Exchange a device under warranty

If we can't get your phone, tablet, or wearable working right, we're still here to help.


The good news is that there are a few options to replace a defective device, including exchanging it, as long as it is under warranty. The device you get in exchange may be a like-new device.


Be warned: If you don't return the defective device within seven (7) days, T-Mobile charges a non-return fee. Be sure to return it as soon as possible.



Warranty details

  • If you purchased a new T-Mobile device, it's under a manufacturer's warranty for 12 months from the date it was first used on the T-Mobile network, or the date you received the device, whichever is earlier.
  • If you purchased a refurbished T-Mobile device, it's under T-Mobile's limited warranty for 90 days after receipt of the device or the remainder of your 12-month service agreement, whichever is longer.
  • Device warranties aren't transferable from one customer to another. T-Mobile doesn't support warranties for any devices not purchased through T-Mobile or an authorized T-Mobile dealer.
  • If it's determined that your device has liquid or physical damage, T-Mobile can't exchange your device. Liquid or physical damage isn't covered by the manufacturer warranty. If you don't disclose device damage, you're subject to a nonrefundable out-of-warranty fee (dependent on model).
  • If you have Device Protection on your account, you can file a claim. Learn more.
  • If you don't have Device Protection on your account, you can purchase a replacement device through My T-Mobile.



Filing an exchange

To replace your device, contact us. One of our specialists will first try troubleshooting your device so you can avoid a replacement, if possible.


T-Mobile charges a Service Warranty Processing fee when you participate in T-Mobile’s replacement device program. This service is offered as a supplement to the manufacturer's warranty that may come with your device. If you're picking up your device from a retail location, be prepared to pay any related fees (shipping or warranty) at the time of pick up. These fees vary by insurance type.


If you choose not to file an exchange with us, there are still other options available to you:


  • Return the device to the manufacturer: You can return devices directly to the manufacturer if you don't want to participate in T-Mobile’s device replacement program. To do so, please contact your device manufacturer directly.
  • Upgrade your device: See upgrade your device for more details.
  • File a claim: If you're enrolled in Device Protection, you can file a claim online.



Returning your defective device

  1. If you are picking up your new device at a retail location, check out In-store warranty exchange.
  2. If we are mailing your new device to you, please ensure the following:
    • A postage paid return label has been provided to return your defective device (may be located under the shipping label or in the box). The label has the order number, the Return Center return address, and UPS tracking number.
    • When you receive the replacement device, return the defective device in the same box using the packing foam provided to protect the device during transit.
  3. Return defective devices with within seven (7) days of receiving the replacement handset.
    • The replacement/return box includes a "tamper-evident box seal" sticker. Seal the tab closing of the box with the sticker horizontally to prevent the handset from falling out of the box during transit to the Return Center.
    • Only one device per box. Combining shipments can delay the receipt of returned devices.
    • Don't enclose a bill payment, a letter to T-Mobile, or any other correspondence.
    • Check with at to find a UPS Drop-off location in their area.
    • If you return the wrong device or a device that was never sold by T-Mobile, you will be charged a warranty non-return fee. No credit will be issued.
    • If you do not return the device in seven days, T-Mobile will charge a non-return fee.
    • Do not include: any accessories such as the battery, memory card, SIM card, charger, or back cover when returning your device. These items will not be returned or replaced.



What if I receive a defective replacement device, or if I decide I do not want the replacement?

Simple! Just return the replacement device exactly as you would have returned the device you were looking to replace. You will not be charged any additional fees, such as a warranty non-return fee.


What do I do if I misplace the postage paid return label that came with my replacement device?

If you need a new postage paid return label and it has been less than 45 days since the original exchange order shipped, contact us.