How to preorder iPhone XS or XS Max (and get it as fast as possible)

How to preorder iPhone XS or XS Max (and get it as fast as possible)
Three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and the Apple Store going down ahead of a new product launch. That last bit – it's happening soon. Apple is about to begin accepting iPhone XS preorders this Friday, September 14, and since you're reading these lines, chances are your credit card is gently starting to tingle. 

But here's the thing about iPhone preorders – with thousands of people mashing their F5 buttons at the same time, Apple's servers tend to slow down, which makes the iPhone preorder experience rather frustrating. And with iPhones being in such high demand, if you don't manage to place an order promptly, your name will get pushed way down the waitlist. Even if you preorder the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max tomorrow, it may take weeks to arrive unless you catch the preorder wave early.

So, how do you maximize your chances of successfully preordering an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max and getting it as soon as possible? Here are a few tricks that should work.

Tip #1: Set an alarm clock and make coffee


Nope, we're not kidding. If you want to be among the first iPhone XS owners, you'll have to preorder yours as soon as the floodgates open. Officially, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS preorders begin on Friday, September 14 at these specific times:

12:01 AM Pacific time
1:01 AM Mountain time
2:01 AM Central time
3:01 AM Eastern time


It goes without saying that you should be up and awake ahead of time – perhaps 30 minutes in advance to get your mind and body ready. 

Tip #2: Consider using the Apple Store app


As we said above, every time Apple adds a hot new product for sale online, the Apple Store goes down in preparation for the event. Then it goes back up again when it is ready. But a quicker and more convenient way would be to use the Apple Store app for iOS which you can download here, preferably asap. If you don't have an iOS device available, placing a pre-order through your web browser will have to do.

Tip #3: Use multiple devices if possible


Once the iPhone XS preorder time comes, the last thing you want to run into are technical difficulties. It is a good idea to have multiple devices ready just in case one of them fails for whatever reason. You can try refreshing the Apple Store on all of them. Then begin the pre-order process wherever it becomes active first. 

Tip #4: Keep an eye on your carrier's web store


The Apple Store won't be the only place to preorder an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Mas from. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint will begin accepting preorders at the same time – if not a few minutes earlier. Who knows, perhaps you'll have a much easier time preordering from your carrier of choice.

Tip #5: Make sure your credit card is A-OK, use Apple Pay


Remember: you are about to spend a ton of money on the iPhone XS. Be sure that your credit card is active, has not expired, and that can handle the payment – especially if you're ordering more than one phone. If you're planning on paying full price, consider calling your bank ahead of time to let them know you'll be spending all that money.

To speed up the checkout process, you can use Apple Pay as it comes baked into the Apple Store app. Alternatively, consider saving your payment and credit card details in your web browser to save precious seconds. And no less importantly, be sure that all your information, from your credit card number to your billing address, are input correctly.

READ MORE ABOUT iPHONE XS AND XS MAX:


Related phones

iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 2659 mAh(20h talk time)
iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh(25h talk time)

FEATURED VIDEO

25 Comments

16. TechDork

Posts: 402; Member since: May 10, 2010

Of course I don't get paid until the week after!!! UGH.

19. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

Tempted to flip them but afraid that there might not be much demand this time around...

23. midan

Posts: 2720; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Going to be sold out in record time, according to all research and polls demand for new iPhones is bigger than ever.

20. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

I'll tell you a better way. You simply don't order it. And I own a iPhone X saying that.

24. midan

Posts: 2720; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I don't understand your point? Most of people doesn't own X or any new iPhone.

27. Akraw

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

he is just showing off that he owns an iPhone x.

28. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Um, no. What I'm saying is...buy an Android, you'll get a damn bang for your buck. Buy a Note 9 damn it. The fact that I have an iPhone X is the irony of it all.

21. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Eh, it’s not worth the upgrade over the X model from last year. A slightly more powerful SoC combo, expected camera upgrade and bigger model if you opt for it. I’d rather just just wait for the GS10 and see what the iPXI or whatever it’s called, offers next year

25. midan

Posts: 2720; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Eh, it’s not worth the upgrade over the X model from last year It's not even meant to be?

26. midan

Posts: 2720; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Regardless of cost, nearly half of iPhone users will upgrade to the new 2018 models introduced today “Stats from Statista show that despite the cost of today’s announced iPhones, over 42 percent of current iPhone owners in the United States are planning to upgrade to whatever Apple announces today,” Purcher reports. “About 17 percent will trade in their current model for last year’s iPhone X, and just about 16 percent will opt for the iPhone 8.” You need to order fast If you want to own one

29. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Put down your mic man. I own an iPhone too but I don't pretend like I work for Apple...jeez

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.