Today, Appleosophy discovered that Apple has quietly updated their trade-in website to reflect a new option allowing customers to trade in a select number of android smartphones for store credit toward a new iPhone.
While Apple previously offered its customers the ability to recycle Android products free of charge, this marks the first time in 5 years that Apple has allowed proportionately-priced trade-in options for specific android smartphones based on model and year released.
When Apple began its trade-in program in 2013, it partnered with specialized device buyback and trade-in company Brightstar to offer customers up to $175 in credit toward a new iPhone 5S should they choose to trade in their old iPhone 4S. Notably, the program only offered iPhone-for-iPhone trade-in options.
Even though Apple had a history of allowing customers to use older Apple-branded smartphones as a subsidy for a new iPhone, it wasn’t until March 2015 that Apple updated their Reuse & Recycle webpage to provide customers the option to trade in a handful of select android smartphones for Apple Store credit.
Apple’s short-lived 2015 Android trade-in program was limited to several smartphone models manufactured by LG, Samsung, Sony, HTC, Nokia and Blackberry, and was discontinued shortly after in 2016.
A quick web archive search revealed that Apple updated their trade-in program in May 2020 to offer in-store credit for the following Android smartphones:
Samsung Galaxy S10+ – Up to $270
Samsung Galaxy S10 – Up to $210
Samsung Galaxy S10e – Up to $170
Samsung Galaxy S9+ – Up to $130
Samsung Galaxy S9 – Up to $100
Samsung Galaxy S8+ – Up to $100
Samsung Galaxy S8 – Up to $80
Samsung Note10 – Up to $340
Samsung Note9 – Up to $190
Samsung Note8 – Up to $130
Google Pixel 3 XL – Up to $130
Google Pixel 3 – Up to $130
Google Pixel 3a – Up to $80
Google Pixel 2 XL – Up to $50
Google Pixel 2 – Up to $50