Does GameStop Buy Locked iPhones? Trade-In Requirements Listed

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Short Answer — GameStop’s trade-in program accepts both locked and unlocked iPhones as long as they’re in working condition.

Does GameStop Buy Locked iPhones?

GameStop buys locked iPhones through its trade-in program.

GameStop phone trade-in requirements show no requirement that the phone must be unlocked,[1] but we called GameStop’s customer service department to confirm that it accepts locked phones. A GameStop representative said the retailer buys both locked and unlocked phones.

GameStop does require that you remove any SIM cards that were not originally part of your phone before trading it in.[2]

To get the highest trade-in value, your phone must be in working condition with no software issues, missing parts, cracks, or dents.[1]

GameStop also buys phones that are damaged or not working, but the trade-in value will be lower. You can find out more in our research on GameStop’s broken item policy. Whether the phone is locked or unlocked will not affect its value as long as it is in working condition.

You can estimate the trade-in value of your iPhone or another device on GameStop’s website. Search for your iPhone model under the “Electronics” tab. You can take a copy of the estimate with you to the store when you trade in the device to help the process move smoothly. However, keep in mind that the final trade-in price is subject to the store manager’s approval.

Other Stores That Buy Locked iPhones

To get the best price for your phone, you may want to check its value with several different retailers.

Below, we list the stores where you can sell or trade your locked iPhone.

  2. GameStop customer service (800) 883-8895[]


  • Cj Ramirez

    If I sold my iPhone and changed my mind, can I get it back if I have my receipt?

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      First Quarter Finance | Lindsey Desmet

      Hello, Cj! Unfortunately, all trades at GameStop are final. You may be able to buy the phone back if it is still available, but you cannot get it back with your trade-in receipt. Best of luck!

  • Josh

    You never told us if it was worth the same price for an unlocked phone or locked phone to sell at GameStop because I have a iCloud locked iPhone XR and I would like to know how much that it worth. Could you tell me?

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      First Quarter Finance | Lindsey Desmet

      Hello, Josh! Whether the phone is locked or unlocked will not affect the price. We have updated our article to include this information. However, we do not provide individual valuations; to find out what your phone is worth, you will need to use the estimation tool at GameStop’s website or contact GameStop directly. Best of luck with your trade-in!

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