15 Best Places to Sell Your iPhone

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If you want to sell your iPhone, you have a lot of good options.

You can sell it to resellers online, such as Gazelle, BuyBack Boss, and Decluttr. Or, if you want more money, you can sell it directly to the buyer with services like Swappa and eBay.

If you want the most possible for your phone, selling yourself through websites like Craigslist is the way to go.

You also have the option to trade in your phone at places like Amazing, Best Buy, and Apple.

Where to Sell your iPhone

Here are some options for selling your used iPhone and details on how each site works. Some websites will even buy broken iPhones.

Check out the sites below and see which one you might want to use.

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1. SellCell

SellCell is the US’s #1 price comparison site for selling old phones and electronics. It compares the price for your old iPhone across roughly 20 leading buyback companies.

This means you are guaranteed to find the highest price for your old iPhone!

The first thing you need to do is look for your device. Once you’ve done that, find the best deal. Then ship your cell phone to your chosen buyback company for free.

You’ll get paid by the buyer based on their payment terms and payment methods. If you have more than one phone, you can even sell in bulk.

You can choose from three payment options: PayPal, check or Amazon e-gift card.

2. BuyBack Boss

BuyBack Boss’s goal is to make selling your iPhone a delightful experience. How’s that for a change? They even take iPods, iPads, iWatch, Samsung, and Google Pixel. Here’s how it works.

You start by clicking on the “Get a Quote Now” orange button on the home page. After that, you can choose your device.

You’ll have to give them basic phone information, such as your provider, storage amount, and phone condition. After you enter your information and receive a quote, you can accept the quote.

Then, you’ll get instructions to ship your iPhone – for free – to BuyBack Boss. Once BuyBack Boss receives your phone, they’ll assess it to ensure it matches your description.

Then they’ll send you your cash via mailed check or a deposit to your PayPal account.

3. Swappa

Swappa is a site that lets you sell your used iPhone directly to other users. One interesting thing about Swappa is that sellers don’t pay any fees. Instead, buyers will occasionally pay a small fee to buy items from users on the site.

Another interesting thing about selling on Swappa is that when you sell something on the site, you’ll get paid immediately — even before you ship the item.

Note that you’ll be paid via PayPal and expected to ship the item within two business days.

Swappa recommends adding the shipping costs to the list price for the item in order to maximize profit.

4. OCBuyBack

OCBuyBack is a California-based company that purchases phones, tablets, smartwatches, and more.

To sell your item, select your device to receive an offer. If you agree to the offer, you can choose to print a prepaid shipping label or have a shipping kit sent to you.

Once the company inspects the item, you’ll be paid within two business days. You can choose to get paid via PayPal or check.

5. BuyBackWorld

BuyBackWorld has been buying and selling used iPhones and other electronics since 2010. The site is easy to use. You start by clicking the “Sell Smarter” button on the homepage.

Then, you choose the type of iPhone you have, answer some other questions and get your instant quote. If you like the quote they give you, print out the free shipping label, box up your phone and mail it in.

They pay you either via a mailed check or via PayPal–whatever you choose. Buy quotes are good for 30 days.

6. Decluttr

Decluttr makes selling phones (and everything else) super easy. They even have a solid Trustpilot score of 4.3/5.

When you are on the Decluttr website, you simply find your phone by clicking on the “Sell My Cell Phone” tab at the top.

Choose your iPhone type from there, and the site will bring you to a separate page. After you land on the page that shows your type of iPhone, you’ll choose your carrier and the condition of your phone.

After you accept the Decluttr offer, you’ll get a free shipping label via email. Simply pack the phone in a box in a secure manner, attach the free shipping label, and ship the phone using the instructions included in your email.

As soon as Decluttr receives your phone, they’ll assess it for quality. If it’s in the condition you stated, they’ll send you your money the next day via PayPal, direct deposit or check.

Read our Decluttr review.

7. Gazelle

Gazelle works similarly to Decluttr. First, you head to the site and click on the “sell” tab. From there you click the “iPhone” button and choose your phone type.

Gazelle will give you an immediate quote based on the quality of your phone. You’ll have to answer some questions about the phone’s condition before you get your offer price.

