How to Transfer AppleCare+ to a New Owner

AppleCare on iPad
AppleCare on iPad (Image credit: iMore)

When you purchase a product from Apple directly, AppleCare+ is available on practically everything and allows you get your device fixed for a reduced price. The exact details on how AppleCare+ works and what damage it covers changes per product, but typically, AppleCare+ extends coverage to two years. The good news is AppleCare protection plans can be transferred to new owners.

When you use third-party services — like Swappa — to buy or sell your old iPhones, iPads, or other devices, it's always advantageous to include an AppleCare plan if you can. The process is a little tricky and requires a bit of work, but here's how you transfer your AppleCare+ protection plan.

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The things you'll need

Before you can initiate a transfer of an AppleCare+ plan, you'll need to assemble the follow items:

  • Your AppleCare agreement number (found on your Apple account).
  • The serial number of the device the AppleCare plan is currently covering (found in Settings of the device). Make sure you know how to find your serial number of your iPhone and iPad
  • Your original receipt for the purchase of the device and AppleCare plan.

Get ahold of Apple

Once you have all the important details together, you'll need to get a hold of Apple to request a transfer of AppleCare ownership.

The easiest way to get ahold of Apple is to call Apple Support (opens in new tab) and talk to a representative to fulfill your request.

You do have the option of mailing Apple the following documents and information.

  • The AppleCare agreement number.
  • Copies of all sales receipts.
  • The serial number of your Apple device.
  • Your telephone number, email, and mailing address.

Any questions?

Let us know if you have any more questions on how to transfer your AppleCare to a new owner by leaving a comment down below.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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3 Comments
  • Also of note, you’ll want to ask for the Agreement Administration team because regular AppleCare tech support is not capable of the transfer.
  • Actually... AppleCare follows the device. Not the person. So no need to transfer. Apple doesn’t care who owns the device or who purchased the AppleCare. The owner of the device and the AppleCare is the one who has possession of the device.
  • Can we transfer an AppleCare from a Apple Watch 3 to a new 4 (paying for the difference, of course?)