Can I Transfer Apple Care and Watch to new owner?

jaybar

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Hi

I am considering gifting my AW S4 to a relative. What do I need to do to transfer the Watch including AC Plus? Thanks
 

gatorknight904

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If you paid for AppleCare+ in full for 2 years it follows the watch automatically.

If you are paying monthly it is tied to your Apple ID & cannot be transferred. You could essentially get a lump sum payment from the relative & keep the monthly subscription open for them.
 
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Mike Boreham

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I don’t know about watch but I have cancelled Applecare on computers and been refunded for the unused period. Not the same as transferring which I have not tried. Give Applecare a call.

If it is for a relative maybe you could leave Applecare active and they can get you to return it if it goes wrong.
 

JT2002TJ

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I can confirm that when you pay for AC+ in full, it follows the product. I sold my S4 GSS watch to my buddy, I verified that in his list of devices it states AC+ valid through 2 years after my initial purchase date.
 

vanhalen26

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Partly correct. It follows the product, but the original purchaser can cancel the outstanding balance at any time. The original purchaser can also call Apple with the new purchaser and have the ownership transferred. I know this based on buying a second hand phone with Applecare and calling Apple with the original owner and getting it transferred to my account. The only caveat is this was 3 years ago and policies do change.
 

JT2002TJ

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Partly correct. It follows the product, but the original purchaser can cancel the outstanding balance at any time. The original purchaser can also call Apple with the new purchaser and have the ownership transferred. I know this based on buying a second hand phone with Applecare and calling Apple with the original owner and getting it transferred to my account. The only caveat is this was 3 years ago and policies do change.
I tried to call to have the "ownership" transferred for the AppleCare+ and they told me it does it automatically, as it follows the device and there was no way for me to transfer it.

I think once it is associated with someone else's account, you (the original purchaser) can't cancel it, as it is no longer on your account. If I call with the serial number, I still think they would deny me as it isn't associated with my apple ID anymore. At least is seems this way now (not saying it wasn't different before).
 

yui4

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AppleCare told myself that whilst if is linked to the device, as it’s an insurance policy, officially they say that transfer of ownership should be completed by putting the name of the new owner on the policy