Refurbished iPads usually come with a warranty, but every refurbisher offers a different policy. To avoid any bad surprises, make sure that you buy refurbished iPads from professional and certified refurbishers. Read the warranty policy thoroughly to make sure your iPad tablet benefits from the protection you want. You can find our partner refurbishers' warranty comparison here.
Some sellers allow you to upgrade the refurbished tablet's warranty period for an extra cost, so you can enjoy your iPad worry-free for as long as possible.
RefurbMe gathers the warranty information of several different refurbishers. We will only feature Apple tablets that come with a minimum warranty of 30 days. When looking at a specific product, you can find the warranty information next to the seller's name:
If unclear, you can check the refurbisher's warranty terms on their website by clicking on Buy now. You will be redirected to their site where all the info is guaranteed to be up to date.
Refurbished iPads are wiped of all pre-existing user data.
When an iPad is refurbished, its internal storage is completely reset. No video clips, random apps or documents will clutter your refurbished tablet. A refurbished iPad is fresh and ready for its next user as if it were brand new.
Of course, refurbished iPads are fully tested. In fact, when an iPad is getting refurbished, testing is one of the most important stages.
What does testing involve?
thorough checking of all components.
Generally, most if not all parts of a refurbished iPad pass these tests without a problem. That being said, if any issue arises from the testing phase, the refurbisher will move on to troubleshooting. If a faulty part can be fixed, that's what the professional will do. But some parts need systematic replacement, such as cracked screens. In that case, the refurbisher will simply change the old part for a brand new one.
Once any repair has been completed, a refurbished iPad goes through another round of product testing process again to ensure that it is fully functional. Refurbished iPads go through the same testing process as any new iPad does. A refurbished iPad is only approved for sale once it passes all functional testing.
Refurbished iPads are devices which are pre-owned. They might have had a faulty part—a screen issue, a battery problem—and were sent back to the manufacturer. Alternatively, they were a display item that is now getting prepped to go on the market.
But how do iPads get refurbished?
First, the iPad gets sent back to the manufacturer or to a refurbisher. They will run some tests to detect any issues in the hardware or the software.
If these tests reveal any issues, the refurbisher will move on to troubleshoot thefaulty parts. Ideally, they fix the problem piece, but in some cases (such as cracked screens), the part needs to be replaced altogether with a brand new one.
Once everything is in working order again, the refurbished device is thoroughly cleaned before it goes through one last set of tests. Product testing is crucial to make sure the iPad is ready for sale. Only when it passes these tests—just like a new iPad would!—the refurbisher can stamp them as refurbished.
There are two main differences between a new device and a refurbished product: price and cosmetic condition.
The price difference between new and refurbished devices
The main difference between a new and a refurbished product is its price (up to 90% cheaper). Refurbished Apple products are 100% functional, and all components work like new. A refurbished device was either pre-owned or used as a display item. However, refurbished products go through the same testing process as new devices do, so any defect is found and repaired, and any faulty part is replaced. They work as well as new products but have a discounted price because of their refurb tag.
Cosmetic condition difference between new and refurbished devices
Aside from price, a possible difference between new and refurbished products is their cosmetic condition. Note that this solely concerns the cosmetic appearance of the device since a refurb is thoroughly cleaned. There are 3 levels of refurbished cosmetic condition you can choose from Grade A (Excellent), Grade B (Good), and Grade C (Fair). Depending on your choice, you will get a more or less perfect-looking device.
Did you know?
If your new Apple device breaks and Apple gives you a replacement, you're getting a refurbished device. That’s right; you literally can’t tell the difference between new and refurb in this case. Apple refurbishes its own products and classes them as excellent (Grade A).
We have curated an article on New vs Used vs Refurbished products where we explain the difference in detail. You can check out the article here.