How to Know if Your iPhone Is Under Warranty

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Apple makes it easy to check whether your iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, Mac, or iPad is still under warranty thanks to a warranty-checking tool on its website. All you need is your device's serial number. Here's what you need to do.

Use the Online Tool To Check Your iPhone Warranty

To find out if your device is still under warranty, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Apple's warranty checker tool in your web browser.

    Apple Warranty checker site
  2. Enter the serial number of the device whose warranty you want to check. On an iOS device like the iPhone or iPad, there are two ways to find it:

    • Tap Settings, then General, then About and find the Serial Number section.
    General, About, Serial Number on three iOS screens
    Serial number field in iTunes with iPhone connected
  3. On Apple's website, enter the serial number into the warranty checker (and the CAPTCHA) and click Continue.

  4. Apple's warranty status tool gives you five pieces of information:

    • What type of device you checked.
    • Whether the purchase date is valid, which is required for getting in-warranty support.
    • Your telephone tech-support status. Free telephone support is available for a limited time after you buy the device. When that time expires, you're charged for each telephone support call.
    • Whether the device is still under warranty for repairs and service. You'll also see the estimated expiration date of your coverage.
    • Whether the device is eligible to have its warranty extended through AppleCare or the status of an active AppleCare policy, if you have one.
    Service and Support Coverage summary page on Apple site
  5. With these steps complete, you now know whether your iPhone, iPad, or other device is still under warranty or not.

If the device isn't registered, coverage is expired, or AppleCare can be added, click the link next to the item you want to take action on.

What to Do After Checking Your Warranty

If your device is still covered under warranty, you can: 

  • Contact Apple support by phone, email, or chat, if you need tech support.
  • Schedule an appointment to take your device to the Genius Bar at your nearest Apple Store and get support in person.
  • Add AppleCare. If your device is no longer under warranty but is still eligible for AppleCare, it's usually a smart decision to buy AppleCare before contacting Apple for support. If you think you're going to need a repair, AppleCare can make the cost a lot more manageable.

The Standard iPhone Warranty

The standard warranty that comes with every iPhone includes a period of free phone tech support and limited coverage for hardware damage or failure. To learn all about what the iPhone warranty covers, check out Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone Warranty and AppleCare.

Extending Your Warranty: AppleCare vs. Insurance

If you've ever had to pay for just one expensive phone repair, you may want to extend your warranty on your phone. You have two choices: AppleCare and phone insurance.

AppleCare is the extended warranty program offered by Apple. It takes the iPhone's standard warranty and extends phone support and hardware coverage for a full two years. Phone insurance is like any other insurance — you pay a monthly premium, and have deductibles and restrictions.

If you're in the market for this kind of coverage, we think AppleCare is the only way to go. Insurance is expensive and often provides very limited coverage. For more on this, read Six Reasons You Should Never Buy iPhone Insurance.