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How to know when it’s time to replace your iPhone

Person holding up a new iPhone and an old iPhone next to one another

We all know the dreaded feeling when our iPhones stop working as well as they used to. Whether you’re a proud owner of a pink iPhone 13 or an older model such as the iPhone 9, one thing is always true: eventually your iPhone will need to be replaced. However, iPhones are expensive purchases, so you probably want to keep your iPhone around as long as possible. But how do you know whether it’s time to entirely replace your iPhone or if it just needs a few simple repairs?

When you’re shopping for a replacement iPhone, don’t forget to think about product protection. One of the best ways to ensure you don’t have to pay to replace your iPhone more often than you need to is by investing in a product protection plan.

When you subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited, you’ll have peace of mind that if something happens to your iPhone, you won’t have to pour hundreds of dollars into a new replacement. In fact, you'll get coverage for all your Apple products under the same product protection plan, all for less than the monthly price of your favorite streaming service.

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Your iPhone is too old

A helpful way to know if it’s time to replace your iPhone is to think about how old it is. Most iPhones last between 4 and 7 years, however this is not guaranteed. If your iPhone is more than a few years old, it's likely starting to become outdated and clunky, and it might be time to think about upgrading to a newer model for a better user experience.

On the other hand, if your iPhone is much younger than that but isn’t functioning like it should, the problems you’re experiencing might be due to a different reason, such as needing an iPhone battery replacement or a storage upgrade. The more you keep up with regular phone maintenance, the happier you’ll be with your iPhone and the longer it will last.

You don’t have enough storage

Another reason it might be time to replace your iPhone is that you’re constantly running out of storage. If you’re struggling to fit all of the apps, photos, and videos that you’d like to have onto your phone, you might want to upgrade to a newer iPhone model that comes with more built-in storage. However, Apple also allows iPhone users to increase their iCloud storage, so if you’re looking for just a little bit more room for your photos, videos, emails, and more, you might want to consider trying that option first.

Wondering how to buy more storage on the iPhone? If so, the process is easy:

  1. Navigate to your phone’s settings.
  2. Find your name and tap it.
  3. Tap iCloud, then Manage Storage, and finally, Upgrade to iCloud+.
  4. Select Change Storage Plan or Tap to Buy More Storage. Then simply follow the instructions to add more storage to your iPhone.

Your iPhone is damaged and the repair costs are high

While you probably try to take good care of your iPhone, unfortunately, sometimes accidents still happen, and at some point your iPhone might need to be repaired. Unfortunately, repairing your iPhone can cost hundreds of dollars–which might mean it would make more sense to purchase a brand new iPhone than pour money into repairing the old one.

If your iPhone is covered under an extended warranty plan when it gets damaged or starts to malfunction, you may be able to skip the cost of buying a brand new device and get a free iPhone. Apple offers its own extended warranty through AppleCare+, however this coverage is often limited in scope, and can be expensive. When you subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited, you can get much more comprehensive coverage for less, and for all your Apple products instead of just your iPhone.

Final thoughts

Whether you mainly use your iPhone for messages, calls, navigation, or extra features such as audio recording, you probably rely on your iPhone daily, and it’s important to make sure it’s in tip top shape. If you’re on the fence about replacing your iPhone, following these tips will help you know whether or not it’s time to make the jump to a new one.

And when shopping for your new iPhone, be sure to think about product protection! Investing in a product protection plan will help ensure that you get the most longevity possible out of your iPhone purchase–after all, iPhones are expensive, and you don’t want to replace them more often than you need to. Be sure to subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited to get the most comprehensive product protection on the market.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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