Apple updated its Renew and Recycling program for the Apple Watch, and you can get a gift card when you recycle Apple Watches. The gift card amount is based on the model; newer models are worth more than older models. Apple is partnering with Brightstar for the program.
Recycle Apple Watches, Get a Gift Card
The recycling program has already been available for Apple Watches, but receiving a gift card is something new. You can put a gift card towards new Apple products bought through the Apple store, either online or in person at a retail store.
You can recycle Apple Watches from Series 0, Series 1, and Series 2. Depending on the model, you can receive anywhere from US$50 to US$175. The highest payout, US$175, is for a 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch Series 2 in great working condition.
To achieve the ‘working condition’ requirement, your device needs to meet the following:
- Powers on
- Enclosure in good condition
- No obvious signs of water damage
- Display in good condition
- Operational buttons
Normal wear-and-tear, such as light scratches or other marks is acceptable. If the watch is heavily damaged or otherwise non-operational, Apple will still recycle it, but you won’t get a gift card.
To prepare your Apple Watch for recycling, make sure all data has been wiped and the battery is fully charged.
- To wipe the data from your iPhone, open the Watch app. Go to General > Reset > Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings.
- To wipe the data from your Apple Watch, you can also go to General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings.
Make sure to unpair the Apple Watch from your iPhone. This removes Activation Lock, and lets someone else use the device.
Once you select your model on Brightstar’s page, you can use your own shipping, or opt to receive a free box in the mail. It sounds like you don’t need to include your charging cable or watch bands.