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

BUYING a second hand iPhone is a great way to save a bit of cash but there are a few things to watch out for to avoid being ripped off.

Loads of people sell old handsets for cheap on sites like Facebook Marketplace.


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

TikToker Kagan has revealed some useful tips when you meet up with an iPhone seller well worth testing before parting with your money.

Battery health

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

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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 at a good percentage, you’re going to find yourself constantly charging the device.

But a high percentage is also a bit suspicious too.

“If you’re trying to buy an iPhone X or an 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 at 100 percent after so many years of being on the market?”

He says that anything less than 88 percent is no good because the battery will probably not last as long as you’d like.

“So anything between 90 to 96 percent is actually a fair deal on a used iPhone right now.”

Activating the iPhone

The TikToker recommends activating the iPhone you’re interested in buying at the point of sale, if it’s not activated already of course.

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

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

“Also, by putting the SIM card in it you actually get to check if it’s going to work with your local network, that way you’re not going to have any problems.”

Check call quality

While the iPhone may look and perform well on the surface, people forget about the primary function, calls.

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Kagan says to trying calling a friend for a conversation to test everything from the ear piece, mic and even on loud speaker.

“Continue to have the conversation just to make sure we can hear each other clearly, if we can’t something might be wrong with the ear piece or the mouth piece of that phone.”

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