Every Mac user eventually wants to know how much time is left on the warranty of their machine, and there’s actually a really quick and easy way to look that information up without having to call Apple or ruffle through your warranty paperwork.
When you want to know what the warranty status is of your Mac, you first need to find the serial number of your machine, which is printed on the bottom of MacBooks. Apple also claims you can find it in the About This Mac window in OS X, but we do believe that is no longer the case.
Once you have the serial number, you can log into your support profile and get the information there. However, we found that there’s a much easier and quicker way to obtain warranty information on your Mac with just a few clicks.
Knowing when your warranty expires is fairly important, as it entitles you to free service and repairs whenever your Mac goes down the crapper, but if you don’t know this information, it could open up a world of bigger problems for you, since you may think you still have a warranty when it could’ve expired months ago.
So here’s how to find out the warranty status on your Mac quickly and easily.
Mac Warranty Status
Checking when your Mac’s warranty expires literally takes about 10 seconds. Follow these steps to make it happen:
- Go up to the Apple icon located in the menu bar in the upper-left corner of the screen and click on it.
- Click on About This Mac.
- In the small window that pops up, click on More Info….
- You should now see more information about your specific Mac, but we’re not done yet. Click on Service in the upper-right corner of the window.
- In the next window that appears, click on Check my service and support coverage status.
- You’ll get a prompt asking you for permission to send your Mac’s serial number to Apple. Click on Allow.
- Finally, a web page will load that provides you with all of the warranty information that you need.
This web page provides information as far as when your telephone technical support service expires, as well as when your repair coverage expires. As you can see on mine with my late-2013 MacBook Pro, telephone support has already expired, but the repair coverage doesn’t expire until October 29, 2014, which is exactly a year after I bought the laptop.
Furthermore, you can use this web page to extend your warranty and get AppleCare+, which extends technical support and repair coverage for two extra years past the initial warranty phase.
Anyone who bought a MacBook on this day last year, your warranty expires today unless you bought AppleCare+ with it, in which case you have a good two years more until the warranty expires.
A New MacBook Pro was introduced late last month with a modest speed boost and more memory for the same price. Those who bought this machine on launch day will have the standard Apple warranty until July 29, 2015.
Apple’s Mac warranty allows you to get free repairs if your machine breaks at any point during the warranty period. After it expires, you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket for any repairs that need to be done. It’s definitely tough when the warranty expires and your Mac breaks down, as it can be hard on your bank account, but laptops can be prone to failing, so sometimes it’s a good idea to put a bit of a security blanket over your Mac purchase and get AppleCare+, as it’s one of the best warranty options around.