Can modified devices be sold on Swappa?

Swappa allows jailbroken or rooted phones and tablets to be listed for sale, along with phones or tablets running a custom ROM (modified version of the operating system). Other devices with software modifications cannot be listed for sale unless they are fully restored to a factory state. This extends to all other devices in our marketplace such as laptops, game consoles, etc.

For any phone or tablet listings:

  • The seller is required to note any modifications in the listing description
  • The seller is required to note any device limitations (for example, Samsung Pay may not work after tripping Samsung Knox) in the listing description

Any phones or tablets with flashed or modified firmware must also be ready for activation in the carrier category they're listed under. For example, if you have a device that was purchased through one carrier but has been modified with firmware intended for another carrier, the device is required to be fully functional on the original carrier's network.

As a buyer, if you're not familiar with what these different terms mean, please be sure to hold off on purchasing any listings that mention them being jailbroken, rooted, or software modified. Please also note that many devices are also void of any manufacturer warranties once they have been jailbroken, rooted, or modified by flashing a custom ROM.

We also recommend that any devices running a beta operating system be restored back to the stable version of the OS before listing it for sale. Here are some helpful manufacturer pages for a few common device types to assist with this:


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