After you accept the offer, you can ship the phone with the free shipping label Gazelle will send you. When the phone is received and inspected, Gazelle will send your payment.

8. Craigslist

Selling your iPhone on Craigslist is another option. One good thing about selling your phone on Craigslist is that you won’t pay listing or selling fees. It’s completely free to sell your stuff on Craigslist and similar sites.

However, there are some downsides to selling your phone on Craigslist. For instance, you may need to meet your buyer in person instead of shipping the phone. Depending on your schedule, this may be an inconvenience.

Also, you’ll have to decide what types of payments you’ll accept. Cash or a cashier’s check are always good options when selling on Craigslist.

Taking safety precautions is especially important when selling on sites like Craigslist. Be sure to meet in a public place and let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back.

9. GadgetGone

GadgetGone is a growing company gaining popularity for its easy and fast process. They honor your time by efficiently helping you sell your iPhone and getting cash into your hands in as little as two days.

More importantly, GadgetGone has strong competitive prices.

To start, fill out their simple form, and if you agree to their instant quote, ship the phone to GadgetGobe. Once the iPhone is received, GadgetGone will pay you via a mailed check, eCheck or PayPal payment.

10. Amazon

You can also sell your old iPhone through Amazon’s trade-in program.

When you do that, you use the trade-in page on Amazon to discover the price they’ll pay you for your phone. Note that you won’t get cash, but you’ll get an Amazon e-gift card instead for the value of your phone as determined by Amazon.

Related: 16 Best Places to Sell Your iPad for the Most Money Online

11. eBay

eBay is another option for selling your iPhone. You may not find selling on eBay as easy or as simple as selling to Decluttr. However, you could potentially get more money for your phone if you sell it on eBay.

When you sell your iPhone on eBay, you’ll need to determine an asking price. I recommend viewing other iPhones that are for sale, or have recently sold, to help you determine your asking price.

Also, you’ll have to decide what you’ll charge for shipping and whether or not you’ll insure your package. Again, using past and current listings to research details regarding the sale of your phone will help you determine what you should charge.

Note that selling on eBay comes with other unknowns, too. However, you’ll want to consider selling to a highly-rated buyer. Plus, you’ll need to determine whether or not you’ll take lower offers than what your asking price is.

Note that you will likely pay listing and selling fees for selling your iPhone on eBay.

There are a lot more details for you as a seller to take care of when you sell on a site like eBay. But again, you could walk away with more money in some instances.

12. Apple

If you’d like, you can also trade your iPhone directly to Apple and get an Apple store e-gift card. When you visit the Apple website, it will ask you a series of questions to help determine a potential trade-in credit amount.

Keep in mind this amount may differ from what you get as a credit when you bring it directly to an Apple store. This variance is because an employee has to evaluate the phone before you’re given a final trade-in value.

13. uSell

uSell will help you sell your phone by advertising it to a network of trusted buyers. After you enter your phone’s information, uSell will show you the top offers.

When you accept an offer, uSell will send you a free, prepaid shipping kit. After they receive your phone, the folks at uSell will assess its condition.

You’ll get a check in the mail or a PayPal deposit, whichever you choose. uSell buys damaged phones as well as functioning phones.

14. Pawn Stores

You could also try selling your iPhone at a pawn store for quick money. They’ll usually pay you on the spot when you sell phones and other items. However, it’s important to note you may not get the most money for your phone when selling to a pawn store.

15. Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace is a common place to sell your unused items, including an iPhone. Most neighborhoods set up their own marketplace where you can sell your things.

If you want a broader reach, you can join many community marketplace groups in your town. If you don’t have one, consider starting one.

How to Get the Most Money for your iPhone

Now that you know some of the best ways to sell your used iPhone, read on for tips that could help you get the most money for your phone.

Keep it in Great Condition

The first step to getting paid the most for your phone is keeping it in good condition. The better the shape of the phone, the more money you’ll probably receive for it.

This can be especially true when you sell to a private party through sites like eBay or Craigslist. Take great care of your phone while you have it to get more money when you sell it.

Do Your Research

Another tip for getting more money for your iPhone is to do your research. Check out several of the sites listed here and see which ones are paying the most for used iPhones.

