lingo blog], Apple has built in tools to help their customers when their Apple products get lost or stolen. Find My is a geolocation service that helps you find your lost Apple device. It also has an Activation Lock for iPhones and Apple Watch, which keeps others from wiping the watch and trying to resell it. This is a great service unless you’re buying a used Apple Watch and the lock is still on!

To check if the Activation Lock is turned on:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap All Watches at the top of the screen. 
  3. Tap the info button next to your Apple Watch.

If you see Find My Apple Watch, then Activation Lock is on. You can have the seller show you a video to prove the lock is off. If it isn’t, you’ll want to find a different Apple Watch or make sure they follow the steps to turn it off.

Buying a Used Apple Watch

Purchasing a used Apple Watch is a great way to get a fantastic product at a reduced price. There are seven generations of used Apple Watches to choose from and if you follow the steps above, you can help ensure that you get a quality product at a great price.

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