Yes, You Can Transfer AppleCare to a New Owner, Here’s How

Learn how to transfer your AppleCare plan to the new owner if you sell or give away your Apple device

By Dave Johnson - Senior Staff Writer
3 Min Read
  • To transfer your AppleCare plan to a new owner, sign in to My Support to get the AppleCare agreement number, the serial number of your device, and the proof of coverage for the AppleCare plan.
  • Find the original sales receipt for your device.
  • Get the new owner’s name, address, email address, and phone number.
  • Contact Apple Support.

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 depends on the device you own, but typically, AppleCare+ extends coverage to two years. You may wonder if AppleCare+ can be transferred to another device. For example, you might ask if an AppleCare+ plan can be transferred from an old iPhone to the new one you just purchased. Unfortunately, no (not unless Apple replace your device instead of repairing it). You can, however, transferred AppleCare+ plans to new owners.

AppleCare is also transferable. So if you buy a new iPhone, but then sell it to someone else two months later, the new owner of that iPhone will automatically take over the remaining ten months of AppleCare coverage on that device.

How to transfer your AppleCare to a new owner

Here are the steps you need to follow to transfer your AppleCare.

1. Get your AppleCare information

Before you can initiate a transfer of an AppleCare plan, you’ll need your AppleCare plan information:

  1. Visit Apple’s My Supportwebpage.
  2. Click on Sign in to My Support.
  3. Sign in using your Apple credentials. If you are using your own Apple device, you can either click/tap on Continue with Password or Use a different Apple ID. If you select Continue with Password, you will authenticate using your Mac user password, Touch or Face ID.
  4. Select your device.
  5. From your AppleCare plan information, you will need the following information:
    • The AppleCare agreement number
    • Serial number of your device
    • The proof of coverage for the AppleCare plan

2. Contact Apple Support

Before you contact Apple Support, you’ll need the following:

  • original sales receipt for your device. Learn how to find receipt for Apple purchases.
  • You are going to need some contact details from the new owner. You will need the following from the new owner:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Email address
    • Phone number

Once you have everything that’s required, it’s time to contact Apple support to request a transfer of AppleCare ownership.

A telephone is the most straightforward way to contact Apple support. It’s also the fastest, as the agent will be focused solely on you and can walk you through the process of transferring the AppleCare plan. However, if you don’t have a phone around, you can contact Apple online live chat support team. You can also request a call back from Apple support.

When you can’t transfer AppleCare

You are making monthly or annual AppleCare payments

If you make monthly or annual payments* for your AppleCare plan, and your plan is already linked to an Apple ID, then it can’t be transferred to a new owner.

Other exceptions

The ability to transfer your AppleCare plan can depend on the plan type and on your country or region. You can, however, check your plan to find out:

  1. Go to Apple’s Sales & Supportwebpage and find your plan type under AppleCare Plans or click the link under AppleCare+ to view the AppleCare+ plans. AppleCare+ is the extended warranty that you must purchase separately, while AppleCare is the standard limited warranty that comes with any Apple device you purchase.
  2. For AppleCare+ plans, choose your device and region, then choose from the plan purchase date range.
  3. Take a look at the PDF for details. You might try a search on the page: Press Command — F, then enter a keyword, like owner or transfer.

Note: If Apple replace your device instead of repairing it, they’ll automatically transfer your plan to your new device. If transfer of coverage isn’t possible, they’ll offer other options.

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.

See also: Does AppleCare Cover iPhone Water Damage? Here’s The Truth!

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By Dave Johnson Senior Staff Writer
Dave Johnson is a staff writer for GeeksChalk based in New Jersey. He covers news, how-tos, and user guides for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.
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