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iPad insurance

The right iPad insurance can cover you for things like accidental damage and theft, at home in Australia or overseas.

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iPad devotees know that their tablets are valuable on multiple levels – including straight cash value.

Unfortunately, iPads – like most fragile, high-value items – are especially vulnerable to theft, loss and accidental damage.

iPad insurance can protect you from these calamities by helping with the repair or replacement costs involved when the unexpected hits your device.

What is iPad insurance?

iPad insurance can protect you from a range of iPad-related misadventures – cracked screens, water damage or theft – and greatly lower the costs of repairing or replacing the device, which can be significant for the uninsured.

This guide will explore a few different options you can choose to cover your iPad.

How do I insure my iPad?

Home and contents insurance
If you have a home and contents insurance policy, your iPad could be covered under that. Check your product disclosure statement (PDS) to see if there is a limit for tablets.

Different home and contents policies offer different levels of cover for tablets, and the maximum amount that you can insure your iPad for may depend on whether you take out premium or basic cover. Some policies will offer new-for-old replacement cover, while others will provide coverage up to a specified amount.

Contents insurance
You can also take out a contents insurance policy if you want cover for your iPad and the rest of your belongings. You'll also be able to add-on portable contents cover so your iPad is covered inside and outside your home. If you get a really good policy, it might also cover your iPad for loss or damage while you're overseas.

Single item insurance
Single item insurance allows you to insure selected items – generally including iPads – to specified, pre-designated amounts, rather than the whole array of things that general home and contents insurance covers.

Sometimes called personal valuables insurance, it can be a great choice for those who are mainly concerned with insuring certain high-value things – tablets, laptops, speaker systems, smartphones and so on. If that describes you, single item insurance might be a suitable and cost-effective option.

You should consider taking the first step towards protecting your iPad within 60 days of buying it: that's the amount of time Apple gives new users to sign up for AppleCare+, its technical and repairs service, which you can do via your device or at an Apple Store. You're generally covered for technical faults and two incidents of accidental damage (like a cracked screen), but you won't be covered for things like theft or loss.

Choose a home insurance policy to cover your iPad

iPads can be covered by your contents insurance policy if the damage/loss is caused by an insured event, up to a certain limit.
Double check your product disclosure statement to make sure you understand when you're covered and when you're not.

Name Product iPads Portable Contents Cover Accidental Damage to Home or Belongings Fire, Storm & Theft Damage Online Discount
Budget Direct Contents Insurance
20% of your contents sum insured
Get 15% off your first year's premium when you buy a Budget Direct Contents insurance policy online. T&Cs apply.
Youi Contents Insurance
Not mentioned
20% of your contents sum insured
Get a 20% discount on your contents insurance if you have a car insurance policy with Youi. Excludes NSW & SA CTP green slips. T&Cs apply.
Bendigo Bank Contents Insurance
Qantas Contents Insurance
Earn up to 20,000 Qantas Points when you apply. Points awarded will be based on your premium. T&Cs & exclusions apply.
Seniors Top Contents Insurance
Buy online and save up to 20% on a new contents insurance policy. T&Cs apply.
Honey Contents Insurance
Woolworths Comprehensive Contents Insurance
Save up to 10% when you buy a Woolworths Contents insurance policy online. Plus, Everyday Rewards Members will save 10% on their monthly shop. T&Cs apply.

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Why should I cover my iPad with home insurance?

  • Because AppleCare+ won't cover theft or loss of your device
  • Because iPads are high-value and lightweight, two traits that make them attractive to burglars and thieves (and much easier on the back than a TV or desktop computer)
  • Because iPads are fragile and can easily be damaged by the rough-and-tumble of life
  • Because loss of data like photos, videos and music can be painful, and financial compensation can soften the blow

Policy wording in product disclosure statements

Brand Here's what the PDS says
ANZ logoFor any one item, pair, set, collection or system of general contents items, we will pay up to the sum insured. The general contents covered by your Policy are listed in the table below:
  • portable electronic devices including, mobile phones, smart phones, GPS, tablet computers and laptops…
St. George logoThe following items have a maximum amount payable for any one claim. The amounts are listed below and are included within your contents sum insured…
Electronic audio, visual and computer equipment (portable electronic and communications equipment including mobile phones, tablets, organisers, handheld navigational equipment and MP3/MP4 players, or…)
Westpac home insuranceThe following items have a maximum amount payable for any one claim. The amounts are listed below and are included within your contents sum insured…
(portable electronic and communications equipment including mobile phones, tablets, organisers, handheld navigational equipment and MP3/MP4 players, and…)

How to find the best iPad insurance in Australia?

It's really hard to claim something is the best for everyone since it's based on your unique situation. In saying that, here are a few things that we think are important when looking for the best cover for your iPad.

  • Cover on the go. You probably take your iPad outside of the home every now and then. If you do, getting cover for loss or damage when it's not at home is a pretty good idea. You can get it by adding on 'portable contents' cover to your home insurance policy. Sometimes, it's called 'personal effects' cover.
  • Lost your old iPad? Get a new one. A lot of home insurance policies come with a new-for-old policy. It means that if your item is damaged beyond repair, they'll probably replace your old iPad with the new version.
  • Accidental damage. Just for all the unplanned mishaps. We never want accidents to happen but they do, and having this optional add-on included can protect you from the cost of it.

If you're trying to find the best cover, it might help you to check out our page to getting the best home insurance as well.

What does it cover?

Depending on the type of coverage you take out on your iPad, insured events for home and contents insurance generally include fire and smoke damage, burglary and theft, storm and impact damage, vandalism and accidental damage (including dropped devices).

Single item policies are likely to cover similar events in the home, and portable contents coverage similar events outside of the home.

How does accidental damage help?

Accidental damage can help cover your iPad if you're prone to accidents. It can cover things like those annoying drops and damage from overly excited kids. It's usually found as an add-on with home insurance policies, so don't forget it!

Does iPad insurance cover theft?

If an intruder gets into your home and steals your iPad, a standard home insurance should cover it.

There are a few instances where you won't be covered for theft;

  • If you left your iPad outside of your home without portable contents cover
  • If you left your iPad outside of your home and unattended
  • If the person who stole your iPad was actually a guest in your home

If you're lucky, your policy may also cover you for depreciation, or replace your iPad with the latest version. Make sure to keep your receipts and try to have supporting documentation like photos to show ownership.

What doesn't it cover?

Coverage for your iPad may be compromised or unavailable in the following situations:

  • You use your device for business purposes or as part of your work. If you do, be sure to check this point with your insurer.
  • The actual cost of the iPad exceeds the sum insured amount, which you should always check carefully.
  • Your iPad is stolen in a situation where you could have foreseen that it could be stolen (e.g. if you left it in an unlocked car or unattended on your towel while you took a dip at the beach).
  • You're outside the home and your iPad is only covered by a home and contents policy; however, portable contents cover is always an option.


Bottom line

Whether you mainly use it at home, while lying on the beach, while on holiday or while in transit, giving your iPad the protection it deserves will give you valuable peace of mind.

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