Tips Before Buying A Used iPhone Or iPad

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I think we can all agree that the one of the most amazing devices which has been developed over this past decade is undoubtedly the smartphone. iPhone and iPad have been with us now just over 10 years if you can believe it! It seems every year the device costs keeps going up and up. When the first iPhone was released it was $500 and now for the brand new iPhone XS Max you are looking at $1100 and this the smallest storage size before taxes!

Other than a few unneeded upgrades there really is not a reason to have the latest and greatest device. As of today you can get a used iPhone 7 that will run completely fine for around $300. If you too are one of those people who is planning to crack a good deal on used iPhone, make sure you don’t forget to consider these tips.

Make A Decision

First of all, you should start your search by finding the model which is best for your use. When talking to customers about the best bang for their buck I tell them to look into devices that are around two years or older. Why? Most new iPhones lose 25% of their value in the first year and around 15% the second year. Getting a used iPhone or iPad in my opinion is the be way.

Where to look?

Once you have decided on the model your next step should be finding out where to get the device. We mainly focus on repairs here at BrandNewAgain but will also sell iPhones and iPad from time to time. You can check with us by phone or text here: 612-444-6000. You can also try out Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. In my honest opinion I would go with Facebook, overall it is safer.

Check for Authorization

When purchasing a phone you should always check the IMEI of the device. The IMEI of a phone is kinda like a SSN for us. Carriers can blacklist the device. Basically this means they can shut the phone down on their network because its stolen, reported lost or the customer stopped payment on the device. There is a nice website out there that will actually check this number for free. The link is here:

Assuming you are purchasing an iPhone or iPad the last major thing to look out for is the sellers iCloud account. You will have a lot of issues if you do not remove it but it is fairly simple to remove. Simply have them go to their: Settings > [Their Name] > iCloud, then turn off Find my iPhone. If you don’t see anything in their iCloud settings that means they have already removed it and you are good to go!

If the information above seems like a bit much I also tell my customers they can always bring the device to their carrier and have them check on the IMEI and iCloud as well.

Device Check

Last but not least, you should go for a complete check of the device before giving your money to the seller. If it is from the recent range of models available in the market, you must check your iPhone or iPad for Face ID, fingerprint sensor, camera, settings, buttons, speakers, microphone and all other day to day tasks which you would perform with it. Also, you should check the device for network connectivity like data, wifi, etc to ensure that it is a perfect functioning condition.

Not looking to upgrade right now but need a repair done? Get in touch with us for most affordable repair services.

What To Do When Your iPhone Falls In Water

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Dropping your phone in water can be your worst nightmare. However, if you take the right steps you can increase your chances of saving it. Nowadays, most newer iPhones are said to be water-resistant but sadly are not fully waterproof. When water is left untreated in the device it can be difficult to revive your iPhone or iPad.

1 Get the Phone Out of Water Quickly

This is an obvious one but the faster you get your device out of the water the better chance you will have saving the device. As these few seconds can make a huge difference.

2 Turn off the Phone

Most people will continue to use the phone once they pull their phone out of the water. This is the #1 reason people bring devices into our shop and we are unable to fix them. As soon as a device comes into contact with a liquid you need to power the device down. When leaving the device on with any type of liquid inside it will cause the motherboard, battery, screen, etc. to short out. When this happens it becomes very costly and very difficult to fix the issue.

**The single most important thing to do with water damage is power the device off and call Brand New Again***

3 Give us a call

After powering your device down simply give us a call or text at: 612-444-6000 or email us. Water damage treatment takes about 4-5 hours to complete. What we do is take your whole device apart and run the components through an ultrasonic cleaner. This creates high-frequency waves that will actually clean in between tiny components to ensure corrosion will not form. Once that is finished we clean all electronic parts with 99% isopropyl alcohol.

I have had MANY customers come in hoping to retrieve unsaved wedding, baby, and deceased family member photos only to find out the iPhone or iPad had been so corroded that it was impossible to get their device working again.

Whether this happened to your iPad, Samsung or iPhone we can help. These simple steps can increase your chance of getting your photos, text, videos, contacts, etc. You can also set up an appointment online in minutes.


A common myth is a rice will fix water damage. Please do not listen to this. I would say 60 percent of customers that bring in water damaged devices into our store say “well we tried to put it in rice but that didn’t work” or “the rice worked for a few weeks but now it’s not working”.  The reason the rice does not work is because it only does one thing, removes water. Now I am sure you are thinking, well isn’t that what I want it to do? No, once the water dries there are still tiny particles in the water and that is what causes all of the problems. Corrosion can affect the whole device in less than a day or two. It is not a matter of if my iPhone or iPad gets corrosion but when.