Your iPhone has an expiration date and this is how you can check it

All smartphones have an “expiration date”, by which we mean a time when they will stop receiving software updates and will gradually become more outdated until they become obsolete. For the iPhone this is no exception and below we show you what its useful life could be.

The useful life of your iPhone

Today, the average lifespan of a smartphone is around 2.5 years, although this period can be reduced to between 15 and 18 months for certain models. Sounds amazing right? This is a short time, considering that the price of these devices can reach quite high prices.

Recognized brands such as Apple and Samsung usually offer devices with longer useful life periods compared to lesser known brands. Below, we present the estimated average lifespan of some of the most popular brand smartphones:

  • iPhone: between 4 and 8 years
  • Samsung: between 3 and 6 years
  • Google Pixel: between 3 and 5 years
  • Huawei: between 2 and 4 years

These are estimates and actual durability may vary from one model to another.

The useful life counter of your phone starts from its manufacturing date, not from the moment you purchase it. This can make tracking its life cycle a bit complicated. If you don't know the manufacturing date of your device, you can find out a little research. If you keep the original box, the manufacturing date is usually indicated on the box or in the documentation that came with the device. If you do not have the box, this information is generally found in the device settings, under the «About of«. Another alternative is to use the phone's serial number, also available in the settings, to find out the manufacturing date.

Web pages to check the useful life of a smartphone

Another way to know the useful life or expiration date of your iPhone is through the EOL (End Of Life) dates. There are different websites on the Internet that provide a list of EOL dates and life cycles of various devices and software programs from different brands. Currently, it is possible to check the dates of 261 products and offers the option to integrate reminders into your calendar so you don't forget when it is time to update your device.

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Most of these pages work in the same way, you will only have to select the brand and model of your smartphone in the search engine and you will be able to instantly see the information about the device. Selecting a manufacturer will display their phones organized by release date. You will be able to check the release date of each model, when it was discontinued and if it is still supported by the manufacturer.

If your iPhone is past its expiration date, it may be time to consider an upgrade to stay current. Stay up to date with all the news and make sure your device is updated.