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Apple Watch Warranty: What’s Included & For How Long?

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Your Apple Watch is certainly one of your most prized possessions. But AppleCare+ doesn’t do you much justice with its rather limited Apple Watch warranty. But you can still enjoy peace of mind with your Apple Watch with reliable third-party insurance coverage.

Here is everything you should know about the Apple Watch warranty, and extended protection:

Is Apple Watch covered under warranty?

The answer here is yes and no! Confused right? Okay, you might be wondering why. The answer lies with AppleCare+ coverage which only covers recent models and products only bought from their licensed outlets. Furthermore, Apple Inc offers its warranty plan in two packages, limited warranty and Apple Care+.

If your Apple watch is covered by the limited warranty plan there are some services that are not covered. The limited warranty on Apple products might be deemed selective on what they cover. While with AppleCare+ you get a few extra bonus covers but it’s still very selective. Both limited warranty and AppleCare+ cover the product for a period of one year.

Both limited warranty and AppleCare+ don’t accept products that are one year old. These covers also don’t accept used Apple products. Meaning when you buy a six-month-old Apple smartwatch you have to maintain a close relationship with the seller. The first owner is the only one who can claim the manufacturer warranty for the Apple watch.

With Apple smartwatch warranty you should know that accidental damages are charged a service fee. You might think that with AppleCare+ there is no service fee. Well, you’re wrong you pay a service fee even with AppleCare+ depending on the watch model. For the Apple Nike watch edition, the AppleCare+ service fee is $69 and the Apple Hermes watch edition fee is $79.

If you have an AKKO “Everything Protected” plan for students or adults you can add your Apple Watch to your coverage for free. The cover protects against theft and accidents. AppleCare+ charges a service fee even for broken glass and the price tag comes with a hefty quote for out-of-warranty cases.        

How long is the warranty on an Apple Watch?

The Apple watch warranty is covered under two plans, limited warranty and AppleCare+. The cover period for both covers extends to 12 months only. However, both covers are very selective to almost zero. Apple watch accident damages are charged depending on the model of the product. 

Most damages on an Apple watch in most cases are bound to accrue a service fee. Once the warranty expires, repair fees are applied and can be so exorbitant. Taking your Apple watch for repair at their repair centers is more costly than buying a similar used product. AppleCare+ is very selective in that it won’t cover your battery wears downs before the warranty expires from normal use.   

How to check if your Apple Watch is still under warranty

If you want to know the status of your Apple watch warranty, visit their website. At Apple’s website you will be able to review the eligibility and status of your product warranty status. The website has a simple outlay and does not require that you log in but rather just feed the product serial number. The status of your Apple watch warranty will be promptly disclosed in a few seconds.

In the event that you cannot access the internet, there is the old fashion way of pop-in one of the Apple stores. Armed with your smartwatch, the customer service will be able to check if your product is covered. You can either have the receipt or the watch if the serial number is visible on the device.

Lastly, you can call Apple customer support, if you don’t feel like going to Apple Inc stores or their website. You can contact Apple customer support at 1-800-275-2273. Always have your Apple Watch serial number on hand when calling to hasten the process.

How much does it cost to fix an Apple Watch?

The cost of fixing an Apple watch depends on the damage and the warranty coverage. The cost of fixing the Apple watch comes from the express replacement service under the AppleCare+ plan. Out-of-warranty costs of repairing an Apple watch at the company repair centers almost equal the resale price. Apple watches out of warranty repair costs are extremely high.

A broken screen of your Apple watch will amount to $69 for Apple Nike watch and $79 for Apple Hermes watch edition. The prices for the screen damage are only for AppleCare+ plan under accidental damages.

To know the real estimate of your service fee charge whether in warranty or out of warranty one should start a service request. Out of warranty fee for accidental damages for Apple watch series 7 is $299-$499; SE series cost $219-249; series 6 costs $299-$499; series 5 costs $299-$800; series 4 costs $299-$399; series 3 costs $159-$800; and series 1 and 2 costs $199-$800.

The price variation is due to the materials used to design the apple watch. The cheapest material is aluminum and the most expensive is ceramic. The prices are subjected to tax as well as a shipping fee of $6.95.   

How do I insure my Apple Watch once the warranty expires? 

Instead of paying hefty service fees and accidental damages repair costs why not take a protection plan with AKKO insurance? AppleCare+ plan is selective and in most cases, issues not covered by consumer laws are not protected. Apple Inc delegates nearly all damages as accidental to avoid covering the repairs.

As an Apple Care+ plan alternative, AKKO provides seamless insurance cover. AKKO cover is comprehensive and also covers a host of up to 25 additional devices. Therefore, if you have an existing phone protection plan adding the Apple watch to the cover is free. AKKO phone protection plan costs from $5 to $15 monthly. The plan protects all 25 gadgets from damaged screens, accidental damages, electrical and mechanical damages, theft, malfunctions, and spills.   

Insure your Apple Watch with us

AppleCare+ plan or limited warranty from Apple Inc only covers what consumer laws permit. With Apple’s warranty the service fees almost amount to out-of-warranty repair costs. Why take this route when you can add your Apple watch to your existing AKKO protection plan for free? For more information, please contact us today.


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