How We Refurbish an iPhone from Start to Finish

There are plenty of reasons why choosing a refurbished iPhone is a great move. One benefit is that you can save a significant amount of money if you opt for a refurbished iPhone rather than a brand new model. More importantly, you’re also doing your bit to help the planet by choosing a refurbished phone.

Consumer electronics generate a significant amount of waste and pollution. At Reboxed we’re committed to reducing the number of electronics that end up in landfills by refurbishing and reselling mobile phones, including iPhones.

If you’re thinking about choosing a refurbished iPhone you might be wondering what sort of work goes into making the phone as good as new before you buy it. Understanding our process gives you the confidence that you’ll receive an iPhone that’s in great condition and ready to use. In this blog, we explain how we go about refurbishing an iPhone from start to finish.

Open up the iPhone

Regardless of what the fault is with the iPhone, the first step after a visual assessment is opening it up to access all of its component parts. This stage helps us to identify which internal parts need to be replaced for the phone to work correctly. This means that it’s an important step in the process. Some of the most common faults with iPhones include:

  • Water damage
  • Broken screens
  • Diminished battery power
  • Dust and dirt particles
  • Scratches or dents to the frame and casing
  • Issues with the phone’s memory

Special repair tools are available that allow us to open up the iPhone safely without causing any damage. You can rest assured that we only use professional tools and equipment. This means that we can safely refurbish any part of the iPhone that needs our attention.

Look at the technical parts

Once the iPhone is open and we have access to all of the internal components it’s time to repair or replace any technical and internal parts of the device that need attention. You might not be able to see these parts but they’re essential to the iPhone operating correctly. This includes parts like:

  • Screws
  • Cabling
  • Battery
  • Full display assemblies

The first iPhone was released back in 2007 so by now there are many different generations of iPhone and each has a slightly different design. Fortunately, specialist parts are usually available for each model. You can find out more about the different generations of iPhone and decide which one might be best for you here.

Different models require slightly different parts so we always check carefully to ensure that we’re using the right parts for the device we’re working on. Any parts that are past their best are carefully replaced with brand new pieces that get the device working perfectly once again. Looking at the internal parts of the phone also gives us an opportunity to carefully remove any dust or dirt particles that might be interfering with how the phone works.

Repair the external parts

Used iPhones often show signs of wear and tear on the outside, especially if they’ve been dropped or exposed to extreme temperatures. To really get an iPhone back to its best it’s important that we look at the external parts of the phone as well as refurbishing the interior; after all, you want your phone to look fantastic as well as operate correctly. The external parts we might need to replace includes aspects like:

  • The screen
  • The home button
  • The chassis and frames
  • The camera

We replace any parts that are showing signs of wear and tear. Because a cracked or scratched screen is one of the most common issues with iPhones, we replace the screen with a brand new one that doesn’t have any defects. For older generations of iPhones that have a separate headphone dock, a cracked dock is another common issue. This is easily resolved by replacing the phone’s frame, but we still recommend that you buy a protective cover for your refurbished phone. At this stage, we also replace other parts that aren’t functioning correctly, for example, a damaged home button or cracked camera lens.

Update the operating system

Some iPhones, particularly older models, might be running on an out of date operating system. Some of the oldest iPhones are unable to support the latest operating systems but for newer models, we upgrade the phone to the newest iOS so that you get the best possible experience. At this point, we can also check that the phone is working as it should and is ready to be resold.

Replacing the packaging

Once the iPhone has been fully refurbished, our in-house engineers use an in-depth 70-point check to ensure the iPhone is in great condition and ready for resale. Once the device passes this check, we rebox it into brand new Reboxed-branded packaging. This helps to protect the device and ensure that it reaches you in fantastic condition. We’ll also include a brand new charging cable in the box.

Choose your refurbished iPhone

Now that you know how we refurbish an iPhone from start to finish, it’s time to choose your new phone. Check out our range of refurbished iPhones to find the one that’s right for you. Of course, if you have any further questions about how we refurbish our devices, or you need some help to decide which phone to buy, get in touch with one of our friendly team.

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