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How to activate AppleCare

Preliminary information

Before going into the details of this guide and explaining, in detail, how to activate AppleCare, you may find it useful to know what are the necessary requirements to take advantage of the Apple service that allows you to extend the warranty of your device.

First, it will be useful to know that you can activate AppleCare + for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and Apple Watch. The service includes up to two years of support (three years for Mac) by Apple technicians and additional hardware coverage, with even two incidents for accidental damage with repair costs lower than normal and which vary depending on the device from repair (eg 29 euros to repair an iPhone screen). You can request AppleCare + both at the time of purchasing the device of your interest (online or in store) and in 60 days after the purchase date.



For Apple TV, however, you can activate AppleCare Protection Plan, which allows you to have up to two years of technical support from experts (in addition to the two-year warranty of the seller provided by the cittàn consumer protection legislation) and other hardware assistance options. You can activate AppleCare in-store at the time of purchase or in 12 months after the date of purchase.

In both cases, it is possible to activate AppleCare both in complete autonomy, by accessing the official Apple website with your Apple ID (on iPhone and iPad also from the iOS Settings), and with the support of a consultant in the flesh, by calling Apple technical support.

Activate AppleCare after purchase

As mentioned above, AppleCare is a paid service that allows you to extend the warranty of an Apple device. In addition to activation during the purchase phase of your device, it is also possible activate AppleCare after purchase, both online and by phone with the support of a consultant from the Cupertino company. How to do? I'll explain it to you right away!



Activate AppleCare online

Be your intention è activate AppleCare online, all you have to do is access the section My support of the Apple site with your Apple ID, check if the device of your interest is eligible for the extended warranty and follow the instructions shown on the screen.

To proceed, then connected to the official Apple website, click on the button Log in to My Support, insertion and date richiesti nei campi Apple ID e Password and press the icon of freccia rivolta verse destra, to log in with your Apple ID.

On the screen I my deviceselect il device for which you want to extend the warranty, by clicking on it and, if the device in question is eligible for AppleCare activation, click on the buttons Add coverage e Buy AppleCare.

Alternatively, you can also activate the warranty extension from the My Support section of the Apple website. After connecting to the page in question, select the device on which you want to activate the AppleCare plan by choosing between Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, iPod e Apple TV and, on the new page, click on the button Log in. Then enter theemail address and Password associated with your Apple ID in the appropriate fields and press the icon of freccia rivolta verse destra, to log in.

If the selected device is not eligible for the extended warranty, you will see the message on the screen We did not find a suitable [product name] product, indicating that you cannot activate AppleCare.


If not, you'll see the option Choose the product [device name] for coverage and the device on which you can activate AppleCare. Then click on the device of your interest and choose the option AppleCare +, to proceed with the activation of the service to extend the warranty.


Now, regardless of your previous choice to activate AppleCare, make sure in the field Country or geographical area of ​​residence the option is set city (or your country of residence) and click on the button Select product.

In the Head device, enter your email address in the field Email address and press pulsating Send to carry out a diagnostic of your device (necessary to continue with the purchase of AppleCare).

Then access your e-mail box from the device on which you intend to activate AppleCare, locate the email sent by Apple and click on the button contained within it (eg. iOS Diagnostics if you have an iPhone / iPad), to carry out the diagnostics.

Once the test is complete, return to the screen Test the device of the Apple website and click on the button Submit the results to access the section Go to the checkout and complete the AppleCare purchase. If, on the other hand, you have not received any emails, choose the option I have not received an email to request a new submission.

It will be useful to know that, if your intention is to activate AppleCare for your iPhone or your iPad, you can also proceed from the settings of the device in use. In this case, click on the icon of rotella d'ingranaggio per accesre alle Settings iOS and tap on the item AppleCare + coverage available (only visible if your device is eligible for extended warranty).


In the new screen that appears, press the button Continue and follow the instructions shown on the screen to activate AppleCare on your device.

How do you say? You are sure that your iPhone / iPad is eligible for the extended warranty but you do not see the option AppleCare + coverage available in the iOS Settings? In some cases, this option is not visible if you have previously initiated the warranty extension process without completing your AppleCare purchase.


If so, go to Settings of iOS, by tapping on the icon rotella d'ingranaggio visible on the home screen of the device, press on the item Generali and, in the new screen that appears, choose the option Info. Now, tap on the item AppleCare + coverage available e fai tap sul pulsating Continue.

Even if you do not have the extended warranty, it means that your device is not eligible for AppleCare activation. To learn more, you can take a look at my guide on how to check the Apple warranty.

Activate AppleCare by phone

Do you prefer to activate AppleCare with the support of a real Apple operator? In that case, you can call theApple technical support and request the activation of the service.

First, you need to write down the serial number (for iPhone and iPad the IMEI code) of the Apple device for which you want to extend the warranty. The code in question consists of 12 alphanumeric characters (15 digits for the IMEI code) and is shown both on the box of the device and in the Settings of the latter. Now I'll explain how to view it.

  • iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch: tap on the icon rotella d'ingranaggio per accesre alle Settings iOS, tap on the items Generali e Info and locate the voice IMEI. In that regard, my guide on how to check IMEI on iPhone may be useful to you.
  • Mac: To view the serial number, click the icon bitten apple visible at the top left and choose the option About this Mac give the menu check if you press.
  • Apple TV: using the remote control of the device, access the section Settings e seleciona le voci Generali e Info, to view the serial number.
  • Apple Watch: access the Settings device and select options Generali e Info. Alternatively, you can also retrieve the serial code from your iPhone by launching the Watch app and pressing on the items Generali e Info.

After retrieving the serial number or IMEI code of your device, pick up the phone, dial the number +800 915 904 XNUMX and start the call by pressing the icon handset. After hearing the welcome message, say the command "AppleCare", to indicate the service for which you are requesting support, then also say the device name (e.g. iPhone) on which you intend to activate AppleCare.

Now, say or type the IMEI code or serial number of the device of your interest and wait for an answer from an Apple consultant. to which you can request AppleCare activation.

Activate AppleCare after 60 days

If you are wondering if it is AppleCare can be activated after 60 days, the answer is yes but only if your intention is to extend the Apple TV warranty.

As mentioned above, you can activate an AppleCare + plan exclusively within 60 days from the date of purchase of the device. For Apple TV only, the warranty extension can be activated within within 12 months from the date of purchase and the activation procedure is identical to what I indicated in the previous paragraphs.

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