Let’s face it. iPhones aren’t cheap, so investing in an AppleCare plan to avoid wasting money on costly repairs is a smart move. But if you’re planning on upgrading your old iPhone and selling or giving it away soon, you might be wondering if you can transfer your AppleCare plan to its new owner so they can enjoy the same peace of mind.
The short answer is yes, but it depends on some conditions. Read on to learn more about how to migrate your AppleCare plan and what it takes.
How to transfer an AppleCare plan to a new owner
Transferring an AppleCare plan to a new owner requires a quick call to Apple Support. But before that, here are some details you need to know before you jump on the phone:
- Get your AppleCare agreement number, serial number for your device, and proof of AppleCare coverage by going to www.applecare.com support me.
- Sign in with your Apple ID → select your device → click View Verify Coverage.
- Find the original sales receipt for the device. If you bought yours online, you should find it in your email.
- Get the details of the new owner (name, address, email address, phone number).
- Once you have all of this information, you can contact Apple Support. An AppleCare specialist will guide you through the transfer process.
NB. If you have a monthly subscription to an AppleCare plan, you won’t be able to transfer the plan to a new owner because the plan is associated with your Apple ID. In addition, users in certain regions or countries may not be able to transfer their AppleCare plan to another owner.
Can you transfer your AppleCare plan to another device?
If you have a device upgrade, you may be wondering if you can simply transfer your AppleCare plan from your old device to your new device. Unfortunately, this is not possible because the AppleCare plan is tied to the device.
This is only possible if Apple provides you with a replacement device rather than repairing it. They will then automatically transfer your plan to the new device.
The solution is to cancel, get a refund, and get new coverage
If you have an upgrade and want to cover your new device, you can cancel your current AppleCare plan and get your new device covered with a refund instead.
You can get a full refund if you cancel your AppleCare subscription within 30 days of purchase. Please note that Apple will deduct the cost of any service you have already provided.
You can still get a refund even if you cancel your subscription after 30 days from the date you purchased the plan. The refund amount will be based on the coverage percentage of the unexpired plan minus the cost of any service they have already provided for your device.
Canceling an AppleCare plan depends on your payment method. If you paid in full, contact Apple Support with your plan agreement number, device serial number, and original sales receipt.
Cancel your annual or monthly AppleCare subscription
If you have an annual or monthly subscription and want to cancel it, here’s what you need to do:
On your iPhone:
- Go to Settings → tap on your name.
- Select Subscriptions. Click on your AppleCare subscription.
- Click “Unsubscribe”.
On your Mac:
- Open the App Store app and sign in to it.
- Click on your name → go to Account Settings.
- Go to Subscriptions → click Manage.
- Find your AppleCare plan → click Change.
- Click Unsubscribe.
After you cancel your AppleCare plan for your old iPhone, you can use your refund to purchase a plan for your new device. Here’s how to get an AppleCare plan for your iPhone, iPad, or Mac after purchase.
Frequently Asked Questions Can I cancel AppleCare and buy it again?
Once you cancel your monthly or annual AppleCare plan, you won’t be able to renew it. You cannot add a plan to your device if it is no longer eligible for that plan.
Can I return AppleCare?
Yes. You can get a full refund less the services you received if you cancel your plan within 30 days of purchasing it. In addition, you will be compensated based on the percentage of coverage not used less the cost of any services received.
Now that you know how to carry over your AppleCare plan, you can confidently give away or resell your device and make sure you’re covered.
While you won’t be able to transfer your plan to a new device, you can cancel and possibly get a refund that you can use to purchase coverage for your new device. Questions? Let us know below!
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