How Much Is Your iPhone 6 / 6 Plus / 6s / 6s Plus Worth Now?

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As good a phone as the iPhone 6s has been, this 2015 handset is starting to show its age. Apple has made big gains in processor performance and battery life over the past few years, while also upgrading the cameras on its iPhones. So if you're holding on to a 6s — or an even older iPhone 6 — upgrading to a newer model will be a big leap forward for you.

You might be especially keen to upgrade now that Apple has unveiled the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. The handsets aren’t cheap — the iPhone XS Max starts at $1,099, after all — but they come with big screens, nice designs, and the kind of performance your iPhone 6 just can’t match. Trading in that older iPhone 6 or 6s might give you a little cash back to help defray the cost of upgrading.

Don't expect a big bonanza when you trade in your iPhone 6 or 6s; these phones are four and three years old, respectively, after all. But based on our survey of popular reselling sites, you can expect anywhere from $25 to $170 back, depending on which iPhone you're trading in and which carrier it's tied to.

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First things first: when it comes to trading in these models, bigger is better. You can expect the best return from an iPhone 6s Plus, though even the iPhone 6 Plus can fetch as much value as the newer (and smaller) 6s in some cases.

You can expect the best return if you've got a Verizon version of an iPhone 6 or 6s. Unlocked models usually command equal value, though in some cases, you'll have to settle for a few dollars less. AT&T and T-Mobile versions hold their value relatively well, but if you’re a Sprint customer, you’ll be disappointed by your version’s lower value.

As of this writing, Best Buy offers the best return on average if you're trading in an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Best Buy's rate of return is also tops with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, particularly if your phone is locked to either Sprint or T-Mobile. Gazelle has competitive rates, too, for the iPhones, but if you’re a Verizon customer, you’ll see a far better return than you would if you’re tied to Sprint.

Prices can vary based on color if you turn to Amazon, though only by a few dollars in most cases. Best Buy, Gamestop, Gazelle and Walmart pay out the same, regardless of which color phone you want to trade in.

If you have a Gamestop Pro membership, you can expect a little better return when you trade in your iPhone — anywhere from $7.50 on an iPhone 6 to $14.50 on an iPhone 6s Plus. Pro memberships cost $14.99 a year.

The lists below show the maximum cash and credit offers you can now expect at these major retailers that have trade-in programs. Your phone will typically need to be in good (or in some cases Like New) condition, have a non-cracked screen, have Find My iPhone turned off and be able to power on. You’ll also need to wipe your phone clean of your data or most retailers won’t accept it. At Walmart, you'll maximize your return by including a charger with your trade-in.

iPhone 6 (16GB / 64GB / 128GB)

 

AT&T

Sprint

T-Mobile

Verizon

Unlocked

Amazon

$49/$55/$60

$49/$49/$49

$49/$49/$50

$55/$75/$85

$55/$70/$75

Best Buy (in-store credit)

$65/$65/$65

$65/$65/$65

$65/$65/NA

$65/$65/$65

$65/$65/$65

Gamestop (in-store credit/cash)

$45/$55/$60

$25/$30/$40

$35/$45/$50

$55/$70/$75

Not Available

Gazelle

$30/$50/$55


$25/$25/$30

$30/$45/$45

$45/$80/$90

$55/$75/$80

Walmart (in-store credit)

$53/$53/$53

$48/$48/$48

$48/$48/$48

$59/$59/$59

$56/$56/$56

iPhone 6 Plus (16GB / 64GB / 128GB)

 

AT&T

Sprint

T-Mobile

Verizon

Unlocked

Amazon

$$85/$71/$80

$85/$102/NA

$85/$102/$120

$85/$102/$120

$85/$102/$115

Best Buy (in-store credit)

$95/$95/$95

$95/$95/$95

$95/$95/$95

$95/$95/$95$95/$95/$95

Gamestop (in-store credit/cash)

$60/$70/$80

$40/$50/$60

$55/$65 /$70

$85/$102/$115

Not Available

Gazelle

$45/$65/$65

$30/$30/$30

$50/$50/$50

$90/$115/$115

$90/$100/$110

Walmart (in-store credit)

$77/$77/$77

$69/$69/$69

$69/$69/$69

$86/$86/$86

$82/$82/$82

iPhone 6s (16GB / 64GB / 128GB)

 

AT&T

Sprint

T-Mobile

Verizon

Unlocked

Amazon

NA/$83/NA

$85/$102/$120

Not Available

Not Available

$85/$105/$120

Best Buy (in-store credit)

$85/$110/$120

$85/$110/$120

$85/$110/$120

$85/$110/$120

$85/$110/$120

Gamestop (in-store credit/cash)

$60/$75/$85

$45/$55/$60

$55/$65/$70

$85/$100/$105

Not Available

Gazelle

$70/$95/$90

$45/$60/$55

$65/$90/$90

$85/$115/$130

$85/$115/$130

Walmart (in-store credit)

$69/$89/$97

$62/$80/$87

$62/$80/$87

$77/$99/$108

$74/$95/$104

iPhone 6s Plus (16GB / 64GB / 128GB)

 

AT&T

Sprint

T-Mobile

Verizon

Unlocked

Amazon

NA/$83/NA

$90/NA/NA

$64/$71/$128

$125/NA/NA

$125/$140/$145

Best Buy (in-store credit)

$120/$150/$170

$120/$150/$170

$120/$150/$170

$120/$150/$170

$120/$150/$170

Gamestop (in-store credit/cash)

$100/$110/$120

$65/$80/$85

$90/$110/$120

$125/$140/$145

Not Available


Gazelle

$80/$120/$140

$70/$80/$80

$95/$125/$125

$125/$140/$150

$125/$140/$150

Walmart (in-store credit)

$97/$122/$138

$87/$110/$124

$87/$110/$124

$108/$135/$153

$104/$130/$147