On September 12, Apple announced the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the latest, most hi-tech of them all, the iPhone X. The smartphones left all current iPhone users wanting to change their handsets, but buying another or walking into the store to exchange the old one is quite a hassle. This is where Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program comes in handy, as the program makes it easier to ditch your suddenly-outdated iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus after the 10th-anniversary iPhone showcase.
Here is the step-by-step process of getting your iPhone upgraded:
Step 1: Start by checking your upgrade eligibility.
Once you’ve confirmed that you’re eligible, just choose the iPhone to which you would like to upgrade.
Step 2: Provide your carrier account details.
If you currently have a wireless account, you’ll need your password and any other relevant account information.
Step 3: Back up the data on your current iPhone.
Since you’ll need to return your current iPhone to Apple, remember to back up data to your computer or iCloud.
Step 4: Have your personal information and credit card on hand.
Provide your Social Security number and date of birth for a credit check. You will also need a valid U.S. credit card. If you’re signing up at an Apple Store, you’ll need primary and secondary forms of identification, and the first and last names on both must match.
Step 5: Get your new iPhone. And return your current iPhone to Apple.
Whether you’re upgrading online or with the Apple Store app, you can have your new iPhone delivered to your door for free. You will also receive a trade-in kit with the shipment, so you can send your current iPhone back to Apple. You also have the option to pick up your new iPhone in a store — often on the same day. If you chose to pick it up form a store, remember to bring your current iPhone to trade in.
Apple started the iPhone Upgrade Program in 2015, allowing customers to purchase the latest iPhone every year directly from the mothership without going through their individual carriers. For the first time, Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program allows direct delivery and a trade in kit for return of your outdated model. This eliminates the need to visit an Apple Store to upgrade your iPhone, which is convenient for iPhone customers, since anyone looking to get the latest model had to schedule an appointment at an Apple Store before the program.