When I buy a new Apple product, I have to set a recurring reminder or calendar event to notify me when the standard warranty will finish. Because of this, I am able to finally get AppleCare.
Having forgotten to do so the year before, I had to hunt around online for Apple’s warranty information page before learning that my own warranty would expire in a few months.
Since Apple doesn’t provide comprehensive instructions, this Quick Tip will help you quickly determine whether or not your Apple product is still covered under warranty.
Find the Serial Number
You’ll need the Apple product’s serial number in order to check its warranty status.
Finding the Serial Number of An iOS Device
Achieve the preferences menu by launching the Settings program.
- Scrub the General
- Select the “About” option.
- The Serial Number data is located below. Make a note of the information on the right.
In the event that the iOS device is broken and you are unable to access the Settings menu, the IMEI number might be used instead. If you look at the back of your iPhone, iPod, or iPad, you’ll see the IMEI printed in a little box just below the words “Apple Mfg.
Finding the Serial Number of A Mac
- A drop-down option labeled “Apple” should appear in the top left corner of the screen.
- If you press and hold the Option key, you’ll get a menu that says “System Information.”
Locate the Serial Number (system) field in the Hardware Overview screen and either copy the number or jot it down.
In the event that you are unable to access your Mac’s software, the serial number is engraved on the bottom of your MacBook, or the base of your iMac or Thunderbolt display, respectively.
To learn more, check out the Apple support article entitled “Where Can I Find the Serial Number for My Apple Product?”
Look Up the Warranty Status
After locating the serial number, you can verify the warranty status with Apple by doing the following:
- Launch a web browser and go to Apple’s warranty check page.
- Simply enter the serial number (or copy & paste it there) and press the Continue button.
- Take a look at the Coverage for Repairs and Services and Telephone Technical Support fields to see how the warranty is holding up at the moment. In the case that they have not yet expired, a projected termination date will be included. If you are still within the initial, standard warranty period, you can choose to extend it.
One Step Further: Associating Devices with An Account
Associating the gadget with your account can simplify future steps like this. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to associate your device’s serial number with your Apple ID instead of having to manually enter it every time you create a new support ticket.
- Navigate to the My Support Profile section of Apple’s website.
- The use of an Apple ID is required.
- Start by clicking the “+ Register & Add Products” button.
- Similar to checking the warranty status, enter the serial number and press the Continue button.
- Once you log in, you’ll have access to details about the device’s warranty.
Apple Care and All That
In this guide, I’ll teach you how to manage your Apple devices at home and check the warranty status of an individual device. In the future, when the time is appropriate, you can buy AppleCare through the Support Profile page after you have an estimate of when the warranty on your Apple device will expire.