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Over the years, Apple has become a household name that is synonymous with quality, innovation, and a brand logo that people all over the world recognize today. The business creates its own line of smartphones and computers that run on proprietary operating systems that Apple’s developers update or add to quite often.
Additionally, many people appreciate how much the various Apple products and form factors can sync seamlessly with each other. This includes phones, tablets, computers, and peripherals like earbuds and speakers as well. The entire brand is one that the company backs with some particular guarantees and limited warranties.
As robust as some Apple products may be, they are still delicate electronic devices on the inside. Because of this, the company knows that strong warranties to cover certain kinds of damage or defects are important parts of any Apple purchase for consumers. However, the precise rules that govern the warranties Apple gives out may not be entirely clear.
Our aim today is to shed some light on some of the questions Apple product users might have about the company’s warranties or claims. We’ll take you through when the warranty period typically starts, how long it lasts, whether you must do anything to be eligible for it, and if you’re allowed to transfer said warranty. Along the way, we’ll talk about any receipts you may need, and we will go over some of the details of AppleCare.
When Does the Apple Warranty Start? How Long Is It?
Typically, your warranty period for your Apple product will begin on the day that you purchase the item. It is important to be aware of this, and not every customer who buys an Apple product decides that they wish to use it right away.
However, even if it is sitting in its box unopened, the warranty clock on it is ticking down already. Because most Apple products require that you set up and activate them, particularly phones, tablets, or computers, some users may think that the warranty starts when they power on the device itself.
Although Apple can track when you decide to power up and register your product, it chooses not to use this as the start date for your warranty. Part of this has to do with what the warranty covers. It is always a good idea to check either the manual or the official product site for precise details on the coverage you get with your Apple device.
However, the company covers all of its merchandise with a limited warranty. Because of these limitations, it can be better for the consumer and the business to have the date of the warranty start when you decide to make your purchase.
Our article will mostly focus on the specific warranty period and things that relate to it, but it is important to take a moment to focus briefly on what it might cover. The limited warranty protects your device against defects that might have been present at the time of its manufacture. It should also cover damage that is not your fault as the purchaser.
These top reasons are why the warranty will start from the day you buy the product. If you decide to open the package on that day, you may discover that the item has physical damage or otherwise does not work as the manufacturer intends. In these cases, it should be easy to make the claim that your purchase falls under the stipulations of the warranty.
If you use the item for some time, it can become less clear where the line is between damage the company covers and things that happen to it that fall outside of the coverage plan.
Furthermore, the usual warranty should last for a period of one full year from the date of your purchase. Once this time is up, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot seek repairs for your item.
However, the coverage, cost for the repairs, and what the qualified technician is willing to do for you may all be things that are up for debate, depending on what you need to do.
Although the typical coverage period is a year, you have the option to extend that by another one or two years using the corporation’s AppleCare+ plan at the time of your purchase.
Making this choice can extend your warranty and give your device protection against one or two accidental damage incidents if they fall under the umbrella of the warranty’s services.
How Can I Check My Apple Warranty Date?
Your Apple warranty information can be part of the information that your Apple ID saves. This is not always true, but we will cover that exception in the next session. Mostly, consumers who use Apple products regularly will have Apple IDs.
These profiles are things that they use to save preferences, app settings, payment options, histories of their purchases, and more. As part of the data that the profile stores, you should also have access to your warranty information.
To view it, all you would need to do is go to Apple’s support page and sign into it with your credentials. Once you are there, you can find a list of the devices that you own.
As part of this list, you should see the warranty period for the product of your choice. It should show you the complete period for coverage, including when it expires. This may be helpful for any Apple product owners who wish to extend said coverage by purchasing extra AppleCare+ protections for their devices.
Do I Need To Register for an Apple Warranty?
Technically, you don’t have to go through any registration process in order for your device to get coverage thanks to an Apple warranty.
This is because the coverage is something that ties itself to the technology you are using rather than to you as an Apple customer.
The company would use the unique serial number that comes with each product in order to track and validate the warranty. This feature should extend to any extra AppleCare+ you decide to purchase for a particular device, too.
Having said that, you may wish to register for an Apple ID anyway, particularly if you are buying a product from the company for the first time. If you sign into your account on your devices, it should carry across multiple platforms, and this can be helpful if you decide to add to your collection of Apple units.
Additionally, having a valid Apple ID can help you keep track of your warranty and other information, just like we touched on in our earlier section above.
Can an Apple Warranty Be Transferred?
Yes, you may be able to transfer the coverage of your warranty to another user. Given that Apple ties the standard warranty to the device and its serial number, this should be true for that coverage.
For AppleCare+ warranty extensions and other protections, the corporation may require some action on your part before it will transfer things over. To take care of this, you can follow these basic guidelines:
- Go to the ‘My Support’ page and log in to your account.
- Once you do, you need to find the serial number of your device.
- Mark this down, then find the agreement number for your AppleCare+ plan. You also need some form of proof that the coverage is active.
- Locate the original receipt you got at the time of the initial sale.
- Get the name, address, email, and phone number of the owner to whom you’d like to make the transfer.
- Contact Apple with all of these details to complete the process.
- Not all AppleCare+ plans can go to new owners.
Is a Bill or Receipt Required To Claim an Apple Warranty?
Typically, you don’t need anything of this type to claim warranty coverage. Again, this has to do with how the warranty ties itself to the serial number of the device. However, if you are trying to get technical help or repairs with anything that the warranty does not cover, we strongly recommend that you try to bring a receipt with you.
Can I Purchase AppleCare After My Warranty Has Expired?
You should be able to still purchase an AppleCare plan after your warranty expires. However, the company limits this window. In most regions, consumers can opt to add AppleCare+ to their plans within 60 days of the expiration of their device’s warranty. Make sure you get AppleCare within this time in order to avoid a lack of coverage.
Apple’s warranty might be something to which the company adds its own limitations, but it still offers good protection against damages that you did not cause or defects in the craftsmanship of the item at the time of your purchase. Further, you can extend both the length and options of this coverage when you get AppleCare+ as part of your plan.
You don’t need to do any kind of registration process, and basic technical work that falls under the warranty should not require any kind of receipt of proof of purchase, either. However, be sure that you purchase AppleCare+ while your product is still within the warranty period.