How and when to preorder iPhone X (and get it as quickly as possible)

Can you feel that tingle, that tremble in the air, that rumbling beneath your feet? That's the iPhone X release date nearing, and since you've landed on this page, you probably want to be among the first to get one. Well, we're sure it's not the kind of thing you want to hear, but looking at the way things are shaping up, only a fraction of those willing to spend a $1000 on an iPhone X will get theirs in a timely manner. Here's a few tips on how to have a better chance at being among them. Spoiler alert: staying up late is involved.

Don't wait for the iPhone X release date, preorder one

Apple is set to release the iPhone X on Friday, November 3. In theory, that's when you should be able to walk into an Apple store and leave with an iPhone X in either Silver or Space Gray, but in practice, your odds of succeeding are looking slim. That's because Apple simply might not have enough iPhone X units to meet the demand for it at launch. The iPhone X pre-order flood gates open on October 27, and if you want one badly, that's the way to go. 

Quick sidenote here: if you're signed up for Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program and if you're eligible for an upgrade, you can already start preparing for the switch to an iPhone X by filling out the necessary information. You may do so via the Apple Store app on your iPhone. This is not a preorder, however. This is only a way of saving time during the preorder process. You will still have to be up in the middle of the night to actually place an iPhone X preorder. Speaking of which...

iPhone X preorder date: when can I place mine?

Apple will start accepting iPhone X preorders on October 27, which is this Friday. You'll have to be up in the middle of the night in order to place yours, as preorders begin after midnight Eastern time. Here are the exact iPhone X preorder times depending on where in the US you live:

It would be wise to set an alarm (or three) to get you out of bed about 30 minutes ahead of time – enough to get your body and mind in the right state. However, you'll need a few more things at the ready to place an iPhone X preorder quickly.

How to make an iPhone X preorder as quickly as possible?

Tip #1: Consider using the Apple Store app

Every time Apple adds a new product for sale online, the Apple Store goes down in preparation for the event. Then it goes back up again while thousands of people are hitting their browser's refresh button. 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 Apple's web page or via your carrier's online store will have to do.

Tip #2: Use multiple devices if possible

Once the iPhone X 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 or maybe have one of them on your carrier's web store. Then begin the pre-order process wherever it becomes active first. 

Tip #3: Make sure your credit card is A-OK, use Apple Pay

Remember: you'll be spending at least a $1000 on the iPhone X. Be sure that your credit card is active, has not expired, and that can handle the payment. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to let them know you'll be spending all that money, especially if you'll be buying more than one phone. 

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. 

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2716 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x



15. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Number One - get a life

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2291; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple should have just released the X and X Plus... The sales numbers would have been staggering even at: $999/$1149 $1149/$1299 The X Plus would sell like hotcakes...

7. Godfather

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

Reference to Tip # 3 Your Card doesn't get charged until your phone ships. Regardless if it is Apple or your preferred carrier. Chances are no one will be charged until 11/1/17

6. gigicoaste

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

In apple's case and any other company, I will never understand the desperation. Sure if you are without a device and your business is stuck.. But to set the alarm to make an erly pre-order to have an upgrade.. is beyond understanding. Obvious many phone users don't understand much the real purpose of device. Happy hunting funny guys, I'll go get my popcorn.:))

5. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Watch it get scraped by bots and resold for $5000 each.

4. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

The first batch are more likely to have issues. Like to see some more hands on and reviews. Particularly how they handle the notch. Why Apple? Why they have to be a notch?

3. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This is going to break sales records no doubt about it. I hope everyone that wants one can get one and enjoy but odds are its gonna be tough to score one with all the people buying two or three just to sell on eBay at ridicules mark ups. Hopefully Apple stops that type of abuse from the start. Happy 27 of October guys and a better November when the arrive.

2. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

The great thing is that Sprint still offers 2 year upgrade contact this phone is only 550 can't wait and yes the service is speedy where I am

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