The big day for the 8th generation iPad and iPad Air 4 is here, and the new devices will be major upgrades in more ways than one. If you come from an older iPad, but want to update to the latest standard iPad or the newly designed iPad Pro-lookalike iPad Air, we will go through exactly how to replace and recycle the old iPad (or other devices) for the latest and greatest …
Back up your old iPad
The first thing you want to do is make sure your iPad is fully backed up so you do not lose data. You can already have iCloud backups that happen automatically, which usually happens if your device is plugged in, connected to Wi-Fi, locked and there is enough space.
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The process is pretty much the same for both iPhone and iPad, so if you’ve done it before with one, you should have no problem with the other. To back up through iTunes, Michael Potuck did a comprehensive guide on this process for the iPhone earlier this year. In short: connect your device, navigate to it in iTunes, and click “Backup Now”.
Reset your old iPad to factory defaults
After the device is backed up, the next step to replace (or recycle) it is to wipe it completely. When you’ve sure your device and all your data are backed up to your iCloud account (or iTunes), go to Settings> General> Reset. There you will find an option to delete all content and settings. You may need to provide your Apple ID and / or password. After that, the device will be deleted completely.
Should you trade or sell your old iPad?
It is ready to be sent out – but who are we actually sending it to? Prepping your device for sale is the easy part. Now it’s time to decide if it’s best for you to swap or sell your old iPad, and where.
Shopping with your device via one of the many services below will be the easiest and fastest, and the cash value or exchange value you get will generally not be too shabby. With sites like our partner MyPhones Unlimited, Gazelle and Apple Trade-In, you usually fill out a form, get a box in the mail and send the device. In a few days you will receive a check or a gift card for the amount owed, and that will be the end of it.
Alternatively, you can work on selling your device on an online marketplace such as eBay, Craigslist, Swappa and other sites. We explained in more detail the pros and cons of these different sites in our full iPad swap guide, so be sure to check it out if you want to go this route. Selling your device yourself will mean a little more risk and a little more work, but will certainly pay more.
How much is your old iPad worth?
If you decide to go the substitute route, you are probably wondering what your device is worth. We take a closer look at the latest trade-in values each month, and here’s a quick selection of the latest updated iPad trade-in offers from this month:
Best iPad swap offer for September 2020
How much is the iPad Pro worth?
- My phones via 9to5Mac: $ 250 cash (3rd generation, 11-inch, 64 GB, WiFi, good) (Support the site!)
- My phones via 9to5Mac: $ 300 cash (3rd generation, 11-inch, 256 GB, WiFi, good) (Support the site!)
- My phones via 9to5Mac: $ 350 cash (3rd generation, 12.9 inches, 64 GB, WiFi, good) (Support the site!)
- My phones via 9to5Mac: $ 400 cash (3rd generation, 12.9 inches, 256 GB, WiFi, good) (Support the site!)
- Gazelle: $ 327 cash (3rd generation, 11-inch, 64 GB, WiFi, good)
- Gazelle: $ 387 cash (3rd generation, 11-inch, 256 GB, WiFi, good)
- Apple Exchange: Up to $ 480 Apple gift card (varies, enter serial number)
How much is the iPad Air worth?
- My phones via 9to5Mac: $ 150 cash (iPad Air 3rd generation, 64 GB, WiFi, good) (Support the site!)
- My phones via 9to5Mac: $ 200 cash (iPad Air 3rd generation, 256 GB, WiFi, good) (Support the site!)
- Apple Exchange: $ 40+ Apple gift card (varies, enter serial number)
- Gazelle: $ 166 cash (iPad Air 3rd generation, 64 GB, WiFi, good)
- Gazelle: $ 223 cash (iPad Air 3rd generation, 256 GB, WiFi, good)
Do not see your iPad model here? Check out our exchange page!
You can read about your different options for shopping and selling your old iPad in our full ultimate guide. There you will also find even more opportunities to shop on your device for maximum value.
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