Then, weigh the payouts with the amount of work it will take to sell your iPhone. Use your research to determine how you can get the most money for your phone using the selling route that’s most acceptable to you.

For instance, you may decide to sell through a site like Decluttr and get a little bit less for your phone than selling through eBay. The convenience factor may be worth more to you than some extra cash.

Sell it Right Away

Generally speaking, you’ll likely get more money for your iPhone if it’s a newer model. Therefore, don’t leave your old phone in a drawer for months.

Instead, sell it as quickly as possible to help maximize your profit.


Selling your iPhone is easy, and there are lots of companies willing to buy it from you.

Don’t let your used iPhone sit in a drawer. Go get some cash for it!

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  1. Brittany Baker says:

    I bought a brand new iPhone 7plus from Boost Mobile several nights ago and am not pleased with the phone. They are being very unreasonable and not wanting to return it. I really need to make my money back and pray this is all over soon. The phone has been activated but not used. It is locked to Boost Mobile. Where should I sell it to get the most money for it? I’m not looking to trade it in. This has been a nightmare.

    1. I’m so sorry that it has been so hard for you Brittany! Hopefully one of these ideas from this article helped you.

  2. Thank you for this impressive sharing. Totally agree that It’s definitely worth it to do the research and see in which way you can get the most money out of it. Before reading this, funny that I thought Apple official was the only way I could trade my old iphones fo new ones. However, I have to save money, so I don’t upgrade my iphone easily. Usually I upgrade it with different new covers to give new looks. Cheap but quality phone cases, like those I came accross whne I Google hot phone cases. Hope my tip helps some of you. LoL.

  3. Australian’s can try out cashAphone to sell their mobile phones

  4. Derek McDoogle says:

    I totally agree with you when you said that if you’re considering upgrading to a new iPhone, you could help offset the cost by selling your current one. My wife and I would like to upgrade our actual phones for new ones but we have to save some money. Thanks for helping me realize that by selling these phones we can get money to afford the new ones.

  5. What I’m not clear about is whether there is a big difference on getting a trade in credit at the Apple store or selling it separately.

    1. Definitely depends on the phone you have and the shape it’s in! You might be able to sell a damaged phone online, but Apple won’t take so it’ll be a better deal online. If the phone is in good shape Apple may offer more for it. It’s definitely worth it to do the research when you sell your phone to see where you can get the most money!

  6. Simone Parent says:

    What is unlocked?

    1. Unlocked is basically when a phone is not tied to a specific carrier such as T-Mobile or Verizon, etc.

  7. Gazelle is definitely not the best place to sell a used iPhone. They don’t give you enough for your used iPhone model compared to others, such as eBay, Craigslist, and Swappa. These three are also great when you are OK with creating an ad and waiting to get paid for your iPhone. I am not sure why Cell Cashier is not on that list, but they also give you the most money for your used iPhone compared to sites like Gazelle.

    1. While Cell Cashier might be a great place to sell your iPhone, we can’t list every company in existence because the post would be too long. But, we value your comments and opinions, so thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂

  8. Manoranjan mukherjee says:

    I want to buy an apple mobile phone within a range of 5000 RS with 2 GB of ram. Can I get one or not?

    1. You would need to check with some of the sites listed in this post to find out. Good luck!

  9. I want to know how much it is for a brand new iPhone x Max?

    1. It might depend on where you go to buy it. I would shop around and check out several sources before committing to purchase one. 🙂

  10. Trisha Knoll says:

    I have sold several iPhones to Cellbeach. I did a lot of research, and Cellbeach always pays the most. They have always paid me what was quoted and paid fast. I highly recommend them.

    1. I’m glad you were able to sell your old phones and get good money for them! 🙂

  11. Rick Harris says:

    I had good luck selling to cell4pets.com. They paid more than other sites and donate to help save pets. I also sold a phone through Swappa with no hassles.

    1. That’s great! I’m glad you were able to sell your phone and help pets at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Rebecca Sanchez says:

    This was very helpful. I am trying to do as much research as I can and this was the best article so far. Thank you.

    1. Your welcome. I hope you are able to sell your phone for as much as possible using this information and I’m glad we could help.